LOCAL SPORTS ROUNDUP
BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont College softball team ended its weekend on a sour note, dropping a doubleheader to Becker on Sunday at Willow Park.
But on Saturday, the team made history by qualifying for postseason play for the first time in program history.
Playing at Regis College on Saturday, the Mountaineers split with the Pride via a 3-2 loss in eight innings and a 4-2 win in game two of the doubleheader.
The win pushed SVC to 11-17 overall and 9-7 in the conference.
In game one, Mallory Celeste went 2-3 with an RBI and a run scored while Kristin Buchan added a sacrifice fly. Lauryn Zovistoski suffered the loss in relief.
In the 4-2 in, Hayley McDonald and Emily Fleming both went 2-3 with a run scored while Zovistoski went 2-4 with a pair of RBIs. McDonald took the win from the circle and Fleming notched the save.
On Sunday, SVC fell to Becker 4-1 and 1-0.
In the 4-1 game, the first of the series, Hannah Cross tallied the lone hit for SVC, bringing in Shelby Jones who reached base on a walk.
Fleming took the loss for SVC.
In the second game, the teams battled eachother in a scoreless contest through five innings, with Becker picking up the lone run in the sixth inning to decide the contest.
McDonald suffered the loss despite giving up just one unearned run on three hits and no walks while striking out eight.
SVC now waits for the start of the New England Collegiate Conference playoffs. The Mountaineers will play on Wednesday, with its opponent to be determined.
Patriots compete in Hudson Falls Invite
HUDSON FALLS, N.Y. -- The Mount Anthony Union High School track team crossed the border into New York on Saturday to compete in the Hudson Falls/Luciano Invitiational, and the girls returned hom with a fifth-place finish while the boys finished 17th.
For the girls, Leniesha Williams took second in the 100-meter dash, running the sprint in 12.97 seconds. Teammate Raheemah Madany finished third, running a 13.09.
Williams and Madany also took first in the 4x100 relay along with Taylor Haynes and Chelsea Corrow. The group ran a 52.53 to takeMAU’s lone win on the day.
Williams also finished second in the 200 (27.10) and took fifth in the long jump (15 feet, 11.75 inches), while Madany took fifth in the 200 in 27.65 seconds.
Firdous Madany took fifth in the javelin (67’ 2").
For the boys, The 4x800 relay team of Andy Seward, PJ Seward, Luke Lapean and Andrew Brandmeyer took fourth in 8:37.74, while the 4x400 team of Brandmeyer, Andy Seward, Brad Myers and Ben Seward also took fourth, running a 3:33.18.
Ben Seward finished fifth in the long jump at 19’ and finished sixth in the 200 in 23.89 seconds. Brandmeyer finished fifth in the 400, running a 51.21.
Cambridge track at Maple Hill
MAPLE HILL, N.Y. -- The Cambridge Central School track team competed in the Maple Hill Invitational on Saturday, and the girls team returned home with a fourth-place finish.
Olivia Mooney placed in all four events she participated in, including the Indians’ only event win by taking the high jump after clearing five feet.
Mooney also took third in the triple jump (30’ 5") and fifth in the 200 (28 seconds), and she was on the 4x400 relay team that took fourth along with sister Helen, Abby Tironi and Lila Nolan in a time of 4:43.8.
Helen Mooney placed fourth in the 400 in 1:05.3, while Nolan was sixth in the 800 in 2:39.4. Maria Hughes took fourth in the 400-hurdles in 1:20.9.
The 4x100 relay team of Helen Mooney, Tironi, Nolan and Steph Saddlemire finished third in 56.4 seconds.
Maple Hill won for the girls with 155.5 points while Middleburgh was second with 119.5. Cambridge tallied 39 points.
For the boys, Gordon Sullivan was the lone top-six finisher, finishing in sixth in the 400 in a time of 57.3 seconds.
Panthers fall in Cooperstown
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- The Hoosick Falls Central School softball team traveled out to Section III school Cooperstown on Saturday for a non-league doubleheader, but the Panthers came up against a buzzsaw in pitcher Maria Noto, who shut out the Panthers in both contests to help her team to 4-0 and 5-0 wins.
In the 4-0 contest, Alyssa Ellis paced Hoosick Falls with two singles while scattering six hits out of the circle.
Christina Noto went 2-2 with two singles and Maggie Hall had three RBIs, while Maria Noto struck out eight to pick up the decision.
In the 5-0 loss, Ashley St. Onge broke up a no-hitter by getting a two-out single in the top of the 5th. It was the lone hit in the contest for Hoosick Falls.
Ellis took the loss in game two, as well, while Christina Noto continued to help her sister at the plate by smacking a triple.
The losses drop Hoosick Falls under .500 to 4-6 overall on the year.
Patriots throttle Braves
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- Traveling down to Pittsfield on Saturday morning, the Mount Anthony Union High School boys lacrosse team handed Taconic a 15-2 loss.
Damon Young paced the Patriots with seven goals, taking his career tally to over 100 goals.
Nick Altland added four goals while Layne Trafton had four assists. Jackson Thibodeau had 14 saves for MAU.
Coach Paul Reif also noted the play of his defense. Down several varsity players, Reif turned to his JV team to fill the void and the players returned the favor by only letting up the two goals.
MAU moves to 3-4 on the year. The win was also the first win against an out-of-state team in five tries for the Patriots this season.
Catamount BMX open house
BENNINGTON -- The Bennington Catamount BMX team is hosting an open house on Saturday at the team’s track in Willow Park.
The even will run from noon to 4 p.m. and is open to any child, tenn or adult that would like to try out the track and learn about BMX racing.
In order to use the track, racers must have a long sleeve shirt, long pants and a helmet.
For more information on Catamount BMX, find them on Facebook under ‘Catamount BMX’.
Benn Road Race May 4
BENNINGTON -- The 26th annual Steve Zemianek Bennington Road Race will be held on Sunday, May 4 beginning at the Park McCullough house in North Bennington.
This year’s event is dedicated to the memory of local educator and marathon runner Gail Harwood. The race is produced and directed by the Batten Kill Valley Runners.
All net proceeds will be donated to the Mount Anthony Union High School Zemianek scholarship fund.
The kids race will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the 3.8K and 10K races will start at 10 a.m.
Registration is $15 in advance and $20 after May 1.
Runners can register online at runreg.com. Paper registration is available at Wills Insurance, Bennington Recreation Center, Off the Wall, Anytime Fitness, Bennington Sports Center and all schools in Bennington and North Bennington.
Benn. Basketball School
BENNINGTON -- Applications are now being accepted for the Bennington Basketball School for Boys. The camp runs from July 7 to July 11. Players aged 12-15 will practice from 8 a.m. to noon, and 7-11 will practice from 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
To sign up, email the participants’ name, age and t-shirt size to firstname.lastname@example.org or call Dan Sleeman at 802-447-1994.