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RAIDER GOALS REACH LAKE DIVISION SEMIFINALS

Marissa Serafino and Rachel Bombardier scored single goals, and Rutland goalie Deanna Radolfy made sixteen saves to lead the sixth seeded Raiders to a 2 - 1 upset over the third seeded Woodstock Wasps in the quarterfinals of the Lake Division Girls hockey tournament last Saturday afternoon.. Serafino scored in the opening period, and Bombardier gave them a little insursce with her third period goal. Radolfy lost her bid for a post season shutout when Woodstocks Eric Camp scored with just seventeen seconds left, making it a 2 - 1 final. Koestier made thirteen saves for the Woodstock Wasps who finish heir season at 14 - 3 - 4. The 13 - 8 - 1 Raiders were scheduled to take on the seventh seeded Burr and Burton Bulldogs this past Monday in the semifinals. Burr and Burton pulled off an upset of their own last Saturday, eliminating the fourth seeded Montpelier Salons 6 - 4. Rutlands Keely Levins repeats as Di Nordic Ski Champion
Rutland junior Keely Levins skiid to her second straight Division I Nordic title last Saturday at Ripton in the first leg of the Vermont skiing state championships. Levins won the event racing to the finish line with a time of 20:06.03. Fellow Raider Hannah Wright also came in the top ten, finishing sixth with a time of 21:38.0. Jahn Kalle of Brattleboro captured the Division I boys title with a time of 17:08.1. In the Division II competition the girls title was won by Kaitlynn Miller of Stowe, with a time of 20:01.5, while Alex Schulz from Lamoille was the 2008 Nordic champion with a time of 17:12.8. In the team competition following the first leg the Mount Anthony Union Patriots have a firm lead on the competition. The girls had three finishers in the top ten and the boys placed four. In Division II Stowe had a firm grip on the girls competition with four of their racers placing in the top five of the Nordic Event., while Peoples Academy enjoys the early lead for in the boys Division II by placing five racers in the top ten in last Saturdays race. The second leg of the event, the freestyle competition was to be held Thursday, February 21 at the Mountain Top in Chittenden. Twin Valley Defeats West Side
Tarryn Bolognani (seventeen points) and Devon Sparka (fifteen points) combined to score thirty-two points to lead their Twin Valley Wildcats to a 48 - 38 win over the West Rutland Golden Horde last Saturday in West Rutland. It looked early like Twin Valley would run away with this one jumping out to a 12 - 2 lead, and they held a commanding 26 - 10 lead at the break. But West Rutland kept the game in reach in the second half, but couldnt climb all the way out of the hole they were in. Katie Lincoln led the 10 - 9 Golden Horde with seventeen points, and her teammate Emily Sumner contributed seven more to the defeat. The Wildcats improved to an impressive 14 - 5 with the win. Otters capture annual Mill River JV Tournament
The Otter Valley Otters junior varsity boys basketball team pulled out a pair of three point wins to capture the championship in Mill Rivers annual junior varsity tournament. Below is a recap of all four tournament games. In the first semifinal game played Tursday evening February 14th Casey Babcock scored eleven points to lead the Otters to a 36 - 32 win over the Fair Haven Slaters. Otter Valley came out in their classic man to man half court defense, and held the Slaters to just nine points during the first half, and OV enjoyed an 18 - 9 lead at the break, but they didnt enjoy it for long. Led by freshman Nate Poczobut the Slaters went on a 14 - 0 run to start the second half and quickly claimed the lead 23 - 18. Poczobutled the charge by scoring eight points, including two three-pointers during it. After a timeout though the Otters regained their composure and closed the quarter with a 6 - 2 run of their own, and as they entered the final eight minutes of play the Slaters held a a slim 25 - 24 lead. The two teams battled for the next seven and a half minutes, which set the stage for the final minute. Freshman Alex Breslin hit two free throws to put the Slaters on to 32 - 31 with forty-five seconds left. But with just twenty-seconds left Otter Valley had the ball under their own basket. Bradley Christain, after setting a screen on the low block, sealed off his defender by turning back to the ball. He got the inbound, put it off the board and in and was fouled. Christain hit the free throw and the Otters 34 - 32 with just twenty seconds left. After the Slaters failed to score OV faced an inbound under the Slaters basket. Casey Babcock went deep to a streakig Ricky Naylor who was fouled with four seconds left. He sealed the Otter win by making both free throws. The Slaters were led by Breslin with nine points, followed by Poczobuts eight. In the second semifinal played later that night the Mill River Minutemen rode the hot hand of John Stewart in the second half to outlast the Woodstock Wasps 48 - 45. Stewart, who led the Minutemen with seventeen points, got thirteen of them in the second half. Brian Cole added fourteen more and Alex Gayette chipped in ten more for the victorious Mill River effort. Woodstocks Jon Ferrero led all scorers with an eighteen point night, and his teammate Brendan Mayhew chipped in ten more in the losing effort. In the Consolation game played last Saturday the Fair Haven Slaters saw a ten point, 25 - 15 halftime lead disappear, but they held on a defeated the Wasps 36 - 35. Breslin led the Slaters offensive attack with a dozen points, giving him an impressive tweny points in two tournament games. Ferraro again was the offensive leader for Woodstock with nineteen points, giving him a two game total of thirty-seven points. He was helped this time by Jim Tolar with thirteen points. In the championship game the Otter Valley Otters and Mill River Minutemen were facing for the third time this year. In their previous two meeting the Otters had won by twenty plus points, and this shouldnt have been much of a game. However someone forgot to tell Mill River that. The Minutemen played an aggressive two-three zone, and ran the floor well and at the half they were up by seven, 21 - 14. The Otters however came out more determined in the second half, went to a full court press and turned in a 15 - 8 third quarter, tying the game at 29 - 29 heading into the final eight minutes. The two teams battled to the end but the Otters prevailed in the end winning 46 - 41. Cole led the second place Minutemen with fourteen points, followed closely by Ryan Hammond with ten points. Ricky Naylor and Josh Gecha led the victorious Otters with fourteen and thirteen points respectively. The Otters, after an 0 - 2 start, finish their season at 15 - 4. The same four schools will be competing in the girls jv tournament this Thirsday and Friday evenings at Mill River. Come on out and watch. Game times are 6:00 PM and 7:30 PM. If the girls games are as exciting as all four boys games were you will be in for a treat.

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