BBA snowboarders win state title


MANCHESTER — The Burr and Burton girls snowboarding team won two of the three events and took the overall state championship at Okemo this week.

The Bulldogs were tops in the slopestyle and giant slalom events, then finished second in the halfpipe.

Individually, Hannah Callen won the GS and finished third in the slopestyle. Azurah Booth-Gage was second in the halfpipe as well.

On the boys side, Tucker Baribault won two individual events, taking the top spot in slopestyle and halfpipe.

Hockey, basketball all-stars

MANCHESTER — Girls hockey and girls basketball all-stars for the Marble Valley League were unveiled this week, with Burr and Burton and Arlington athletes throughout.

In girls hockey, four BBA players were named to the second team in Tier 3 from the coaches association, including forwards Stella Turner and Kilo Francomb, defender Miranda Eisenman and goalie Lola Herzog.

Three BBA seniors were named to the academic all-star list, players with a 3.5 GPA or better. They were Jessica Grabher, Julia Fillion and Angelina Scarlotta.

In the MVL Division A, BBA's Carol Herbert was named to the first team, while Ashley Heaton and Grace Pinkus were honorable mention.

In Division D, three Arlington Eagles were chosen as honorable mentions — senior Kierstyn Hess, junior Haley Mattison and eighth-grader Schuylar Nolan.

SMS competes at Vermont Open

STRATTON—Stratton Mountain School snowboarders took on the iconic Vermont Open at Stratton Mountain Resort this weekend, earning more than 30 podium finishes across multiple events.

Connor Cavanagh won first overall for the Boys 13 and Under, scoring first in Halfpipe and Banked Slalom, alongside a second place finish in the Rail Jam. Connor Kelly claimed second in the overall rankings, topping the podium in both Slopestyle and Rail Jam.

Ryan Kelly led the SMS results for Boys 14-18, winning second overall, second in Slopestyle, second in Rail Jam and third in Halfpipe. Charlie Bergantino followed in third overall and also won second in the Halfpipe as well as third in both Rail Jam and Slopestyle.

Skylar Koeppe took third in Slopestyle for the Girls 13 and under, and Jamie Pila seemingly spent more time on the podium than off, winning second overall for Girls 14-18, second in Rail Jam, and third in Halfpipe, Slopestyle and Banked Slalom. Racing in that same category, Cailin Doty won first in the Slopestyle and second in Halfpipe.

Victoria Powers won four medals among the Open Class Women, finishing second in Halfpipe, third in Slopestyle, third in Banked Slalom and third overall.

TJ Fitzgerald took first in the Open Class Men's Rail Jam, as well as third in Slopestyle, and SMS Snowboarding Director, SMS alumnus and two-time Olympic medalist Ross Powers took to the course to win second overall among the Open Class Men. Powers also finished third in Halfpipe and first in Banked Slalom, while junior Joey Okesson claimed second in the Halfpipe.

VBCA all-star games

WINDSOR — On Saturday, March 23 at the Windsor High School gym, the Vermont Basketball Coaches' Association will host its annual Senior All Star Game (North vs. South). In addition to the four all star games featuring the best seniors in the state, there's also a 3-point shooting contest to find the best boys and girls 3-point shooters in the state.

The players qualify at their team practices. At halftime of the All Star Games, the top 4 qualifiers will shoot for one minute.

Past record holders are Payton Buxton of Middlebury with 17 and Keegan Dunbar of Middlebury with 16. For the boys, Tristan Ross of St. Johnsbury with 23 and Jackie Lau of Lyndon with 22.

The games start at 11 a.m. with the Division 3-4 Girls, followed by the Division 3-4 Boys at 1 p.m., the Division 1-2 Girls at 3 p.m., and the Division 1-2 boys at 5 p.m.

Forehand wins World Cup event

MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, Calif. — Stratton Mountain School student Mac Forehand won the Slopestyle competition at the FIS World Cup hosted by Mammoth Mountain, and now leads the worldwide FIS points in Slopestyle.

The win is Forehand's first ever on the World Cup stage, though he also landed on the podium in November with a second place finish in Stubai, Austria.

At this weekend's Toyota U.S. Grand Prix, he scored 90.95 in his first run to gain the lead, and couldn't be touched in the second — the next closest finisher, Dahl Ferdinand of Norway, finished at 86.05.

Fellow American Kiernan Fagan rounded out the podium, placing third.

This win earns Forehand the Grand Prix title, while he also moves into the No. 1 spot in the global FIS points for Slopestyle.

