Roundup: Patriots win 9-3 in opener



BENNINGTON -- The Mount Anthony Union High School softball team found itself in a 3-0 hole after 1 1/2 innings of play against Otter Valley on Tuesday, but a steady flow of runs exploded in the fourth to allow the Patriots to battle back for a 9-3 win.

In the second, Otter Valley’s Megan McKeighan hit a two-run homer off of starter Baylee Ports to give the Otters an early cushion, but walks by Otter Valley’s Taylor Aines allowed MAU to start creeping back into the game, then senior Makayla Farrara belted a three-run double in the fifth to give MAU the lead for good.

Farrara added another double to her tally during the game, while Lauren Woodcock started off the decisive fourth inning with a triple. Keira Goodell added two singles for the Patriots.

Jenna Crowley picked up the win in relief for MAU, going four innings and allowing only two hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Ports, outside of the homer, pitched well in her first start, striking out six in just three innings.

MAU moves to 1-0, Otter Valley falls to 0-1 and the Patriots return to action on Friday at Mill River.

MAU boys lacrosse falls

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Opening the year with a tough non-league contest against Christian Brothers Academy, the Mount Anthony Union High School boys lacrosse team fell 14-6 on Tuesday afternoon.

The Patriots kept the game close through most of the first half and were tied 5-5 with four minutes left in the first, but the strength of CBA, and the team’s ability to capitalize on man-up situations, allowed the New York school to secure the win.

Damon Young led the scoring for MAU with four goals, while Luke Keenan and Avery Peck each added a goal themselves. Peck also tallied an assist, as did Layne Trafton. Kobe McFaline made his first start in the cage for the Patriots and recorded 11 saves.

CBA scored six of its goals on man-up situations.

"I thought we did a lot of things well in the game," said coach Paul Reif. "[But] our inexperience showed up in the second half."

MAU falls to 0-1 and returns to action with the home opener on Thursday against Otter Valley.

3D archery competition

BENNINGTON -- The Catamount Bow Hunters will host their first 3D competition for the season this cmoing Sunday.

Registration will be from 7 a.m. to noon. The costs for adults is $12, for youths $5 and cubs are free with a paid adult. Food and beverage will be available. Members and non-members alike are welcome.

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

Storm football tryouts

BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont Storm football team will be hosting open tryouts will be on April 15 at the Veterans Home practice field, located at 325 North Street in Bennington.

For more information, contact the Storm hotline at 802-681-9058.

Masters swim meet

BENNINGTON -- The 3rd annual Monumental Masters Mini Meet will be held on Saturday, April 26 at the Bennington Recreation Center on Gage Street.

Adults over the age of 18 are encouraged to swim, no prior competition is required.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Bennington Marauders swim team.

Warm-ups start at 9 a.m., with the first event beginning at 10 a.m.

Pre-registration is $15 per swimmer by April 22, or $20 the day of the event. Forms are available at the Rec Center, or email for more information.

Bennington Road Race

BENNINGTON -- The 26th annual Steve Zemianek Bennington Road Race will be held on Sunday, May 4 beginning at the Park McCullough house in North Bennington.

This year’s event is dedicated to the memory of local educator and marathon runner Gail Harwood. The race is produced and directed by the Batten Kill Valley Runners.

All net proceeds will be donated to the Mount Anthony Union High School Zemianek scholarship fund.

The kids race will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the 3.8K and 10K races will start at 10 a.m.

Registration is $15 in advance and $20 after May 1.

Runners can register online at Paper registration is available at Wills Insurance, Bennington Recreation Center, Off the Wall, Anytime Fitness, Bennington Sports Center and all schools in Bennington and North Bennington.

Bennington Basketball School

BENNINGTON -- Applications are now being accepted for the Bennington Basketball School for Boys. The camp runs from July 7 to July 11. Players aged 12-15 will practice from 8 a.m. to noon, and 7-11 will practice from 1 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

To sign up, email the participants’ name, age and t-shirt size to or call Dan Sleeman at 802-447-1994.


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