Vermont-NEA Scholars' Bowl

Sue Pasco Opening Tournament

ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. -- The Sue Pasco Opening Tournament provided excitement right to the finish as the 2006-2007 season got started Sept. 30 at Essex High School.

Hanover and Champlain Valley went into their final-round playoff matchup with perfect 9-0 records, and the Marauders held on for a 110-90 victory that gave them the title and the pick of the ceremonial candy prizes. It was the fourth time in five years -- and the fifth time overall -- that Hanover students have earned at least a share of first place in the tournament, which is named for late Essex coach Sue Pasco.

The Marauders and Redhawks coasted through the preliminary round with 7-0 marks, going 6-0 within their groups and earning intergroup victories over second-place finishers Essex and Mt. Mansfield. CVU and Hanover then swept Essex and Mt. Mansfield in the Group A playoffs to set up their showdown for the title.

Essex (6-4) beat Mt. Mansfield (5-5) in the final round in a battle for third place while Burlington (8-2) swept throught the Group B playoffs to finish fifth in the 14-team field. A Harwood duo bolstered by students from a couple of other schools topped C playoffs with a perfect 3-0 record, and BFA-Fairfax earned 13th place by sweeping Bellows Falls in a three-game playoff series.

Statistical Results

Overall

Rank Team Overall Record Prelim. Group Playoff Group
1 Hanover 10-0 6-0 3-0
2 Champlain Valley 9-1 6-0 2-1
3 Essex A 6-4 5-1 1-2
4 Mt. Mansfield 5-5 5-1 0-3
5 Burlington 8-2 4-2 3-0
6T Champlain Valley B 6-4 4-2 1-2
6T Essex B 5-5 3-3 1-2
6T South Burlington A 4-6 3-3 1-2
9 Harwood* 4-6 1-5 3-0
10 Essex C 4-6 2-4 2-1
11 South Burlington B 4-6 2-4 1-2
12 Colchester 2-8 1-5 0-3
13 BFA-Fairfax 3-7 0-6 3-0
14 Bellows Falls 0-10 0-6 0-3

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