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Mt. Abe, VUHS are weekend victors

There wasnt much high school basketball being played by Addison County squads this past weekend, but both the Vergennes Commodores and Mount Abraham Eagles boys teams were in action and were victorious. In Milton last Saturday Connor Merrill pumped in fourteen points to lead the Vergennes Commodores to a 63 - 49 win over the hometown Yellow Jackets. Jesse Lalumiere chipped in with ten more points for the victorious Commodores, while Miltons John Dustin led all scorers with a game high seventeen points. In Bristol last Friday night the Mount Abraham Eagles blew out Enosburg 66 - 33. Kevin Labas led the charge with eighteen points, followed by Kyle Kayhart and Will Manley who contributed eleven and ten points respectively. Travis Dulude led Enosburg with a dozen points.Mount Abraham improved to 10 - 2 with the win. In girls action last Saturday in Vergennes the Commodores hosted the Middlebury Tigers in an all Addison County battle. Vergennes Alison Bourdon scored eight points and hauled in sixteen rebounds, just missing a double - double, but in doing so led her Commodores to a fourteen point win, 52 - 38. Abby Benton led the Commodores with eleven points, followed closely by Erin Provost who contributed nine more. The Middlebury Tigers were paced by Hillary Daley with eleven points. With the win the Commodores improve to 8 - 3 on the year, and are making a good run at earning a high seed in the fst approaching Division II Tournament. ---- Both the boys and girls hockey teams for Middlebury High saw action last weekend, but neither could pull out a win. In Middlebury last Saturday William Guy scored twice and assisted on another score to lead the visiting Peoples Academy to a 4 - 2 win over the hometown Tigers. Nicholas Drolet and Michael Brailey also scored for the 5 - 9 Peoples squad, while Jamison Beattie their goalie made nine saves to secure the win. Sam Hermann and Travis Karpak scored for the Tigers, while goalie Taylor Ryan was kept busy making nineteen saves. The Tigers were out shot by a twenty-three to eleven margin. In girls action the Middlebury Tigers were in South Burlington hoping to get their first win against the Champlain Valley Red Hawks, but it wasnt to be. KK Logan scored two goals and assisted on two others to lead Champlain Valley to a 6 - 2 win over the hapless Tigers. The game was much closer than he score indicates. Middlebury out shot their hosts twenty-five to twenty-three, but were denied the benefits thanks to a terrific performance by Red Hawk goalie Nicole Bonneau, who secured the win by making twenty-three saves. Molly Howard matched Logans two goals, with Maggie Ryan and Suzanne Levack scoring once each for the victorious Hawks. Katie Mandigo and Laura Barber scored for the Tigers. Lauren Barber-Smith started in the net for Middlebury and made thirteen saves before being relieved by Ashley Rouse who recorded four stops. Champlain Valley improved to 4 - 7 - 3 with the win, while the Tigers dropped to 0 -14 - 0 on the year. ---- The Vermont Ice Storm, who were the New England Patriots of the Empire Football League last summer by going undefeated throughout the season and the playoffs en-route to a league championship, couldnt quite do the same thing on a national level. Playing in the USA Bowl last Saturday in Hollywood, Florida, which is the AAA National Championship Game, fell to the Detroit Black Ravens 22 - 14. Detroit jumped out to a 16 - 0 halftime lead, and Vermont, who were without the service of their starting quarterback Brad Rudderman, who stayed home for the delivery of his baby, faced an uphill battle, and they almost pulled it out. Back up quarterback Matt Paul threw two third quarter touchdowns to cut the lead to 16 - 14. He hooked up with Austin Partain for a twelve-yard strike, then connected with Zack Howe from three yards out. But Detroits defense shut Vermont down in the fourth quarter and added another touchdown of their own to secure the win. Paul wound up completing sixteen of thirty-four pass attempts for 203 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Partain was his leading receiver with four catches for eighty-nine yards and a touchdown. The Ice Storm, despite the loss, do have one national championship though for their 15 - 1 season. They were named the American Football Association national champions last Friday. So if football is your thing then come check out the Ice Storm this summer. They play their games at Colchester High School. It may only be semiprofessional football, but as the Ice torm proved this past season it is national caliber semiprofessional football.

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