Hazen’s Hall and Molleur Shine for Hilltopper Gymnastics

by Ken Brown

WILLISTON – Hazen Union’s Lydia Hall and Emily Molleur continued their strong performances last week with the St. Johnsbury Academy (SJA) gymnastics team at the Green Mountain Training Center.

Hall and Molleur were competing in their fourth meet of the season over the weekend and Hall placed first in the vault for a second consecutive time with a score of 8.8. She also placed fifth on the floor exercise with a solid 9.0 and fifth all-around with a score of 33.5. Molleur also had a strong sixth place performance on the vault for the Hilltoppers. Hall and Molleur compete as independent gymnasts representing Hazen, while training and competing for head coach Beverly McCarthy and the SJA team.

“Lydia is one of the few gymnasts who competes a more complex vault that gives her a higher start value. It corresponds with the difficulty she is attempting to perform, while most high school gymnasts compete just a front handspring or a round-off,” said McCarthy.

Hall, Molleur, and the Hilltoppers will be back in action this Saturday at the Green Mountain Training Center in Williston.

Enosburg Sweeps Chargers

ENOSBURG – Division II powerhouse Enosburg beat the Craftsbury Academy (CA) boys’ basketball team last week to sweep the season series.

Vaughn Wilde led a balanced scoring attack with 12 points to power the Hornets to a 58-24 home win over the Chargers last Monday. Danny Antillion and Devin Larose added 10 points apiece and Devin Gleason chipped in with 9 in the win. Dylan Washer led CA with 14 points and Mark Guebar chipped in with five. Washer is having a breakout junior campaign for the Chargers, leading the team in scoring. Enosburg improved to 5-2 on the season with their third straight win.

“Despite the loss, we played pretty well for three out of the four quarters. They are a very good team that is lanky, fast, and crash the boards well. We have a full slate of games this week and are hopeful to continue to improve and play well,” said head coach Sean Ryan.

Last Thursday’s contest against Twinfield-Cabot was postponed due to the weather. Division IV defending state champion Blue Mountain rolled into town on Tuesday, the Chargers are scheduled to travel to Danville on Thursday, before wrapping up their week with a match-up with Christ Covenant at Twinfield-Cabot’s gymnasium on Saturday.