In boys soccer: Chargers push past Red Devils, 6-0

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Caleb Paquette (left) and MaCaden Lyford (right) spent much of the afternoon in face-offs like this one.

Caleb Paquette (left) and MaCaden Lyford (right) spent much of the afternoon in face-offs like this one.  Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle October 8, 2014

by David Dudley

CRAFTSBURY — The Craftsbury Academy Chargers rolled up an impressive 6-0 victory over the Chelsea Red Devils, Friday afternoon in the Chargers’ final home game of the season. And what a Friday afternoon. The sun was shining, there wasn’t a bit of wind, and the sky was clear. Perfect weather for a soccer match.

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In girls soccer: Craftsbury Academy chalks up big win against UCA

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Craftsbury forward Lizzie Brown takes a moment to recoup after missing a shot late in Saturday's game with United Christian Academy.  Brown had two goals on the afternoon.  Photos by David Dudley

Craftsbury forward Lizzie Brown takes a moment to recoup after missing a shot late in Saturday’s game with United Christian Academy. Brown had two goals on the afternoon. Photos by David Dudley

copyright the Chronicle September, 24, 2014

by David Dudley

CRAFTSBURY — The Craftsbury Academy’s Lady Chargers — fueled by the potent offensive attack of seniors Aleia Augsburger, and Meghan Brown — defeated the United Christian Academy’s (UCA) Lady Crusaders Saturday afternoon, 9-0.

The Crusaders’ goalie, Andreanna “Drew” Andrew, faced a barrage of Charger shots in the first half. After a missed attempt, Augsburger put the Lady Chargers on the board off a feed from sophomore Amy DeLaBruere, making the score 1-0.

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In boys baseball: Whitcomb lefty ends Chargers comeback

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Craftsbury Charger Iva Wright lays down a textbook bunt during Friday night's varsity match between the Chargers and the visiting Whitcomb Hornets.  Due to insufficient numbers to field a softball team, Wright and Sarah Dunbar have earned spots on the boys' varsity baseball squad.  The team is further bolstered by the addition of two United Christian Academy students — Jon DeLaBruere and Marc Quirion. Photos by Richard Creaser

Craftsbury Charger Iva Wright lays down a textbook bunt during Friday night’s varsity match between the Chargers and the visiting Whitcomb Hornets. Due to insufficient numbers to field a softball team, Wright and Sarah Dunbar have earned spots on the boys’ varsity baseball squad. The team is further bolstered by the addition of two United Christian Academy students — Jon DeLaBruere and Marc Quirion.
Photos by Richard Creaser

copyright the chronicle 05-08-13

by Richard Creaser

CRAFTSBURY COMMON — Whitcomb High lefty Bradford Allen gave the visiting Hornets just what they needed to secure the win over the host Craftsbury Academy Chargers on Friday night.  Allen would close out the game for Hornets starter Cody Snelling and shut down the Chargers offense with a pair of three-up, three-down innings to give Whitcomb the 11-9 victory.

“They’ve never faced a lefty before and I don’t expect they are likely to see another,” Craftsbury Coach Dan Locke said of his team after the game.  “He was just lights out.  He did what they needed done.”

Craftsbury got off to a fine start taking advantage of stolen bases to plate three runs in the first inning to give the home team an early 3-0 lead.  Those would be the last runs that Whitcomb’s Snelling would allow for the next four innings.

Speedy Craftsbury Charger Caleb Paquette burns down the first baseline and beats out the throw to Whitcomb Hornet Sam Ennis during Friday's varsity baseball game in Craftsbury Common.  Whitcomb would go on to win the game 11-9.

Speedy Craftsbury Charger Caleb Paquette burns down the first baseline and beats out the throw to Whitcomb Hornet Sam Ennis during Friday’s varsity baseball game in Craftsbury Common. Whitcomb would go on to win the game 11-9.

Pitching for Craftsbury, Brandon Locke had a puzzlingly inconsistent outing.  At times Brandon Locke seemed dominant striking out six batters through five innings of play.  That compares markedly when held against a pair of hit batsmen, a series of walks and wild pitches that allowed Whitcomb to grab the advantage.

“We need to work on the walks and hit by pitch,” Coach Locke said.  “On the whole I think we were pretty solid pitching wise and our defense held up for the most part.  Whitcomb was able to take advantage of some mistakes and it cost us.”

