Saturday April 6, 2013

LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. -- A five-run first inning powered Cambridge Central School to a season-opening 9-1 win against Lake George in non-league baseball action Friday.

The Indians (1-0) preyed on walks and passed balls to build the early lead. Ethan English and Shaeden Mosso each had RBI singles. Dylan Wickenden, Matt Parmenter and Caleb Rowland each scored twice.

Mosso earned the win, striking out 10 in four innings. Parmenter struck out seven in three innings of relief.

"I was happy to see that -- those are our two aces," coach Jason Waite said.

Cambridge travels to face Salem Saturday at 11 a.m.

Webb, Calixto remain in contention for title

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- Mount Anthony Union High School junior heavyweight Jesse Webb reached the semifinals of the 24th annual NHSCA Junior Division tournament on Friday as he aims to become a three-time national champion.

Webb is 2-0, topping Georgia’s Alex Ashley 7-2 and North Carolina’s Dakota Bell 5-0. He’ll take on Nebraska’s Harrison Phillips, a two-time state champ, for a berth in the finals.

The senior tournament began on Friday and Miguel Calixto is still alive in the round of 16. Starting with a first-round bye, he then beat New York’s Nick Strand with a first-period pin to move on.

Another MAU wrestler, Austin Price, is 4-1 overall and is guaranteed to place. Price reached the quarterfinals by beating Maryland’s Matthew Olauson 5-1, but was knocked out of the championship bracket by Wyoming’s Cody Delk. He then topped New York’s Dominic Pirraglia in the consolation quarterfinals.

The top 8 place-finishers in each weight class are named as high school All-Americans.

Troy Gassaway, Jack Luciano and Tyler Mattison all fell one round short of placing. Gassaway, after losing on Day 1, won his first three matches in the consolation bracket, all decisions, but then he fell to New York’s Mike D’Angelo.

Luciano lost his opening match at 220 pounds, won the next two consolation bouts, but lost to North Carolina’s Sam Campbell 4-0. Mattison went on a similar track, losing one round short of placing with a loss against Colorado’s Jacob Sealy.

SVC volleyball drops pair

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Southern Vermont College men’s volleyball team fell in two matches at the MIT Scramble on Friday night, losing in straight sets to both No. 1 Springfield and No. 14 Elmira.

Against the Pride, SVC lost 25-11, 25-11 and 25-13, only hitting .014 for the match. Keven Walley led the Mountaineers with five kills, while Herson Canta had nine assists.

Against Elmira, SVC (8-19) fell 25-19, 25-22 and 25-19. Walley led the team in kills with seven and Anthony Contreras added six. Canta had 21 assists and Anthony Ayala led with seven digs.

Voltage volleyball

BENNINGTON -- The Volt Volleyball League will start on April 22 at the Bennington Sports Center. For more information on the league or to register, go to www.voltagesportsclub.com, call 802-681-7151 or e-mail voltvolleyball24@gmail.com.

Storm practice

BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont Storm football team will hold its first practice of the season at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Vets’ Home Field for any interested or prospective players.

For more information, call 802-681-9058. Archery Competition

BENNINGTON -- The Catamount Bowhunters are hosting their first 3D shoot of the season on April 7 on Fuller Road. Registration is from 8 to 10 a.m., with members and non-members welcome to compete.

Food and beverage will be available. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids age 12 to 15, free for 11-and-under with a paying adult. Call 442-3667 with any questions.

St. Baldrick’s at SVC

BENNINGTON -- This Saturday, the Southern Vermont College baseball team will have the hair clippers taken to their heads for a good cause. The team has been raising money for Basebald, a head-shaving event that provides donations to be given to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for childhood cancer research.

The fund raising is even creating some inter-squad competition, with each player trying to raise the most amongst the team. Donations can be given in the name of a specific player or to the team in general. People interested in donating can visit http://www.stbaldricks.org/teams/mypage/80211/2013.

The team’s goal is to raise $3,000 by April 6 when the haircutting will happen following the doubleheader against Becker College. Immediately following the shaving, there will be a cookout to which donors and the public are invited.

Anyone interested in being shaved can participate by going to the above website and signing up. Prior to the first game of the doubleheader, a special guest and patient of St. Peter’s Hospital in Troy, N.Y., will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Contact Gage for more information by calling 802-447-4662 or by emailing dgage@svc.edu.

Shots for Tots

BENNINGTON -- The Nursing Student Organization at Southern Vermont College will host a 3-on-3 basketball tournament "Shots for Tots" on April 14, starting at 11:30 a.m. in the Mountaineer Athletic Center. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The Bennington community is invited to participate in the tournament along with SVC students, faculty and staff. The tournament requires each team be coed and should have four participants, including a substitute player.

Registration is $5 per student and $8 per community member. Participants must be 17 years or older.

Prizes will be awarded for the team with the best uniforms. T-shirts and snacks will be available for purchase at the event.

Sign-in begins at 11 a.m. on April 14. Players can submit their registration fee at that time.

To register, go to www.svc.edu/clubs/nursing. For more information, contact Morgan Lamb at mlamb@svc.edu or Devan Yoder at dyoder@svc.edu.

Zemianek Road Race

NORTH BENNINGTON -- Marking the real start of spring, the 35th annual Steve Zemianek Bennington Road Race will take place Sunday, May 5, at 10 a.m. at Park McCullough House.

The race is in memory of Steve Zemianek, former Mount Anthony track and cross country coach. There is a 3.8-mile and 10-kilometer race over scenic, rural countryside, rolling hills and a covered bridge. Awards go to the top three runners in age groups from 12 to 90.

Also coinciding with Cinco de Mayo, the event will feature a mexican theme with pinatas, music, ribbons for those who "beat the sombrero" and prizes for the best Mexican costumes.

T-shirts go to the first 200 entries, $15 pre-registered and $20 after May 3 -- or $13 and $15, respectively, for BKVR members -- and $3 for kids in the half-mile fun run.

Families of four are $40 and free child care is provided.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. The fun run goes off at 9:30 and the other races start at 10. For questions, call Dave at 802-688-7807.

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.