Members of the Harwood girls’ basketball team defeated Williamstown 47 to 42 in overtime on December 23; Harwood nearly eked out a win in regulation but had to go into overtime to win the game. Williamstown’s Lou Lou Perry hit two free throws in the waning seconds of regulation to tie the score, but Harwood’s Anna Benard scored five of her nine points in overtime, and Harwood made all five of its overtime free throws. Harwood’s Michaela O’Brien had 17 points, 15 rebounds, four steals, three assists and two blocks. Mandy Milne had seven points and Jennifer James five. Carissa Carrier led Williamstown with 12 points, all on three-pointers; Perry and Caitlin Ortin had seven apiece, and Heather Bailey and Sarah Bellavance had six apiece.


 Harwood's Will Ewald drives to the basket. Photo: Gordon Miller


The Harwood boys’ basketball team lost to Vergennes 52-48 on December 22; Logan Liberty had a strong game for Harwood, scoring 24 points, most of them in the paint, but his effort wasn’t enough to keep Vergennes from keeping its season record perfect at 5-0. Harwood is now 2-3.



The girls’ hockey team defeated U-32 2-0 on December 23; Harwood played well in the late stages of the game, scoring two third-period goals. Katie Martin and Haley Spittle scored the Highlander goals, and Taylor Yandow assisted on both of them. Carrie Johnson also earned an assist for Harwood. Harwood’s defense limited U-32’s offensive pressure, and Highlander goalie Siena Damon made saves on all 14 U-32 shots on goal. At the other end, U-32’s Cheyenne Smith made 43 saves. Harwood is now 3-1.


 Harwood's Katie Martin. Photo: Gordon Miller

The HU boys’ hockey team lost to Stowe 11-2 on December 23; Stowe’s victory came in the opening round of the Karen Weiss boys’ hockey tournament, held in Montpelier. Stowe led 9-1 after two periods. Harwood is rebuilding after losing eight key players from last year’s team to graduation. Harwood led briefly as Ryan VanTuinen scored the game’s first goal just as the Highlanders’ power play was ending. Harwood goalie Ben Nussbaum made 13 saves. Harwood’s Kaile Maclean-Daley scored a shorthanded goal late in the game, skating through three Stowe defenders.


The Harwood gymnastics team beat St. Johnsbury 122.55 to 99.55 on December 22. Tyra Izor won all four events as the Harwood gymnastics team opened its season with a win. The meet was held at the Central Vermont Gymnastics Academy in Moretown. Izor won the vault, bars, beam and floor exercise to post an all-around total score of 35.35. St. Johnsbury’s Mariah Adam was second in the all-around, after finishing second in vault and floor and third on bars. Harwood’s Cecilia Baker was third in the all-around, just 0.05 points behind Adam; she finished third in vault, beam and floor.


Harwood's Tyra Izor. Photo: Gordon Miller