Local roundup: Cosmos' Warner wins snowboard event
Warner, a senior, posted a two-run combined time of 1:29. 77, besting the runner-up by 1.28 seconds to lead a field of 25 competitors.
“He did real well,” said Springfield coach Derek Graham.
The victory has already topped last season's best showing in the GS. His highest finish in the event was second, twice, at Okemo and Jay.
“Alex did really well last year,” Graham said. “He ended up finishing second.”
That's second in the state — he was third in the halfpipe, seventh in slopestyle and eighth in GS to snatch the overall silver medal at the state championships.
Also placing for the Cosmos in the season opener were Owen Kelly in 13th place in the boys division and newcomer Bella Bortlein in 12th in the girls division.
“Owen did really well, his best finish ever at a meet,” Graham said.
Of Bortlein, he said, “This was her first snowboarding meet ever. It was good to see her place and doing better than some of the other kids, and see what it's like.
“Overall, it was a really good day. Now we have some things that we can work on and build on.”
Springfield will be back in action on Jan. 23 at another GS at Stowe.
Bellows Falls 71, Black River 16
The Terriers responded nicely from a rough loss the night before to roll to their third win of the season Tuesday.
Four BF players scored in double figures, led by Hannah Kelly with 19 points. Molly Kelly threw in a dozen more, and Abbe Cravinho and Taylor Goodell chipped in with 10 each. Keri Ticino and Michelle Marchica added six apiece. Murphy Hicks pulled down 17 rebounds.
Everyone played equal time.
BF (3-2) hosts Long Trail (1-1) on Friday.
Windsor 48, Mt. St. Joseph 36
MSJ's eight seniors aren't used to losing. Prior to Tuesday's loss, the two-time defending VPA Division IV champions had only suffered five setbacks in 73 games. The Green Wave are probably thankful Windsor — and standout freshman Olivia Rockwood — are in D-3.
Rockwood shot the lights out in her home gym, sinking a half-dozen 3-pointers on the way to an impressive 24-point performance. She drained three of them when she accounted for 15 points in the Yellow Jackets' 17-point second quarter. Rockwood's effort broke a 13-13 first-quarter deadlock and gave the Jacks a 30-23 lead at the half.
MSJ would close the gap to 37-32 in the third, but Rockwood knocked down two more treys in the final period.
Anika Abrahamsen added 10 points to the victory.
MSJ standout Jenna Eaton was held to nine points, all in the first half.
Windsor is now 7-1 on the season.
Williamstown 56, Bellows Falls 30
The Blue Devils (5-3) improved their post-Christmas record to 4-1 with the victory Monday evening.
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Green Mountain 48, West Rutland 37
West Rutland was looking to snap out of a three-game slump against the Chieftains, but a balanced scoring attack and solid defense thwarted that effort.
GM coach Brian Rapanotti credited a “great first half” and “some great defense” in the Chieftains opening up a 27-20 lead.
“Keegan Ewald played a great first half drawing three charges on defense and scored all nine points in first half,” Rapanotti said. “He really set the tone for us early. We were very patient on offense and the ball found Ewald in his scoring areas.
“Our defense was very solid tonight especially help side. We have been working on it a lot lately and it was good to see it come together.”
West Rutland narrowed the lead to four points halfway through the third quarter, but sophomore Evan Church provided the Chieftains with a much-needed spark of the bench.
“We were able to withstand the West Rutland press down the stretch and took care of the ball down the stretch,” Rapanotti said. “Very proud of our guys tonight. Great team effort.”
Ian Kehoe led GM with 12 points. Mack Walton and Ewald contributed nine points apiece, and James Anderson added eight.
GM heads to Black River on Saturday for a 7 p.m. varsity game.
Mill River 62, Windsor 28
The Division 2 Minutemen haven't lost since a five-point nail-biter to D-1 Rutland in the season opener, and made a struggling Windsor squad victim No. 7 Tuesday evening.
“Second quarter, had a big drought again,” said Windsor coach Harry Ladue, “and they went on a couple of runs and we never recovered.
Ben Meagher led the Yellow Jackets with nine points.
Middle School Girls Basketball
Walpole 59, Vilas 29
Walpole led the entire game Monday to remain unbeaten.
The two leading scorers for Walpole were Sophie Bardis and Shea Pickering, each with 11 points.
Vilas (Alstead) was led by Taylor Patch with 13 points and Avery Stewart with 10.
Walpole's record is now 7-0.
Middle School Boys Basketball
Green Mountain 33, Leland & Gray 19
The 7th-grade team won big at home Monday afternoon.
Dylan McCarthy led GM with 17 points and Jeb Monier added six more.
Green Mountain will host Windsor today at 5:15 p.m.