COLCHESTER — The Spaulding boys basketball team earned its second overtime victory in the past three games Monday by holding off Colchester, 59-55.
Last week, the Tide rallied to a 56-53 overtime victory over North Country before suffering a 45-43 loss against CVU. It was more of the same against the Lakers as Colchester’s Carson Corrigan hit a 3-pointer to force overtime. Neither team could build any sustained momentum during the first extra period, but in the second overtime Spaulding’s defense wore down the Lakers.
“In the first overtime there were a lot of free throws and they made a couple layups,” Spaulding coach Jesse Willard said. “Aiden Gilwee made a layup for us in the second overtime and Matt Tacey hit a free throw that was big. And both Seth Poirier and Zach Stabell came in during overtime and provided good minutes off the bench.”
Taylor D’Agostino (19 points), Sam Bigglestone (13 points), Aiden Gilwee (nine points) and Alex Coyle (eight points) paced Spaulding. The top scorers for Colchester were Corrigan (23 points) and Max Grenier (eight points. Spaulding went 20 of 31 from the foul line, while Colchester was 10 of 18. Spaulding (5-8) will travel to play South Burlington at 7 p.m. Friday.
“All three of our last games have been down to the wire,” Willard said. “And we successfully closed out two of the last three. We played Burlington tough, we played Rice tough, we played Mount Mansfield tough for a half. It might be who we are: We might have to battle every game. And if we can pull out some more close ones, we’ll be tough come playoff time.”
Oxbow 61, Stowe 47
STOWE — Bryce Ilsley (19 points) and Seth Carson (17 points) were in the zone Monday, leading the Olympians to their second straight victory.
Oxbow (8-5) endured a five-game losing skid midway through the season before bouncing back against Randolph and the Raiders. The top scorers for Stowe were Max McKenna (14 points) and Josh McDonald (13 points).
“We had great team defense in the second quarter and we only gave up two points,” Oxbow coach Steven Carson said. “We are trusting each other on both ends and it makes all the difference.
Peoples 46, Harwood 33
DUXBURY — Owen Ebert (13 points) and Louis Angione (eight points) set the offensive tone for the Wolves as the Highlanders suffered their fifth straight loss Monday.
Joe Buonanno and Nick Holbrook scored six points apiece for PA. Jasper Koliba (nine points), Charlie Zschau (eight points) and Andrew Proteau (seven points) led the way for HU.
“They knocked nine 3-pointers,” Harwood coach Mike Woods said. “That’s usually what we do, and we only made three 3-pointers. We couldn’t buy a basket tonight.”
Harwood (4-9) will travel to play Lamoille at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
MARSHFIELD — Another double-double from Olivia Hogan guided the Trojans to their fourth straight victory Monday.
The Raptors used a third-quarter run to keep things close, but Hogan (17 points, 12 rebounds, six steals) and her teammates held Rivendell to a pair of points in the fourth quarter. Rounding out Twinfield’s top contributors were Ashlyn Hogan (nine points, four steals), Delaney Fowler (eight rebounds) and Kaitlyn Andress (four rebounds, four assists, three steals).
“Delaney Fowler came up big-time for us with rebounds, and some were at crucial moments so Rivendell didn’t gain any more on us,” Twinfield coach Danielle Laperle said. “And my unsung hero most games is my point guard Kaitlyn Andress. She doesn’t always have a lot of points, but she does so much for this team. She was so controlled on offense tonight and she’s always doing little things for her teammates that make a huge difference in the game.”
Adele Tilden (12 points) and Emily Hebb (six points) paced the Raptors, who trailed 5-4 after one quarter. The Trojans extended their lead to 22-13 entering halftime before Rivendell trimmed the deficit to 34-28 after three quarters.
“In the second quarter we did a really good job driving the ball and we got fouls called,” Laperle said. “It put Olivia on the line and she went 4 of 4 tat quarter,”
Twinfield (8-7) will host Blue Mountain at 6 p.m. Wednesday for Senior Night.
Thurston wins again
RICHMOND — Harwood freshman Ava Thurston wrapped up her first Tour de Chittenden with a runaway victory during Monday’s hill climb at Cochran’s Ski Area.
The three-stage event began with a flat 2-kilometer prologue at Colchester High School last Thursday. Saturday featured a 5k classic race at Jericho Firing Range. The starting order Monday was based on the combined times of the first two stages, and Thurston was all business while skating to the top of the downhill ski area.
