LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
WESTMINSTER -- The Mount Anthony Union High School dance team competed in its first-ever New England competition on Saturday at Bellows Falls, and the Patriots returned home with a 5th and an 8th-place finish.
In the pom routine, the girls finished 5 out of 18 teams, while in hip-hop the girls finished 8 out of 18.
"As a coach, I could not be more proud of the confidence and excitement the girls had at the championships," said coach Erica Cummings. "It was truly an amazing experience for the team to go to New England’s, as well as an inspiration for the underclassmen on the team."
McLean named Player of the Year
HOOSICK, N.Y. -- Hoosac School sophomore Unique McLean was named as the New England Prepatory School Athletic Council Class B Player of the Year after leading the Owls on a successful season.
McLean averaged 32 points per game this season for Hoosac, along with 4.5 assists per game and 8.2 rebounds per contest.
The award marked the third-straight year McLean was given a Player of the Year nod after winning it twice in Class D.
SVC baseball sweeps
YAPHANK, N.Y. -- The Southern Vermont College baseball team swept its double-header against SUNY Maritime College on Sunday, winning the first game 5-4 and the second 7-0.
Down 4-2 going into the sixth inning of the first game, SVC scored two runs to tie the game before captain Chris Nicastro Jr. plated the go-ahead score on a double.
In the day-cap, SVC freshman Dylan Angelo went the distance in a three-hit shutout, striking out six batters in his first collegiate start.
In game one, Cody LaBadia went 2-3 with a walk, knocking in two runs and plating one of his own. Erik Johansen went five innings in the start, giving up three earned runs and six his while striking out four.
In game two, LaBadia was 2-3 again, adding a second pair of RBIs and two more runs. RJ Pingitore was also 2-3, plating two runs and knocking in another. He also stole two bases in the win.
SVC improves to 2-1 on the year. The team returns to action this week down in Ft. Myers, Fla. for the Gene Cusic Classic as part of the team’s spring training trip.
SVC volleyball falls to Elms
CHICOPEE, Mass. -- The Southern Vermont College men’s volleyball team dropped a 3-2 contest to Elms College on Saturday afternoon in New England Collegiate Conference action.
SVC took the first set 25-16 before Elms took the next two 25-23 and 30-28. SVC extended the match in the fourth set with a 25-20 win, but in the decider Elms closed out the win with a 15-12 set win.
Elms senior Bryson Rainey led the way for his side, recording a match-high 29 kills.
Senior Anthony Ayala led SVC with 55 assists, while Anthony Barahona had 21 kills and nine digs. Keven Walley added 15 kills and four service aces.
SVC falls to 8-7 overall, 4-2 in the league. The Mountaineers return to action on Wednesday in a 7 p.m. home contest against Regis College.