LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
BRATTLEBORO -- The Mount Anthony Union High School girls soccer team remained unbeaten after a 2-0 win over Brattleboro on Tuesday.
Shelby McLenithan scored her 12th goal of the season in the first half about 12 minutes in, drawing the goalie out of position and putting it precisely into the corner of the net.
With 20 minutes left, Kate Goodell tallied for the seventh time of the year to double the lead to 2-0, putting it past Brattleboro goalie Tori Svec.
"This is by far the best the Colonels have played us this season," said MAU coach Mark Boudreau. "They outplayed us in the first half, but we made some adjustments. It could have gone either way."
Julie Elwell and Alexis Wright combined for 10 saves for the Patriots’ fourth shutout. MAU improves to 8-0-1 and remains in second place behind Essex in the Division I standings.
Hartford blanks BBA
MANCHESTER -- After a scoreless first half, Hartford tallied three times in the second en route to a 3-0 win over Burr and Burton Academy in girls soccer at Applejack Field.
Jesse Gosburg opened the scoring off a direct kick less than two minutes into the half. Then Devon Day doubled the lead about six minutes later for the Hurricanes.
Mariah Palmer finished the game with a goal in the final minute.
Joanna Jorgensen and Sam Sullivan split time in goal for the 5-3-2 Bulldogs.
MAU harriers sweep
MANCHESTER -- With two of their top runners out, the Mount Anthony Union High School cross country teams each took the top spot at the Burr and Burton Invitational on Tuesday.
On the boys side, Marc Brandmeyer sat out, but the rest of his teammates picked up, taking the top five spots for a perfect score of 15. BBA was second with 48 and Long Trail third with 83.
Luke Johnas won the race in 19 minutes, 24 seconds. Andrew Brandmeyer was second in 19:52, with Will Buckley third in 20:00.
Zach Redden was fourth in 20:22 and Caleb Cohen fifth in 20:31.
BBA runners Thomas Kittross and Luke Iglinski were seventh and eighth overall.
On the girls side, MAU won the team competition with a score of 19, ahead of BBA’s 46.
Erin Anderson didn’t participate, but MAU runners took five of the top six spots. Freshman Erica Hale won the race in 23:58, Emily Smith was third (25:18), Kate Ahearn fourth (25:23), Jaz Hollister fifth (25:27) and Sierra Dickey sixth (26:03).
BBA’s Abby Lord broke up the Patriot party with her second place finish in 25:02. Emily Sheritas was seventh overall for the Bulldogs.
Bennington Battle downs Black River
LUDLOW -- The Bennington Battle Rugby Club faced Black River on Saturday and the day belonged to Bennington’s forwards, who scored all three times and helped the team pull out a win in a close game, 17-5. The Battle’s record extends to 4 wins with 2 losses this season and 3-2 in conference play.
Bennington opened the scoring when, 15 minutes into the game, eight-man Matt Perry picked the ball out of a ruck and dove in for five points. Fullback Chris Kapiloff’s extra point attempt was no good and Bennington led Black River, 5-0.
Black River then answered back five minutes later and scored a try of their own, tying the game. However, Bennington was not done and flanker Sean Morin was able to receive a pass on the outside and plow his way into the try zone with 12 minutes left in the first half. Kapiloff’s kick was on the mark this time and the half ended with the Battle on top, 12-5.
The second half began and Black River came out full force. Five times Black River was within 15 meters of the try zone and five times the Battle defense held them off. Later in the half, Bennington formed a rolling maul and drove 30 meters down the field. Flanker Dave Molok rolled out of the maul and powered his way 10 more meters for the try. The kick missed the mark and the game would end 17-5.
"It was a hard hitting game, but our scrum came up big," said head coach, Jeremiah Madison. "Our scrums and line-outs worked really well and our forwards just overpowered theirs in open play. It was a good win."
Bennington’s next game is at home, on the Beech Street Field. The game is against Old Gold from the Boston area and will be played at 1 pm. The entire community is welcome to attend with no admission charge. For more information on the Bennington Battle Rugby Club’s schedule or how to become part of the team, go to www.benningtonrugby.org.
Alvarez named NECC player of the week
BENNINGTON -- Southern Vermont College senior outside hitter Jessica Alvarez has been named the New England Collegiate Conference women’s volleyball Player of the Week for the week ending October 7, 2012.
This is the second time in the 2012 season that Alvarez has garnered the accolade.
She led the Mountaineers to a perfect 3-0 record last week, all matches being against conference opponents and won in three straight sets. She totaled 30 kills and only four errors on 51 attempts for a sterling .510 hitting percentage.
The senior also racked up 28 digs and five service aces from behind the line.
Alvarez currently leads the NECC with 3.85 kills per set, a whole kill more than the second-ranking player. She is also second in hitting percentage with a .250, behind teammate Danielle Healis.
Alvarez and the Mountaineers continue conference play tonight with a 7 p.m. home match against Bay Path. MAU Nordic seeks gear
BENNINGTON -- Mount Anthony Union High School’s Nordic Ski Team needs donations of gently used cross country ski racing equipment: Skis, poles, gloves, pants and jackets.
Or they can contact coach Bruce Smith at 802-447-7511 or Alicia Romac at 802-442-2401.
Homecoming 5K at CCS
CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- The Cambridge Tribesman Booster Club is hosting a Homecoming 5K Run/Walk fundraiser on Oct. 20.
All proceeds from the race will benefit Cambridge sports programs.
The race will start at Cambridge Central School at 9 a.m. There will be a Kids Fun Run starting at 8:30 a.m.
Pre-registration runs until Oct. 15 and is $15 for adults, $8 for students and free for fun runners.
Prizes will be awarded for the top finishers. For more information, contact Tim Best at email@example.com
BENNINGTON -- MAYAA Basketball sign up for fifth and sixth graders will run through Nov. 5. Forms are available at the office of your local elementary school or at the Beverage Den & Willy’s Variety. Parents can also sign their children up by going to www.mayaabasketball.com.
UVM basketball camp at Arlington High School
ARLINGTON -- Former Arlington Memorial High School star and Vermont Catamount Ashley Hoyt is hosting a free basketball clinic on Saturday, Oct. 13. The clinic will be run by the UVM women’s basketball team and held at Arlington Memorial High School for kids ages 7-12 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
For more information, contact UVM assistant coach Courtnay Pilypaitis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Girls Youth Soccer Night at Mount Anthony
BENNINGTON -- The Mount Anthony Union High School Athletic Department is once again sponsoring a Girls Youth Soccer Night on Oct. 15 when the Patriot Varsity Girls Soccer team hosts Pittsfield at 6 p.m.
All girls playing in the area youth soccer leagues will be admitted free of charge by wearing their game jerseys.
Parents are asked to please accompany their children at the game or arrange supervision by a coach or another parent.
At halftime, there will be a 10-minute exhibition game featuring area girls youth soccer players. A drawing for a free soccer ball signed by the varsity Patriots will be held after the exhibition game for the girls youth players in attendance.