Roundup: Russell defends golf title



BURLINGTON -- Bryan Smith was running away with the Vermont Amateur golf tournament after the second round on Wednesday.

But Smith stumbled in a big way on the final day of the tournament.

Shooting a 6-over 77 for the third round, Smith opened the door to his competitors, and Rutland’s Drake Hull and defending champion Evan Russell took advantage.

Both golfers cut into their deficits to make it close going into the final stretch of the fourth round, then a double-bogey by Smith on the 72nd hole of the tournament allowed Russell to hit his putt for par in and force a play-off.

Five holes later, and a birdie allowed the University of Hartford golfer to bring home his second-straight Vermont Amateur title.

Russell and Smith both finished at plus-three after 72 holes, while Hull finished at 4-over.

Ekwanok Country Club golfer Hans Albertsson was the top local finisher, shooting a 23-over to finish 9th.

Walker Allen, also an Ekwanok golfer, finished 16th (+29), Manchester Country Club’s Luke Hopkins finished 21st (+32), Mount Anthony Country Club’s Taylor Bellemare finished 33rd (+41) and Ekwanok’s Paul Heffernan finished 39th (+43).

Post 13 wins

BENNINGTON -- Taking advantage of some poor defense by Bellows Falls, Post 13 earned a 3-1 win on Thursday.

Matt Upright got the start and pitched a complete game, allowing one earned run and six hits, while striking out seven and walking two.

Post 13 took the lead for good in the bottom of the second. Zach Bahan singled and Kaz Kusumi walked to put two on with no out. Upright hit a grounder that the second baseman booted, scoring Bahan. Two batters later, Adam Maitland hit a sac fly to score Kusumi.

Post 13 got an insurance run in the fifth. Wyatt Whitman tripled to get into scoring position and Brady Sausville hit a fly to right that the fielder dropped.

Brady Illingworth was the lone multiple hitter for Bellows Falls, going 4-for-4 in the losing effort.

Post 13 hosts South Royalton on Saturday for a doubleheader.

Bat Brat try-outs

BENNINGTON -- Try out for The Southern Vermont Bat Brats softball team on August 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Mount Anthony Middle School. Tryouts will be for the U12 level (needs to be 12 as of Jan 1, 2015) and for the U14 level (needs to be 14 as of Jan 1, 2015).

The organization plans on running three teams for the 2014-2015 season, one at the U12 level and two at the U14 level. If interested, call Tera Dicranian at 802-447-4847 or 802-733-6900 to register for tryouts or for more information.

Moonlight in Vermont

POWNAL -- The annual Moonlight in Vermont Midnight Road Race and Community Ramble returns this Saturday. Starting at the Pownal Valley Fire Department, runners will follow a course along paved and dirt roads through the hills of Pownal.

The event will also include a non-competitive two mile race.

The road race will begin at the stroke of midnight, while the ramble will start at 12:03 a.m.

Awards will be handed out to the top overall male and female winners, along with the top three finishers in seven age categories. For the non-competitive race, a prize will be awarded to the first Pownal resident and to the individual judged to be most visible in the moonlight.

The events are being organized by the Batten Kill Valley Runners and Pownal community members. Proceeds will go to the Pownal Valley Fire Department. The entry fee is $15 for pre-registration and $18 on race night. BKVR members, students, and Pownal residents receive a $3 discount.

To register online, visit, or pick up an application at the Solomon Wright Public Library. For more information, contact or call race director David Durfee at 802-442-4414.

Storm football camp

BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont Storm will host its youth football camp from July 21-24 at the Vermont Veterans Home.

Former Mount Anthony Union High School coach and Storm all-star Jim Fischer will lead the camp, along with current Storm and MAU football players.

The clinic, for players 8-14, will teach the fundamentals and techniques of the game, and provide instruction on running, throwing, catching, blocking, tackling and speed drills.

Shoulder pads and helmets will be supplied, so campers should bring cleats, a mouth guard and shorts or football pants.

The clinic costs $80 and the deadline for registration is July 19. For more info, call 802-681-9058.

Baseball clinics

BENNINGTON -- There will be three separate youth baseball clinics starting in Bennington on July 16.

Hosted by former Mount Anthony Union High School and Post 13 coach Mark Upright, the three clinics will focus on pitching, fielding, and hitting respectively.

On July 16, pitching will be the focus. There will be a camp for kids ages 9 and 10 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., then a camp for children ages 11 and 12 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On July 17, the camp will focus on fielding. All four ages will practice from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

On July 23 the hitting camp will take place, with all four ages meeting from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The sessions will be held at the Bennington Little League Fields, and will be $10 per session or $25 for all three. Current and former MAU and American Legion players will be at the camp to help.

For more information, contact Upright at 379-0082.

Football tickets on sale

HOOSICK, N.Y. -- Tickets are now on sale for the Hoosick Falls Central School football team’s game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse on Sept. 7.

The Panthers will play the Owego Indians in the season opener for both sides.

The game is part of 10 games played at the Carrier Dome during the weekend, with the Panthers playing at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

The school has 300 general admission tickets on sale in the high school office. Tickets cost $7 each.

For more information, contact coach Ron Jones at or call the high school at 518-686-7321, ext. 1500

Play it Forward weekend

SHAFTSBURY -- The third annual Blue Lollipop Road Play it Forward weekend is back on July 18 and 19 in Bennington.

Put together by Mount Anthony Union High School alum Diane Peacock, the event starts on Friday with a Welcome Back party at Ramunto’s in Bennington, then continues on Saturday at Howard Park in Shaftsbury for an alumni soccer game.

The game will start at 2 p.m. and soccer alumni from all classes can sign up to play. Registration is $25 until June 30 and $30 after that.

The Blue Lollipop Road Memorial Travel Scholarship will be awarded in honor of former MAU soccer players Maria Greene and Brandy Brown.

For more information, visit or e-mail Peacock at

To sponsor or donate, call Peacock at 804-339-6514.

Lady Patriots camp

BENNINGTON -- The Lady Patriot Basketball School will run the week of July 14 through the 18th at Mount Anthony Union Middle School for players between the ages of 7 and 14.

For more info, contact MAU coach Brian Harrington at 442-9834.

Lax camp registration

BENNINGTON -- The Southern Vermont Youth Lacrosse Camp for boys will be held from July 14 to July 17 at Willow Park in Bennington.

Boys from kindergarten through second grade will go from 9 a.m to 11 a.m. with a registration fee of $75, while grade three through 10 will go from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for a registration fee of $150.

Equipment is available, if needed. To print out a brochure, visit and click on the camp and clinic link. For more information, contact Chris at 802-779-4837.

SVC basketball camp

BENNINGTON -- Registration is open for the Southern Vermont College basketball camp. Interested boys and girls entering grades 3 to 11 can sign up by going to the SVC website and downloading a camp brochure.

The camp will run three separate weeks: July 14 to 18, July 21 to 25 and August 4 to 8. Each day’s session goes from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with Friday from the last three weeks ending at noon.

For more information, call SVC men’s basketball coach Dan Engelstad at 447-4012 or e-mail

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