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Border Country Sports Blog-January 9th

Good Morning! With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.

Bennington Martens Game Canceled For Today

After returning to action for the first time in the new year last night, today's Bennington Marten's home game at the Heritage Family Field House has been canceled. The Martens statement noted that it's for circumstances beyond their control. It is obviously the time we live in today with never knowing from day to day what games will take place and what ones will not.

I will work with the Bennington Martens staff to make sure that tickets that we have for their games can be used at a future home game. We will have more opportunities to win tickets and Bennington Martens Merch coming your way in the near future.

Last night the Martens played on the road against the Herikimer Orginals. The game featured exciting up and down the court action with Herkimer coming away with a 129-120 win.

The Martens are scheduled to be back at home next Sunday, January 17th against the NEPA Stars and Stripes.


Westside Overcomes Comes Covid and Blue Devils

Like most teams around the border country area Covid-19 has played a role in the season of the West Rutland girls basketball team. Saturday the Golden Horde made the trip over to the Devil's Den at Capman Court in Poultney with only two regular members of their starting unit. Westside was able to overcome missing several key players and a hot start from the Blue Devils as they fashioned a 54-30 win in SVL girls basketball.

A couple of things are certain about the Golden Horde. First, even when they are missing players or team members graduate their is always a steady stream of talent to take over. Secondly, as long as one of the players in the lineup is Peyton Guay, West Rutland is going to be dangerous. Even when watching the game through a livestream and not in at the gymnasium in-person, the abilty of Guay to take over a game is crystal clear.

After Poultney threatened Westside in the opening minutes Guay's defense and scoring ability shifted the momentum of the contest. Guay had a handful of steals that were converted into transition buckets, and poured in 31 points to spark the Golden Horde.

The Blue Devils led 6-0 early on back to back 3-pointers by Molly Hier and Emily Handley. A basket by Annaleice Taylor gave Poultney an 8-6 lead after the Golden Horde had evened things up.

After that Guay began to weave her web over the Poultney offense. Westside ended the first quarter on a 9-0 run to lead 15-8. The Golden Horde outscored Poultney 15-5 in the second quarter and the Blue Devils could not muster up an answer from that point on.

Emily Trepanier, Aubrey Beaulieu, and Mallory Hogan added six point each for West Rutland.

Hier led Poultney with seven points. Handley and Kait DeBonis added six points each.

West Rutland is now 6-1 on the season.


Burghers Perform Well at Duals

The Warrensburg wrestling team hosted the Warrensburg Duals Saturday and had a successful day. The Burghers came away with wins over Hudson Falls, Maple Hill, Beekmantown, Whitehall and Essex, VT to go 5-0.

Warrensburg defeated Hudson Falls 38-30 and Maple Hill 60-15. The Burghers also beat Beekmantown 54-23, Whitehall 54-18 and Essex 57-6.

Dylan Winchell earned career win 200 for the Burghers.

Winchell and Tristan Hyatt were named Most Outstanding Wrestlers for the meet.

Whitehall went 1-2 at the event. The Railroaders defated Maple Hill 42-24 and fell to Warrensburg 54-18 and Hudson Falls 48-24.


With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.

Photo Credit-Tammy Holcomb

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