CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Former Mount Anthony Union High School wrestler Zak Hale competed in the Division II National Championships on Friday.

Hale, a sophomore at Anderson University (South Carolina) wrestling at 133 pounds, qualified for the tournament with a 21-8 record but lost both of his tournament matches.

He took on Kutztown (Pa.) senior Evan Yenolevich, the top seed with a 14-2 record, in the opening round and lost 8-6 in the sudden victory overtime to be knocked back into the consolations.

During the match, Yenolevich took a 6-0 lead into the second period but Hale came back with a reversal and three back points to pull within 6-5. With one second left, Hale was awarded a point for Yenolevich stalling, but in OT, the senior earned the first takedown.

In his first consolation match, Hale dropped a 5-3 decision against Indianapolis’ Josh Kieffer, an opponent he lost to earlier in the season.

SVC falls in NECC contest

FORT MYERS, Fla. - In the first New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) game of the season for both squads, the Mitchell College baseball team defeated Southern Vermont College 10-4 Friday afternoon at Terry Park.

A two-run blast by Mariner sophomore right fielder Neftali Arroyo capped a three-run fifth that put Mitchell on top for the first time all day before the MC pitching held SVC to just one run the rest of the way.

The Mariners now sit at 4-3-1 on the season, 1-0 in the NECC, while SVC drops to 2-2 on the year and begins league play 0-1 after its first of 10 games in Florida.

Junior first baseman Cody LaBadia led the Mountaineers at the plate with a 3-for-4 showing while knocking in two runs. Sophomore second baseman RJ Pingitore tallied the other two Mountaineer RBIs, and junior center fielder Sal Sciara registered just one official at bat after being plunked three times and working a walk; he also swiped two bases and scored two runs in the effort.

Arroyo finished 2-for-2 on the day with two runs and four RBIs, adding a sacrifice fly and hit by pitch. Senior designated hitter Kenneth Olszewski was 4-for-4 at the plate with a walk, scoring two runs for the Mariners. Junior first baseman Evan Peck contributed with a 2-for-5 performance at the dish, scoring twice and knocking in a third run.

The Mariners were perfect in the field behind senior righty Mike Tandy, who gave up four earned runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings of work to pick up his first win of the season. Freshman right-hander Axel De Jesus grabbed his first collegiate save after entering the game in the top of the seventh with Mitchell up 6-4 and the go-ahead run at the plate. He allowed just a walk while striking out two in his 2.2 innings on the mound. Southern Vt. sophomore right-hander Chris Bradt took the loss in his first start as a Mountaineer after allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks in five innings.

A frozen rope off the bat of SVC sophomore Richard Rios to center field moved Sciara from first to third, setting up a Pingitore sacrifice fly to put the Mountaineers up 1-0. LaBadia then slapped one to left over the Mitchell third baseman to plate Rios for the 2-0 lead.

Mitchell cut the deficit in half in the bottom of the frame with help from SVC miscues. Senior shortstop Marc Dorsi reached on an error and then moved to third on a double to right by Olszewski. As SVC got the ball in, the infield couldn’t corral it and Dorsi was able to head home to make it 2-1.

Later, the Mariners were able to put up three in the bottom of the inning to take their first lead. Olszewski made his way to second with a one-out double down the right field line and then advanced to third on a balk. Peck hit it hard down the third base line, but the home plate umpire deemed it to be just foul. A few pitches later, however, Peck ripped another one in the same direction with the ball hitting the base to clearly be fair and allow Olszewski to score the tying run. Arroyo then came to the plate and launched one to left, over the thirty-foot fence that sits 345 feet away from home plate for the go-ahead homer.

The season series wraps up Saturday in Fort Myers with a doubleheader beginning at 10 a.m.

Hoosick soccer club

HOOSICK, N.Y. -- Registration for the spring season of the Hoosick Falls Soccer Club continues until March 21.

The season runs from May 3 to June 7, with practices beginning a couple of weeks earlier. Sign up at hoosickfallssoccer.sportssignup.com

For more information, contact Laura at 518-944-4971 or at peasag17@aol.com

Basketball Challenge
in Arlington

ARLINGTON -- The 2nd annual Basketball Challenge will be held at Arlington Memorial High School on March 21 this year and is sponsored by the Fisher Parent Teacher Group.

Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for children 12-and-under if purchased in advance. Tickets will be sold at the Fisher Main Office. On the night of the event, tickets will rise by a dollar.

For more information, email lacosted@bvsu.org or call 802-375-6409.