The Hornets would respond with an offensive barrage of their own in the second inning, tying up the game.  The Hornets would take the lead in the top of the third before exploding for four more runs in the top of the fourth and another in the top of the fifth.  Despite being down six runs with more than half of the game already in the books, the Chargers never gave up hope.

Whitcomb's Alex Messier (center) successfully defends the plate against Craftsbury's Iva Wright during the first inning of the varsity baseball game on Friday night.  Wright's Charger teammate Marc Quirion (foreground) observes after stepping away from the batter's box.  Despite a valiant comeback the Chargers would fall shy and Whitcomb would claim the win 11-9.

Whitcomb’s Alex Messier (center) successfully defends the plate against Craftsbury’s Iva Wright during the first inning of the varsity baseball game on Friday night. Wright’s Charger teammate Marc Quirion (foreground) observes after stepping away from the batter’s box. Despite a valiant comeback the Chargers would fall shy and Whitcomb would claim the win 11-9.

“We were always trying to get back into it, ” Charger Jeremiah Lasher said after the game.  “We knew we were down but we never thought that we couldn’t get back.  We just had to play harder.”

Brandon Locke helped out his own cause by singling and taking advantage of a fielding error allowing him to reach second.  A stolen base later and he was only one stop away from scoring.  Caleb Paquette accepted the challenge and singled Locke in from third.  United Christian Academy’s Marc Quirion, playing for the Chargers, beat out an infield single to put two on for Craftsbury.  Snelling would retire the next two batters before Lasher chopped a hot-shot down the third base line that bounced over Whitcomb’s Matt Townsend and into left field.  That shot would drive in both Paquette and Quirion to cut the Hornets’ lead to 9-6.

Frank Spiese replaced Brandon Locke on the mound in the top of the sixth inning.  Spiese would allow the first two batters to score before stranding a man on third and concluding the inning with a strikeout.  Whitcomb now led the game 11-6.

With Josh Coville and Austin Masi on base, Brandon Locke would again come through at the plate and drive in Coville with an RBI double.  It would prove to be the beginning of the end for Snelling as he surrendered three consecutive walks, including bringing home Masi and Brandon Locke on base on balls.

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Whitcomb’s Bradford Allen gets caught looking on a called third strike from Craftsbury Charger Brandon Locke (not pictured) to catcher Jeremiah Lasher. Allen would get his revenge by shutting down Craftsbury in order through the final two innings of the game to preserve Whitcomb’s 11-9 lead.

As Allen took the mound for the Hornets he inherited three runners and no outs and a slender two run lead.  He proved up to the task, retiring the first two batters on strikes before fielding a soft chop and throwing out the runner at first to end the threat.

The Chargers’ Spiese settled into his role in the top of the seventh, allowing only a single base runner while striking out two to close out Whitomb’s chances on the day.  Unfortunately for the home team, Allen continued his dominance mowing down the Craftsbury batters in order to earn the save and preserve Snelling’s win.

“We had some trouble finishing up,” Coach Locke said after the game.  “We weren’t able to get those guys in from second base or third base.  We were hitting it hard but it was just right at them.”

Coach Locke commended his team on remaining focused on the game.  Being down six runs and five runs makes it difficult to stay focused especially for a team as young as the Chargers, he said.

“You have to learn how to win with grace and you also need to learn to lose with grace,” Coach Locke said.  “It might not have gone the way I had hoped but I’m proud of them.  There’s something positive to take away from this game.”

contact Richard Creaser at nek_scribbler@hotmail.com

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In boys basketball: Chargers struggle, fall to Rochester

by Harris Kinsey

copyright the Chronicle 2-11-2013

CRAFTSBURY COMMON — Coming off a loss to Richford, the Craftsbury Academy boys varsity hoped to get a win at home against Rochester.  They tried but came up well short in a 74-27 loss.  Pavin Parrish of Rochester led all scorers with 31 points and he had well balanced scoring behind him as Rochester did a great job sharing the basketball.  Kyle Adams led Craftsbury with 14 points but the other players just couldn’t get anything done.  Craftsbury looked lost all game playing without their point guard Alex Vetere, due to injury, and this game was an indication that they badly need him.

