Paced by two quick starts, the Champlain Valley Union boys basketball team has opened up the high school season with wins over St. Johnsbury and Rice for a 2-0 start.
In the first game of the year, CVU went on a 14-0 run to close the first quarter in a 62-43 win over the host Hilltoppers.
Colin Monsey led the Redhawks with 17 points and Matt Spear added 15. Walker Storey and Josh Bliss each added eight points.
Antonio Carlisle scored two points to pace St. Johnsbury.
In the second game, Jack Scotnicki scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half and the Redhawks earned a 61-52 win over the Green Knights.
Monsey added 18 points for his second double-digit output of the season, while Spear also hit double digits again with 11 points.
Elliot Nelson led the way for Rice with 20 points and Kam Farris added 15.
Plattsburgh, N.Y. 2, Champlain Valley-Mount Mansfield 1: Host Champlain Valley-Mount Mansfield surrendered the game-winning goal with just over two minutes remaining in regulation to fall to Plattsburgh, N.Y. in the second game of the Hockey for Hope tournament at Cairns Arena in South Burlington.
Lauren Hagerty tallied for the CougarHawks (0-3), while Anna Burke earned the assist. Fiona Dulude stopped 17 shots in goal.
Champlain Valley-Mount Mansfield opened the Hockey for Hope tournament with a 3-1 loss against Hamden, Conn.
Burke had the lone goal for the CougarHawks and Hagerty added the assist. Dulude made 18 saves in the losing effort.
Champlain Valley 7, Rutland 3: Tyler Brooks found the back of the net twice for Champlain Valley as the visitors raced out to a 4-0 first period lead en route to a win over Rutland.
Colin Lach and Max Akey also had two goals for the Redhawks (2-0), while Mac Miller scored his first varsity goal. Collin Vincent and Joe Parento each had two assists. Ty Parker and Jake Kindestin combined for 13 saves.
Connor Ladabouche scored twice for the Raiders and Glen Mandel made 23 saves.