Monday sports: Girls’ teams, Tiger Nordic boys win

ADDISON COUNTY — In high school sports in the latter half of last week the Vergennes and Otter Valley girls’ hoop and Middlebury girls’ hockey and boys’ Nordic teams picked up wins, while local boys’ basketball teams hit a rough patch.

On Thursday the Commodore girls moved to 3-0 by topping host Missisquoi, 34-20, behind what Coach Billy Waller called another strong defensive effort. VUHS led at the half, 17-4. Kate Gosliga paced the Commodores with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Felicia Poirier recorded six points, three assists, six steals and seven rebounds.
Also on Thursday host Colchester bested the Mount Abraham girls, 43-29. Ryleigh Garrow led the Lakers with 15 points. Savannah Scrodin and Laura Bonar each scored six at the Eagles dropped to 1-2.
On Friday the OV girls erased an 11-point deficit after three periods to edge visiting Division I Mount Anthony, 40-37. OV trailed, 29-18, entering the fourth quarter, but relied on pressure defense to spark the offense and disrupt the Patriots.
Alice Keith scored 17 to lead OV, Mallory Lufkin’s seven points included key late free throws, and Anna Lee paced the Otters on the boards as they improved to 1-2.

In a six-team Feb. 17 meet hosted by Burlington High School at Sleepy Hollow in Huntington, the Tiger boys coasted to victory, while the MUHS girls’ team was sixth. Mount Abe independents also excelled in the race, which combined 2.3 kilometers on classic skis and another 2.5K on skate skis.
The boys won with 19 points, followed by Mount Mansfield, 38; Champlain Valley, 46; BHS, 97; Colchester, 120; and South Burlington, 177.
BHS (18 points) won the girls’ race, trailed by MMU (31), CVU (34), MUHS (75), CHS (135) and SB (161).
Local skiers claimed the top five spots in the boys’ race: Tiger Jack Christner finished first in 12:41 and was followed by Eagle Neil Guy in second (12:52), Tiger Lucas Palcsik in third (12:53), Eagle Joe Graziadei in fourth (12:54), and Tiger Elvis McIntosh in fifth (13:07).
The other Tiger boys and their places were: 10. Baxter Harrington, 14:10; 20. Trey Bosworth, 14:59; 23. Ben Seaton, 15:06; 32. Eliot Schneider, 15:56; 53. Lukas Broughton, 18:56); and Nick Suchomel, 19:50.
The Tiger girls and their places and times were: 12: Phoebe Hussey, 16:24; 19. Astrid Olsen, 18:13; 23. Maddy Stowe, 18:44; 35. Ari Graham-Gurland, 19:49; 53. Dahlia Harrison-Irwin, 21:46; and 54. Stella Andrews, 21:47.

On Thursday the host OV boys’ team couldn’t hold a late lead and fell to visiting Division I foe Mount Anthony, 54-49. Hayden Bernhardt led the Otters with 18 points and nine rebounds, and Parker Todd (12 points) and Elijah Tucker-Bryant (10) scored in double figures. Braeden Billert paced the Patriots with 17 points.
On Friday host North Country ran away from the Eagle boys, 61-28. Corbin Brueck led the Falcons with 25 points. Lucas Jensen led the 1-2 Eagles with five points. Mount Abe will visit MUHS on Tuesday.
Host Milton also sank the visiting Commodores on Friday, 66-36. Yellowjacket Kyle Brown scored 21. For VUHS (0-2) Hayden Bowen (eight points) and Timothy Ashley (seven) led the way.
Visiting D-I BFA-St. Albans picked up the win on Saturday vs. the Tiger boys, 69-47. Justin Brown led the Bobwhites with 18 points. Karic Riche (16 points) and Max Alberts (11) hit double figures for the Tigers, who dropped to 1-2 heading into Tuesday’s game vs. the Eagles.

MUHS girls’ hockey split two games. On Wednesday the Tigers for the second straight game scored three unanswered second-period goals to snap a tie, this time at Rutland on the way to a 7-3 victory. The teams were tied at 1-1 after one period before goals by McKenna Raymond, Lily Finn and Audrey Schnoor broke the game open in the middle 15 minutes.
Finn, Ella Tucker and Schnoor scored two goals apiece to spark the attack, and Channing Brush assisted three scores. Tiger goalie Abby Hodsden made 28 saves. Raven goalie Lindsay Taylor was credited with 20 stops.
On Saturday host Champlain Valley/Mt. Mansfield dealt the Tigers their first setback, 2-1. CVU/MMU got the tiebreaking goal in the third period. Tucker netted the MUHS goal, and goalie Lydia Deppman stopped 18 shots for the 2-1 Tigers. CVU/MMU held a 20-19 edge in shots on goal.

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