Lilac earns National Association of Basketball Coaches honor again


HOOSICK, N.Y. — The National Association of Basketball Coaches has announced the 2015-2016 NABC Honors Court, recognizing men's collegiate basketball student-athletes who excelled in academics during the past season, with a record number of 1,000 student-athletes from more than 350 colleges and universities. Sage placed two student-athletes on the list this year as junior guard Alex Lilac and senior guard Dan Schilde were honored. The selection for Lilac is a repeat honor after also earning acclaim in 2014-15.

Lilac, a physical education major and a member of the Gators' first Skyline Conference championship team that also earned the program's first NCAA Division III Tournament berth in 2014-15. This past season, he guided the Gators back to the league's tournament and performed in all 26 contests with one start and has now played for Sage in 41 career contests. He is a two-time Skyline Conference Scholar-Athlete honoree as well as a two-time Sage Scholar-Athlete Honoree and was named to Sage's Athletic Honor Society as well this spring.

"Alex has been a pleasure to coach and is really stepping into his own as a leader in our program," added Barnes. "He is an extremely dependable and hard-working young man who is a great ambassador for our program. Alex is a shining example of a true student-athlete and our coaching staff is excited to be able to coach him again this fall."

In order to be named to the Honors Court, a student-athlete must meet a high standard of academic criteria. The qualifications are as follows: 1. Academically a junior or senior and a varsity player. 2. Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at the conclusion of the 2015-16 academic year. 3. Students must have matriculated at least one year at their current institution. 4. Member of a NCAA Division I, II, III, or NAIA Division I or II institution with a NABC member coach.

SVC basketball camp upcoming

BENNINGTON >> The Southern Vermont College basketball camp will take place starting August 8 and go through August 11. The camp will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day at Southern Vermont College and will be led by SVC head coach Dan Engelstad and assisted by the rest of the SVC staff.

The camp is for kids from second through 11th grade and is for both boys and girls. The sessions will focus on offensive and defensive fundamentals through drills, individual instruction and team play. Instruction will be directed toward players with basic knowledge seeking to advance their skill level and advanced players looking to build on basic skills.

The cost is $200 and will include a camp t-shirt and a personalized evaluation from camp staff.

For more information or to register, go to

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 raindate 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.

O'Dell Horseshoe tournament

BENNINGTON >> On Saturday, the Ronald O'Dell Horseshoe tournament will take place at Upper Willow Park. The tournament begins at 2 p.m. and is non-sanctioned, meaning it is open to anyone who enjoys horseshoes, the cost is $5 per person. For more information, contact Carol O'Dell at 802-447-0460.

New England Alliance

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.

Any questions please contact Stacy Riche at (518) 796-1521 or email

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.

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 two remaining camps sessions are as follows:

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

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


If you'd like to leave a comment (or a tip or a question) about this story with the editors, please email us. We also welcome letters to the editor for publication; you can do that by filling out our letters form and submitting it to the newsroom.

Powered by Creative Circle Media Solutions