Engelstad, Armored Athlete reach third straight Super 16

LAS VEGAS — The No. 4 seed in the West Region of The Basketball Tournament, Armored Athlete blasted past the Pearl 31's, 119-74.

Armored Athlete outscored the Pearl 31's 71-35 in the second half to pull away. Will Sheehey tallied 22 points as did Jon Octeus (22 points, 9-for-13 from the field) and former Section II star Talor Battle (17 points) also pitched in for Armored Athlete, which had had all eight players score in double figures. Terrence Roberts posted a double-double (19 points, 11 rebounds) in the losing effort for the Pearl 31's, whose bench was outscored in the loss, 33-4.

On Sunday, Armored Athlete topped No. 5 Team 23, 84-77, to reach the Super 16 for the third straight year. Jalen Richards led the way with 25 points. The regional will be played at Long Island University-Brooklyn next weekend.

Riot at the Rink

HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — Youth wrestlers from Ohio to Maine competed over the weekend at the second annual Northeast Youth Duals, the Riot at the Rink, at the Reynolds-Gilchrist Ice Rink in Hoosick Falls.

Dark Knights Wrestling Club out of Stroudsburg, Pa., were the overall team champions, followed by Ascend Wrestling (Hicksville) and Yup432 in third. Olympic wrestling was fourth.

Post 13 drops Saturday doubleheader

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Post 13 Legion baseball team dropped a doubleheader on the road at Post 84 on Saturday. They lost 7-0 in the first game before dropping an 18-1 loss in Game 2.

In Game 1, Bennington trailed only 2-0 before Post 84 scored five times in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull away. Post 13 only had two hits in the game. In Game 2, Bennington struggled in the field, committing a handful of errors as White River Junction scored in every inning.

Bryce Bush scored the only run of the day for Post 13 on an RBI hit from Cole Bushee.

Post 13 has three games remaining, today at home against Randolph and Tuesday at home against Brattleboro before finishing the season on Wednesday at Lakes Region.

Scott competes at Nationals

FARGO, N.D. — Hoosick Falls' Aiden Scott competed at the Fargo nationals in the Cadet Freestyle division this weekend. Scott went 0-2 in the 120-pound division.

In his opening match, Scott lost 18-8 to Florida's Tarrell Wallace after taking an 8-6 lead after the first period. In his first consolation matchup, he dropped an 18-6 matchup to Georgia's Jacob Boyd.

Twin state soccer

HANOVER, N.H. — At the 43rd annual Twin State soccer games on Saturday, both the Vermont men and women beat their New Hampshire counterparts for the first time since 2012.

The men won 5-2, while the women scored a 5-0 shutout.

On the women's side, Mallory Lloyd scored twice, while Anna Dieffenbach added a goal to start the scoring. Colchester's Amber Sicard scored as well as did Brenna McMannon.

Mount Anthony's Allie Boudreau pitched in with an assist to help the Green Mountain women to victory.

For the men, Harwood's Ethan Riddell scored the hat trick, with Rice's Brent McKeown and Essex's Aiden Whitney also scoring.

SVC baseball earns academic award

BENNINGTON — The 2017 Southern Vermont College baseball team set a new bar for itself in the classroom through the 2016-17 school year as the Mountaineer squad earned the grades to receive the program's first-ever American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Team Academic Excellence Award as announced by the organization on Thursday.

To qualify for the accolade, teams must post a collective grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale through the entire academic calendar; every player who uses a year of eligibility must factor into the GPA submitted by the school. In 2016-17, SVC Baseball earned a record-setting 3.13 for the program's highest-ever mark through both the fall and spring semesters.

"I am extremely proud of our group of guys who worked hard to achieve excellence not only on the field — but in the classroom," said SVC head coach Dave Gage `10; coaches must be current members of the ABCA for their teams to be eligible for the honor. "This is the highest-achieving award our program has received over the last five years because — to me — it shows we are building people who will succeed in life after their collegiate playing career is over."

The Mountaineers averaged a 3.18 in the fall and a 3.09 in the spring semester for the team's third-straight term above a 3.0; that mark in the fall was the highest GPA the team has ever posted in a single semester.

20 of the 26 players on the 2017 SVC roster achieved at least a 3.0 in either the fall or the spring. Helping Southern Vermont earn the ABCA recognition were three players who made their way to the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Spring All-Academic Team—that being the most in one year for the Mountaineers since 2011 when Coach Gage was one of four team members to do so.

"Now that we have achieved this award and the GPA we have, it will be a program standard to continue to reach this level each year," Gage added.

A total of 212 high school and collegiate programs were recognized with this year's ABCA academic laurel. Southern Vermont was the only squad from the NECC and one of 56 teams from NCAA Division III to garner the honor.


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