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Eagles nip Cougars in overtime

With just eight seconds remaining in overtime and her Mount Abraham Eagles trailing the Mount Mansfield Cougars 41 - 40 Jen Loyer drilled a three pointer to put te Eagles up 43 - 41. The Cougars managed to put up a final shot in the last eight seconds, but it missed and the Eagles escaped Jericho Monday night with the 43 - 41 win. Shannon Jipner led the 10 - 8 Eagles with a dozen points, followed closely by Loyer with eleven. The Cougars Sara Church led all scorers with eighteen points. Mount Mansfield fell to 6 - 10 with the defeat. The Vergennes Commodores girls squad visited the very same Mount Mansfield Cougars last Saturday in Jericho, and behind a 20 - 13 fourth quarter they left town with a 57 - 49 win. Alison Bourdan (eighteen points) and Abby Denton (seventeen points) combined to score thirty-five points for the victorious Commodores. Sara Church led Mount Mansfield Union with twenty-two points. The Commodores improved to 13 - 6 with the win. In boys basketball action last Saturday in Vergennes the Commodores continued their quest for a top four seed by easily dispatching the Milton Yellow Jackets 71 - 41. Five Commodore players reached double figures in the offensive onslaught led by Josh Carter with sixteen points. Connor Mellon contributed fifteen more with Chris Holwager, Jesse Lalumiere and Cam Curler all adding ten more apiece to the slaughter. Anthony Campbell and Josh Patterson scored nine points apiece for the 1 - 17 Milton Yellow Jackets. Vergennes improved to 13 - 6 with the win. Meanwhile in Jericho the defending Division II state champion Mount Abraham Eagles continued to hold on to their number one seed by orchestrating a slaughter of their own. Kevin Labas (twenty-two points) and Will Manley (twenty points) scored forty-two points between them to lead the Eagles to an 86 - 41 thumping of Enosburg. Kyle Kayhart had a strong offensive game for Mount Abe too, contributing fourteen more points to the lopsided win. Enosburg, who fell to 2 - 16 with the loss, was led by Travis Dulude and Chad Gervais with twenty and ten points respectively. --- The Middlebury Tigers boys and girls hockey teams were in action last Friday and Saturday, but couldnt manage a win in all four attempts. In boys action the Tigers were beaten in Brattleboro by the Colonels 5 - 1. Jon Dacey and Joel Martell scored two goals each to lead the Colonels to the victory. The game might have been much closer if not for the efforts of Tigers goalie Jon Wells. Wells made an amazing fifty saves to hold the Colonels to five goals. Middleburys lone goal was scored by Sam Hermann. Then on Saturday the Tigers returned home only to be shutout by the Hartford Hurricanes 5 - 0. AJ Hamel scored one goal and added two assists to lead the Hurricanes offense while Drew Twitchell, Ryan Payne, Cody Vose and Nick Avery rounded out the scoring with single goals. Hartford ends their regular season at an impressive 18 - 2. Wells was again busy in the net for the Tigers who finished the year at 3 - 16 - 1. Wells made forty-two saves, giving him ninety-two over the two nights. In girls action the Middlebury Tigers dropped to 0 19 after suffering losses to Champlain Valley Union and Hartford. Last Friday night in Middlebury Alex Rivard turned in a hat trick to lead CVU to a 5 - 0 shutout win over the Tigers. Amanda Armell and KK Logan completed the scoring for the 6 - 9 - 4 Redhawks with single goals. The Tigers did score in their Saturday game against the Hartford Hurricanes, but gave up eight in an 8 - 1 loss. Janelle McCann and Lauren Todisco each netted hat tricks for the 9 - 2 - 2 Hurricanes, with Kaitlin Hayes and Nicole Todisco each adding single goals to the onslaught. Katie Mandigo scored the lone Tiger goal. Goalie Lauren Barber-Smith was one bright spot for the Tigers, turning in a fine performance where she made an impressive thirty-six saves. --- Last Saturdays indoor track championships may have been dominated by northern teams, thanks to the ladies on the Vergennes Commodores 4 X 800 track team, Addison County wasnt completely shut out. They brought home the state title with a time of 10:41.15. In all around scoring the Essex Hornets easily captured the girls title for the second straight year, while their boys had it tougher but outlasted the Mount Mansfield Union Cougars 73 - 69 to earn their sixth straight title.

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