Spartan Sports At A Glance
By Sam Polas
The Spartans are heating up at the perfect time coming into this year’s New England Hockey Conference playoffs. While having a roller coaster of a season this year, the Spartan’s have pulled it together as of late having gone unbeaten over their last five contests.
Following the loss to Norwich University, the boys bounced back against St. Michael’s College with a big 3-2-overtime victory. They followed with two back-to-back ties against Skidmore College, the second of which came on senior night. Castleton put the finishing touches on the regular season the best way a team can by closing out Southern Maine 3-1 and keeping that momentum into this past Saturday’s 10-1 whooping of Daniel Webster.
The Spartans will face Skidmore in the opening round of the NEHC playoffs. Having tied Skidmore in both meetings this season it should be an exciting match-up.
The Spartan Women’s basketball team has been riding a hot streak over the over the past few weeks. The women have rolled over their last five opponents even though they’ve spent a majority of the time away from home. They kicked off their winning streak at Green Mountain College and continued to truck through Colby-Sawyer, Thomas, Maine-Farmington, Maine Maritime and Husson.
Junior Forward Amanda Beatty has been the leading woman over the past couple weeks. With three straight 20-plus-point games, Beatty has pushed her points-per-game average to a team leading 13. She has also been cleaning the glass like Lisa Leslie averaging 5.8 rebounds a game this season.
The Spartans have two games left to finish up the season. First a quick trip to Lyndon State followed by the women’s season finale rematch against Johnson State. The Spartans will also be celebrating their lone senior Lindsay Sabo in her final regular season game in Glenbrook Gymnasium.
Men’s Track & Field-
Castleton Men’s Track & Field put a strong bow on their regular season this past weekend at the David Hemery Invitational on the campus of Boston University. The Spartans brought three runner with them to the meet, all of which had themselves a fantastic weekend in Beantown.
Grandon Smith, Ryan Berry and Robert Novobilsky ran for the Spartans this past Saturday. Smith was the frontrunner for the Spartans as his 800-meter run put him first overall with a DIII New England Qualifying time of 1:57.65. Berry sprinted to a Spartan record in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24 seconds flat. Last but never least, Novobilsky tooted his own horn a little as he broke his own record in the 400-meter with a time of 54.99.
Smith will represent the Spartans at the DIII New England Championships at Tufts next weekend.
Women’s Track & Field-
The Castleton Women’s Track & Field team also enjoyed a trip to Boston this past weekend for the David Hemery Invitational. The Spartans brought four runners with them to Boston University and they had themselves a fine day.
Elizabeth Bassette secured herself a qualifying spot for the DIII New England Championships in the 800-meter. Bassette did some record breaking herself as she broke a Castleton record and personal mark with a time of 2:26.01.
Kaylyn Crompton ran the longest distance out of the girls in the 1000-meter finishing with a time of 3:20.33.
The speedsters of the group were Sierra Ostrow-Remey and Christiana Carmichael. Ostrow- Remey ran a 8.58 second 60-meter dash and her counterpart Carmichael dashed to a time of 28.94 in the 200.
Bassette joins her teammate Ally Stearns and Men’s athlete Grandon Smith at Tufts University next weekend for the DIII New England Championships.
The Castleton Alpine Skiing teams traveled Blackwater Ski Area in Andover, New Hampshire this past Saturday for their ninth event of the year. Both squads finished in the top five overall at the end of the day while the women held the bragging rights.
The men started rough in the first set of runs as they were in the fifth spot. However, they put together a strong performance and shaved some time in the second runs to finish with a team time of 4:57.68. Erick Robicsek was the Spartan’s top carver as he finished 12th overall with a time of 1:38.80.
The women had themselves a great day on the hill as the finished second overall and just seconds off the leader with a time of 4:43.29. Three Spartans finished in the top three as Linn Ljungemo, Kylie Mackie, and Kirsten Kruk got real cozy as they finished fifth, sixth and seventh. Ljungemo tucked a little more as she finished the fastest with a time of 1:34.24.
Both teams wrapped up their regular seasons this past weekend as they await the championships.
The Spartan Nordic Skiing teams competed in their respective ECSC Divisional Championships this past weekend at Prospect Mountain in Bennington, Vermont. The men and women’s team’s both had very strong performances on the snow as they head towards the regional championships.
The Spartan men put together a valiant performance as they finished fourth overall. David Harvey was the leading man for the Spartans all weekend as he finished with the fastest time both days. Harvey crossed in 12th place today with a time of 16:58 through the five-kilometer course.
The women one-upped the men in their own right this past weekend as they finished third overall. The Spartan’s rode the great performances of Megan Greene, Emily Cromie and Adrienne Toof as all three ladies finished in the top 15. Greene led the way with a fifth place finish and a time of 18:53.
The Castleton Nordic teams will be traveling to Ethan Allen Biathlon Center in Jericho, Vermont for the ECSC Regional Championships next weekend.