LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
BENNINGTON -- Mount Anthony Union High School field hockey players Michelle Case and Lily Taub were recently named to the 2012 National Academic Squad by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.
Students recognized have achieved at least a 3.5 grade point average through their entire high school career, through the first quarter of their senior year.
Case will attend Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island, while Taub has committed to Middlebury College.
MAU boys tops on course
GRAFTON -- In the first part of the three-part Nordic ski finals, the Mount Anthony Union High School boys won the freestyle skate race, while the girls were edged out by Woodstock and finished second.
The boys won with 22 points, topping Woodstock's 39, Brattleboro's 46, Rutland's 57 and BBA's 90. Rutland's Issac Wright won the race in 15 minutes, 21 seconds, but MAU had six skiers in the top 10, including Luke Keenan in third, Will Buckley in fifth, Caleb Cohen in sixth and Jeremiah Colbath in eighth. Ben Faller (ninth) and Andy Barlow (10th) were close behind.
For the girls, Woodstock won with 17 points. MAU had 19 and Rutland was third with 59. Brattleboro's Haile Lange topped the chart with a time of 17:31. MAU's Becca Romac was third, Abby Malmborg was fifth, Erin Anderson was sixth and Emily Smith was 11th to round out the scoring.
The team is scheduled to host the next part of the finals at Prospect Mountain next Wednesday.
MAU pitches shutout
MILL RIVER -- The Mount Anthony Union High School wrestling team was unbeaten in a quad match at Mill River on Wednesday night.
The Patriots topped Middlebury 78-0, then host Mill River 77-0. Against Otter Valley, MAU won 84-0, a perfect score with 14 weight classes, the first time that's happened since the 2008-09 season.
All 14 wrestlers were 3-0 individually and MAU improves to 22-0 on the season.
Panthers drop Cadets
TROY, N.Y. -- In a tune-up before this weekend's Section II, Division II state qualifier at the Glens Falls Civic Center, the Hoosick Falls Central School wrestling team earned seven pins en route to a 48-36 win over LaSalle Institute.
Luis Weierbach kept his unbeaten season alive at 30-0 with a pin at 106. Others to get pins were Colby Davendonis (132), Tom Peabody (145), Bryan Sherman (152), Billy Pine (170), Brad Burns (182) and Shane Barss (195). Derek Bird scored a forfeit at 220 pounds as well. Pine beat Justin Tuttle, who is the fourth seed at 170 for the Division I state qualifier.
Bulldogs clip ‘Canes
HARTFORD -- Jordan Harmon had a hat trick to lead the Burr and Burton Academy girls hockey team to a 4-1 win over Hartford. Erin Thompson scored and had two assists as well for the Bulldogs, who improve to 6-7-1 this season. Courtney Murray scored Hartford's goal.
Meg Chandler stopped 26 shots for the victory.
HFCS wins 4th straight
STILLWATER, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Falls Central School boys basketball team used an 18-1 run to end the first half to propel themselves to a 49-45 Wasaren League win over Stillwater on Wednesday night.
Down 20-7 midway through the second, Hoosick Falls (9-7, 8-5) took a 25-21 lead at the half they wouldn't relinquish en route to their fourth straight win.
Evan Phillips scored 14 points to lead all scorers, while Levi Brewster chipped in with eight. For Stillwater, John Hoin led with 12 points and Shawn McNeil added 10.
Wasps sweep Suicide Six
POMFRET -- Woodstock swept the alpine ski meet on Monday at Suicide Six, beating BBA who finished second. For the boys, Woodstock scored 10, a perfect score. BBA eked past Rutland, 39-40.
Woodstock took the top four spots, Sawyer Mattsson winning in 1 minute, 24.67 seconds. BBA's Tom Morgantini was fifth with a two-run time of 1:27.3. Andrew Sherras was seventh, two-tenths of a second behind his teammate. Richard Sherras was 13th.
BBA's Tanner McGrath was the fastest in the second run, but did not finish the first.
On the girls side, Woodstock won with 15. BBA had 23, Rutland scored 55 and Thetford trailed with 78.
Katie Bourque was third in 1:28.09, two seconds behind winner Hailey Noble from Woodstock. Sanderson Kemp was sixth overall and Olivia Burwell was ninth.
