Wednesday, March 6, 2013
New England Roundup: Vermont
By Roger Brown
When it comes to success, no New England high school athletic program can match resumes with Mount Anthony Union wrestling.
The Patriots won the New England Wrestling Championship last weekend, one week after the program captured its 25th consecutive state title. It was MAU's seventh New England title, but its first in nine years. Timberlane (Plaistow, N.H.) entered the New England tournament seeking its sixth consecutive championship.
Senior Miguel Calixto (132 pounds) and junior Jesse Webb (heavyweight) each prevailed in their weight class to propel the Patriots to the championship. MAU earned 109 points. Timberlane was second with 69.5.
"People keep asking me how it feels and it's awesome,” MAU coach Scott Legacy told the Bennington Banner. "Ending [Timberlane's] streak isn't as important as the fact that we won one. I'm just ecstatic for this group of kids. "
MAU's Troy Gassaway was the runner-up at 113 pounds, and teammate Austin Price finished fourth at 182 pounds.
Gassaway, Calixto and Webb were the first Mount Anthony wrestlers to reach the finals since Corey Greene won a New England title in 2006.
Webb, who improved his record to 53-0 this season, became the first heavyweight in Mount Anthony history to win a New England championship.
Calixto's run to the title improved his record to 60-0 this season. It was his 218th career victory.
"It's a proud moment for the program, school and town," Legacy said.
DIVISION I FINAL SET Top-seeded St. Johnsbury (23-0) and third-seeded Rice (19-4) each posted victories in Tuesday's semifinals and will meet in the Division I boys basketball championship game Thursday night (7) at the University of Vermont's Patrick Gymnasium.
Rice received 17 points from Marcus Willingham during its 55-40 triumph over third-seeded Rutland. Rice ended the game on a 26-5 run to earn its sixth trip to the championship game in the last seven years.
St. Johnsbury advanced with a 55-39 triumph over 12th-seeded Burlington. St. Johnsbury reached the championship game for the first time since 1997.
ST. AMOUR JOINS ELITE GROUP The final home game of Matt St. Amour's senior season turned out to be bittersweet. St. Amour became the sixth boys basketball player in the state to score at least 2,000 points during his high school career, but his Missisquoi team dropped a 71-64 decision to Vergennes.
St. Amour scored 33 points in the loss. He entered the contest 22 points shy of 2,000. He also had nine rebounds and seven assists.
St. Johnsbury's Bruce Dalrymple, BFA-St. Albans' Matt Johnson, Rice's Bernie Cieplicki, Bellows Falls Josh Allbee and Rice's Keith Cieplicki are the other Vermont players who reached the 2,000-point mark.
PARKER STEPS DOWN Brad Parker resigned as Champlain Valley Union's girls soccer coach in late February.
Parker guided the Redhawks to 11 state championships and 16 appearances in the Division I title game during his 25-year coaching career at CVU. He leaves with a career record of 340-45-42.
Parker, who played soccer at the University of Vermont, was named the national coach of the year in 1997. CVU defeated Essex in overtime to win last year's Division I title.
Roger Brown is a staff writer for the New Hampshire Union Leader. He has been covering high school sports throughout New England since 1992.