LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
EAST NASSAU, N.Y. -- At the start of Saturday night’s 30-lap, $5,000 big block modified feature event, the No. 77F of Mark Flach Jr. was in control at in the catbird seat over the No. 16 of Kyle Hoffman and the rest of the field.
Midway through the pack, the likes of Brian Berger, J.R. Heffner, Brett Hearn and last week’s winner Donnie Corellis were making their way to the front for the big dough.
With no cautions to slow the field and bunch them back up, Flach’s ride just continued to power away and lead from wire to wire, securing his first win of the season, and a healthy $5,000 payday.
Hoffman held on to finish 2nd with Hearn, Corellis, and Matt Pupello completed the top 5 finishers.
In the LV Sportsman, the No. 250 of Alan Houghtaling also took control early from the front row and held on to score the win, his first in 2012. A caution midway through the race for top runners Olden Dwyer and Steve Meilleur bunch the field, but all continued without serious damage.
Brett Haas charged up through to finish 2nd followed by Ryan Darcy, Lim LaVoy and Frank Harper rounding out the top 5 finishers.
The Budget Sportsman featured a 30 car starting grid with Todd Lane and Peter Carlotto at the head of the class early. But cautions flew early and often for multiple accidents. First was the No. 710 of Greg Catlin making heavy contact with the turn 2 wall on lap 3. Then several additional jingles kept the field under yellow several more times.
With all the bunching of the field, the No. 97 of Bobby Hackel IV worked his way through the field with the No. 74 of Chris Lynch battling to see who could get to the front first. Hackel got to the lead by lap 6, with Lynch hot on his heels in 2nd.
Cautions kept slowing the field allowing Lynch to keep a close eye on the No. 97, but there just wasn’t enough time to get by, as Hackel scores his 3rd win of the season. Lynch had to settle for 2nd.
The Pro Stocks rolled out earlier in the evening, and that race too, was marred by multiple cautions keeping the cars from long green flag runs.
The No. 29 of Rick Duzlak was out front early in the event, but the No. 315 of Jon Routhier took over by lap 2. Caution again on lap 4 slowed the field for the No. 711 of Richard Glen who found himself upside down on the back stretch. Routhier stayed in control through several more cautions over the course of the next 6 laps.
But each caution brought the big guns closer to the front of the field as current point leader Chad Jeseo was waiting for the right moment to pounce. And he did just that by lap 9 and began to pull away.
In the full-fendered Purestocks earlier in the night, PS No. 1 was won by Lloyd Tomlin. PS No. 2 saw Steven LaRochelle score his first career win, while PS No. 3 had James Hatch take the win.
’Run for Zem today’
BENNINGTON -- The final Zemianek Summer Track Meet of this year will be held on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
As always, it is free to the public and open to individuals of all ages. At this final meet, however, organizers will be welcoming donations from both participants and spectators with the proceeds going toward the Zemianek Scholarship.
This scholarship is given each year to a Mount Anthony senior who has participated in at least three years of cross country, indoor track or spring track while maintaining high standards in both academics and service.
Events to be run will be: 50 meter, 100 meter, 400 meter, 1,600 meter, and 3,200 meter. The grand finale will be a 4x200-meter relay. Hot dogs (always a favorite of Coach Zemianek’s) will be available to all participants.
Lee Goldsmith tourney
BENNINGTON -- Teams of high school athletes can now register for the 2012 Lee Goldsmith Memorial Soccer Tournament, set for Willow Park on Aug. 11.
The tournament, organized in memory of Lee Goldsmith, a former player at Mount Anthony Union High School who succumbed to cancer in 2009, is open to student-athletes enrolled in high school as of September 2012.
The seven-a-side tourney consists of half-hour games using large goals and no offside rule. Registration costs $70 per team -- teams must be all-male or co-ed only. Teams must register by Aug. 10 by calling Jeremy Neill (802-833-5969) or emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Play begins at 11 a.m.
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 Aug. 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 Aug. 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.
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.
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.
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.