LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
BENNINGTON -- Mount Anthony Union High School senior attacker Dan Lawson earned a place as a U.S. Lacrosse All-American after his record-setting season in 2012.
The first-team Marble Valley League and second-team all-state selection led Mount Anthony to a semifinal berth in the Division I playoffs and ended his Patriots career second on the all-time scoring list at MAU with 158 goals.
The Burr and Burton Academy boys lacrosse team had three players earn first-team status after a trip to the Division II semifinals.
Senior attacker Max Johnson and junior attacker Sean Paradis, along with midfielder Chris Bogossian were named to the squad.
BBA freshman Mike Sztorc was chosen as the second-team goalie, the only freshman on the all-state squad.
Hearn and Heffner take checkers at LVS
EAST NASSAU, N.Y. -- Familiar names graced the Lebanon Valley victory circle on Saturday as Brett ‘The Jet' Hearn and J.R. Heffner each continued their winning ways.
In the modified feature, the No. 16 of Kyle Hoffman powered to the front early, but the race went caution-free, leaving everyone on a constant drive for position without catching their breath.
As the laps wore on, Hoffman faded, and the rest of the field reeled him back in. Donnie Corellis got to second by lap 9 and took the lead on lap 19. Corellis didn't hold the lead long as Hearn made his way through the field, taking the point at lap 24. Using lapped cars as a pick, Hearn got away and checked out for his fourth win of the season.
Corellis was second, while Brian Berger was third. Hoffman and Kyle Sheldon rounded out the top 5.
Hearn almost had two wins on the night when the 358 Modifieds came out. Early on in the 20-lap feature, Rich Salisbury led until a caution came out on lap 4 for a crash between Andy Bachetti and Pownal's Wayne Jelley. On the restart, J.R. Heffner finally dialed the car in and powered past by lap 6. Hearn, who started near the rear of the field, picked off drivers one by one, but ran out of time. Heffner scored the win, with Hearn second. Steve Hough was followed by Matt Quinn and Kim Lavoy to complete the top 5.
In the Sportsman feature, Brian Sandstedt passed Dylan Gibson early on and led the caution-free race the rest of the way for his first win of the year. Brett Haas, Chad Pierce, Alan Houghtaling, and Steve Meilleur completed the top 5.
There was another first-time winner in the Pro Stocks. Chad Jeseo started in the pack but reached pole-sitter Nick Hilt by lap 10. After a caution, the two battled door-to-door until Jeseo got the advantage on lap 15. Jeseo won his first race in 2012 and Hilt finished runner-up.
Jon Routhier, Victor Hopkins and Paul LaRochelle completed the top 5.
At the beginning of the night, the Purestocks took to the Valley of Speed for their feature events. In Purestock No. 1, Richard Puff won, while in Purestock No. 2, Lloyd Tomlin crossed the line first.
In Purestock No. 3, Phil Wood outlasted last week's winner Al Relyea.
On Saturday, it's the ‘Most Unbelievable Fireworks Display Imaginable,' presented by Berkshire Bank and Armory Garage; all weekly divisions will be on tap plus a Huge Fireworks display to celebrate the 4th of July Holiday.
Junior golf camp
BENNINGTON -- Mount Anthony Country Club head pro Doug Ruttle will hold instructional camps for junior golfers between ages 8 and 16 this summer.
One session takes place from July 16 to 19; the other is set for Aug. 14 to 17. A session costs $99 per junior golfer, payable to Douglas A. Ruttle, PGA. Sign-up forms are available at the golf course.
BENNINGTON -- Anytime Fitness is hosting a free self defense day on Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. at the club at 120 Depot St. in Bennington.
Running the course will be retired state police Lieutenant Bob Kalinowski. Twenty spots, for members or non-members, are available on a first-come, first-served basis sign up at the gym.
"You will get information, demonstrations, and other tips to help keep you safe," said Kalinowski, a former Use of Force Instructor with over 25 years of experience.