”Ava Thurston dominated the girls’ side — it wasn’t even close,” U-32 coach Mark Chaplin said. “She had a head start of about 1 minute, 30 seconds and she widened the gap on the hill.”
Thurston won the prologue in 9:23, while CVU’s Emma Strack was second (9:55). The Harwood freshman crossed the line first in the classic race in 18:29.4 to easily hold off Strack (19:28.1).
U-32’s May Lamb started Monday in eighth place, trailing Thurston by 3:55. Lamb posted the fastest time of the day (7:34.2), while Thurston had the second-fastest time (7:36.7). U-32’s crew also featured Ginger Knight (9:38.5), Shams Ferver (9:39) and Jesse Colnes (9:41.5).
BFA’s Brook Hodgeman started the boys race with a 29-second lead over Middlebury’s Elvis McIntosh and both skiers finished in the same order they started. U-32’s Greyson Davis began the day 48 seconds behind the leader and maintained his third-place position. Middlebury’s Jack Christner was fourth after the opening two races but did not start the hill climb. As a result, U-32’s Hans Krokenberger was able to improve one spot, moving up to fourth after starting 1:38 behind Hodgeman.
Jed Kurts, Sam Clark, Tzevi Schwartz and Waylon Kurts started in spots 8-12, respectively, and headed out within an 18-second window. Jed Kurts posted the fastest time of any skier (6:27.2), while Waylon Kurts (6:45.1) wasn’t far off his brother’s pace. U-32 also showcased strong hill climb results from Patterson (6:55.1), Krokenberger (7:02.6), Clark (7:04.6), Davis (7:05.7) and Schwarz (7:11). The top finisher for the Harwood boys on Monday was Carlton Cummiskey (7:26.5).
“It’s a fun thing,” Chaplin said of the tour. “There are three different activities with a skate sprint, a standard long classic race and an uphill slog in skate. And they call for a different set of skills. During the hill climb skiers go up the slope a little bit and they come back down, and then they go up the whole thing. The last few years the place they went down was scarily fast down the gully. One of our skiers actually broke an ankle last year. This year it was a slalom course with tight turns. They couldn’t carry any speed, and of course they didn’t have edges. So they had to slow down, and I’m sure the times were slower this year because of that. But the rest of the trails were in good conditions and the skiers were moving along.”
Taking part in the race were Essex, Colchester, CVU, BFA-St. Albans, BFA-Fairfax, Harwood, South Burlington, Burlington, Middlebury, Mount Mansfield and U-32. The Raiders will host a 6-kilometer varsity skate race on Feb. 16. According to Chaplin, it will also serve as the unofficial middle school state championships.
Harwood steps up
JEFFERSONVILLE — The Highlanders placed three boys and two girls in the top 10 after a busy day of slalom action at Smugglers’ Notch.
Lyndon’s Lena Sauter won the girls event with a time of 1 minute, 17.41 seconds — more than five seconds faster than the next competitor. The Highlanders were led by Gretchen Kogut, who placed fourth with a time of 1:25.68. Harwood’s Aliza Jernigan was ninth in 1:27.88. She received scoring help from teammates Kate Hall (15th, 1:30.63) and Kelly Tynan (18th, 1:33.27).
The boys slalom winner was Mount Mansfield’s Jack Hayden (1:12.61). Highlander Rex Rubinstein was in second place after the first run, only .48 seconds back from the leader. He finished sixth with a two-run combined time of 1:19.31. Harwood’s Aidan Melville earned seventh place with a time of 1:20.22 and teammate Eli Moskowitz was 10th in 1:22.69. Aidan Flint placed 20th (1:28.16) and fellow Highlander Sawyer Belngia finished 26th (1:32.18).
Perfect day for Tide
TURNERS FALLS, MASS. — The Crimson Tide went undefeated against five schools at Saturday’s Eagle Duels.
Spaulding earned lopsided victories over Leominster (66-12), Frontier (67-11), Granby (72-5), Athol (60-23) and Mohawk (78-6). Nick Pierce, Carter Dickinson, Hunter Roya, Logan Bailey and Hunter Quero won all five matches. Colton Perkins, Matthew Durgin, Hunter Chase and Ryan Glassford wrestled their way to 4-1 records, while Ethan Benoit, Landon Farnham and Zack Slayton each won three matches for Spaulding. Noah Touchette (106 pounds) won his first match of the season.
The Crimson Tide (9-2) will travel to Mount Abraham on Tuesday for their final meet of the regular season before league championships Saturday in St. Johnsbury.