John Arancio
John Arancio

BENNINGTON — Southern Vermont College sophomore John Arancio has been named the New England Collegiate Conference baseball player of the week for the period ending March 27 as announced by the league on Monday.

Arancio was stellar in helping Southern Vermont go 2-0 in league play last week as the team grabbed its first two NECC wins of the year. He tallied a .714 batting average (5-for-7), his first collegiate home run aiding in the sophomore slugging at a 1.143 clip. He also worked a walk at Daniel Webster College on Friday to turn in a .778 on base percentage for the week.

In a big win over Mitchell on Wednesday, Arancio was 4-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs, scoring the tying run in the bottom of the seventh before SVC took a lead it wouldn't relinquish. He then followed with the first run at DWC on Friday, crossing the plate with what proved to be the game-winning score in the top of the second.

The sophomore and the Mountaineers return to action with five games this week, the first being at Eastern Nazarene College on Wednesday with a 3:30 p.m. non-conference first pitch.

Robtoy earns NECC award

BENNINGTON >> The New England Collegiate Conference announced its weekly award winners for the period ending March 27 on Monday with Southern Vermont College senior Rachel Robtoy being tabbed as the league's Softball Player of the Week.


Robtoy had a big day-cap at Elms College on Thursday to turn in a .750 batting average for the week (3-for-4). After working a walk in the doubleheader's opener, she went 3-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBIs in the second contest of the day. She was also perfect in the field, converting on all five total chances she saw defensively.

This is the first career weekly Conference honor for the senior captain.

Rachel Robtoy
Rachel Robtoy

Robtoy and the Mountaineers are back in action on Thursday when they head to Mass. College of Liberal Arts for a 3:30 p.m. non-conference twin bill.

Masters swim meet on docket

BENNNINGTON >> The fifth annual Monumental Masters Mini Meet will be held on Saturday, April 9, at the Bennington Recreation Center.

Adults over the age of 18 are encouraged to participate in the meet.

No prior competition experience is required.

Warm-ups start at 9 a.m., with the meet's first event beginning at 10 a.m.

Pre-registration to compete in the event is $20 per swimmer by April 5, or $25 on the day of the event.

Registration forms are available at the Bennington Rec Center.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Bennington Marauders Swim Team, helping to provide youth swimming for our community.

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Village School hosting Shamrockin' 5K

NORTH BENNINGTON >> On Saturday, April 2, the Village School of North Bennington will host the second annual Shamrockin' run/walk event.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the 1-mile Family Fun Run/Walk starting at 9 a.m. and the 5K Run/Walk starting at 10 a.m. The race starts at the Village School of North Bennington, which is between School Street and Church Street.

The cost for the 5K is $20 for registrations postmarked by March 25 and $25 for race day registration. The 1-mile Family Fun Run/Walk is $10. Preregister by mail by sending a checks made payable to VSNB to: VSNB, PO Box 847, N. Bennington, VT 05257 or by registering online at

For more information and a downloadable registration form, visit the NEWS page at

Zem-Benn Road Race date announced

NORTH BENNINGTON >> The 38th running of the Steve Zemianek Bennington Road Race is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 8, at the Park McCullough house.

There will be three races held at the event, with the kid's 1k race starting at 9:30 a.m. and will be followed by the 3.9 and 10K races that are both scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

Since the event is taking place on Mother's Day, the mother who finishes first in her age group will receive a special award.

Proceeds for the event will benefit the Steve Zemianek scholarship fund at Mount Anthony Union High School.

As in previous years, the lead sponsor of the race will be Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Orthopaedics.

To participate in the event, people can sign up at or pick up a registration form at Wills Insurance, AnytimeFitness, Revolution Fitness, and the Bennington Recreation center.

Runners who compete in the Gallup to Success trail race scheduled for May 7 at Kimberly Farms in Shaftsbury will receive a registration fee discount for signing up for both races.

For more information contact Kathy Zemianek at 802-447-9732 or Dave Newell at 802-688-7807