BENNINGTON >> The New England Collegiate Conference announced on Thursday its 2016 Spring Academic All-Conference Team with 12 of its members hailing from Southern Vermont College's winter or spring squads.

To be eligible for NECC Academic All-Conference honors, a student-athlete must post a minimum grade point average of 3.40 on a scale of 4.00 and must be a sophomore or higher in class standing. Student-athletes who competed in men's and women's basketball, men's volleyball, baseball, men's and women's lacrosse, softball, and men's tennis were eligible for spring NECC academic honors.

"The role of the student-athlete is a challenging one that demands dedication to one's studies, as well as one's sport," observed Jay White, SVC's Provost and Dean of the College. "But, for our student-athletes at small Southern Vermont College, the role is one that touches and lifts every single member of the SVC community. We all appreciate our student-athletes' commitment to success and celebrate today the recognition by the NECC of 12 Mountaineers selected as members of the Conference's All-Academic Team — eight of those Mountaineers collecting the honor for at least a second time in their years at SVC."

Southern Vermont was represented on the Academic All-Conference Team by every league-sponsored winter or spring sport offered by the college this year, the first time that has happened since 2011.


"We take great pride in the competitive success of our athletic programs," added SVC Director of Athletics Michael McDonough. "But it is all the more rewarding when so many of our student-athletes are recognized for their academic achievement. Their academic performance reinforces the NCAA Division III ideal of the 'student-athlete.'"

Of the eight Mountaineers who are being honored once again for academic achievement, four are doing so for at least the third time in their careers. Women's lacrosse junior captains Emily Lesure and Lauren Nesshoever are both grabbing the award for the fourth time in their careers after transferring to SVC for their sophomore seasons; Nesshoever has collected two fall honors for women's soccer and one spring accolade for women's lacrosse while Lesure has made the previous two fall NECC teams as a representative of Southern Vermont's women's volleyball and then women's cross country crews.

Senior Karina Meza represented the SVC softball team on this year's spring listing after making two fall Academic All-Conference teams as a member of the College's women's soccer squad. Junior women's lacrosse captain Mel Orrell is also reeling in her third career laurel after garnering one in both the fall and spring of last year- her fall award coming as a representative of the women's soccer team.

Among the four Mountaineers who picked up the accolade for the first time in their collegiate careers, two – women's basketball captain Amber Flagg and baseball captain RJ Pingitore – were seniors who raised their GPA enough to make the team in their final undergraduate semester.

A total of 184 student-athletes from across the Conference earned their way to the 2016 spring list.

Legion baseball tryouts

BENNINGTON >> Tryouts for the Bennington Post 13 Legion baseball team will take place on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Mount Anthony baseball field

Players must be at least 15 years old, but can't play if they are born before Jan. 1, 1997.

Birth certificates are required for players who make the squad.

For the tryouts, bring equipment, baseball pants, cleats and a hat.

For more information, contact coach Jamie Carey at 802-733-7425.

College lacrosse camp upcoming

BENNINGTON >> Former Mount Anthony and current University of Arizona assistant men's lacrosse coach Paul Reif will return to Vermont for a two-week clinic this summer, starting on June 21, 22 and 23 and then on June 27, 28 and 29 from 5-7 p.m. at Willow Park.

The camp will consist of six 2-hour college-style practices conducted by current and former college coaches and players. The focus will be on advanced individual and team skills, including terminology and concepts.

There will be individual evaluations and information on the recruiting process.

The camp will take place at Willow Park and is for high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors. The cost is $100 for field players and $50 for goalies.

For more information or to register, contact Reif at

BBA football camp

MANCHESTER >> The Sparxx Athletics football camp for youth players will run from July 11 to 14 at Taylor Field on the campus of Burr and Burton Academy.

The camp, which goes each day from 5 to 8 p.m., will showcase the top college and high school football players in the area in a hands-on experience to improve the grassroots of football.

The cost to attend the camp is $100, and $125 after June 1.

The best way to register is to visit the website at For more information, call 802-733-6672 or email

Werner holding annual soccer camps

ARLINGTON >> Retired Arlington and Castleton soccer coach John Werner will again be running soccer camps locally. Werner and his experienced staff are committed to providing a quality camp experience, with the emphasis on learning and fun, at a reasonable cost.

The three camps are as follows:

The Battenkill Soccer Camp for those entering grades 1 through 8 will be held the week of July 18 from 9 a.m. until noon at Greenwich Central School in Greenwich, N.Y. This camp emphasizes the technical development of each player as well as small group tactics. The co-director is Coach Tim Kelleher, Greenwich varsity boys coach.

The Arlington Soccer Camp for those entering grades 1 through 8 will be held the week of Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. until noon at Arlington High School. This camp also emphasizes the technical development of each player as well as small group tactics.

The Arlington Senior Soccer Camp for those entering grades 9 through 12 will be held the week of Aug. 1 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Arlington High School. This camp includes position specific training.

For more details or sign-up information, go to