Washer Drops 45 in Charger Win

photo by Vanessa Fournier
Only eight points short of Craftsbury School’s record of 53 points by Chris LaPoint, Dylan Washer (left) leaps around Northfield’s Garrett Korrow during play in the World War II gymnasium in Craftsbury. The Craftsbury Academy senior scored 45 points, a career high, during a home game against Northfield January 31. The Chargers beat the Marauders 81-56.

CRAFTSBURY – Senior Dylan Washer continued to shine bright for the rebuilding Craftsbury Academy (CA) boys’ basketballers last week, reaching career highs in a win over visiting Northfield.

Washer drained four three-pointers on his way to a stunning 45-point night, as the Chargers dismantled the Marauders at home last Wednesday 81-56. It was a career high for the senior who led his team to their season high score and earned them a second season win.

“First, I want to commend Northfield for the effort and toughness they play with,” said head coach Brandon Berry. “They are a very young, rebuilding program, so credit to their coach and players for sticking with it this season. It wasn’t just Dylan who had a career night, Sterling Blodgett and Evan Lamare also reached their own career highs during what was a total team effort. Sometimes we fall into the habit as a team of giving Dylan the ball and watching him go to work, but I was proud of everybody on our team for stepping up.”

Blodgett and Lamare each connected on a pair of threes to reach their career highs with 14 and 12 points respectively.

Kane Knapp paced Northfield with 17 to keep the game within striking distance, down just three at the break.

Washer outscored the Marauders 17-12 himself in the third quarter, as CA took control of the game 57-42 with eight minutes to play.

Zeke Aronson added 16 points for Northfield as they suffered their seventeenth straight loss of the season.

“I’ve tried to stress to our guys throughout the season that when everybody is locked in defensively and we play together, the game becomes easier for everyone. Hopefully we can have more nights like this in the future,” added Berry.

Washer is now within 60 points of a career 1,000 for Craftsbury Academy. Austin Massi was the last Charger to reach the mark in 2016, graduating in 2017 as the school’s all-time leading scorer with over 1,700 career points.  Washer’s grandfather Allen Reed graduated in 1982 with 1,674 career points.   

Washer and the Chargers will look to keep their momentum going this week with a trio of home match-ups that started with Christ Covenant on Monday, BFA-Fairfax on Wednesday, and Sharon Academy to wrap up a busy week on Friday. CA will complete their home and home series with a trip to Sharon next Monday.

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