LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP

BENNINGTON -- Burr and Burton Academy senior running back Dalton Blackwell will join athletes from 16 other Vermont high schools at the Shrine Game this summer at Dartmouth.

Blackwell led the Bulldogs to a 6-4 record in Division II last season.

BBA basketball tickets on sale today

MANCHESTER -- Tickets for tonight’s quarterfinal between Mount Anthony and Burr and Burton Academy at E.H. Henry Gym will go on sale at 5:30 p.m. and the doors to the gym will open at 6:15.

Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students and seniors. The game begins at 7 p.m. and will be streamed at new.livestream.com/burrburton McMahon earns weekly honors

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Cortland senior forward Kevin McMahon (Hoosick Falls) has been chosen as the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Men’s Basketball Player of the Week and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Div. III Upstate New York Men’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week for the week ending Feb. 23.

McMahon averaged 31 points and 11 rebounds per game and shot 63 percent from the field (71 percent from 3-point range) in a 1-1 week for the Red Dragons.

He opened the week with 23 points and 15 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season in a 65-53 win over Geneseo. McMahon scored a career-high 39 points on 16-of-21 shooting from the floor in a 78-76 overtime loss to Oswego Saturday.


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He made a layup with 10 seconds left to force the overtime period.

Cortland completed its season with a 14-12 record after losing at Oswego, 69-57, in the SUNYAC quarterfinals on Tuesday, Feb. 25. McMahon led the Red Dragons with 18.5 points and 9.7 rebounds per game in 26 starts. He shot 57 percent from the field, 39 percent from 3-point range (17-of-44) and 72 percent from the foul line. He also led the team with 27 blocks and was third with 47 assists.

SVC volleyball sweeps

BROOKLINE, Mass. - Nine kills and zero attacking errors on 13 swings by junior Joey Dighton (Riverside, Calif.) helped Southern Vt. College in a 3-0 winning effort at Newbury College Wednesday night in New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) men’s volleyball action.

SVC took the match with set scores of 29-27, 25-16, and 25-22.

The win improves the Mountaineer’s season mark to 4-6 with a 2-1 NECC record while Newbury falls to 1-14 overall, 1-5 in the league.

Dighton added four block assists to his .692 hitting percentage while senior Anthony Barahona (Eagle Rock, Calif.) had a match-high 13 kills, eight digs, five block assists and a solo. Junior Keven Walley (Pico Rivera, Calif.) followed with 11 kills and nine digs, and junior libero Florentino Escovedo (Fresno, Calif.) led all players with 15 digs. Senior setter Anthony Ayala (Pico Rivera, Calif.) assisted on 41 of the 45 Mountaineer kills on the night.

Nighthawk senior Jake Powell (Salinas, Calif.) led his team with 12 kills with freshman Billy Stephen (Windermere, Fla.) on his heels at 11 to go with a side-best 13 digs. Senior setter Pat Robidoux (Barrington, R.I.) tallied a double-double with 32 assists and 10 digs.

In a hard-fought first set, neither team led by more than two points as the frame was extended with kills from both sides in the late going. Walley put down a kill to give the Mountaineers a 28-27 advantage before a Newbury attacking error handed the game to SVC.

The second frame saw the Nighthawks come out and tack up the first three points before they committed five straight unforced errors to give Southern Vt. the nod. After more kills and mistakes from NC, Dighton ripped off three consecutive kills to put the Mountaineers up 10-7. He then started another string of three SVC kills to take some breathing room with a 15-9 lead. Newbury was able to trim it to a four-point deficit until, at 19-15, Southern Vt. went on a 6-1 run to close out the set, capped by another kill from Dighton.

After swapping points to begin the third, NC gained momentum to take four straight and a 6-2 lead. It would be short-lived, however, as the Mountaineers responded with four unanswered of their own to tie it up. The Nighthawks then carried a narrow advantage before a pair of SVC attacking errors gave them a 14-10 upper hand. Once again, the points went back-and-forth until Southern Vt. rattled off eight of the next nine to take a 23-21 lead. Stephen was able to tally a point before kills by junior Scott Fitzgerald (Fort Edward, N.Y.) and Barahona put the match away.

Southern Vt. turns right around to a Thursday night hosting of The Sage Colleges at 7 p.m. while Newbury looks ahead to a Saturday tri-match in which it takes on Lehman (12 p.m.) and Mount Ida College (2 p.m.).

Dance team fundraiser

Our MAU Dance Team made it to the New England competition on March 8th! We just found this out at the State competition on 2/22. We now need to get transportation and fees paid. SO! The parents are starting to get funds through a bottle drive!

We have a bottle account at Bennington Beverage Outlet on Northside Drive in Bennington.

If you can drop off your bottles and let them know it is for dance team, that’d be so great!! If you need a dancer to pick them up, and you don’t know a dancer, please post here and we will work out a pickup!

New England’s is only in Bellows Falls...please come to their high school and support our girls while they perform for the state of Vermont. $10 entry fee -- starts at 1:30pm

Bennington Little League

Late registration and player evaluations for the 2014 season will be held on Sunday, March 9th from 1-3pm and Tuesday, March 11th from 5:30-8pm 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 requested at the time of registration. Questions about registration or evaluations, please contact either Geoff Metcalfe @ 442-5465 or Steve Marsden @ 447-4908.

Pownal youth baseball

POWNAL -- The Pownal Cal Ripken Baseball is looking for players for the upcoming season. The team is open to all Pownal and surrounding area children ages 4-12. Children ages 9-12 can play in Cal Ripken sanctioned tournaments.

There is no registration fee for any child. Sign-ups will be Feb. 24 and 26 from 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Pownal Elementary School gym.

Please call Scot Morse at 802-379-6681 with any questions.

Mack Attack sign-ups

ARLINGTON -- The Mack Attack AAU girls’ basketball season will begin practicing on March 9, and sign-ups are ongoing.

The team provides participants with an opportunity to improve basketball skills and knowledge through a challenging level of play. Girls ages 8-17 who are interested in participating should contact coach Kerry Csizmesia at kerrycsizmesia@yahoo.com or call 860-326-5024.

Information about the season can be found at www.mackattackaau.org.

Storm coach search

BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont Storm semi-pro football team is searching for a new head coach for the 2014 season. If interested, call the Storm hotline at 802-681-9085.