Catamount competes at 1000 Island Duals


CLAYTON, N.Y. >> The Catamount wrestling club competed over the weekend at the prestigious 1,000 Islands Duals and finished runner-up in the red bracket of the dual meet format.

The team lost its opening round match of the tournament in the gold bracket, but came back to reach the final of the red bracket.

Three wrestlers finished unbeaten in five matches, including Ashdin Schaefer at 125 pounds, Tyler Burgess at 155 and Brandon Cousino at 177. All of Cousino's wins were by fall and Burgess' performance was, "the best he's ever wrestled,"

Keenan Taylor at 130 and Austin Prendergast at 167 were both 4-1, while Keegan Coon (140) and Calvin Hayford (hvy) were 3-2.

Tyson Sauer, Noah Call, Gage McLaughlin, Chris Mayer, Colin Crowley and Sebastian Rocher were all 2-3 in the tournament.

Hayden Rabideau, wrestling in both the middle school and high school tournaments, was 5-5 over the weekend.

The middle school team finished seventh overall in their tournament.

College soccer coming to Manchester

MANCHESTER >> College soccer is coming to Manchester this summer as the town hosts the 2016 Manchester College Soccer Series.

The Series kicks off on Wednesday with Division I women's soccer when the University of Vermont Catamounts take on the University of Massachusetts Amherst at 6 p.m. in a preseason matchup at Applejack Stadium, which is owned and operated by the Town of Manchester and its Parks and Recreation Department. Applejack Stadium is one of the premier grass fields in Vermont with field lighting and seating for about 1,000 fans, plus standing room for additional fans.

The Manchester College Soccer Series continues on Sunday, August 28 at 6 p.m. when the Castleton University men host the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in a preseason matchup and wraps up on Saturday, September 3 with the Middlebury College women hosting the defending NCAA Division III national champions Williams College at noon, and the Southern Vermont College men hosting a regular season game against SUNY Cobleskill at 7 p.m. In between, the Burr and Burton Academy women's team, state championship finalist in 2015, take on St. Johnsbury at 4 p.m. on September 3 in an action packaged day. At 2:30 p.m., town officials, Burr and Burton representatives and a host of local sports leagues dedicate the town's newest athletic fields, Eckhardt Field and McClellan Field.

Concessions will be available for all the games. Admission is $3 for students and seniors and $5 for adults. Applejack Stadium is located at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park, 340 Recreation Park Road in Manchester Center, VT.

Goldsmith tournament August 13

BENNINGTON >> The eighth annual Lee Goldsmith soccer tournament will take place on August 13 at Willow Park. The tournament, named in honor of former Mount Anthony soccer player Lee Goldsmith, who died in 2009 after a battle with cancer, brings together dozens of local soccer players to the area.

Players have to be enrolled in high school in September and all-male or co-ed team, with at least four male players, are allowed.

Teams will have six field players and a goalkeeper for 25-minute mini-games and play begins at 11 a.m.

Teams must be registered before August 13 by calling or texting Mike Molloy at 802-375-4006. The cost to register is $70 per team.

Catamount Bow Hunters

BENNINGTON >> The Catamount Bow Hunters will host a 3-D Archery Competition on Sunday, August 14.

Registration starts at 7 a.m. and costs $10 for adults and $5 for youth. Cubs are free with a paid adult.

Club members and non-members are welcome and food and beverage will be available.

The club is located on Route 7 South on Fuller Road, first left past the Apple Barn.

For more information, call 802-442-3667 or go to the club's Facebook page, search for Catamount Bow Hunters.

Win Hoyt golf tournament

MANCHESTER >> The 25th Annual Win Hoyt Memorial Golf Tournament will take place this year at the Ekwanok Country Club on September 21. This annual event is, once again, being sponsored by Casella Waste Management and will benefit both Burr and Burton Academy as well as Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity. The tournament is dedicated to longtime Manchester resident and former Chamber Director, Winthrop Hoyt.

Win and his wife, Lyn, moved to Manchester full time in 1965, after a successful career in the advertising industry. In 1970, Win took over the Caddie Scholarship Program at Ekwanok and provided great leadership until his death in 1989.