The first quarter started out fast for Rochester as Parrish would score only 32 seconds into the quarter when he connected on a three-pointer to put Rochester up 3-0.  Craftsbury did not score until the 2:08 mark on a jumper by Brandon Locke.  Rochester would score 19 points in the quarter.  Craftsbury, not having Vetere, could not get organized, and scored only five points.  The first quarter ended with the score 19-5 in favor of Rochester.

The second quarter would start off fast again for Rochester with Parrish connecting on a layup only 40 seconds into the quarter.  Craftsbury would not score until the 4:50 mark when Frank Spiese made a layup for Craftsbury’s first score.  Play was stopped for a little while in the second quarter when Parrish scored a basket for his high school career point number 1,500.  The game picked up where it left off, and Rochester scored 23 points in the second to 6 points for Craftsbury.  The first half ended with Rochester leading 42-11.

Coming out from the locker room, Craftsbury hoped to shake off the struggles of the first half.  However Rochester would score only a minute into the quarter on a layup by Parrish.  Rochester’s defense was dominant.  They forced turnover after turnover.  Bad passes and forced plays by Craftsbury continued to be the story of the game as they continued to struggle, not having an established point guard on the floor.  Craftsbury would score only four points in the quarter, while Rochester again scored in double digits in a quarter with 15 points.  The third quarter ended with the score 57-15 in favor of Rochester.

The fourth quarter started fast again for Rochester as they scored only 12  seconds into the quarter on a layup by Tanner Pratt.  Their defense again took over and took advantage of Craftsbury, who, without Vetere to calm them down and direct play, seemed scattered and rushed.  Rochester again dominated and scored 17 points in the quarter, and held Craftsbury to 12 points.  The game ended with Rochester winning 74-27.

After the game, Coach Rick Thomas said, “We are struggling right now and playing scattered because we don’t have Vetere.  He is our calming presence and not having him for the rest of the season is going to be a struggle.  We just have to figure out how to play without him.”

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In girls basketball: Craftsbury Chargers hang tough in loss to Richford

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Janet Bohannon goes up for a shot against Richford. Photo by Harris Kinsey

by Harris Kinsey

copyright the Chronicle 12-12-2012           

CRAFTSBURY COMMON — Coming off a nice win against United Christian Academy, the Craftsbury Academy girls basketball team was hoping to win their first game in their brand new gym.  They fought hard through four quarters, but came up short in a 42-36 loss to Richford on Monday night, December 10.

Elle Purrier paced Richford with 10 points and the Richford Falcons rode well balanced scoring to the victory.

Janet Bohannon led all scorers with 23 points but didn’t have much help on the scoring, as other players just couldn’t get their shots to fall.

The game started slowly, with the teams trading misses until the 3:38 mark of the first quarter.  Richford scored first with a layup.  Richford 2, Craftsbury 0.

Craftsbury then scored two field goals to take the lead at 4-2.

The score stood that way for a while until Craftsbury scored three more points, and Richford got a free throw.  After the first quarter the score stood Craftsbury 7 Richford 3.

The teams traded misses again to start the second quarter, until a three-pointer by Richford cut the lead to seven to six. Scoring really picked up in the second quarter of play. Janet Bohannon led all scorers in the second quarter scoring 11 points to pace Craftsbury.  Craftsbury held the lead throughout the second and ended the first half of play with an 8-point lead, Craftsbury 23, Richford 15.

The third quarter also started with a scoring lull with the teams trading misses again until Craftsbury made two field goals to take a 27-16 lead three minutes into the third.  Craftsbury 27, Richford 16.

But Richford would then close the gap considerably.  With good defense and good shooting, they were able to get to the basket for layups, and got to the foul line.  They closed the gap to four by the end of the third.  After three quarters the score stood Craftsbury 30, Richford 26.

At the beginning of the fourth, the teams were still fighting hard and Richford hung close.  They traded baskets to start the quarter.  Then Richford began to really make shots and they ended up taking the lead by a point.  Craftsbury answered with a basket of their own to take the lead right back.  Craftsbury 36. Richford 35.

Richford took a 3-point lead with 2:07 left in the game 39-36.  Craftsbury just couldn’t make their shots fall.  The game ended with Craftsbury losing by six, Richford 42, Craftsbury 36.

After the game, Craftsbury coach Rick Thomas said,  “We are very young.  We played well and we played hard.  To hang with a veteran team as long as we did is an accomplishment in itself.  Everybody contributed.  It was a team effort.”