Alongside his World Cup podiums in Mammoth and Stubai, he finished fifth alongside SMS alumna Caroline Claire in the Font Romeau World Cup and placed fourth in Slopestyle at the FIS Freeski World Championships in Park City, Utah last month.

Last spring, he dominated the junior circuit by taking first in Big Air at Junior World Championships.

SMS skiers make nationals

STRATTON — Four Stratton Mountain School Alpine skiers have qualified for U.S. Nationals thus far, taking a quarter of the 12 spots allocated for both High School and Collegiate skiers in the Eastern Region.

Olivia Holm, Lauren Abdow, Diego Holscher and PJ Bovaconti will race in New Hampshire's Waterville Valley between March 23 and 26 following a strong season for all four racers. Overall, 50 men and women respectively will compete in Nationals — including National Team members, and likely a few SMS Alumni.

Holm's Nor-Am Cup results throughout the year earned her a spot at Nationals, and overall she ranked second in all of the GS qualification races throughout the season.

Additionally, Holm has also qualified for U.S. Junior Nationals taking place at Waterville between March 27 and 29, competing against athletes both between 1998 and 2002, and has been invited to a U.S. Ski Team training camp at the Nationals venue.

For Abdow, it was this season's SG results that paved the way to Nationals. Holscher has also had a banner year, competing in Junior World Championships and Nor-Am Races earlier this year.

Announcements for Junior Nationals and U16 Nationals are yet to come following Eastern Championship races at the U16 level last weekend. In the first SG race of the Championships, the SMS Alpine women stacked four athletes in the top ten, as well as two in the men's results.

Tess Beyer landed on the podium in third, followed by Chloe Lathrop in sixth, Mathilde Schwencke in eighth and Anna Davis in 10th.

Jay Poulter earned sixth for the men, followed by Erik Holm in seventh.

Poulter led the SMS results in the second SG race, finishing second, and both Erik Holm and Schwencke finished third in their respective races, followed by Lathrop in seventh. In the first Slalom race Poulter again won second, with Lathrop taking fourth, Holm finishing fifth and Jacqui Culver placing eighth.

Meanwhile, SMS Alpine's U14 skiers took on the Vermont State Championships at Stratton Mountain Resort this weekend, giving it their all through the sun and snow to find success in each discipline — including a wealth of top-ten results and podium finishes.

Ultimately, ten U14's races qualified for Eastern Championships, taking place at New York's Whiteface Mountain next week: Henriette Borgia, Clarita Crespo, Megan Yi, Alex Huber, Knight Okie, Bode Gutchess, Bronson Culver, Matteo Bonivento, Simon Baron and Cameron Johnson.

Additionally, three SMS skiers — Kate Donnellan, Kristin Yi, and Carolyn Marlin have qualified for the VT/NY Invitational Project, taking place at Stratton Mountain Resort later this week.

Freeman helps VT win gold

BETHEL, Maine — Vermont won gold once again at the NENSA U16 Eastern Championships, and Stratton Mountain School Nordic Skier Sage Freeman helped to secure the top spot for her state with a first place win in the Team Relay, individually finishing fifth overall in a field of competitors from throughout the East.

Freeman participated in four races total, beginning with a 5K Skate race in which she earned seventh. She went on to finish 12th in the 5K classic, and eighth in the 1.5K Skate Sprint.

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Four racers joined together to take on Team Relay, with one male and one female skier from each team participating in Classic and Skate respectively, and Freeman dominated the Women's Skate leg of the race to bring the team to victory. While Freeman's relay team was not the only one from Vermont in the field, their first place finish helped Vermont secure their overall win.

Overall, Freeman finished in fifth, and will compete in Fort Kent, Maine this weekend, alongside Asa Chalmers and Clarissa Pollard at the NENSA Eastern High School Championships.

Their nine peers at Junior Nationals — Conor Munns, postgraduate Sophia Laukli, Will Koch, Charlotte Ogden, Zander Martin, Nina Seeman, Gavin Blauch, Anna Lehmann and Mathias Boudreau-Golfman — are competing throughout the week in Anchorage, Alaska.

Also this past weekend, SMS Nordic's U14 skiers — Chip Freeman, Fin Bailey and Wyatt Teaford — raced in the 30K race at the Craftsbury Spring Fling, finishing together for a three-way tie in 1:34.

At the NCAA's Stratton Mountain School alumna Katherine Ogden won first overall for Dartmouth, and earned All-American status alongside alums Ben Ogden (University of Vermont) and Lauren Jortberg (Dartmouth).

