LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
BENNINGTON -- Mount Anthony Union High School rising junior Rachel Hale was named to the first team of the 12th Annual ASICS Girls High School All-Americans.
Only 14 wrestlers nationwide earn the first-team All-American honor and only 72 total are named to the list.
According to USA Wrestling, athletes are chosen based on achievement and ability. In February, Hale became the first female to win two state championships. She was named to the third team last year.
"There's an unbelievable amount of talent on that list," said MAU coach Scott Legacy. "We're excited to put Bennington on the map at that level."
Hale was invited to train for two weeks at the USOC training facility in Colorado Springs, Colo., with other school-age wrestlers along with Olympians heading to London for the Games.
At the end of the training, Hale competed in the pre-junior tournament at the Canada Cup in Guelph, Ontario, this past weekend, finishing second in the 49kg (108 lb) class. Representing Team USA, Hale was defeated in the final by Canada's Josee Trembley.
MAU second at Roswell
ROSWELL, Ga. -- The Mount Anthony Union High School wrestling team recently competed at the Roswell Summer Duals in Georgia, finishing second, going 7-1 during the two-day tournament.
The only defeat came in the final duel, as they lost to Archer High School, 49-11. Archer was the Georgia Class 5A runner-up this winter, schools with enrollment 3,000 or larger.
They defeated the Georgia Class 3A champions, Gilmore High School, 37-29. The 3A class is for schools with 800-1,000 students, similar to Mount Anthony.
Rising sophomore Troy Gassaway and rising junior Jesse Webb went undefeated in the tournament, going 8-0.
Austin Price, Dylan LaFountain, Bailey Willard and Jack Luciano were all 7-1, while Tyler Mattison and Damon Young won six of their eight matches.
Other winners included: Garret Derosia, Houston Shaler, Taber Watson, Calvin Call, Tyler Raetz, Moses Royce, Justin Morse, Vince Pagan, Darren Ruiz Sauer, Jacob Woodside and JJ Whitesell.
North Stars down Storm
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. -- The Southern Vermont Storm fell to the Plattsburgh North Stars, 33-19, on Saturday in a preseason game. Mike Stevens threw a 60-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Anderson and J.C. LeBarron tossed two touchdowns in the second half.
The Storm's regular season starts on July 21 when they travel to Keene, N.H., to face the Monadnock Marauders.
Vt. Voltage to clash
with local all-stars
MANCHESTER -- The northern Vermont-based Vermont Voltage men's soccer club will be in the area today 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. Game-day tickets are $5.
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 noon 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 camp for players 8-12 and a camp for 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 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 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
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.