Panthers drop first match of the season

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SCHUYLERVILLE, N.Y. — The Hoosick Falls Central School bowling team lost their first match of the season in a non-league match against Schuylerville by the score of 3-1.

Hoosick Falls match total pins of 3,252 fell nine short of Schuylerville's match winning total of 3,261 pins.

The top bowler of the match was Brady Griffin of Schuylerville with a three-game total of 667 pins.

The top bowler for Hoosick Falls was sophmore A.J. Hurlburt, whose match total was 657 pins, with a game-high 247 pins.

Senior Josh McCart bowled a match total of 536 pins for the Panthers in the loss as well.

"We got off to a bad start on tricky lane conditions and lost the first game by "98" pins," said Hoosick Falls coach Bob Lang. " We bowled better in the second game. I was very proud how the team didn't get down on themselves and came back and won the third game and almost the point for match total. They never gave up and kept fighting till the end of the match."

With the loss, Hoosick Falls is now has a league record of 9-0 and a overall record of 9-1.

The team will bowl again today in a Varsity Bowling Invitational, being held at the Boulevard Bowl in Schenectady at 4 p.m.

Free Adaptive ski lessons

January is national Learn to Ski and Snowboard month and there are many opportunities for people to learn new snowsports at a discount, or even free. Vermont, being home to several adaptive sport associations, is also providing free adaptive lessons at alpine and Nordic resorts.

Resorts nationwide will host the World's Largest Lesson on Friday. Vermont Adaptive is offering free adaptive lessons at 10 a.m. at each of their locations: Pico Mountain, Sugarbush Resort and Bolton Valley. For more information visit www.vermontadaptive.org. Winter Trails Day is another national learn-to program offering free cross country skiing and snowshoeing on Saturday.

AbilityPLUS at Mount Snow provides adaptive ski and snowboard lessons to individuals of all ages with any type of disability, from children with autism to individuals with severe physical impairments. AbilityPLUS is a special part of Mount Snow where children and adults with physical or intellectual disabilities team up with extraordinary instructors and experience the joy and freedom of sliding down a snowy slope unencumbered by a wheelchair or braces. Our lessons are specially tailored to each individual's abilities and goals.

Pico Mountain is home to Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing recreational opportunities to people with disabilities. Vermont Adaptive offers ski and snowboard clinics at Pico, where Vermont Adaptive instructors teach lessons for all ability levels. Students may book lessons as individuals or as part of a group. Family members or friends of the Vermont Adaptive students are invited to participate and, if interested, can learn the adaptation needed to help their skier achieve as much independence as possible. Clinics are by appointment only, and include lift ticket, private adaptive instruction and adaptive equipment. For more information, call 802-353-7584 or 802-786-4991 for the administrative office or visit Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports.

MAU youth nights set

BENNINGTON >> The Mount Anthony Union High School athletic department is once again sponsoring a pair of youth basketball nights for the boys and girls area youth basketball players.

Girls youth night will be Monday, Jan. 11 when the MAU JV and varsity girls basketball teams play host to Hoosick Falls. JV action starts at 5:30, followed by the varsity game at 7 p.m. All girls playing in the MAYAA Basketball League will be admitted free of charge by wearing their game jerseys.

Boys youth night will be on Friday, Jan. 22 when the Patriot JV and varsity boys basketball teams host Otter Valley with JV action starting at 5:30, and varsity play at 7 p.m. All boys playing in the MAYAA Basketball League will be admitted free of charge by wearing their game jerseys.

At the halftime of each junior varsity game there will be a 10-minute exhibition game featuring two MAYAA teams. A drawing for a basketball signed by the varsity team will be held after the exhibition game for the MAYAA participants in attendance.

Bennington Special Olympics winter sports

BENNINGTON >> Practice for the Bennington Special Olympics cross country skiing and snowshoeing season will take place every Sunday at noon at the Vermont Veterans' Home in Bennington, meeting in the large parking lot adjacent to the Park Street entrance. Practice will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. until the State Winter Games competition, held March 4-6. All individuals with an intellectual disability, eight years and older are welcome. No previous skiing or snowshoeing experience is necessary and there is no cost for participating. Equipment is provided but athletes should dress warmly and wear boots.

Special Olympics' mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

Questions can be addressed to Chris Lantz, 802-922-5399.


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