LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
HARTFORD -- Bennington Post 13 clinched the top seed in the Southern Division after sweeping a doubleheader against Hartford on Sunday.
Bennington won the first game 9-3 and the second 14-3.
In Game 1, Post 13 scored four runs in the seventh to pull away and snare the No. 1 seed for the state tournament that starts Thursday. Cody LaFlamme started for Bennington, allowing three runs and four hits, striking out nine in seven innings. Zach Bahan had three hits, while LaFlamme, Tanner Williams, Tyler Kunzmann and Russell Krebs all had multiple hits.
In Game 2, Bennington stormed out of the gate, scoring seven runs in the first inning en route to a big victory.
Matt Parmenter pitched five innings in the run-shortened game, allowing three runs, six hits and striking out six. Williams, LaFlamme and Cameron Bow all had multiple hits.
On Saturday, Post 13 was supposed to face Windsor-Woodstock in a double-header, but W-W forfeited, giving Bennington four victories on the final weekend.
With the wins, Post 13 finished the season 19-4 overall and 18-3 in the league, beating Rutland by one game for the top spot.
Bennington will play Thursday at 2 p.m. in the opening round of the state tournament at Castleton State College.
Storm open with OT win
KEENE, N.H. -- Marcus Anderson caught a long touchdown pass from J.C. LeBarron on the first possession of overtime as the Southern Vermont Storm defeated the Monadnock Marauders, 26-20, on Saturday.
Two plays into overtime, LeBarron threw a long pass to Dennis Mailhot, who ran in for the score, but penalties to both teams negated the touchdown. A few plays later, Anderson made a catch around a Marauder defender for the winning points.
After being down 20-10 at the half, the Storm dominated play in the second, pulling within three at 20-17 midway through the third quarter.
Mike Dunham kicked a field goal in the fourth quarter remaining to tie the game at 20.
Each team has a possession in the final moments. On fourth down with under two minutes left, the Storm's Gary Hewson made a defensive stop to give the ball back to the offense. But they stalled, going to overtime.
BENNINGTON -- The Mount Anthony Youth Athletic Association football program is looking for players, coaches and volunteers for this season.
Signups are ongoing. For more information, call Paul Redding at 442-1533.
Bat Brats host tryouts
BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont Bat Brats are looking for experienced pitchers and position players to join our growing organization for the fall 2012 and spring/summer 2013 season. Tryouts will take place on August 11.
There is currently have one U-12 and one U-14 team. Interested players should call their age group coach with questions and to pre-register for tryouts.
U-12 players contact Tera Dicranian at (802) 447-4847 while U-14, call Marci Saunders at (802) 688-5153.
BENNINGTON -- A golf tournament to benefit Mickey Carmody "The Quick," will take place July 24 at noon at Mount Anthony Country Club.
The cost is $100 per player, which includes cart, greens fees, prizes, and cocktail reception.
For more information contact: T.J. Carmody at 802-447-5748.
SVC basketball camp
BENNINGTON -- Southern Vermont College will host the Mountaineer basketball camp the week of August 6. The camp will focus on individual skill development and fundamentals of team play.
The camp will be run by head coach Mike McDonough and assistant coach Dave Bromirski, along with former and current Mountaineer players.
It will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon each day and is for students grades 5-9. The cost is $100 and participants will receive an SVC T-shirt and personalized camp evaluation.
To register, go to svcathletics.com or call 802-447-4658 for more information.
SVC baseball camp
BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont College baseball team is hosting their camp from July 30 to August 3 at Bill Epstein Field.
There will be two separate sessions: 9 a.m. to noon for elementary age and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for players grades 7-12. The cost of the camp is $95 and will be run by the SVC baseball team and coaching staff. Everyone who participates receives a free T-shirt.
Campers are asked to bring a baseball bat, glove and cleats. For more info, contact coach Dave Gage at 802-447-4672.
Summer tennis camps
BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Tennis Center is hosting summer youth camps for kids ages 8 to 18. There will be sessions on 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.
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.
Moonlight race coming
POWNAL -- The annual "Moonlight in Vermont" midnight road race returns the night of Saturday, Aug. 4, along with the Community Ramble, giving both runners and walkers the opportunity to participate in the light of the full moon.
The four-mile road race begins at the stroke of midnight from the Pownal Valley fire station at the top of the hill on Route 7 in Pownal Center. The course follows secondary paved and dirt roads through the hills and dales of rural Pownal, with luminaries positioned at regular intervals to keep runners on course.
Awards will be given to overall male and female winners, as well as the top three finishers in seven age categories. The non-competitive two-mile Community Ramble will begin at 12:10 a.m.
Prizes will be awarded to the first, youngest and oldest Pownal residents -- and the individual judged "Most Visible in the Moonlight" -- and door prizes will be offered. Commemorative T-shirts will be given to pre-registered runners and walkers.
The events are being organized by the Batten Kill Valley Runners and Pownal community members to benefit the Pownal Valley Fire Department and are sponsored in part by Vermont Moonlight Cookies.
The entry fee is $15 for pre-registration and $18 on race night. BKVR members, students and Pownal residents receive a $3 discount. Check-in begins at 10:30 p.m. Applications are available at www.bkvr.org and the Solomon Wright Public Library.
Junior golf camp
BENNINGTON -- Mount Anthony Country Club head pro Doug Ruttle will hold an instructional camp for junior golfers between ages 8 and 16 this summer. The session will take place Aug. 14 to 17, costing $99 per junior golfer, payable to Douglas A. Ruttle, PGA. Sign-up forms are available at the golf course.
Blue Lollipop Road
BENNINGTON -- Blue Lollipop Road hosts Mount Anthony Union High School's women's soccer alumni weekend. Play It Forward events will take place August 17 and August 18 in Bennington and Shaftsbury:
* A Welcome Back Party will be at Madison Brewing Company on the 17th at 7 p.m.
* The Strong Mojo summit (11:30 a.m.) and alumni soccer game (1 p.m.) will be at Howard Park in Shaftsbury on August 18. All alumni are encouraged to register to participate/play.
* A Memorial Scholarship will be awarded in honor of Maria Greene and Brandy Brown, two former MAU soccer players who were killed in a car accident in 1994.
* 25 years of MAU women's soccer will be celebrated and former coaches will be recognized.