It’s been quite a school year for Rice Memorial seniors Christian McCormick and Austin Robinson.
McCormick and Robinson helped Rice win the Division II football championship last fall, and each player tossed in a game-high 19 points as Rice won the Division I boys basketball championship Saturday by beating Rutland 55-49 at the University of Vermont’s Patrick Gymnasium.
“So far it’s been a fun year,’ McCormick said. “We’ll see what happens during baseball season.”
Robinson scored seven of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, when Rice outscored Rutland 22-12.
“Never thought I’d win two titles in my senior year,” Robinson said. “Might have to play a spring sport now.”
The victory handed Rice (22-2) its 12th title overall, and third in the last five years.
Alex Snyder, a 6-foot-7 center, led Rutland with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Tre Hysell added 10 points for Rutland (20-3), which was trying to win its first state championship since 1967.
Rutland outscored Rice 19-10 in the third quarter and led 36-33 entering the fourth, but lost to Rice in the postseason for the third consecutive year. Rice beat Rutland 61-58 in overtime during the regular season.
Vermont capped its winter sports season with three other boys basketball championship games Saturday:
Division II: Missisquoi (47), Fair Haven 40
Senior Adam Hubbard scored a season-high 14 points to lead top-seeded Missiquoi to its first state title in boys basketball. Missisquoi, which completed its season with a 22-2 record, will move up to Division I next season.
Division III: Winooski 49, Thetford 43
Junior guard Devon Rollins tossed in a game-high 21 points as third-seeded Winooski won its first state championship since 1987. The Spartans received 14 points and nine rebounds from Jalen Miller.
Division IV: Twinfield 64, Danville 58
Despite missing five minutes in the first half because of foul trouble, 6-foot-7 center Chad Copleland scored 32 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to help second-seeded Twinfield knock off top-seeded Danville. Copeland made 13 of his 21 field goal attempts.
HOCKEY TITLES WON WITH DEFENSE
The Champlain Valley Union boys hockey team was held to one goal in its Division I state championship game against top-seeded Essex, but that’s all the Redhawks needed.
Robbie Dobrowski’s goal with six minutes to play held up as third-seeded CVU claimed its second title in three years with a 1-0 victory. Dobrowski completed his high school career with 94 goals and 71 assists.
Goaltender Jason O’Brien made 29 saves for CVU. Essex entered the contest with a 16-game unbeaten streak.
Division II boys: Middlebury 2, Stowe 1
Tim Shea’s goal 6:46 into overtime handed the third-seeded Tigers their first state championship since 1996. Top-seeded Stowe beat Middlebury 4-2 during the regular season.
Division I girls: BFA-St. Albans 2, Spaulding 0
Shanley Howrigan recorded 21 saves to help BFA-St. Albans win its eighth state title in the last 10 years.
Taylor Girard and Tory Hubbard scored for third-seeded BFA-St. Albans, which lost to top-seeded Spaulding twice during the regular season.
Division II girls: U-32 4, Harwood 1
Jyneva Pickel scored twice to propel second-seeded U-32 past top-seeded Harwood.
U-32 scored 97 goals in its 22 games (18-3-1).
ATWOOD, FERRIS NAMED STATE’S TOP PLAYERS
Lake Region guard Kylie Atwood and Essex guard Ben Ferris have been named Vermont’s Gatorade Players of the Year for girls and boys basketball, respectively.
Atwood averaged 19.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.1 steals this season before she suffered a season-ending knee injury in February. Atwood, a junior, has committed to play basketball at the University of Vermont.
Ferris averaged 23.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and 6.5 assists for the Hornets this season. He will continue his basketball career at Division III Tufts University next season.
ROTARY ALL-STAR HOCKEY ROSTERS ANNOUNCED
Here are the boys' and girls' rosters for the Essex Rotary All-Star Hockey Classic games, which will be played Saturday at the Essex Skating Facility:
Forwards: Robbie Dobrowski, Champlain Valley; Kyle Logan, Champlain Valley; Derek Goodwin, Champlain Valley; JP Benoit, Champlain Valley; Tory Chouinard, Spaulding; Colin Kwasnik, Spaulding; Jason Pelkey, Spaulding; Nick Williams, BFA-St. Albans; Hayden Provost, Rice; Brian Martin, Woodstock; Ben Price, St. Johnsbury; Mike Avery, Hartford.
Defensemen: Erick MacLean, Champlain Valley; Tyler Clark, Spaulding; Torry Kelty, Spaulding; Nico Brands, Woodstock; Andrew Tang, South Burlington; Alex Piper, South Burlington.
Goalies: Dakota Woodworth, Spaulding; Aaron Mullen, Hartford. Coach: Clay Bell, Spaulding.
Forwards: Nik Laskaris, Harwood; Joe Ducharme, Harwood; Silas Rainville, Missisquoi; Kyle Peckham, Essex; Ben Adams, Essex; Derek Neal, Essex; Connor Pecor, South Burlington; Matt Mazzariello, Rutland; Andre Drewniak, Colchester; Greg Bronson, North Country; Charlie Bradford, Stowe; Connor Myers, U-32.
Defensemen: Noah Goss-Woliner, Harwood; Kurt Simendinger, Essex; Josh Ward, Essex; Greg Roy, Rutland; Pete Ballyk, Stowe; Jordan Sarracco, U-32.
Goalies: Jeff Evans-Mongeon, Harwood; Hein Hofvind, Burlington. Coach: Greg Murray, Colchester.
Forwards: Jyneva Pickel, U-32; Ester Peterson, U-32; Katie Murray, Montpelier; Allie Knight, South Burlington; Neyna Minert, South Burlington; Molly Howard, Champlain Valley; Amanda Armell, Champlain Valley; Kathryn Sleeman, Colchester; Sarah Deslandes, Essex; Laura Neal, Essex; Emiley Ledoux, Missisquoi; Gen Beloin, Middlebury.
Defense: Gabby Coletti, U-32; Abi Staab, U-32; Katie Kreis, U-32; Molly Estabrook, Montpelier; Alyx Rivard, Champlain Valley; Amanda Lacaillade, Champlain Valley.
Goalies: Gretchen St. Pierre, Colchester; Grace Metayer, Missisquoi; Ashley Vincent, U-32.
Forwards: Kristi Luce, Northfield; Julia Borchert, Hartford; Taylor Girard, BFA-St. Albans; Kate Howard, BFA-St. Albans; Abbi Boomhover, BFA-St. Albans; Ashley Prim, Mount Mansfield; Nicolette Gosselin, Spaulding; Julie Morris, Spaulding; Cassie Ross, Spaulding; Brooke Gilbreath, Woodstock; Kayla Henry, Stowe; Erin Bourne, Rutland.
Defense: Kaila Gervais, Hartford; Morgan Dodd, BFA-St. Albans; Rachel Hubbard, BFA-St. Albans; Abigail Stearns, Burr and Burton; Taylor Kresconko, Rutland; Michaela Smith, Spaulding.
Goalies: Nikki Lauziere, Milton; Renee Guy, Northfield; Lindsey Paquette, Essex.
Roger Brown has covered high school sports in New England since 1992. He currently covers high school and college football in the Northeast for ESPN/Scouts Inc.