OPI Classic at SVC this weekend


BENNINGTON >> This weekend there will be a basketball tournament in honor of the late Owen Iannotti at the Mountaineer Athletic Center on the campus of nearby Southern Vermont College.

Local athletes that will be competing in the OPI Classic are former Mount Anthony alumni Kyle and Jared Callanan, Hunter Stratton, Tanner Darwell, Aary Bibens, Charles McVay, Chad Pulver, Travis Severs and Clayton Palmer.

Hoosick Falls graduate Alex Lilac will participate in the tournament as will SVC graduate DeShawn Hamelt.

Division I players Lloyd Johnson, Malik Miller and Zach Radz will also be playing in the tournament.

Also taking place during the weekend-long festivities will be a three-point and dunk contests being held today at 3 p.m.

It is a $25 fee to participate in the three-point contest. A knockout tournament will take place during the weekend as well, with a $10 fee to compete in the event.

Proceeds of the OPI Classic will go towards the Owen Iannotti scholarship fund for the MAU athletic department.

First round games are expected to begin today at 9:30 a.m.

MAU girls win summer league championship

BENNINGTON >> The Mount Anthony girls basketball team won their summer league championship this week.

After beating Scotia-Glenville in the semifinals 39-34, the Patriots came back from 18 point deficit to defeat Niskayuna 50-44 in the finals to win the championship.

Overall, the Patriots finished summer league action with a 13-3 record.

Mount Anthony tryouts next week

BENNINGTON >> Tryouts for Mount Anthony fall sports teams begin the week of Aug. 15, with football starting on Monday at 8 a.m. and boys soccer, girls soccer, field hockey, cross country and cheerleading beginning on Thursday, Aug. 18. Volleyball will start on Monday, Aug. 22.

For specific information on tryouts for all levels, go to www.maupatriots.com and click on Fall Tryouts "HS Dates & Info." Participants are reminded to turn in a completed and signed physical/participation form the first day of tryouts. This form can be downloaded off the website or picked up at the main office.

MAUMS football begins Aug. 22

BENNINGTON >> Middle School football practice at Mount Anthony will begin on Monday, Aug. 22, and run weekdays until school starts from 5-7 p.m. at the North Field behind the middle school.

Participants are asked to attend one of two sign-up meetings on August 16 or 18 between 5-6:15 p.m. for equipment distribution and collection of Physical/Participation forms. These forms can be picked up at the main office or printed out from the website at www.maupatriots.com.

Tryouts for MS boys soccer, girls soccer, field hockey and cross country will begin with team meetings directly after school on the first day of school, Aug. 29. For specific information on tryouts, go to www.maupatriots.com and click on Fall Tryouts "MS Dates & Info." Participants are reminded to turn in a completed and signed physical/participation form the first day of tryouts. This form can be downloaded off the website or picked up at the main office.

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.

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 this Sunday at 5 p.m. with a parents' meeting immediately following.

The first practice will be held that Monday 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 john.martin@svsu.org or Coach Chad Gordon at cgordon@svsu.org.

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(aklmb@comcast.net) for more information or to volunteer to help out. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.


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