BENNINGTON — A day after being named the New England Collegiate Conference Baseball Rookie of the Week, Southern Vermont College freshman Joe Braim was selected as the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III New England Rookie of the Week.

The honor marks the first ECAC honor for Braim and is the first for an SVC baseball player this season.

Braim was tabbed with the NECC laurel after stellar performances in the Mountaineers' two games last week, from both the pitchers' mound and at first base.

"I'm proud of his work ethic," said SVC head coach Dave Gage. "He continues to work hard in the cage, and he continues to work hard on the mound. This really shows that paying off."

Braim registered his first collegiate win last Wednesday at Eastern Nazarene, working a strong eight innings with the start to help SVC record its first-ever win over the Lions in four all-time meetings; he allowed just one run on eight hits in his appearance, striking out four ENC batters during the outing.

The SVC freshman then helped the Mountaineers go 2-0 on the week, going 2-for-3 at the plate with 2 RBI and the team's 16-4 victory over MCLA.

Braim was also perfect at first against the Trailblazers, converting on each of the seven total chances he had at the corner defensively.

Masters swim meet on docket

BENNINGTON >> The fifth annual Monumental Masters Mini Meet will be held this Saturday 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.

If still want to compete, there is $25 registration charge that you will pay on the day of the event.

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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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 kids' 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: 802-447-9732 or Dave Newell: 802-688-7807