LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
ARLINGTON -- In opening-round play of the Vermont Division IV boys’ soccer tournament, the Arlington Memorial High School Eagles defended their home field with a 7-1 thrashing of Craftsbury on Tuesday afternoon.
Jared Lacoste helped pace the Eagles in the win, recording a goal and three assists.
Konnor Andrews opened the scoring for the Eagles on a pass from Lacoste, then Alex Paustian doubled the lead when he finished off a ball from Lacoste.
"[Lacoste] has been consistent all year," coach Todd Wilkins said. "We just haven’t been finishing the good balls he has been putting in. He did the same thing today, he dominated the right side and got cross after cross."
Lucas Stroffoleno would net twice before the break to make it 4-0 Eagles.
"We were finishing the opportunities we were getting. That is what we have been concentrating on over the last few weeks," Wilkins said. "It is good to see that practice pay off today."
In the second half, Ryan Spencer would open the scoring, with Andrews getting the assist. Lacoste would find the net next, with Spencer setting up his chance, then Adam Sears would finish off the scoring on a header off a pass from Austin Hawley.
Defensively, Wilkins thought the Eagles were solid. The goal they conceded came with under a minute left.
"We did our jobs, we marked up very well," Wilkins said.
DJ Jennings made four saves for the Eagles in the win.
Arlington moves on to the quarterfinals and a date with top-seed Twin Valley. Twin Valley has conceded only once this season, and beat the Eagles 4-0 earlier this season.
"We have an uphill battle, but soccer is a funny game," Wilkins said. "Any team can beat another on any given night. We are going to have to execute and be perfect. We can do that, we just need to play hard."
Arlington moves to 8-6-1 on the year with the win.
SPRINGFIELD -- In playdown play of the Vermont Division II field hockey tournament, the Burr and Burton Academy Bulldogs fell to Springfield 4-1 on Tuesday.
The Bulldogs would go into halftime only trailing 2-1, but in the second half Springfield was able to pull away for the win.
Amelia Cummings scored the lone goal for BBA in the loss.
"The girls had a great season," coach Julie Fifield said. "We had a lot of kids brand-new to field hockey, and as a team they have come a long way. They had an all-around great season."
Makayla Smith netted twice in the win, while Maygan Daly and Nicole Patterson each added one goal.
NYS soccer seeds
Seeding for the New York State Section II soccer tournaments were released on Tuesday.
Hoosick Falls Central School girls soccer was awarded the top seed in Class B, and will have a bye through first-round action.
The Hoosick Falls boys’ team was awarded the six-seed in the Class B tournament, and will play a home game on Wednesday against Cairo-Durham at 3 p.m.
The Cambridge Central School girls soccer team were given the eight-seed in the Class C tournament, and will host a home game against Maple Hill on Thursday at 3 p.m. The Indians have already defeated Maple Hill 1-0 this season.
Youth Ski League
WOODFORD -- The Prospect Mountain Bill Koch Youth Ski League will hold an informational meeting for new and returning families on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Prospect Mountain Ski Center Lodge.
A ski and clothing swap/sale will follow the meeting. If you wish to sell any times, please plan to drop them off at 1:45 p.m. the day of the meeting.
The league is for youths age 4-13, and introduces young people to the sport of cross-country skiing.
For more information, contact Mary Drew at 802-442-5382 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
AMHS hosts Fall 5K Fun Run
ARLINGTON -- Arlington Memorial High School will host a Fall 5K Fun Run on Saturday, Nov. 9 at the Arlington Recreation Park in preparation for the town’s annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot.
Registration for the run will begin at 9 a.m. with the race set to start at 10 a.m.
Walkers are welcome in the run.
The cost to register is $10, with the proceeds to benefit the AMHS cross country team and the Class of 2017. For more information, contact AMHS cross country coach Bianca Hoose at email@example.com
Wicked Creepy Cyclocross
BENNINGTON -- The 6th annual Wicked Creepy Cyclocross Race returns to Willow Park this year on Sunday, October 27.
A community supported race, the race will offer unique medals and Vermont produced merchandise as prizes in races for all ability levels. There will be equal cash payouts in both of the elite categories. Food will be available, and race proceeds will benefit Mount Anthony’s Nordic ski team.
To pre-register, visit www.bikereg.com/wicked-creepy-cyclocross-race-part-of-the-nycrosscom-pb-vo-max-series.
Pre-registration ends on Oct. 25 at 6 p.m.
VBCA coaching clinic
BURLINGTON -- The Vermont Basketball Coaches Association will be hosting its annual coaching clinic on October 26-27 at UVM’s Patrick Gymnasium.
The two-day event will help to teach coaches new ideas about coaching basketball and player development. On the 26th, coaches will take in two UVM basketball games, with a conference on general basketball topics set for after the games.
On the 27th, several seminars will be held on various basketball topics.
To register, or to learn more about the clinic, visit www.vbca.info.
SVC baseball clinics
BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont College baseball coach Dave Gage will be offering Saturday School morning clinics throughout October for baseball players of all ages.
Each session will cost $10 per player, with each week focusing on a different skill set.
The clinics will run from 9-10 a.m. at Bill Epstein Field on the SVC campus.
The 26th will focus on bunting and baserunning.
For more information, contact coach Gage at 802-447-4662 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
5K Pumpkin Brigade
Johnsonville, N.Y. -- The 2nd annual 5K Pumpkin Brigade race will take place on October 26.
The race starts at 10 a.m. at the Johnsonville Fire House.
To register, visit www.active.com and search for the race.
If you register before October 24, the cost will be $20 for adults, and $10 for kids age 15-and-under. There will also be a Kids Run, which will cost $2 or will be free with parent’s paid 5K registration.
Registration will be available on raceday starting at 9 a.m., and the cost will increase by $5.
SVC basketball to host skills clinics
BENNINGTON -- Southern Vermont College Basketball are hosting Sunday morning skills clinics, in the Mountaineer Athletic Center on the SVC campus.
Designed for boys and girls in grades 1-12, clinics will be directed by head men’s basketball coach Dan Engelstad, assistant coach A.J. Mahar and staff.
Cost is only $10 per player if signed up by 9 p.m. that Saturday, or $12 at the door. All registrations are cash only.
Adult League Basketball
BENNINGTON -- Any adult interested in playing basketball can contact Jerry at email@example.com for more information and to be added to an email list. The league generally plays three days a week: on Wednesday evenings and on Saturday and Sunday mornings. To offset the cost of insurance there is a $30 fee for the year, or you can pay $2 for each individual game you play.
Benn youth wrestling
BENNINGTON -- Bennington Youth Wrestling will be offering pre season youth clinics, beginning on September 4.
The clinics will run through November 6 and are offered on Wednesday nights from 6-7 p.m.
Clinics include games and technique and will be taught by current Mount Anthony Union High School wrestlers. The entry fee is $30 per wrestler. Call Wayne Call at (802) 952-8932 for more information.