Eagles soar to victory, defeat Thunderbirds

In boys high school basketball action last Saturday in Bristol, the Mount Abraham Eagles, behind a 20-4 fourth quarter run, defeated the Milton Thunderbirds 56-30.

Bela Dobkowski led the victorious Eagles with 18 points while Corey Kimble and Kyle Kayhart contributed an additional 10 apiece. Mike Bordeaux led the 2-11 Thunderbirds with 11 points. Mount Abraham improved to 6-8 with the win.

In Swanton on the same night Connor Merrill poured in 25 points to lead the Vergennes Commodores past Missisquoi Valley Union 68-61. Josh Carter (16 points) and Cameron Curler (14 points) combined to yield another 30 points to the victorious Commodores, who improved to 11-2 with the win. Ben Fournier pumped in 21 points and Dillon O'Brien another 12 for MVU, who dropped to 6-8 with the loss.

Last Friday night in Bristol Nicole Brown nailed a clutch shot to lift the Middlebury Tigers past their Addison County rivals,.the Mount Abraham Eagles, 36 -35, in girls high school basketball action. Kattie Ritter paced the victorious Tigers with 15 points, while Jade Dingler led the 5-7 Eagles with nine points.

In other girls action last Friday in Vergennes, South Burlington High School, led by Kelsey Beynnon with 18 points, crushed the hometown Commodores 53-20. Rachel Crews contributed another dozen for the victorious SBHS, while Allison Provost led the 2-8 Commodores with nine points.

Commodores take seventh

The Vergennes Commodores wrestling squad captured seventh place at the Michael J. Baker Wrestling Classic, held last Saturday in Essex. Vergennes finished with 118.5 points, 26.5 better than eighth place finisher Essex and 13 points behind the Beekmantown, N.Y., team, who captured sixth. Mike Strong led the Commodores by winning the 285 pound division, defeating Tyler DeBardino of Deering, Maine in the finals, 6-3. Fellow Commodore Damien Strona made the finals in the 189 pound division, where he was defeated 4-2 by Rueben Stone of Spaulding. The multiple team tournament, which featured schools from Maine, New York and Vermont, was won by Massabesic High School in Maine with 222.5 points.

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