BENNINGTON >> The Southern Vermont College men's soccer team will be holding a nontraditional 'home' game during the 2016 season, when they host SUNY Cobleskill at Applejack Stadium in Manchester on Saturday, September 3rd.
The 7 p.m. start will be the first game hosted under the lights in SVC soccer history.
Applejack Stadium was constructed in 2005 and is widely regarded as one of the best natural grass playing surfaces in Vermont.
The grandstand can seat approximately 1,000 spectators with concessions being available for fans.
There will be a $5 admission fee for adults and a $3 charge for students and seniors, however SVC and Cobleskill students will be admitted for free with a valid institutional ID.
"We're thrilled to host the Southern Vermont College men's soccer Mountaineers at Applejack," said John O'Keefe, Town Manager for Manchester. "Bringing exciting, top-notch college soccer to the stadium and Manchester is a great use of the premium playing surface and will help to further develop Manchester as a regional hub for soccer. We're also excited to show SVC students the best Manchester has to offer and encourage them to come north to Manchester to cheer on the team!"
The Mountaineers' match is part of the 2016 Manchester College Soccer Series which has three additional preseason collegiate contests to be played at Applejack, including a women's exhibition match between the University of Vermont and the University of Massachusetts.
On September 3rd, there will be a trio of soccer matches held at the Stadium, the first being a preseason women's scrimmage between Middlebury College and Williams College at 1 p.m.
The Burr and Burton Academy girls varsity team will then face off against St. Johnsbury Academy at 4 p.m., before the lights kick on for SVC's showdown with the Fighting Tigers.
"We are extremely excited to have our first home game under the lights for Southern Vermont men's soccer," said first-year SVC head coach Greg Gilmore. "Applejack Stadium is a gorgeous venue for the occasion, and we look forward to being a part of the 2016 Manchester College Soccer Series."
SVC's athletic director Michael McDonough was also very excited about the Mountaineers getting to be a part of the soccer series when he spoke out about the event.
"SVC is very pleased to have been invited to participate in the Soccer Series at Applejack," McDonough said. "It's a wonderful opportunity to expose the Northshire to collegiate soccer-- along with a quality high school match. We expect it will create a great deal of excitement as we kick off the 2016 fall season."
Applejack is located at 340 Recreation Park Road in Manchester. To learn more about the Stadium or the town, please visit http://manchester-vt.gov/applejack/.
Youth lax camp at Willow Park
BENNINGTON >> The Southern Vermont Youth Lacrosse camp for boys will be this upcoming Monday through Thursday at Willow Park.
The camp for players ages 6-8 will attend from 9 to 11 a.m., while the 9-16 age group will attend from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
This is a great camp to introduce the sport of lacrosse to new players and equipment is available for those who need it.
The cost is $75 for 6-8 year olds and $150 for 9-16 year olds.
Southern Vermont football camp
MANCHESTER >> The Sparxx Athletics football camp for youth players will run this upcoming Monday through Thursday 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.
If you still want to attend the camp, the cost to participate is $125.
The best way to register is to visit the website at sparxxathletics.wix.com/sparxxathletics.
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 johnwernersoccer.com.
SVC cross-country camp
BENNINGTON >> Southern Vermont College head cross country and track and field coach Kathleen Newton has announced that she will be holding her first summer clinic on Tuesday, August 9 at the SVC campus.
The event will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and is intended for children entering grades 7-12. The cost is $50 per participant with all proceeds to benefit the SVC cross country programs. In the event of rain, the clinic will be held Wednesday, August 10. The camp will begin at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.
Members of the Southern Vermont cross country teams will be on hand to guide the partakers through the day and around the College campus. Activities will include showing how to properly warm up, the teaching of correct running technique, strength exercises, injury prevention and treatment, and a stretching session. The Mountaineers will also lead the participants on trail runs around the SVC campus.
To sign up or for more information, please contact Coach Newton at firstname.lastname@example.org.