Saturday March 9, 2013

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP

STOWE -- The Burr and Burton Academy snowboarding team won its fifth straight state crown on Friday, using a 1-2-3 finish in the slopestyle event to win the title.

The Bulldogs scored a total of 85 points between three events -- halfpipe, giant slalom and slopestyle -- and beat South Burlington by 32 points. Four ahead of the Rebels going into the slopestyle event, BBA’s Jake Gaudet was the winner, followed by Elliot Buckley and Sam Eisenhaur.

Rebels were fourth and fifth, but it wasn’t enough to take the title away from the Bulldogs.

No BBA boarders were in the top five in the halfpipe, but Will Helmetag finished runner-up by 0.01 seconds in the giant slalom behind Woodstock’s Alex Sheppard. Arlington’s Freddie Pickering was third.

The BBA girls also won the championship, taking the title away from defending champ Rutland. The girls used a dominant performance throughout en route to a score of 19, well ahead of Black River’s 46 and North Country’s 70.

BBA swept the half-pipe, going 1-2-3 with Caroline Kepler winning, Kiersten Lima second and Katy Jones third. In the giant slalom, BBA went 2-3, with Kepler and Cali Wadsworth close behind winner Olivia Clement from Woodstock.

Then in the slopestyle, BBA swept again, with Lima, Kepler and Gabi Hasaj leading the way.

Hale 1-2 at D-II championships

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Former Mount Anthony Union High School wrestler Zak Hale went 1-2 in his first trip to the Division II national tournament, wrestling for Anderson University (S.C.)

Hale, a freshman, was 21-5 coming into the tournament, unseeded at 133 pounds. In his opening match, he decisioned two-time champion Trevor Franklin from Upper Iowa, 8-7, to advance to the quarterfinals.

There, he wrestled Central Oklahoma’s Casy Rowell, ranked No. 1 in Division-II and lost a close 10-7 bout.

In his first consolation match, he was pinned by Southwest Minnesota State’s Justin Reinsma in 37 seconds to end his tournament.

Polen takes part in national meet

NEW YORK CITY -- Mount Anthony Union High School senior Jon Polen competed at the New Balance Nationals at the Armory in New York City on Friday.

As part of the ‘Emerging Elites’ division against national competition, Polen took part in the 60-meter hurdle trials, finishing 44th out of 62 in 8.56 seconds. The top tme in the preliminary was by New Jersey runner Zach Ghizzone in 8.10 seconds.

Polen set the MAU record in the 55-meter hurdles earlier this season.

Shires marathon

BENNINGTON -- The third annual ‘Shires of Vermont Marathon,’ a classic point-to-point 26.2 mile road race connecting the southern Vermont towns of Bennington and Manchester, is accepting registrations for the race on May 19. Race applications and online registration are available at www.shiresofvermontmarathon.com. The race is organized by the Batten Kill Valley Runners to benefit community mental health and developmental services.

Runners from about 30 different states and foreign countries love the course, which will be the same this year as before. It starts at The Bennington Center for the Arts and finishes at Hildene Meadows in Manchester.

There will be several new twists and surprises for runners along the way, including an earlier start time at 8 a.m.

Anyone interested in helping to put on a very popular, large event is welcome to join the organizing committee, which meets monthly.

For information on registering, volunteering or sponsoring the race, contact Robert Pini, race director, at info@ShiresofVermontMarathon.com or 802 442-5491, x281.

All proceeds from the race benefit United Counseling Service.

Arlington basketball fundraiser

ARLINGTON -- Please join your friends and neighbors on Friday, March 22, at the Arlington Memorial High School Gym for a fun-filled evening of basketball.  The AMHS boys and girls basketball teams will be competing against the Arlington alumni in a fundraiser to benefit the Fisher Elementary School Playground.

Doors will open at 5:15 p.m., and the girls game will begin at 6 p.m. There will be a concession stand, 50/50 raffle, and knock-out competitions during half time. Admission prices are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12, with a maximum cost of $20 per family at the door.

Tickets are available in advance at the Fisher Elementary School office or by calling (802) 375-6409. Advance tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for children.

For further information, please contact Jennifer Wright at 375-1282, or e-mail the Fisher PTG at fisherptg@gmail.com.

Bennington Little League

BENNINGTON -- Late registration and player evaluations for the 2013 season will be held on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. and Wednesday, March 13 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the MAU High School gymnasium.

All players ages 9 and up should plan to attend one of the two dates for evaluations unless already on a major league team. Late registrations will also be taken at this time for any players ages 5 through 12.

For all new registrants a copy of the birth certificate is required at the time of registration. Questions about registration or evaluations, please contact either Geoff Metcalfe at 442-5465 or Steve Marsden at 447-4908.

Mack Attack registration

ARLINGTON -- Practice for the Mack Attack AAU team begins on Sunday at Arlington Memorial High School. Players between 8 and 17 are invited. To register, visit mackattackaau.org or call Kerry Csizmesia at 802-430-7031 for more information.

Soccer sign-up

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.

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 Southern Vermont clinic will be held on 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 jimza@comcast.net or 518-441-4363.

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 info, call Dave at 802-688-7807.