LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont College softball team set a new program record for victories in a season (nine) with a doubleheader sweep of conference foe Regis on Saturday afternoon.
SVC took the first game, 4-3, and added a 5-2 win in the finale.
Sophomore Emily Fleming earned the win in the opener, going the distance while scattering six hits, two walks and eight strikeouts. Freshman Julie Burnley fueled the offense with a pair of RBIs, including the game-winner in the bottom of the fifth.
In Game 2, Hayley McDonald earned the win for SVC with eight strikeouts and eight hits in seven innings. Shelby Jones sparked the pivotal four-run fifth inning by plating the tying run with an RBI double. Burnley added a two-run double later in the frame to cement the result.
The Mountaineers (9-21) finished out the weekend with an 8-0 defeat at MCLA on Sunday afternoon.
Patriots blank Otters
BRANDON -- Briar Wilkinson and Avery Peck tallied four goals apiece as Mount Anthony Union High School dismantled Otter Valley, 17-0, in boys lacrosse on Saturday.
Peck also added three assists for the Patriots (4-1) who had assists on scores in addition to shutting down the Otter Valley (0-4). Layne Trafton (four), Matthew Surdam (two) and Luke Keenan (two) each had multi-assist days.
Damon Young (three goals, one assist), Caleb Cohen (two goals), Nicholas Altland (two goals, one assist), Luke Johnas (one goal, one assist), Surdam, and John Gijanto each scored.
Emma Willard tops MAU
TROY, N.Y. -- Emma Willard scored six times in each half to hand Mount Anthony Union High School a 12-6 defeat in interstate girls lacrosse action on Saturday.
Emily Cross had three goals and an assist to lead the Patriots (2-2), who trailed 6-4 at halftime. Colleen Hendery (one assist), Taylor Palmer and Maddy Paro also scored. Goalkeeper Samantha Mayer made eight saves.
Mount Anthony weekend track results
HUDSON FALLS, N.Y. -- The Mount Anthony Union High School boys and girls track teams each finished seventh out of more than 20 teams at the Hudson Falls Invitational on Saturday.
As a combined squad the Patriots' 73 points had them fifth out of 27.
The girls were led by a trio of runner-up finishes from Leniesha Williams (100 meters), Molly O'Callaghan (400) and the 4x100 relay team (Taylor Gruber, Shelby McLenithan, Chelsea Corrow, Williams).
Williams was also third in the 200, while the 4x400 relay -- Shelby Whitman, O'Callaghan, Samantha Mears, Grace Page -- was third in a school-record time of 4 minutes 20.07 seconds.
McLenithan added a fourth (100), Page a fifth (400), Gruber a seventh (100), and Taylor Haynes took seventh in the shot put.
The boys got a second-place finish from Marc Brandmeyer in the elite 1,600 field. Jon Polen (110-meter hurdles) and the 4x400 relay team (Andy Seward, Andrew Brandmeyer, Brad Myers, Ben Seward) added thirds.
Andrew Brandmeyer was 4th in the 400, Ben Seward had two fifths (long jump, 200), Ben Hulett was fifth in the javelin and Andy Seward claimed sixth in the 800.
On Friday, the MAU boys and girls finished third behind Monadnock and Lebanon (N.H.), at Brattleboro's 10-team Fenn Relays, posting three wins.
The girls 4x800 relay (Whitman, O'Callaghan, Page, Erin Anderson) took first, as did the boys 4x800 crew (A. Seward, A. Brandmeyer, PJ Seward, M. Brandmeyer) and the relay medley team (Alan Bernard, Tanner Jelley, A. Seward, M. Brandmeyer).
Bennington Basketball School
BENNINGTON -- The 42nd year of the Bennington Basketball School for boys ages 7 to 15 will run from July 8 to 12 at Mount Anthony Union High School. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Zemianek Road Race this Saturday
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.
Catamount Bow Hunters
SHAFTSBURY -- The Catamount Bow Hunters is hosting a 3-D archery competition called ‘Shooting for a Cure' on Saturday, May 11. All registration fees will be donated to St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Registration will go from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $10 for anyone 13 and older. Members and non-members are welcome.
The competition will be held on Fuller Road in Shaftsbury. For more info, call 802-442-3667.
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.
World class soccer school starts in July
SHAFTSBURY -- The World Class Soccer School returns to Shaftsbury for another summer, running July 8-12 at Howard Park.
The week-long camp, run by former MAU soccer star and current University of South Carolina head coach Shelley (Addison) Smith, teaches players ages 5-12 about the fundamentals of the game, working closely with their coach and camp directors.
At the end of the week, there is a World Cup parade and tournament play throughout the day.
Smith, the 2011 Southeastern Conference coach of the year, has led her team to five straight NCAA appearances and two SEC titles.
The cost for the camp is $105, which also includes a T-shirt and soccer ball. For more info, visit worldclasssoccerschool.org or call 803-777-1353.
Storm seeking players
BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont Storm football team is seeking players and volunteers for coaching. They are also looking for people who may be interested in helping out at home games at Applejack Field in Manchester. For more information, call 802-681-9058.
Benn Horseshoe club
BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Horseshoe Club is looking for players for leagues that start in May. The club plays every Monday night at 6 p.m. at Willow Park.
The cost is $3 each or $6 for a team. Sign-ups will start on Saturday at 1 p.m. after a club meeting at 11 a.m. Upcoming tournaments include the Spring Warm-Up on May 5 and the Leon O'Dell Classic on June 23. For more information, call Tournament Director David Dickinson at 802-430-4852.