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Raiders outskate Tigers

The Rutland Raiders girls hockey team improved to 3-0-1 with a 5 -3 win over the Middlebury Tigers last Saturday in Rutland. The Raiders, who were trailing 2 - 1 in the second period, responded with four unanswered goals to pull out the win. Rachel Bombardier, Chelsea Hill and Ashley Boucher each had a goal and an assist for the victorious Raiders, with Casey O'Donohue and Emmy Hescock contributing single goals to the win. Lanie Harthman led the 0-4 Tigers with a goal and an assist, while Casey O'Donohue and Emmy Hescock had single goals. Rutland goalie Deanna Rodolfy put in a solid nights work with twenty saves. What a difference a year can make, especially in high school sports. The Montpelier Salons, who last year played in the Division II State Championship game, fell to 0 - 4 on the 2007 - 2008 season after losing last Thursday at home against Vergennes 59 - 47, and then again to the Middlebury Tigers on Saturday 58 - 47. At home last Thursday night Cam Curler and Connor Merrill scored eleven, and Josh Merrill added ten points to lead the Vergennes Commodores in a 59 - 47 win over the Montpelier Salons. Montpeliers Tyler Everett had seventeen points to lead all scorers. Montpeliers woes continued this past Saturday against Middlebury. Late in the third quarter the Tigers went on an 8 - 0 run to open up what was a close contest, and they maintained that lead throughout the final eight minutes to pull out a 58 - 47 road win. Middleburys Travis Betourney led all scorers with twenty-one points. Tucker Burns contributed thirteen more points to the win. The 0 - 4 Salons had three players reach double digits in scoring, led by Nathan Segale with thirteen points. Everett followed him with eleven points and Andrew Gribbin scored ten in the losing effort. The Tigers improved to 2 - 1 with the win. The Mount Abraham Eagles were in action last Friday night playing their season opener. They were busy blowing out the Mill River Minutemen in Bristol 76 - 36. Kevin Labas led the Eagles to their forty point win with a twenty point performance. Chad Estey poured in seventeen ore for the victorious Eagles. This game was all Eagles from the opening tip. By the end of the second quarter Mount Abe held a commanding 43 - 10 lead. The 0 - 2 Minutemen were led by Pat Bennini with ten points. The Champlain Valley Union high school girls basketball team enjoyed defeating Addison County competition this past week. On Monday night in Hinesburg CVU outscored the visiting Mount Abraham Eagles 14 - 9 in the final eight minutes to hand the Eagles their first loss of the year 46 - 37. Katie Lavalette and Katie Edgerton scored eleven points each to lead CVU to the win. Lavalette backed up her offensive game with a solid defensive performance that yielded her six steals. Alison Wettstein also reached double digits for CVU with a ten point night. The 3 - 1 Mount Abraham Eagles Jilll Huizenga with ten points. Shannon Jipner and Erin Bachand added seven more apiece for the Eagles. CVU improved to 2 - 1 with the win. Then last Friday in Middlebury Wettstein scored twenty points to lead CVU past the Tigers 59 - 32. Katie Edgerton added thirteen for CVU, while the 0 - 1 Tigers were led by Nicole Brown with eight points. The Eagles were in action last Friday too, defeating the Missisquoi Thunderbirds 45 - 39 in overtime. Huizenga led Mount Abraham to their second win with a twelve point performance. Casey Boucher led the Thunderbirds with eleven. In more high school girls action last Friday night in North Clarendon the Vergennes Commodores spoiled Mill Rivers home opener, delivering a 52 - 36 defeat to the hometown Minutemen. Erin Provost and Abby Benton led the Commodores offense by scoring sixteen and fourteen points respectively, with Alison Bourdon contributed ten points to the victory. Benton added six rebounds and six steals to go along with her fourteen points. Bourdon did her part on the boards, leading all rejoinders with twelve. The Commodores improved to 1 - 1 with the win. Freshman Chelsea Bagley scored eight to lead the 0 - 2 Minutemen

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