ESSEX – Eli DiGrande connected for 21 points as Essex opened the season with a 64-52 win over Champlain Valley in high school boys basketball action Friday night.
DiGrande with 6-for-6 from the free throw line in the fourth quarter to help the Hornet (1-0) seal the win.
Chris Reiss had 26 points to lead CVU (0-1) and Nick Lynn added 10 points.
Essex won in the coaching debut of Jesse Coutrayer of played for CVU coach Michael Osborne when Osborne was at the helm at Johnson State.
CVU’s Nick Lynn (12) leaps for a lay up during the boys basketball game between the Champlain Valley Union Redhawks and the Essex Hornets at Essex High School on Friday night.
• Colchester 57, BFA-St. Albans 40: Ben Seaman scored 10 of his 14 points and Colchester outscored BFA-St. Albans 16-4 in the third quarter to pull away for the win.
Noah Robinson (15 points, 11 rebounds) had a double-double for the Lakers (1-0) and Erik Lagerquist scored 12 points.
Shawn Humphrey had 10 points to lead the Bobwhites (0-1) and Anthony Clark added nine.
• Missisquoi 58, Ensoburg 57: Jervon Montgomery hit a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left and Missisquoi held on for a narrow win over Enosburg.
Montgomery led all scorers with 25 points, including five baskets from beyond the arc. Cole Valliancourt added 10 points for the Thunderbirds (1-0).
Cam Caforia paced Enosburg (0-1) with 17 points, Calvin Carter chipped in with 15 points and Matt Perley added 10.
• Burr and Burton 45, St. Johnsbury 37: Joey Shehadi had 15 points as Burr and Burton downed visiting St. Johnsbury in the opening game for both teams.
Taylor Muench also had 15 points for the Bulldogs (1-0), who trailed 22-21 at halftime.
Tristan Ross led St. Johnsbury (0-1) with 13 points, while Josiah Kimball added 10 points.
• BFA-Fairfax 78, Mount Abraham 23: Evan McNall had 20 points to lead BFA-Fairfax to a win over Mount Abraham to open the season.
Brandon Dunn added 13 points and Luke Rebeor chipped in with 11 points for the Bullets (1-0).
Coleman Russell paced the Eagles (0-1) with six points.
• Spaulding 58, Harwood 36: Matt Allen put in 14 points and Spaulding led 30-17 at halftime en route to the win over Harwood.
Kolby MacAuley added nine points for Spaulding.
Champlain Valley 74, Colchester 17: Champlain Valley jumped out to a quick lead and did not look back in a rout of Colchester at the Spaulding Tournament.
Sadie Otley had 21 points to lead the CVU scorers and Laurel Jaunich added 15 points and nine rebounds. Annabella Pugliese chipped in with 10 points for the Redhawks (1-0).
Alex Richard led eight points for Colchester (0-1).
• South Burlington 52, Spaulding 36: Sarah Fisher scored 12 points to lead South Burlington to a win over host Spaulding at the Spaulding Tournament.
Liz Sargent added 10 points for the Rebels (1-0).
Emily Violette had 13 points to lead the Crimson Tide (0-1).
• Burlington 51, Rutland 25: Ijla Medic tallied 15 points and grabbed four rebounds as Burlington opened the season with a win over Rutland.
Pascale Gulick added 10 points and four steals for the Seahorses (1-0).
• Essex 29, Mount Mansfield 17: Hannah Kuchar and Mychaela Harton each dropped in nine points to help Essex to a win over host Mount Mansfield.
The Hornets move to 1-0.
Katie Espes led Mount Mansfield (0-1) with six points, while teammate Breanna Doolind grabbed seven rebounds.
• Rice 64, Northern Adirondack (N.Y.) 36: Freshman Lisa Sulejmani scored 19 points and Lordan Lawrence added 13 in Rice’s home win.
Stephanie Langlais added added eight points and 11 rebounds for Rice, which led 20-4 after the first quarter.
• Winooski 36, Middlebury 23: Winooski scored 23 points in the second half to pull away from Middlebury to grab a win on the road.
Lydia Nattress led the Spartans (1-0) with 12 points, seven rebounds and four steals while Amanda Nattress added nine points.
Keagan Dunbar had eight points to lead Middlebury (0-1).
• BFA-St. Albans 58, Missisquoi 17: Halle Sam-Boudreau scored 15 points and nabbed 13 rebounds to complete a double-double in BFA-St. Albans’ win over Missisquoi.
Kimmy Howrigan had 17 points for the Comets (1-0).
Meghan Leadbeater had seven points for Missisquoi (0-1).
• Thetford 49, Windsor 42: Michaela Pomeroy scored a game-high 19 points as Thetford found a way past Windsor.
Kayley Gray added nine points, eight rebounds, five steals and four assists for Thetford (1-0), who held a 16-13 lead at halftime.
Katie Comstock and Yvette Gray each had 10 points to lead Windsor (0-1).
• Lyndon 67, Hazen 36: Shaylan Mosher knocked in 20 points and Lyndon cruised to a season-opening win over Hazen.
Jade Berry added 11 points for the Vikings (1-0).
Becca Whipple led all Hazen (0-1) scorers with 13 points.
• Lamoille 56, Enosburg 52: Lamoille jumped out to a 10 point lead after three quarters and then hung on for a win over Enosburg.
Katelin Collins and Tara Barney each had 15 points to lead Lamoille (1-0), while Jasmin Daigle-Arnold chipped in with 11 points.
Enosburg’s Emily Bose led all scorers with 20 points.
• U-32 50, North Country 38: Elizabeth Hitchison (17 points) and Jessica Mugford (16) combined for five 3s in U-32’s win over North Country.
Broke Breault scored a dozen points for U-32. Kylie Wright added nine points and six rebounds.
• Lake Region 49, Oxbow 35: Tyrah Urie (12 points) and Emily Lawson (11 points) proved a winning combination as Lake Region topped Amanda Wheeler (11 points) and Oxbow in both teams’ season opener.
• Lower Canada College 6, Colchester 0: Lakers goalie Erik Swan racked up 30 saves, but didn’t get any offensive support as Colchester dropped its season opener at Leddy Park.
Jeremy Evan scored twice and Tyler Piechota made 14 saves for Lower Canada College.
• St. Michael’s 5, Castleton 1: The St. Michael’s men’s ice hockey team continued its best start in seven years by downing Castleton State College on Friday during Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East play in Spartan Arena.
AJ Pieprzak extended his point streak to five games for the Purple Knights (4-3-2) by scoring twice and adding an assist. Kevin Altidor had a goal and an assist, while Josh Dickman also scored.
• St. Michael’s 4, SUNY Canton 1: Fernanda Saavedra and Erin Dwyer both posted three points, and the St. Michael’s women’s ice hockey team grabbed a victory at the State University of New York at Canton in the Roos House rink.