Craftsbury is a very young team with only four juniors and no seniors.  They have two eighth-graders, four ninth-graders, and two sophomores.  Richford on the other hand has a lot more experience with three seniors, four juniors, three sophomores, and one freshman.

Craftsbury played a great game, but came up just short.  Their next game is on December 18 when the varsity girls host Stowe at home.  The game starts at 5:30 p.m..

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UCA vs CA boys basketball game decided in final quarter

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by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle 12-9-2012

Craftsbury Academy Charger Austin Masi (left) bolts down the sideline as UCA Crusader Ji Hwan Kim tries to cut off his avenue of attack. Photos by Richard Creaser

NEWPORT — The balance of the game hung on every basket as the well-matched United Christian Academy Crusaders hosted the visiting Craftsbury Academy Chargers on Saturday afternoon.  An unbroken run of 11 points in the final quarter of play helped propel the Crusaders to a 46-41 win over Craftsbury.

Throughout the game fans from both schools watched as their team battled back to take or retake the lead.  The Crusaders came out strong in the first quarter after allowing Craftsbury to open the scoring.  UCA responded with 14 straight points before the Chargers clawed back onto the scoreboard.  At the end of the first, UCA took the lead 19-13.

The second quarter belonged solidly to the Chargers despite UCA recording eight of the first nine points in that quarter. Craftsbury would record the last 14 points to take a 28-27 point lead into the half.

Coming back from the break the third quarter boasted the least amount of scoring of the entire game.  Both sides managed only nine total points between them with Craftsbury padding their lead to 34-30 entering the final frame of play.

Craftsbury Charger Austin Masi (center) leaps for the basket as UVCA defender Marquel Webster (right) and Chris Delabruere (left) try to stop the drive.

That’s when the Crusaders came to life and racked up their 11-point run including going 5 for 6 from the foul line.  The Chargers battled back to within four points only to send the Crusaders back to the foul line time and again.  Though the Crusaders would not enjoy quite the same degree of success as they had earlier, shooting only 3 for 9, those extra points helped round out the 46-41 victory.

Chris Delabruere paced the Crusaders with 18 points and closely followed by teammate Paul Saaman who recorded 17 points on the day.  Ctaftsbury’s Kyle Adams recorded 17 points followed by Alex Vetere who scored 11 points in the losing effort.

Contact Richard Creaser at nek_scribbler@hotmail.com

The members of the United Christian Academy Crusaders boys varsity basketball team for the 2012-2013 season are, back row from left to right: Dale Martel, Jon Delabruere, Marquel Webster, Marc Quirion and Coach Tony Delabruere. front row from left: Chris Delabruere, Ji Hwan Kim and Paul Saaman.
Photo by Richard Creaser

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CA Chargers girls basketball team beats UCA Crusaders, 44-20

Craftsbury Academy Lady Charger Janet Bohannon (second from left) sets up the basket as she works past UCA defender Laura Libby (left). Hannah Piette (back right) and Whitney Carter move in for a potential rebound. Photos by Richard Creaser

by Richard Creaser

copyright the Chronicle 12-9-2012

NEWPORT — The visiting Craftsbury Academy Chargers girls basketball team won their first meeting of the season against the home team United Christian Academy Lady Crusaders 44-20 on Saturday morning.  The Chargers rode a dominant second quarter where the team recorded 14 points while keeping the Crusaders entirely off the score sheet.

Though the Chargers would outscore the home side in all four quarters it was not the entirely lopsided affair the final score might suggest.  The Crusaders hung tight against the Chargers through the first quarter trailing only by two points.  It was the second half, dominated by Craftsbury’s Janet Bohannon who recorded eight of her team’s 14 points in the quarter, that turned the tide against UCA.  The 16-point buffer Craftsbury put up before halftime proved an insurmountable barrier to the home side.

Bohannon’s superb play persisted throughout the contest as she racked up 24 of Craftsbury’s 44 points on the day.  Hannah Piette put in a solid performance for the Crusaders knocking in ten of the team’s 20 points including a pair of field goals.

Other key contributors were Craftsbury’s Aysha Hodgdon who recorded six points and UCA’s Laura Libby who also added six points for her team.

UCA’s Christina Maxwell (right) and Craftsbury Academy’s Meghan Brown battle for control of he ball in girls’ varsity basketball action on Saturday.

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