BBA falls in quarterfinals

JERICHO — The No. 7 Burr and Burton boys basketball team trailed by 22 at halftime and fell 66-36 to No. 2 Mount Mansfield on Friday night.

BBA remained close through most of the first quarter but a 10-0 run sent MMU to a 20-8 lead after one.

"We just couldn't figure out their defense," said BBA coach Eric Green.

Down 37-15 at the break, MMU turned up the pressure on defense, holding BBA to six points in the frame.

MMU's Asa Carlson led all scorers with 16 points, while Taylor Bowen and Becket Hill each had 10.

For BBA, Patrick Forstmann and Nasier Camp led the way with eight points apiece.

The Bulldogs finish the season at 14-8.

"I'm proud of our senior class and how hard we competed this season," Green said. "I'm excited for next year."

BBA hockey to represent at Classic

MANCHESTER — Four Burr and Burton hockey players will represent the Bulldogs in the Vermont All-star Hockey Classic hosted by the Rotary Club of Essex.

The games feature the best Vermont high school senior players, both boys and girls, in Division I and Division II, as nominated by their respective coaches.

BBA's Jessica Grabher, Julia Martin and Charleigh Carthy were selected for the girls all-star game.

Owen King will represent the Bulldogs in the boys all-star game.

The games will take place on Saturday, March 25 at the Essex Skating Facility.

Colchester tops BBA

COLCHESTER — The Burr and Burton boys hockey team saw its season come to an end with a 4-2 loss in a Division II quarterfinal game against Colchester.

The Lakers scored 20 seconds into play, but the Bulldogs answered with a goal from Jakub Murlac to tie the contest after one period. Duncan Chamberlain assisted on the Murlac goal.

Both teams scored a goal in the second to knot the game 2-2 after two. Johnny Miceli notched the BBA tally off an assist from Murlac.

Colchester scored the go-ahead goal with about four to play in the third and then added an insurance goal for good measure.

BBA finishes the year at 11-11.

Shrine Bowl rosters announced

MANCHESTER — The Burr and Burton and Mount Anthony football team will be represented in the 66th Annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl on August 3.

The senior all-star game that pits the finest football talent from Vermont and New Hampshire will be played at Spartan Field at Castleton University with a 5:30 p.m. kick off that Saturday.

Three BBA players were chosen for the game as running back Jake Baker and lineman Olivier Cazaudumec and Will Frank will all take part.

Lineman Ty Evans will be the lone MAU participant in the game.

Mount Mansfield's Marty Richards will be the coach for the Vermont team.

BBA girls third at Nordic championships

RIPTON — The Burr and Burton girls Nordic ski teams finished third overall at the state championships on Monday at the Rikert Touring Center.

The Bulldogs finished behind champion U-32 and Middlebury in the Division II standings.

In the individual race, three Bulldogs finished in the top 10, led by Leah Mowry in seventh. Maggie Brown was eighth with Brennan Harris in 10th. Harriet Dahlstrom finished 16th. BBA was third in the relay as well.

The rest of the BBA contingent included Quinn Evarts, Summer Murphy, Serena Harris and Sage Lalor.

The boys team was fourth overall behind U-32, Middlebury and Lamoille. Logan Sands was the highest finisher in the individual event with a 14th place fun. Ned Thompson was 23rd, Ned Swarteztruber was 35th, Ardan Walsh was 43rd and Ethan Lareau was 45th.

They were sixth in the relay.

BBA boys fourth at Alpine championships

EAST BURKE — The Burr and Burton boys alpine ski team was fourth overall after the two-day competition at Burke Mountain.

Led by Blake Greene, who won both individual events, BBA scored 209 points, behind winner St. Johnsbury, Stowe and Rutland. BBA was fourth and Harwood fifth.

Greene won the giant slalom in 1 minute, 42.03 seconds. The rest of the BBA squad included Noah Coppola, Bailey Desroberts, Ben Desroberts, Alvero Letamendia and Michael Duddy.

In the slalom, Greene won by more than four seconds. Duddy was next in 15th, with Bailey Desroberts, Coppola, Ben Desroberts and Letamendia following.

The BBA girls were fifth overall, behind champion Woodstock, Champlain Valley, Lyndon and St. Johnsbury.

In the giant slalom, Spencer North was the top finisher in 16th, followed by Mackenzie Peters, Julia Dapron, Emily Sullivan, Hannah Cyr and Annabelle Gray.

In the slalom, Peters was the top BBA finisher in 11th. Sullivan, Dapron, North, Gray and Abby Crowley.


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