LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
WEST LEBANON, N.Y. -- The Valley of Speed brought the fireworks both on the speedway and above it Saturday night as J.R. Heffner took the win in the Modifieds, while Frank Harper and Victor Hopkins battled their way into victory lane.
In the feature event of the night, the Modifieds set out for the Berkshire Bank and Armory Garage 30 Lap showdown. At the front of the field were the No. 101 of Jimmy Burns and the No. 42P of Matt Pupello as the green flag flew.
Burns powered his way out front early until the caution flew on Lap 7 for the No. 43 of Keith Flach as he made heavy contact with the turn 3 boiler plate, ending his night. Caution flew again on Lap 9, this time for the No. 42S of Kyle Sheldon.
Heffner powered his No. 74 to the top spot by Lap 10 and began to check out on the field. The race went caution free for the remaining laps and Heffner scored his second win of 2012.
Donnie Corellis battled his was to finish second with Brett Hearn having to settle for third. Jimmy Burns held on to finish fourth while Rob Pitcher scored a top-five finish.
The LV Sportsman took to the speedway for their 20 Lap feature as Chad Pierce and Ryan Darcy battled for 14 laps, door-to-door and bumper-to-bumper.
A couple of cautions kept the field tight until the leaders bobbled a bit coming out of Turn 2, opening the door for Frank Harper’s No. 25 to capitalize and catapulted from third to first by Turn 3. Harper went on to score his first win of the season.
The Pro Stock feature was once again marred by a multi-car pileup, this time on Lap 4 that included up to seven racers. Half were able to continue, the rest ended their night pitside.
Victor Hopkins’ No. 243 and the No. 25 of Chad Jeseo put on a show for the fans as they battled it out for the remaining 16 circuits nearly side by side, but it was Hopkins who squeaked out the win at the line by about a bumper to take his first win of the year.
Next Saturday Night is Freihofer’s Night with a $3,000-to-Win Bedell Racing Engines Modified Feature.
Vt. Voltage to clash with local all-stars
MANCHESTER -- The northern Vermont-based Vermont Voltage men’s soccer club will be in the area on Wednesday afternoon for a contest against a Southern Vermont All-Stars team of players from the Manchester and Bennington areas.
The game kicks off at 2 p.m. at Applejack Field. Free tickets are available at Greenberg’s in Bennington. Game-day tickets are $5 at the gate.
Youth lacrosse camp
BENNINGTON -- There will be a boys lacrosse camp from July 16th to July 19th at Willow Park. Boys ages 5 to 8 attend for a half day from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., while boys ages 9 to 15 attend for a full day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Equipment is available if needed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.