Bears end Week on Highnote

by Ken Brown

HARDWICK – The Danville baseball team gave Division III powerhouse Hazen Union all they could handle in defeat last week before sweeping a doubleheader against Northfield over the weekend, improving to 3-7 on the season. Twinfield-Cabot student athletes are on the Bears roster this spring for a second straight season.

Senior Lyle Rooney smacked a home run, drove in three, and recorded the save to help Hazen preserve a 10-8 home win over Danville last Monday. Twinfield-Cabot’s Meles Gouge led the Bears offense with a pair of triples and two runs batted in. Sebastian Eldred gave up six hits and seven runs in the loss for Danville.

The Bears got back on track in a big way on Saturday, sweeping a doubleheader at home from Northfield 17-7 and 20-5. Dusty Laura Bumps was a perfect 4-4 at the plate, including a three-run triple in game one. Gouge kept a hot bat for the Bears, smacking his third triple of the week and driving in three runs. Hunter Horne paced the offense in the night cap for Danville, belting a home run and drawing three walks. Cooper Calkins added three hits, including a triple and drove in three runs in the win.

Danville welcomed Division IV power Blue Mountain to town on Tuesday and will host Division III defending state champion Peoples Academy on Saturday afternoon. The junior varsity team is scheduled to host Craftsbury Academy on Wednesday.

Peoples Academy Softballers Drop Two

MORRISVILLE – The Peoples Academy (PA) softball team was left searching for their first win of the season last week after dropping a pair of games to Williamstown and BFA-Fairfax. Hazen Union’s Haley Michaud, Sarah Collier, Royelle Crown, and Gracie Crown are on the Lady Wolves roster this spring.

Williamstown earned their first win of the season last Tuesday, outlasting PA on the road 37-25. The Lady Blue Devils improved to 1-6 with the win.

Halle Rochelau struck out nine to earn the win to lead BFA-Fairfax to a 21-6 road victory over PA on Saturday. Abigail Langlois powered the Lady Bullet offense with a home run, triple, and a double. Faith Benjamin belted a triple of her own in a 2-3 effort and Anna Villeneuve added a double as BFA-Fairfax improved to 5-3 on the season. Haley Michaud took the complete game loss for PA in her first pitching duties in two seasons.

PA traveled to Twinfield-Cabot-Danville on Tuesday and will host Richford on Thursday.

Craftsbury Academy Track and Field

NEWPORT – The Craftsbury Academy (CA) middle school track and field team had a successful first meet of the season last week at North Country Union High School.

Kosmos Gletos stole the show for the Chargers with his first individual title in the discus event, edging Hazen Union’s Colin Gray. Gletos also finished third in the shot put behind Oxbow’s Gabe Nusbaum, fourth in the javelin behind Hazen’s Daniel Pougnier, and capped off his stellar day with a seventh-place finish in the long jump.

Theo Alexander also had a strong day for CA, finishing fifth in the 400m, sixth in the 100m, and seventh in the 200m, with Colin Gray and Manny Fliegelman of Hazen and Oxbow’s Landen Haley taking home the hardware. Charger teammate Raz Miller also posted a seventh-place finish in the 100m event.

On the girls’ side, Olive Garulio posted a fifth-place finish in the 100m hurdles behind Bishop Marshall’s Patricia Stabach. Garulio also posted a seventh-place finish in the long jump and finished tenth in the 400m, with teammate Natalie Hill finishing right behind her in eleventh.

Lamoille’s Hailey Porter finished first for her second title of the afternoon. Hill was also strong in the field events, placing third in the shot put and fifth in the discus. Layla Russell finished eighteenth in a deep field of 44 in the 100m event for CA and Ada Allen was the only competitor to finish the 300m hurdle event to claim the title for the Chargers.

In high school action, Charlie Kehler claimed a twelfth-place finish in the 1500m distance event over the weekend for the Chargers in the Burlington High School Track and Field Invitational, with CVU’s Matthew Servin claiming the title.

CA’s varsity team will be back in action on Wednesday at the Harwood Union Invitational.

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