Badger Briefs

WBB: Second Half Surge Pushes Thomas Past Johnson 75-50

The Northern Vermont University-Johnson women’s basketball team was defeated by Thomas College 75-50 in their North Atlantic Conference (NAC) matchup on Saturday afternoon. Johnson moves to 1-8 overall and 0-4 in NAC play in the defeat, while Thomas improves to 3-8 overall and 2-2 in the NAC.

Johnson was led by senior forward Mariah Ramos (Lebanon, NH) with 13 points and six rebounds. Junior guard Lindsey LaPerle (Bethel, VT) had 10 points for the Badgers.

Thomas’ Kaylee Ravagli led the Terriers with 17 points on 5-9 shooting from behind the arc. Ravagli also had six steals and four rebounds in the effort. The Terriers also received 15 points and six rebounds from Addie Brinkman and 11 points and 5 rebounds from Karli Stubbs.

A quartet of three-pointers and a free throw helped push the Badgers to a 13-7 lead over the Terriers in the first half of the first quarter. The Terriers battled back and buckled down their defense to hold the Badgers to two points in the remaining minutes of the quarter, taking a 15-14 lead over Johnson entering the second period. Thomas pushed the gap to extend their lead to 15 points midway through the half. Johnson capitalized on key free throw opportunities and layups to fight back to a 26-24 lead entering the second half.

Thomas came out of the locker room fighting, outscoring the Badgers 13-2 in the opening minutes of the third quarter. Johnson used a balanced offensive attack to shrink the Terriers’ lead to five with a minute remaining before key shots by Thomas pushed their lead to 10 entering the final stanza. The Terriers continued their offensive barrage in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach for the Badgers. Thomas came away with the 75-50 victory.

The Terriers edged Johnson in shooting percentage as they shot 42.6% from the field compared to Johnson’s 30.8%. The Badgers out-rebounded Thomas College 41-35 in the defeat.


MBB: Terriers Defeat Badgers 69-43

The Northern Vermont University-Johnson men’s basketball team fell to Thomas College 69-43 in their North Atlantic Conference (NAC) matchup on Saturday afternoon. Johnson falls to 0-9 and 0-4 in the NAC on the season, while Thomas improved to 4-6 and 2-2 in the NAC.

Johnson was led by sophomore forward Robert Dubose (Philadelphia, PA) for the second straight game with 12 points and seven rebounds. Freshman Winston Jones (Los Angeles, CA) had 10 points and five rebounds for the Badgers.

Thomas’ Lovegeurson Fleurine led the Terriers with 15 points on 7-9 shooting and 16 rebounds in the victory. Thomas also received double-digit scoring from Michael Gilman (14) and Zach Mackinnon (11).

A quick layup and two shots from behind the arc from freshmen Jones and Tyrese Smith (Tamarac, FL) gave the Badgers an early 8-0 lead over the Terriers. The two teams battled and traded baskets before Thomas went on a 13-0 run to gain a 21-12 lead. The Badgers continued to battle against the Terriers but were unable to close the gap, as Thomas stormed out to a 40-23 lead at halftime.

Despite a well-rounded offensive effort and solid defense from the Badgers in the second half, Johnson was only able to close the gap by one point as Thomas College emerged with a 69-43 victory.

The Terriers edged Johnson as they shot 44.1% from the field and 36.4% from behind the arc, compared to the Badgers’ 32.1% and 30.8% respectively. Thomas out-rebounded the Badgers 46-29.


NVU-Johnson to Join NECC as Associate Member in Men’s Volleyball

The Northern Vermont University-Johnson (men’s volleyball team has been awarded associate membership to the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) The Badgers will compete as a member of the NECC beginning in the 2019-2020 season.

“The NECC is pleased to welcome NVU-Johnson to the fold in the sport of men’s volleyball.” Said Katie Hartman-Boldvich Commissioner of the NECC. “Growing the membership within this sport and providing additional competitive opportunities for our current programs and student-athletes remains a high priority for the conference. We are excited to work with Jamey Ventura, Coach John and the rest of the Badgers staff for years to come”.

NVU-Johnson becomes the second school in the state of Vermont to join the NECC for men’s volleyball, joining Dean College (MA), Eastern Nazarene (MA), Elms (MA), Endicott (MA), Lesley (MA), Newbury College (MA), Nichols College (MA) and Southern Vermont College.

“Northern Vermont University-Johnson is grateful to the New England Collegiate Conference for accepting us as an associate member in the sport of Men’s Volleyball”, Said Jamey Ventura, Associate Dean of Athletics. “We believe the conference will be an excellent fit for our program and look forward to competing with the many great teams of the NECC in 2019-2020”.

The 2018-19 season is the inaugural season for the Badger’s men’s volleyball program, and they will play an independent schedule. Head coach Kevin John is excited for the opportunity to join the league.

“We are delighted to be a member of the New England Collegiate Conference and look forward to contributing to the leagues traditions for men’s volleyball”.