MAU Youth Nights set
BENNINGTON -- The Mount Anthony Union High School Athletic Department is once again sponsoring a pair of youth basketball nights for the boys and girls area youth basketball players.
The boys night will be on Tuesday, Feb. 12, when the Patriot JV and varsity boys basketball teams host Hoosick Falls with JV starting at 6 p.m. All boys playing MAYAA Basketball will be admitted free of charge by wearing their game jerseys.
The girls night will be Friday, Feb. 15, when the MAU JV and varsity girls basketball teams will host Rutland. JV action starts at 6 p.m., followed by the varsity. All girls playing MAYAA Basketball will be admitted free of charge by wearing their game jerseys.
At the halftime of each junior varsity game there will be a 10-minute exhibition game featuring MAYAA teams and a drawing for a basketball signed by the varsity team will be held after the exhibition game.
Pownal Cal Ripken
POWNAL -- Sign-up for the Pownal Cal Ripken baseball league will take place starting Wednesday and will also run Feb. 11 and 13 at the Pownal Elementary School from 5 to 6:15 p.m.
The league is open to all Pownal and surrounding area children ages 4 to 12. Children 9 and up can play in Cal Ripken sanctioned tournaments.
For more information, call Scott Morse at 802-379-6681.
BYSL hosts sign up
BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Young Women's Softball League is hosting their annual sign-ups. All girls ages 7-12 as of January 1 are encouraged to sign up.
Returning player sign-ups will be held Feb. 12, at the Bennington Fire House on River Street from 6 to 7 p.m. New player sign-ups will be held Feb. 26 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
All first-year players should bring a copy of their birth certificate. Registration fee is $35 for 1 child, $50 for 2 children/family, and $70 for 3 or more.
Contact Danielle at (802) 447-2124 with any questions.
Lax officials training
BENNINGTON -- The Vermont Lacrosse Officials Association will be offering training clinics throughout the state for individuals interested in officiating boys lacrosse.
The clinics will include 2 man mechanics, technical and personal fouls, field mechanics, proper signaling, verbal and visual communication, penalty enforcement and pre and post game preparation. The clinics are free and pre-registration is required. The clinics will be held on the following days and locations:
* Northern Vermont - April 14 from noon to 4 p.m. at the University of Vermont. To sign up, contact Jim Manahan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-343-4993
* Central Vermont Training - February 24 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rutland Economic Development Corporation Office in Rutland. To sign up, contact Jamie Stewart at email@example.com or 802-236-7010
* Southern Vermont Training - March 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington. To sign up, contact Jim Farrell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-441-4363
The VLOA will also offer a Fast Break training program on March 9 and 10 at UVM. To register for the Fast Break Training Program - go to www.uslacrosse.org and then look under Programs and Grants. In the left hand column, choose Fast Break Initiative.
Any general questions about any of these training events can be directed to Jim Farrell, VLOA Training Coordinator at 518-441-4363.
HOOSICK, N.Y. -- Registration is now open for spring teams at the Hoosick Falls Soccer Club. Sign up at the website at hoosickfallssoccer.org. For questions regarding travel teams call Steve Hinchliffe at 518-686-9505 and for in house call Laura Sagendorf at 518-944-4971.
S. Vt. Stars tryouts
BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont Stars AAU basketball team are having tryouts for an elite traveling girls' team. The final tryout is Sunday at Arlington Memorial High School. Anyone is eligible to try out, but serious candidates should have the equivalent of a varsity skill level.
Monument Soccer signups
BENNINGTON -- The Monument Soccer Club has sign-ups next week at the Bennington Sports Center.
Monument is a soccer club that participates in the Capital District Youth Soccer League in the spring and runs from April-June with a 10-game season.
Any interested boy or girl from U8-U18 can sign up.
More information can be found online at www.voltage
sportsclub.com under the Bennington Sports Center's news section where people can download a registration packet. For more informaion, call the main office of the Sports Center at 802-681-7151.
Zemianek road race returns May 5
BENNINGTON -- The 35th annual Steve Zemianek Road Race will take place on May 5 at the Park-McCullough House in North Bennington.
There are three different runs, a 3.8-mile course, a 10K course and a half-mile fun run for children.
The entry fee is $15 to pre-register and $3 for the fun run. A family of four can register at a reduced rate of $40.
Awards will be given to the top male and female runner and the top three in each age group.
For more information, call Dave at 802-688-7807.