LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP

BENNINGTON -- The New England Collegiate Conference announced its weekly spring awards Monday, and Southern Vermont College men’s volleyball senior Anthony Ayala was honored as the Player of the Week.

Ayala assisted on 34 of the 36 Mountaineer kills in a 3-0 win over Newbury in the Mountaineers’ lone match of the week, finishing the season sweep. The senior setter added two digs and a service ace while upping his average to 9.13 assists per set for the season.

The senior and SVC, now 5-2 in the conference, are off until next Monday, March 24 when the team visits Daniel Webster College for a tough NECC contest.

SVC baseball splits

FT. MYERS, Fla. -- The Southern Vermont College baseball team split a pair of nine-inning games in the Gene Cusic Classic Monday at the Player Development Complex, first defeating St. Joseph’s College Long Island 6-5 with another dramatic finish before falling to the University of Dubuque 6-2 in the second game of the day.

The Mountaineers move to 5-4 on the season with the share. St. Joe’s fell to 2-4 following its game with SVC, and Dubuque improved to 2-5 after knocking off Southern Vt.

Against the Eagles, SVC had a 6-3 lead going into the top of the eighth when St. Joe’s put up one run to cut the deficit. SJC then added another in the ninth and nearly scored the tying run, but Southern Vt. junior captain Sal Sciara gunned out the runner at home from center field for the last out of the win.

Mountaineer sophomore second baseman Richard Rios had a 2-4 showing at the plate, scoring two runs and stealing a base. Sophomore catcher Ryan Schuette was 1-2 with a sacrifice fly and two runs batted in while junior right fielder Roland Hernandez was 1-3 with a walk, a stolen base, an RBI and a run scored.

Senior left-hander Kurt Kowalczyk picked up the fourth complete game of his career, going all nine innings while allowing just two earned runs on six hits and a walk. He struck out five Eagles on the day and notched his first decision of the year (1-0).

The second game for the Mountaineers saw them hold a tight 2-1 advantage through the top of the seventh when the Spartans took the lead with a two-run bottom of the inning. Dubuque added three more in the eighth for insurance en route to the win.

Hernandez was 2-4 with an RBI and another stolen base while sophomore second baseman RJ Pingitore also had a 2-4 showing. Rios went 1-2 with two walks, a run and a stolen base, and LaBadia plated one run while knocking in another on a sacrifice fly; he currently leads the New England Collegiate Conference with 16 RBIs, five more than the second player in the category.

Spartan senior catcher Vince Parisi was perfect at the plate, going 4-4 against SVC with a run scored. Freshman center fielder Daniel Casanova had a 2-4 performance with two RBIs, two runs scored and a stolen base.

Freshman righty Harley Miller had a strong start for Dubuque, going 6.2 innings while giving up just the two runs (one earned) on six hits and three walks. He struck out seven Mountaineers while working the no-decision as the Spartans trailed 2-1 when he got the hook.

SVC sophomore junior righty Dustyn Marfyak was strapped with the loss despite throwing a strong seven innings in which he surrendered just three runs on eight hits and three walks; he struck out two in the loss (0-1).

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.