Saturday's Twin State Basketball Classic was a win-win situation.
The all-star basketball games between 2013 high school graduates from Vermont and New Hampshire provided something for everyone to cheer about. The New Hampshire girls posted a 61-59 triumph in the first game, and then the Vermont boys prevailed 89-84 in the second contest.
Both games were played at Essex High School.
Missisquoi's Matt St. Amour scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds for the Vermont boys, who had five players score in double figures. Marcus Willingham (Rice) had 13 points and six rebounds, Matt Sanborn (Mount St. Joseph) and Tommy Carton (Essex) each tossed in 12 points, and Casey Tipson (Rice) finished with 11.
Vermont had a 16-point lead with just under nine minutes to play, but New Hampshire whittled the lead to two points. St. Amour made two late free throws to help seal the win.
Newmarket's Christian Hawkins led New Hampshire in scoring with 14 points.
Dartmouth-bound guard Moriah Morton was too much for Vermont to handle in the girls game. Morton, who played for Lebanon, scored 17 of her 27 points in the second half to help New Hampshire overcome a 13-point deficit.
Hartford's Stephanie Grobe led Vermont with nine points. Rutland's Kaitlyn Delong, Northfield's Mehgan McMullen, and Montpelier's Annie Jones each scored eight. Burlington's Olivia Maher grabbed a team-high 10 rebounds.
The New Hampshire girls have a 19-12 lead in the series. The New Hampshire boys have an 18-13 advantage.
Next summer's games will be played in New Hampshire. A location has yet to be announced.
VERMONT GIRLS SHINE BRIGHTEST
Vermont received goals from South Burlington's Julie Hudson, Rice's Jenna Lacour, Bellows Free Academy's Tori Hubbard and Spaulding's Beth Scott and defeated New Hampshire 4-0 in the 15th Annual Girl's Hockey All-Star Classic on Saturday.
Rutland's Brittany Pelkey and Bellows Free Academy's Shanley Howrigan earned the shutout in net by making a combined 14 saves.
Vermont, which scored twice in the final 18 seconds, has won the event in four of the last five years and has an 8-5-3 edge in the series. Hubbard was named Vermont's Most Valuable Player.
Vermont dropped a 4-0 decision to New Hampshire in the 20th Annual Boys All-Star Classic. The Vermont boys outshot New Hampshire 36-15 in the loss. Burr and Burton's Zack Stewart was selected as Vermont's MVP.
Both games were played at the University of Vermont's Gutterson Fieldhouse and helped raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
LATE START FOR SHRINE GAME
Vermont will look to end a 12-game losing streak when it faces New Hampshire in the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl on Aug. 3 at Dartmouth's Memorial Field.
Vermont dropped a 62-24 decision last summer and trails the series 44-13-2. Vermont has been outscored 433-145 during its 12-game losing streak.
Burr and Burton's Jason Thomas is Vermont's head coach. This year's game is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. and will be the event's first night game.
New Hampshire can select no more than six players from each division for this year's contest.
SEEKING A SOCCER SWEEP
The Lions Cup twin-state soccer doubleheader will be played Saturday at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H.
Vermont won both games against New Hampshire last year. The New Hampshire girls have a 16-10-4 lead in their series. The New Hampshire boys hold a 17-13-8 advantage.