"The goal of this event is to help educate the community on how to be safe in different situations by being aware of their environment, and to provide some tips that could help get out of a potentially dangerous situation," said owner Amy Carey. For more information, contact Carey at 802-681-0161.
Free soccer camp
BENNINGTON -- Grace Christian School will host a free soccer camp from July 9 to 12 for boys and girls ages 6 to 12. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. each day. To register, call 447-2233.
Lady Patriot Basketball School in July
BENNINGTON -- Mount Anthony Union High School will host the annual Lady Patriot Basketball School from July 9-13. There will be two sessions: a morning camp for players 8-12 and an afternoon camp for those 13-and-up.
The cost to sign up is $100 per child or $90 each if two or more attend. For more information, contact MAU girls basketball coach Courtney Reif at 802-345-4151.
Beanbag charity tournament
BENNINGTON -- The Purple Pride of Vermont will host a cornhole tournament at Ramuntos on Main Street in Bennington to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project and the local Veterans Outreach Center.
The tournament will be on July 14 and cost $25 to register. The money is used for registration, two drinks, a goodie bag and chances to win prizes.
Check in is at noon and the tournament begins at 1 p.m.
For more information, contact Drew Barrett at 802-379-5638 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer tennis camps
BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Tennis Center is hosting summer youth camps for kids ages 8 to 18. There will be five different sessions -- July 17-20, July 24-27, July 31-Aug. 3, Aug. 7-10 and Aug. 14-17.
The camps, led by pros Seth Gabriel and Dan Rowe, run from Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Kids will participate in various warm up activities followed by drills, games and other tennis-related activities.
The cost for the camp is $120, which includes a T-shirt. To sign up, call 802-447-7557.
Arlington Soccer Camp takes place in July
ARLINGTON -- The Arlington Soccer Camp enters its 35th year this summer, resuming for Arlington area youth players from July 23 to 27. For children entering first grade through seventh grade, the camp goes from 9 a.m. to noon each day at the Fisher school fields.
The cost is $90 per child ($60 per each additional sibling). The camp, directed by Castleton State College men's soccer coach John Werner, teaches skills and tactics through fun games with emphasis on teamwork, sportsmanship and fun.
Registration forms are available at johnwernersoccer.com.
Bennington Basketball School next month
BENNINGTON -- The Mount Anthony Union High School boys basketball team is hosting its 41st annual summer camp.
The camp will take place from July 16-20 at the Mount Anthony high school gym.
There are two sessions: one in the morning for kids ages 12-15 from 8 a.m. to noon and one in the afternoon for 7 to 11 year olds from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The camp costs $110 per camper and includes a t-shirt and a ball.
There will be various competitions, games and guest speakers. For more information, call 447-1994 or email email@example.com.
Storm hosting youth football camp
BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont Storm is hosting a youth football camp from August 6-9.
The camp, for kids 8 to 12 years old, will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at the the Vermont Veterans Home on North Street.
Former Mount Anthony Union High School football coach and Storm player Jim Fischer will work with the kids to teach the fundamentals and techniques of football. It will also provide instruction on all aspects of the game such as running, throwing, catching, blocking, tackling and speed drills.
Current Storm and MAU players will also be at the camp. The cost is $60. Shoulder pads and helmets will be supplied, so players are asked to bring cleats, mouth guard, shorts and football pants.
Blue Lollipop Road
SHAFTSBURY -- The Blue Lollipop Road Reunion Soccer Weekend will take place on August 17 and 18 at Howard Park in Shaftsbury.
After a welcome party on the 17th at Madison's, a Strong Mojo Summit and a memorial scholarship will be awarded.
The scholarship is in memory of former Mount Anthony Union High School soccer players Maria Greene and Brandy Brown, killed in a car accident in 1994.
At 1 p.m., there will be an alumni soccer game at Howard Park for any alumni who want to play.
For more information, contact Diane Peacock at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-339-6514.