Thursday November 15, 2012

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP

BENNINGTON -- The accolades continue to mount for Southern Vermont College women’s volleyball middle hitter Danielle Healis, who was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American team this week, gaining an honorable mention after being selected to the New England All-Region First Team.

"It’s exciting that coaches at the national level have taken notice of Danielle and our little school," said SVC coach Josh Stokes.

The senior captain and All-New England Collegiate Conference First Team member helped lead the Mountaineers to their second consecutive conference title this season. Healis recorded a .511 hitting percentage against NECC teams in the eight regular season matches and hit .605 in the two conference tournament matches, including an impressive .833 in the championship match.

She was named the NECC Player of the Week twice during the 2012 campaign while easily leading the conference in hitting percentage and ranking fourth in kills and kills per set.

Overall, Healis competed in 30 of the Mountaineer’s 31 matches, charting a .426 hitting percentage along the way. She totaled 259 kills (2.51 per set), giving her a 561 in her two-year career as a Mountaineer, putting her second on the SVC all-time kills list.

Healis repeated her 2011 block total of 71, bringing her to first all-time for SVC with 142.


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Prior to the NCAA Tournament, Healis led Division III with a .439 hitting percentage.

"She definitely earned the honors and everything else that has come along with them," said Stokes. "Danielle is the quintessential captain, volleyball player, student, and overall human being."

Bennington youth hoops

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

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).

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.