LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
BOSTON, Mass. -- The Mount Anthony Union High School indoor track team broke school records all season long.
On Saturday, the team smashed a state record.
The girls’ 4x200-meter relay team of Taylor Gruber, Raheemah Madany, Chelsea Corrow and Leniesha Williams set a new Vermont record of 1 minute, 49.04 seconds in the New England Indoor Track Championships, beating South Burlington’s previous record of 1:49.13 set in 2012.
"All of them had a good race in that relay," said MAU coach Bob Kurtzner. "The handoffs looked good."
The record-setting time was in danger during the race, though.
During Madany’s leg, the MAU junior clipped a railing that runs around the track. Madany stumbled, but kept herself upright and on pace.
"When I saw it happening, I said that that would cost her one or two seconds," Kurtzner said. "But I don’t think it cost her that much. If she didn’t hit that border and take some speed out of her, they might have been a high 1:48, which would have been unbelievable."
Their time was good for 14th in the event out of 31 teams, tying the highest finish the team had all day.
Williams also finished 14th in an individual event, running the 55-meter spring in 7.49 seconds. Madany was 17th in the 55, running a 7:57.
Williams and Gruber both ran in the 300, with Williams finishing 16th (44.01) and Gruber a place behind her (44.22).
Grace Page set a school record in the 600, running a 1:41.35. In the shot put, Firdous Madany recorded a 31 foot, 8 inch toss while Taylor Haynes threw 31’ 7".
For the boys, Ben Seward jumped 19’ 3" in the long jump, Andrew Brandmeyer ran a 2:42.17 in the 1000, Andy Seward ran a 1:30.01 in the 600 and Nathaniel Durfee ran a 8.74 in the 55 hurdles. The 4x800 team of Andy Seward, Matt Strano, PJ Seward and Brandmeyer ran a 8:40.42.
Weierbach second at States
ALBANY, N.Y. -- Hoosick Falls Central School’s Luis Weierbach fell one point short of bringing home his second New York state championships on Saturday, falling to Wayne’s Bryan Lantry at 120 pounds in a 5-4 decision.
Weierbach started with the advantage, taking a 1-0 lead into the second period. In the second, Lantry took a 2-1 lead to head into the third, and in the final period held on for the decision despite a last-gasp reversal by Weierbach.
To get to the final, Weierbach defeated Matt Morriss of Albany Academy in a 4-3 decision that took two overtimes to decide.
SVC volleyball sweeps tri-meet
BENNINGTON -- In a home tri-meet at the Mountaineer Athletic Center, the Southern Vermont College men’s volleyball team beat Lesley University and the Community College of Rhose Island to take a sweep in the tri-match.
In the first contest, SVC knocked off New England Collegiate Conference foe Lesley 3-0. SVC won the games 25-13, 25-14, and 25-10.
In the day-cap against CCRI, SVC won the contest 3-1 with game scores of 25-16, 23-25, 25-16, and 25-17.
CCRI topped Lesley 3-1 in the other match on the day.
SVC baseball drops first game
BUENA VISTA, Va. -- The Southern Vermont College baseball team opened the season with a 12-4 loss to Southern Virginia University on Friday.
It was the Knights’ sixth game of the year while it was the Mountaineers’ first game on grass since the fall.
Sal Sciara went 2-4 with a walk for the Mountaineers, scoring two runs and recording aa stolen base. First baseman Cody LaBadia was also 2-4 with a run scored and a RBI.
Erik Johansen started for SVC, tossing four innings while giving up two runs on three hits and striking out three. Johansen was given the loss when he was pulled with the team trailing 2-1.
CJ Andrus was 3-5 for the Knights with three RBIs and a run.
SVC returns to action with a doubleheader next Sunday at SUNY Maritime.
Can drive for dance team
BENNINGTON -- The Mount Anthony Union High School dance etam is headed to New Englands on March 8, and the team is looking for help to pay for transportation.
The team is asking for bottle donations to help raise funds. The team has an account at the Bennington Beverage Outlet on Northside Drive, and are asking for anyone willing to make donations to drop the bottles off at the store and indicate they are for the dance team.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.