Wednesday's high schools: Swim records, big hoops wins and Alpine opener
PITTSFIELD -- The records will show Monument Mountain sweeping Pittsfield on Wednesday, but the real win goes to Brandon Louison. The Spartan set a 35-year-old age group pool record in the 100 backstroke.
Louison's time of 59.4 seconds broke the 13-14 year olds mark set in 1978. He won the event by more than 9 seconds. It was his second win of the meet, also taking the 100 fly, as the Monument boys won 57-37.
Derrek Rueger was also a double winner for Monument, which took 11 first-place finishes.
Pittsfield's Aaron Coty had a strong finish in the 100 fly and 100 back, earning a trip to Western Mass. in both.
On the girls side, which Monument claimed 58-36, the big performance was turned in by Theresa Murphy. The General qualified for both Western Mass. and states in the 50 free. Monument's Maeve Wilber spoiled the fun by winning the event by .41 seconds. Murphy later qualified for Western Mass. in the 100 free.
Taconic takes two from New Lebanon
NEW LEBANON, N.Y. -- Gillian Campbell picked up a pair of wins in the 50 freestyle and the 100 backstroke to lead the Taconic girls swim team to a narrow 50-44 win over New Lebanon on Wednesday.
Campbell's 26.91 in the 50 free qualified her for the state meet, while New Lebanon's Amanda Despart's 29.58 in the same race, as well as her time of 1:07.11 in the 100 free, qualified her for the New York State sectional meet.
On the boys side, George Sommerville (100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke) and Jeremy Haven (200 individual medley, 100 backstroke) were double winners as Taconic defeated New Lebanon, 66-12.
New Lebanon's Evan Burgess hit 25.22 in the 50 and 58.89 in the 100, which also put him in the state sectional meet.
PITTSFIELD -- Monument Mountain swept the individual top times, but Pittsfield's boys and Taconic's girls won the team championships in Wednesday's Alpine ski opener at Bousquet Ski Area.
Trent Pfeiffer of Monument led the boys with a 31.92-second run, and the Spartans' Michaela Bartlett won for the girls (33.99).
Pittsfield's boys had a combined time of 144.39, with Erich Maynard's 32.80 (second place) the lowest time. Monument took second with 147.77; Trevor McFarland (34.21) was third overall for the Spartans. Lenox's Connor McNinch (34.55) and PHS' Garrett Dempsey (35.39) rounded out the top five. Lenox's boys were third overall (157.09), just holding off Mount Greylock (160.61).
Taconic's girls held off Monument (142.54-144.53), with Lauren Curry (34.82, second) leading the Braves. Lenox's Ella King (35.01) was third; Taconic's Maria Giacoletto (35.08) was fourth; and Monument's Emily Martin (35.29) was fifth.
Pittsfield's girls (155.02) were third overall.
Boys basketball: Drury 57, Mount Everett 48
NORTH ADAMS -- A small adjustment paid big dividends for the Drury boys basketball team Wednesday night.
For the first two quarters, the Blue Devils tried to break through Mount Everett's zone defense on the inside. Finally, Drury backed out, and Justin Girard heated up in the Blue Devils' 57-48 victory.
"We stepped out a little bit and he's a really good mid-range shooter," coach Jack Racette said. "The big guys weren't coming out on him."
Girard made four straight baskets in the third quarter. The first three were 12-foot baseline jumpers from the same spot, Racette said. The fourth was a 3-pointer. Those baskets accounted for nine of Drury's 12 points in the quarter.
He stayed hot in the fourth, making five baskets to help Drury finally pull away from the pesky Eagles. Girard scored 21 of his game-high 25 in the second half.
Drury 57, Mount Everett 48
MOUNT EVERETT boys (48)
Malik Wilbon 3-3-10, Funk 3-0-6, Tomich 1-0-2, Sage Angell 3-3-11, Kenny Krom 9-1-19. Totals: 19-7-48.
Beckett 2-0-5, Trombley 1-4-7, Justin Girard 11-2-25, Sigsbury 1-3-5, Alex Heck 6-1-15. Totals: 21-10-57.
Everett 13 10 9 16 -- 48
Drury 10 14 12 21 -- 57
3-point goals -- ME 3 (Angell 2, Wilbon); D 5 (Heck 2, Girard, Trombley, Beckett).
Pittsfield 83, Monument Mountain 60
GREAT BARRINGTON -- Amancho Adopo scored 26 points and Anthony Jones added 17 as Pittsfield defeated Monument Mountain for its second win in as many nights.
"I have to admit, this Jones kid is really solid," said Monument coach Mike Saporito. "He's a hard worker, and he knew where to be all night. We knew about Adopo and Chad Shade, but Jones impressed me."
The Generals shot out to a 29-19 lead after a quarter and a 49-28 advantage at halftime.
"What I really liked about PHS is they really know how to share the ball," said Saporito. "They jumped way out ahead of us at the half. We outscored them in the second half, but it wasn't enough."
Pete Oggiani led Monument with 20 points.
Pittsfield 80, Monument 63
PITTSFIELD boys (80)
Adopo 7-10-26, Conant 1-0-3, Shade 4-0-8, Anthony Jones 7-3-17, Steinman 6-1-13, Daly 3-0-7, Webber 1-0-3, McDonough 1-1-3. Totals: 30-15-80.
Powell 6-4-17, Myers 0-0-0, Perry 0-0-0, Kinne 2-3-9, White 3-3-9, Laramee 4-0-8, Pete Oggiani 5-7-20. Totals: 17-17-63.
Pittsfield 29 20 16 15 -- 80
Monument 19 9 17 18 -- 63
3-point goals -- P 5 (Adopo 2, Conat, Daly, Webber); MM 6 (Oggiani 3, Kinne 2, Powell).
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