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Commodores reel off a pair

By reeling off back-to-back home victories last Thursday and this past Monday to improve to 13 - 4, the Vergennes Commodores boys basketball team took a huge step toward securing a top four seed in the fast approaching Division II State Tournament. A top four seed is coveted because it guarantees a school two home play-off games before heading to Barre as part of the final four. A week ago Thursday Connor Merrill pumped in nineteen points, fifteen of them coming in a hot first half, to lead the Commodores to an easy 82 - 55 win over the Enosburg Hornets. Dan Evans and Alan Laberge also reached double digits for the victorious Commodores. Evans scored eleven points, and Laberge contributed an additional ten points to the win. Travis Dulude led the Hornets with eleven points, but was followed closely by Chad Gervais and Nolan Parker who had ten points apiece. Then this past Monday the Commodores, after giving up an eleven point third quarter lead, put together a 20 - 8 fourth quarter run to defeat the Randolph Ghosts 57 - 49. Josh Carter led the way with nineteen points, followed by Logan Williams with thirteen. Merrill chipped in a dozen more for the victorious Commodores. Jon White and Tom Jacobs paced the Ghosts with nineteen and eighteen points respectively. The Middlebury Tigers and Mount Abraham Eagles were in action last Thursday too, and both emerged victorious. In Middlebury the Tigers raced out to a 20 - 5 first quarter lead and never looked back as they soared past the Milton Yellow Jackets 74 - 42. On an offense that saw all twelve players score Tucker Burns scored twenty-two points and Travis Betourney added twenty more to lead the charge. The 1 - 16 Yellow Jackets were led by Josh Patterson (eleven points) and Dustin Hendy (ten points.) The win elevated the Tigers above five hundred, and they now stand at 9 - 8 with just three regular season games left. Meanwhile in Swanton the defending Division II State Champion Mount Abraham Eagles continued their winning ways, and are looking good to lock up the number one seed the upcoming 2008 tournament. Their latest victims, Missisquoi Valley Union played their guests even at 29 - 29 over the first two quarters, but fell in the end 69 - 56. Kevin Labas had a monstrous night for the victorious Eagles by scoring thirty-one of their points. Kyle Kayhart added a dozen more while Chad Estey and Will Manly contributed eleven apiece for the 14 - 2 Eagles. MVU, who fell to 4 12 with the defeat was led by Dillon O'Brien with twenty-three points. ---- Dromwyn Worrick posted a 28.85 to finish third all around in a duel gymnastics meet last Saturday featuring the Hartford Hurricanes and Middlebury Tigers. Hartford, behind the impressive performance of all around winner senior Kylie Aaronson (31.95) won the match 125.7 - 111.75. Worrick who was the highest placing Tiger in the meet was also the only one to place in an event when she tied Harwoods Frankie Bennett for first place on the beam with an 8.5. Harwood improved to 5 - 3 with the win. ---- Alex Brands and Tim Barrett scored two goals each to lead the visiting Woodstock Wasps past the hometown Middlebury Tigers 5 - 3 this past Monday in boys high school hockey action. Jake Robinson scored the remaining goal for the victorious Wasps. Sam Herman, Dylan Newton and Parker Russett all scored single goals for the 3 - 16 - 1 Tigers, while goalie Taylor Ryan kept Middlebury in the game with twenty-three saves.

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