Panthers hold on to defeat Spa Catholic

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. >> The Hoosick Falls golf team won their closest contest of the season on Friday, defeating Spa Catholic 3-2 to improve to a perfect 5-0 record on the season.

The Panthers started off the match with back-to-back wins from Ryan Bloomer and Mathew Smith to grab an early 2-0 match lead.

Bloomer finished with the best individual score of the day, shooting a 36 to earn medalist honors in the match.

As it looked like Hoosick Falls was on its way to another victory, Spa Catholic made it tougher for the Panthers when Emma VanDeCar got the Saints on the board with a 2-1 win in her match against Hayden Smith.

The Panthers though were able to seal the deal in the next match with a 2-1 victory courtesy of Connor Smith.

Jake Welcome defeated Gavin Playotes 2-1 in the final match for Spa Catholic.

In the win, Ryan Bloomer, Mathew Smith and Connor Smith all shot sectional qualifying scores.

Hoosick Falls will look to improve to 6-0 to start the season when they host Waterford on Tuesday.

SVC men's basketball clinics

BENNINGTON >> The Southern Vermont College men's basketball team will be holding two clinics this fall for boys and girls entering grades second through 11th.

The clinics will stress individual instruction with an emphasis on training techniques – designed to improve already developed fundamental skills and teach new drills and provide training programs that players can take with them to practice outside of organized camps and clinics.

They will be held on Sept. 18 and Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Cost to participate in the tournament is $10 per session.

For more information, please email SVC men's basketball Dan Engelstad at dengelstad@svc.edu.

NECC announces volley preseason rankings

BENNINGTON >> The New England Collegiate Conference announced their 2016 women's volleyball preseason rankings on Friday with Southern Vermont College being selected to finish eighth in the conference.

Regis was selected unanimously to finish first in the NECC.

"I believe the young ladies will have a successful season if they can work together as a team," commented SVC second-year head coach Scott Fitzgerald on the rankings. "There are many strong players on the team which will make it hard to divide up the playing time. We are going to be smaller than most teams we play this season, and we also have quite a few freshmen and sophomores who will see a lot of action."

The Mountaineers play SUNY Poly to open up the season on Sept. 2, as apart of the Canton Invitational at SUNY Canton.

Castleton University to host soccer clinic in Manchester

MANCHESTER >> The Castleton University men's soccer team, lead by head coach John O'Connor, and the town of Manchester and its parks and recreation department will host a free youth soccer clinic on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The clinic is open to all boys and girls entering grades fourth, fifth and sixth grade this fall.

All participants will be required to register for the clinic and sign a standard liability release form. Participants must bring a properly inflated soccer ball (ideally size 4), proper footwear, shin pads and a water bottle.

The clinic will be held on the newly constructed McClellan Field, one of the two fields constructed just north of Applejack Field this summer.

McClellan Field is located at 340 Recreation Park Road in Manchester Center, Vermont. It is part of the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park.

The clinic will be held rain or shine, with the exception of lightning.

"We're excited to be able to set aside some time during pre-season to get down to Manchester to do the clinic. Working with kids in the community is important and a win-win for everyone involved," O'Connor said. "Hopefully there will be some future Spartans attending and they can not only see what we are all about but learn something in the process. It should be a lot of fun."

Castleton will host the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts at Applejack Field later that day at 6 p.m. as part of the 2016 Manchester College Soccer Series.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.

Coach O'Connor is heading into his fourth season at Castleton.

In 2015 O'Connor led the squad to one of its best seasons in program history, as the Spartans posted a 15-5-2 record and finished tied for first place in the North Atlantic Conference with an 8-1 mark. The Spartans also reached the North Atlantic Conference Championship game and ECAC Division III Tournament Semifinals for the first time since 2011.

Prior to Castleton, O'Connor served as the head coach for the University of Rhode Island from 2006-2012. During his tenure with the Rams he won an Atlantic 10 Tournament Championship and reached the tournament semifinals on two other occasions. Five of his former players went on to play professional soccer, three of which played in Major League Soccer, including Geoff Cameron, who is currently a member of the U.S. Men's National Team and Stoke City of the English Premier League.

In addition to his work at the Division I level, O'Connor also served as the head coach at Division III University of Chicago from 1995-2006. In just his second season the team reached the national semifinal and he was named the NSCAA Division III National Coach of the Year. He reached the NCAA Tournament again in 2001 and 2005 when his teams were ranked in the top-15 nationally.

From 1990-95, he spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Dartmouth under Bobby Clark, the present coach at the University of Notre Dame. He was a part of two Ivy League Championships with the Big Green, who reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I Tournament twice during his tenure in Hanover.

The 21-year collegiate head coach earned a USSF "A" License and holds a NSCAA Premier Diploma. He is active in coaching education through the NSCAA, works with the Vermont Olympic Development Program and is the Technical Director for Summit Football Club.

Participants should arrive at the field at least 20 minute in advance to register. The registration form can be downloaded at: http://manchester-vt.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/MPR-registration-form-and-waiver.pdf

Registration forms will also be available at the clinic.

For more information, call the Manchester Parks and Recreation Department at 802-362-1439 or email parks@manchester-vt.gov.

College soccer coming to Manchester

MANCHESTER >> The Manchester College Soccer Series continues on Sunday, Aug. 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, Sept. 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 Sept. 3 in an action packed 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.


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