Thursday March 21, 2013

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP

BENNINGTON -- Nine local basketball players will compete in Saturday’s VBCA senior all-star games at Windsor High School.

Division III and IV will go first, girls at 11 a.m., boys at 1 p.m.

Arlington Memorial High School senior Rayleen Sherman, one of the leaders for Larry Andrews’ Eagles this season en route to their runner-up finish in Division IV, will join the South squad.

On the boys side, Arlington’s Alex Hawley, the second-leading scorer on a team that reached the semifinals at Barre Auditorium, is part of the D-IV South team.

Then the bigger schools will go at 3 p.m. (girls) and 5 p.m. (boys) with Divisions I and II.

For the girls, two Burr and Burton Academy seniors earned roster spots, Devin Brown and Rory Halligan, two of the leaders for coach Terry Merrow’s Bulldogs.

Lacy Parmenter was chosen as well from coach Courtney Reif’s Mount Anthony Union Patriots. Parmenter was one of the leading rebounders and defensive players for MAU in 2012-13.

On the boys side, three BBA players grabbed roster spots, the most from any school on the South team. David Shehadi, Weston Muench and Jake Stalcup will represent the Bulldogs after going 21-3 and reaching the Division II title game against Vergennes.

Also, Mount Anthony leading scorer and rebounder Aaryngston Bibens will play for the South. Bibens will be athleticism and height to the team, which boasts six players 6-foot-3 or taller.

SVC splits in Fort Myers

FORT MYERS, Fla. - After waiting out severe weather delays, the Southern Vermont College baseball team fell to The College of Wooster, 11-0, but routed the University of Minnesota Morris, 13-2, Wednesday afternoon in the Gene Cusic Classic.

In Game 1, SVC went down 7-0 in the first three innings as Wooster knocked Mountaineer starter Owen Chizek out of the box.

SVC could only muster three hits in the game against starting right hander Steve Hagen, who went six innings, walking one and striking out six.

Hagen took home the win (1-1) while Chizek (0-1) took the loss.

Things went much better for the Mountaineers in Game 2 against Minnesota-Morris as SVC rapped out 16 hits.

All but one position player had at least one hit.

UMM took a 2-0 lead in the first, but SVC roared back with five in the top of the second, led by a base hit from shortshop Chris Nicastro and a triple off the bat of Jarod Hayen.

SVC scored three more times in the fourth, loading the bases with one out to increase the lead to 8-2.

Hayen finished 3-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored while Nicastro and Scott both were 2-3 with two runs scored. Roland Hernandez went 2-4 with a walk, two RBIs and a run scored, and RJ Pingitore finished 3-5 with two runs.

On the mound, Kurt Kowalczyk went the distance for his second win of the season, allowing only one earned run and walking no one.

The Mountaineers move to 3-4 on the season.

Softball drops a pair to Division II Clarion

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Solid pitching and clutch hitting led the Division II Clarion University softball team over Southern Vermont College in both ends of a Wednesday doubleheader during the Snowbird Softball Invitational in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The Golden Eagles took the first, 4-2, and the second 6-0.

In game 1, SVC cut the lead to 3-2, grabbing both runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Meagan Fleming doubled to center field and then SVC loaded the bases after two walks. Shortstop Julianna Burnley drove in the first run with a single to center, and a bases-loaded walk scored the second run.

But it wasn’t enough to get the win as the Golden Eagles got an insurance run in the sixth.

Emily Fleming took the loss for the Mountaineers (1-2). She struck out three in seven innings of work, only allowing two earned runs in her appearance.

Meagan Fleming finished the game 3-4 with a run scored

In the nightcap, the Mountaineers were blanked by sophomore Chelsea Zola, who picked up her first career shutout by tossing seven strong innings of three-hit ball while striking out three and walking none.

She also helped herself at the plate going 3-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI. She was one of four Golden Eagles will three hits in the game, as eight starters had base hits.

Zola won her first game of the year while SVC sophomore pitcher Hayley McDonald suffered the loss (0-2).

SVC was limited to just three hits in the game.

The Mountaineers drop to 1-4 on the season after concluding the Snowbird Invitational and return home for the New England Collegiate Conference opener against Lesley University at Willow Park on Sunday for a 1 and 3 p.m. doubleheader.

Southern Vermont Storm meeting

BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont Storm semi-pro football team will host the season’s first meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at the Moose Club in Bennington.

Dues are $75 for returning players and $100 for new players if they are paid at tonight’s meeting.

For more information, visit the Storm’s Facebook page or call 681-9058.

VBCA all-star games

WINDSOR -- The Vermont Basketball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Games will take place on March 23 at Windsor High School. There will be four games as follows:

* 11:00 a.m. D3-4 Girls;

* 1 p.m. D3-4 Boys;

* 3 p.m. D1-2 Girls;

* 5p.m. D1-2 Boys.

The best senior players in the state will play for the final time as a high school player. See rivals playing together, top scorers, play makers and rebounders showcasing their skills. This popular event gives fans one last look at players who have made their winters so enjoyable.

In addition to the four games, the VBCA also recognizes players of the year, coaches of the year, 1,000 point scorers, the Dream Dozen, milestone wins, and this year’s Hall of Fame induction.

MAU reminder

BENNINGTON -- Parents of Mount Anthony Union High School athletes are reminded that the school’s participation form needs to be turned in by the first day of practice on March 25.

The form, which now enables parents to enter and save the information as an EXCEL file, can be downloaded at maupatriots.com.

For more information, contact activities secretary Bridgette Worthington at bworthington@svsu.org.

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.

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.

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.

Mack Attack registration

ARLINGTON -- Practice for the Mack Attack AAU team begins 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.

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.