Edd Merritt, Contributing Editor

Edd Merritt

Lions Cup Twin State Soccer goes green instead of granite
July 15 at New England College in Henniker, NH proved to be a good time and place for Vermont’s Twin State soccer players, both men and women. With CVU’s Sierra Morton and Abba Weimer playing for the women and Joe Parento, Trey Tomasi and Brock Werner for the men, the Redhawks were well represented on the all-star rosters. The women pulled off a 5-0 win with Mallory Lloyd a 100-goal scorer from Sharon Academy hitting twice. New Hampshire still leads the series 17 wins against 13 losses and 5 ties, but Vermont is creeping up on them.

Two Redhawks won awards in the men’s 5-2 victory. Trey Tomasi won the sportsmanship award and Brock Werner was named best twelfth man. Harwood’s Ethan Riddell hit the net for three goals, and in the Vermont net, Essex’s Paul Federico was called upon to cover for only four shots, two of which he stopped.

S.D. Ireland takes opening tournament game into extra innings
The local American Legion team, S.D. Ireland worked its way into the state tournament with three wins in four games at the end of the season. The team won both ends of a double-header over Montpelier and secured a one-run victory over South Burlington before losing its last game of the local, regular year to the OEC Kings 5-4. Ireland ended with a record in its Vermont games of 11 wins, 10 losses, placing them fourth in the northern division. It also played several games out-of-state that did not count toward selection for the Vermont tournament.

On Saturday Ireland fell to the host team from White River Junction in the tenth inning, 10-9. The loss came despite 14 hits, half of them off Tyler Skaflestad’s bat. A CVU star, Skaflestad had a triple, a double and knocked in two runs. Another Redhawk, Liam Reiner took the loss in relief. A double-elimination tournament, Ireland faced defending champion Brattleboro Sunday morning in a paring of losers.

Twin State basketball goes half and half
Hanover, NH High School was the site of the Twin State basketball double-header on Saturday. Led by West Rutland’s Brooke Raiche who scored 17 points, the Vermont women saw four players in double figures. Two of them, Marlee Gunn with 13 and Abby Thut with 10 were Redhawks. This offense led the Green Mountaineers to a 71-59 win.

Despite a three-pointer in the closing seconds by CVU’s Walker Storey, it did not prove to be quite enough for the victory as the New Hampshire men held on for a 91-89 win. Storey gained the Vermont MVP award and hit for 16 points. Five Vermont players, including Storey, scored in double figures.

It used to be the late Paul Newman, now it’s Dillon Machavern at Lime Rock
Dillon claimed his points this past weekend at Lime Rock Park, Connecticut, as he and his co-driver, Dylan Murcott, finished second in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. Driving their Porsche Cayman GT4 MR, the two earned their second straight podium finish. This moves them to third in the championship point standings with four races remaining and only five points behind the leader.