LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
BENNINGTON -- The season begins tonight for the Southern Vermont College men’s basketball team after a preseason of hard work with the ultimate goal of getting to the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) postseason.
Southern Vermont was chosen by the conference coaches in the preseason poll to finish eighth. 2011-12 conference champion Becker College was selected to once again finish first in the NECC.
Michael McDonough, now in his ninth year as head coach of the Mountaineers, returns five players to his team, including 2011-12 All-NECC First Team member and senior captain Taeshon Johnson.
McDonough also brings in 10 freshmen and transfers from across the country and ranging out to Venezuela and the Netherlands. Sophomore captains Jermaine Campbell and Mount Anthony Union graduate Travis Severs will join Johnson in leading the Mountaineers this season.
"We come off a very difficult and disappointing season," said McDonough, "but we have a core group of returners -- Taeshon, Travis, Corey and Jermaine -- who are committed to turning things around. As a team, we are pleased that we’re all on the same page."
The Mountaineers begin the action with the annual Williams Tip-Off Tournament down the road at Williams College at 8 p.m. on Friday. "As usual, the season begins with a challenging non-conference schedule," noted McDonough.
NECC play starts on December 4 when SVC hosts Elms College for a 6 p.m. tip.
SVC women picked 8th in conference
BENNINGTON -- The 2012-13 Southern Vermont College women’s basketball team will have a fairly new look compared to last year’s team, due to the fact that 11 of the 12 roster positions are being filled by players who weren’t wearing Mountaineer uniforms a year ago.
Head coach Mike Quinn, in his fourth year at the helm of the women’s team, returns sophomore captain Jyline Varin to the squad. Beyond that, the group is comprised of new faces that are eager show that age is just a number.
All 11 newcomers are freshman at the college, some coming from Vermont and New York and as far away as Texas.
"This will be a very different year for Southern Vermont women’s basketball," Quinn said. "We will be relying on freshmen to mature quickly and carry this team forward."
The Mountaineers were selected to finish eighth in the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) in the preseason coaches’ poll after going 6-12 in the conference last year and graduating six players. Regis College, which went a perfect 18-0 in NECC regular season play before losing in the semifinals, was chosen to finish first again. Defending champion Elms College was picked to finish second.
"We have a talented group of women who I believe are up to the task," said Quinn.
SVC starts the season on Friday with the Curry Tip-Off Tournament, facing Curry College at 7:30 p.m. Quinn and company begin conference play on December 4 when they host Wheelock College for an 8 p.m. tip. Additional non-conference opponents this season include New England College, Sage College, and Mass. College of Liberal Arts.
Iannotti signs National Letter of Intent
BENNINGTON -- After a post-graduate year at the Tilton School in New Hampshire, Mount Anthony Union High School graduate Abby Iannotti signed her letter of intent on Wednesday to play at Holy Family University in Philadelphia.
Iannotti finished her high career at MAU with 1,160 points, fifth in all-time scoring. She was chosen as Miss Basketball Vermont by the Burlington Free Press and won the Vermont Coaches Association player of the year award.
SVC accepting donations
The Southern Vermont College Department of Athletics and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee are now accepting donations to help those affected by Superstorm Sandy in October.
The department is asking people to provide clothing which will be given to the American Red Cross for proper distribution to the areas in most need. Students are encouraged to bring old coats and the like back to campus following the Thanksgiving break. Additional items including baby and cleaning supplies will also be accepted.
Please bring all donations to the Mountaineer Athletic Center by Tuesday, November 27th.