Thursday November 8, 2012

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP

BENNINGTON -- After a perfect 18-0 campaign and second straight state championship, the Burr and Burton Academy boys soccer team dominated the Marble Valley League all-star list in Division A, garnering four first-team nods.

Bulldogs leading scorer Reid Conde (17 goals) and his brother, defender Ian Conde were chosen, along with teammates Liam Kelleher and Sean Paradis.

Kelleher scored a goal in the Division II championship game against Montpelier.

Coach Pete Mull was named as co-coach of the year along with Kirk Abrahamson of Rutland.

For Mount Anthony, Andrew Slade was the lone Patriot representative. Slade tallied four times during the 5-9-1 campaign, including in the playoffs against Burlington.

In Division D, Arlington had four players on the first team, including leading scorer Fred Pickering, who tallied 19 goals.

Alex Hawley was chosen as a defender, as was Alex Trayah on an Arlington team that won its opening round playoff game and finished 7-7.

DJ Jennings earned the first-team goalkeeper spot for the Eagles. John Esposito earned a second-team All-MVL spot as well.

SVC dots NECC lists

BENNINGTON -- Eleven Southern Vermont College student-athletes and one coach have been awarded with New England Collegiate Conference honors for the fall season.

Women’s volleyball senior captain Jessica Alvarez was named the NECC Player of the Year, while head women’s volleyball coach Josh Stokes was named the NECC Coach of the Year. This is the second-consecutive season for both recipients to be given their respective awards.

Women’s soccer junior Kaitlyn Forant was named the NECC Rookie of the Year.

Alvarez is joined by teammate Danielle Healis on the All-NECC first team. Fellow Mountaineers Carrie Baltazar and Ashily Veliz were named to the second team.

Alvarez led the league averaging 3.54 kills per set with a .378 hitting percentage against conference opponents. She also added 3.12 digs per set and 16 service aces.

Healis landed first team honors with a .511 hitting percentage in conference.

On the women’s soccer team, Forant also received first team honors, joining three teammates with conference accolades.

Midfielder Jocelyn Ortega was named to the second team, while midfielder Erin Student and defender Sam Hastings received an honorable mention nod.

Forant was named the NECC Rookie of the Week three times. Her 20 goals on the season broke the previous single-season goals record by five.

Ortega had eight goals and nine assists in her first season as a Mountaineer and Student scored eight goals and five assists, respectively.

Hastings helped support a Southern Vermont defense which surrendered a 1.11 goals against average on the 2012 campaign.

For the men’s soccer team, Pierre Massena was named to the first team for consecutive seasons after helping the Mountaineers make the NECC postseason.

Senior Connor Murray picked up a second team honor with hard-nosed defense, winning a majority of 50/50 balls that came in his vicinity.

2011 NECC Rookie of the Year Erik Argueta received an honorable mention after scoring two goals and assisting on six others; both goals and four of his assists were in conference play.

Youth wrestling

BENNINGTON -- Mount Anthony Youth Wrestling will hold sign-ups sessions Nov. 27-29 at the MAU cafeteria from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Practice begins the week of Dec. 4 and the season runs through March until the MAU tournament on the March 23.

The fee is $40 per wrestler with two mandatory fundraisers. For questions contact Wayne Call (802 -952-8932).

Bennington youth hoops

BENNINGTON -- Bennington youth basketball for first- to fourth-grade boys will run from 10 a.m. to noon on seven Sundays over the next three months: Nov. 18 and 25, Dec. 2, 9 and 16, and Jan. 6 and 13. Email dsleeman@svsu.org to sign up.

MAU Nordic seeks gear

BENNINGTON -- MAU’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.

SVC baseball camp

BENNINGTON -- Southern Vermont College Baseball and head coach Dave Gage are now accepting registrations for the 2012 SVC Baseball Winter Camp, being held in the Mountaineer Athletic Center on the campus of SVC, December 27-28.

The camp is open to players in grades 1-12, with those in 1-6 participating in a morning session (9 a.m. - 11 a.m.) and all 7-12 grade campers attending a separate afternoon session (12 p.m. - 2 p.m.). Accompanying Coach Gage will be SVC assistant baseball and hitting coach Robby Hisert, as well as current Mountaineers.

The cost is $80 per player; tuition is no-refundable and must accompany each application. Personal checks will not be accepted later than five days prior to the camp.

From 2008-2011, Gage was the starting second baseman for the Mountaineers and served as one of the team’s captains during his final three seasons. His leadership and play helped guide his team to the NECC playoffs in the 2009, 2010, and the 2011 seasons, the first three playoff appearances in school history.

Hisert played professionally overseas in Italy after a successful playing career at Schenectady County Community College. He has also played professionally with independent teams over the last few seasons.

To download a brochure, visit www.svcathletics.com. For more information, please contact Gage at 802-447-4662 or by emailing dgage@svc.edu.