Panthers drop opener to Stillwater


HOOSICK, N.Y. >> Hoosick Falls fell in their opener on Monday afternoon, 8-0, to Stillwater.

The Warriors were led by Brody Cepiel's four goals and an assist. Grant Baker added a pair of goals and an assist, while Cooper Monost and Zach Rychcik each tallied.

Hoosick Falls goalie Evan McCart had 12 saves, while Robbie Varvaro had five.

The Panthers will travel to Tamarac on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Catamount archery

BENNINGTON >> The Catamount Bow Hunters will host its final 3D Archery Competition on Sunday, Sept. 11 at its place on Fuller Road.

There will be 30 targets, range finders will be allowed and cross bows.

Registration will take place from 7 a.m. to noon and is $10 for adults and $5 for youth. Cubs are free with paid adult.

For more information, call 802-442-3667 or find them on Facebook by searching Catamount Bow Hunters.

Soccer series continues

MANCHESTER >> On September 3, as part of a soccer triple-header, the Middlebury College women's soccer team takes on their historic rival Williams College in a pre-season NCAA Division III women's soccer match-up at Applejack Field. Kick-off is scheduled for noon at Applejack Field, part of the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park in Manchester Center.

The Middlebury Panthers finished the 2015 season with a 7-5-5 record. The Williams College Ephs, the defending Division III women's NCAA champions, finished the 2015 campaign with an overall record of 21-1-2.

"We're looking forward to a good match to help us hone our team for the season. Both teams will be trying out their new players and their team tactics, and hoping to learn from their mistakes," said long-time Middlebury coach Peter Kim.

The two colleges have a long-standing rivalry. In 2015 Middlebury College handed Williams College their only lost, a 2 to 0 victory at home. Later in the season Williams College downed Middlebury College 2 to 1 in the NESCAC semi-final game to end Middlebury's 2015 season. Williams College eventually blanked Washington University 1 to 0 in the NCAA championship game. Both teams are returning a large number of players from their 2015 rosters.

Later on, the 2015 Vermont high school championship runners-up Burr and Burton Academy girls' team open their season against St. Johnsbury Academy at 4 p.m. on Applejack Field. At 2:30 p.m., Manchester and Burr and Burton officials dedication the newly constructed Eckhardt Field and McClellan Field.

The full day of soccer actions finishes up at 7 p.m. under the lights of Applejack Field when the Southern Vermont College men host SUNY Cobleskill in a regular season NCAA Division III match-up.

High school soccer action continues at Applejack Field on September 6 at 4:30 and 6:30 when Long Trail School boys and girls play host to Bellows Falls and Black River.

Admission to the game is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. Food and beverages are available during all three games at Chief's Concession Stand.

Special Olympics VT softball scores silver medal

BENNINGTON >> Last week, the Bennington chapter of Special Olympics Vermont won a silver medal at the North American softball championship in Virginia.

The Vermont Rockets went 5-2, losing its opening game to the Mississippi Warriors, but they bounced back with victories over teams from Connecticut and Wisconsin. They faced the home state team three times, winning twice, both on walk-offs.

In the first game against Virginia, Ashley Finkelstein singled home Dave Ballou. Then in Game 2, Dick Frantz drove in Ken Baker for a 13-12 win.

In the gold medal game, Virginia won 8-7 on a game-winning single in the final inning.

"Our "fans in the stands," although small in number, were awesome with signs and cheers. They all wanted to meet the players and have them autograph the home made signs they made for the Vermont Rockets and pose for pictures," said coach Jim White.

At the end of every game the two teams line up and shake hands. Walk offs, result in sudden victory for one team and sudden loss for the other. Virginia were gracious in losing two and Vermont was equally gracious in losing. As Roxane Willette said, "If we played them 100 times we would each win 50." The Vermont Rockets won the silver medal and did it with class.


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