LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
BENNINGTON - An outstanding high school cross-country runner, a clutch high school soccer goal-scorer, and a Middlebury College senior who earned national recognition were honored by the Vermont Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association for their efforts in the month of November
The VSSA chose Richford High School senior runner Elle Purrier as its Female High School Athlete of the Month, Champlain Valley Union senior soccer player Shane Haley as its Male High School Athlete of the Month, and Middlebury College's Lauren Greer as its Open Division Athlete of the Month.
Each was elected in a statewide vote of the VSSA membership after being nominated by a VSSA member.
Purrier's Nike Northeast Regional win on Nov. 24 and her New England championship on Nov. 10 completed a two-year unbeaten streak east of the Rockies (her only cross-country loss came in Portland at the Nike nationals in 2011), and made her four-for-four over two seasons in the New England and Northeast regionals.
Purrier, who was nominated by VSSA president Josh Kaufmann of the St. Albans Messenger, also won a second straight overall and third straight Division III state title on Nov. 3 while setting the best time in any high school girls' race at Thetford since the course was redesigned in 2004.
Haley racked up 25 goals and six assists this fall, including in November the game-winning overtime strikes in the D-I semifinal and title games to help lead the CVU boys' soccer team back to the state championship after a three-year hiatus.
Haley, nominated by Sheri Duff of the Shelburne News, was named the 2012 boys' soccer player of the year by the Burlington Free Press and plans to continue his soccer career at the University of Vermont.
Greer capped her four-year Panther field hockey career, during which she became the program's all-time leading scorer, with seven goals in four tournament games in November. She scored twice in Middlebury's 3-2 overtime win over Amherst in the NESCAC semifinals, including the OT game-winner, and recorded three goals and an assist in their 6-2 first-round NCAA win vs. Skidmore.
Four days after field hockey season ended, she laced up her skates for the Panther women's hockey team and scored three goals in four November games before breaking her ankle.
Greer was named the NCAA Division III field hockey player of the year.
Poker tourney Friday
BENNINGTON -- The Mount Anthony Union High School wrestling team is hosting fundraising poker tournaments on consecutive weekends. The first event is on Friday night at the Bennington Elks Lodge. Registration is from 6 to 6:30 p.m. for both tournaments. The second tournament is on Jan. 4 at the Eagles. Both have $40 dollar buy-ins and a $25 dollar re-buy.
Patriots split with Monument Mountain
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. -- The Mount Anthony Union High School boys swim team continued its undefeated season with a 94-65 victory over Monument Mountain on Friday, while the girls lost their first meet in a nailbiter 86-84.
The girls meet came down to the last event 400 freestyle relay in which the Spartan girls won and MAU came in second and third.
The girls won three of the 11 events: Kate Montague (50 free), Heather Foley (100 butterfly) and the 200 free relay with Foley, Kate Montague, Cyonn Alexander and April Foley. The depth of the team kept the Patriots tied going into the final event.
The boys won five of 11 events: Ryan Spencer (200 IM and 100 backstroke), Robert Murphy (200 free), and the 200 medley and free relays with Spencer, Murphy, Brian Steinhoff, and Isaiah Sievers.
Bennington Elks shoot
BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Elks Lodge will host its annual Hoop Shoot on Jan. 6. The event will take place at Mount Anthony Union High School starting at 12:30 p.m.
The contest is for boys and girls ages 8 to 13 and a birth certificate is required at registration.
For more information, contact Dale Corbett at 447-0958.
Wrestling bottle drive
BENNINGTON -- The Mount Anthony Union High School wrestling team will have its annual winter bottle drive on Jan. 6. If anyone would like to make arrangements for pick-up, please call Jim Woodside at 802-442-5352 and leave a message.