Weekend Round-up

Lady Chargers out last RocketsCRAFTSBURY – The Lady Chargers of Craftsbury Academy took on the Richford Rockets Saturday afternoon and they walked away with a hard fought 41-33 victory.Coach Rick Thomas said that, “rebound was the determining factor of the game.” His team was able to shoot 55% from the field, while collecting 20 offensive rebounds.Coach Thomas would later add that, “the New year’s resolution of the team was to go undefeated in January. We are feeling our confidence rise and the girl’s seem to be having fun out on the court.”Hattie Brochu led the Chargers with 14 points and Emily Jones chipped in with 11.Ellie Purrier was high scorer on the Rocket’s with 11 points.Craftsbury Academy stands at (3-3) on the season and they have already bested last year’s team who had a record of (2-18). They will look to continue towards their New Year’s resolution Friday afternoon when they travel to Blue Mountain School. Tip-off is set for 5:30.Craftsbury Stays Unbeaten, Downs RichfordCRAFTSBURY – The Chargers continued to role Saturday afternoon as they knocked off the Richford Falcons, 53-43 to improve to (6-0) on the young season.After leading by only 1 point at the end of the 3rd, Craftsbury Academy was able to use a 21-12 4th quarter to pull away.Coach Terry Kelleher said, “The key going in to the game was shutting down Bret McAlister.” (McAlister had 23 points the first time these two teams played.) “We were able to hold him to 11 points this game.”The story of the game however was Freshman Alex Vetere, who broke his nose during 3rd quarter action. After Vetere was medically cleared he went back into the game in the 4th and helped to extend the lead.On Vetere’s injury Coach Kelleher said, “He is a fighter. I asked him if he could play and he told me that he was going back in to play and he wasn’t coming out.”Kyle Adams led the way with 20 points, while Jason Martin chipped in with 12 points and 15 rebounds.The Academy will look to stay unbeaten when the travel to the Blue Mountain School, for a Friday night contest, with tip-off set for 7:00 o’clock.Gallup’s Last second Free-Throws Seal Lady Ranger’s VictoryLYNDON – After dropping back-to back games for the first time in nearly 5 years, the Lake Region Lady Rangers were able to knock off the Lyndon Institute Vikings in a last-second thriller, to win their 3rd game of the year.The contest remained close throughout, with neither team building more than a 7 point lead. Lyndon would find themselves leading 41-40, with15 seconds to go, leaving Lake Region with 1 possession left.After receiving a pass from Drew Neal, Caylin Gallup was able to get fouled and sent to the free throw line for a 1-and-1 situation with 7.2 seconds on the clock. She would go on to knock down both shots, giving the Rangers a 42-41 lead.L.I would get off a last second, desperation shot, but it would rim out.The win moves the Lady Rangers to 3-2 and they will look to run their win streak to 3 games when they take on Danville on the road at 7:30.Falcons Fall to EssexESSEX–North Country lost their first foray into Chittenden County on Friday, losing to the Hornets of Essex 66-40.“We struggled to get the ball into the basket,” said coach Bonvechio, “We are on the path towards achieving our goal, and a one game setback is not going to derail us.”Caleb Prue’s nine led the Falcons