He visited local schools and promoted the idea of caddying at Ekwanok. He provided training for all newcomers, began an annual caddie banquet, introduced contests for the attendees, and oversaw the distribution of the scholarships each year. If the Scholarship Fund fell below expectations, he would personally appeal to Ekwanok members for additional funds. The Scholarship program, which now benefits all college employees at Ekwanok, continues successfully to this day.

All of the proceeds from the 2016 tournament will support both Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity and Burr and Burton Academy scholarship programs. Additional Sponsorship Opportunities are also available. Call for more information.

The Tournament registration begins at 11 a.m. with lunch starting at 11:30 and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. The tournament fee is $150 per golfer and includes 18 holes of championship golf, lunch, hors d'oeuvres, golf cart, event gifts and prizes. A cash bar will also be available. To register for the tournament and for additional information, either call 802-362- 1825 or email for a registration form.

Football equipment handout at MAU

BENNINGTON >> For all Mount Anthony students entering ninth grade interested in playing football, there will be sign-ups and equipment handouts on Sunday, August 14 at 5 p.m. with a parents' meeting immediately following.

The first practice will be Monday, August 15 at 8 a.m. The first home game is September 2 at 7 p.m. against Middlebury. If any players or parents have questions, contact Coach John Martin at or Coach Chad Gordon at

Local basketball camp

BENNINGTON >> Basketball players who are looking to take it to the next level and want to improve their games, we've got the camp for you.

Former Mount Anthony players Jared and Kyle Callanan will be holding a two-day basketball camp for local players on August 20th and 21. The location of the camp is still to be announced.

The cost to participate in the camp is $50 a person for the weekend.

The camp is broken down into two hour sessions on both days.

Groups will be based on age and gender. No group will have more than 12 people because of the effort to give some individual attention to those attending the camp.

High school, middle school and AAU coaches will be in attendance at the camp.

For more information on the camps, please call Jared Callanan at 860-461-9193 or call Kyle Callanan at 860-977-8715.

Wiffle ball tournament for MAU class of 2017

BENNINGTON >> The Mount Anthony Class of 2017 will hold a family-friendly wiffle ball tournament on Sunday, August 21, starting at 3 p.m., to raise funds to support graduation activities for students.

Games will be held at the NorShaft Lions Park and Welling Field in North Bennington. Teams can be composed of up to eight people and the cost is $75 per team. Each team will be guaranteed two games because the tournament is double elimination.

Prizes will be awarded for the Winning Team, Best Dressed, Most Team Spirit, Team with the Greatest Age Range, and Sportsmanship Award. The rain-date will be Monday, August 22.

Teams must sign-up by August 17. Please contact Tracy and Evan Galle at 442-0269, or Mark and Laura Boudreau at 442-7061( for more information or to volunteer to help out. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

New England Alliance softball tryouts

BENNINGTON >> The New England Alliance Girls Fast Pitch Softball tryouts will be held at the Mount Anthony Union Middle School, located at 747 East Road, Bennington.

Tryouts for U14 and U16 players are August 13 from 10 a.m. to noon, and August 20 from 10 a.m. to noon. Rain dates are the next day at the same time.

If you are unable to attend these dates and times we will hold individual tryouts for ladies unable to attend the posted tryout dates and times.

Hoosick Falls soccer club registration

HOOSICK, N.Y. >> Registration is open for the fall 2016 season of in-house recreation Youth Soccer at the Hoosick Falls Soccer Club. The group is running an early bird special registration price of $45 from July 20 to August 15.

To register your child for the fall season go to or email Laura at

Vermont soccer official training

BENNINGTON >> Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Vermont Soccer Officials Association and becoming eligible to officiate varsity and sub-varsity soccer games is encouraged to attend a training in Southern Vermont.

The training is being held at Whitcomb High School in Bethel on August 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The training includes learning the rules of the game, a test, and a field practice. The cost of the program is $75 which includes the cost of the membership in the VSOA for this year. More information can be found at or contact Gary Blodgett at or call (802) 558-3147.


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