Storm improve to 5-1 with win over Colts

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HARTFORD, Conn. — The Southern Vermont Storm improved to 5-1 on the year after a 23-6 win over the Hartford Colts on Saturday in New England Football League action.

Defensive back Gary Hewson scored a pair of touchdowns — the first, recovering a bad punt snap in the end zone and the other, a interception return for a score of 60 yards.

Adrian Gruber also had a defensive touchdown, recovering a bad shotgun snap. The final points came from a 30-yard field goal from Will Cole.

The Storm are tied for first in the Maritime Conference, Class A, with the Vermont Ravens at 5-1. The Storm host the annual game at Mount Anthony Union High School on Saturday night, playing the Connecticut Gamblers at 7 p.m. at Spinelli Field.

Magic Mountain opens Disc Golf course with tournament

LONDONDERRY — The Magic Mountain National Disc Golf Course is now open in Londonderry. The course layout stretches across multiple ski trails and wooded glades on the lower part of Magic Mountain.

The Magic Mountain National Disc Golf Course was designed by Tim Garvey and takes advantage of Magic's natural terrain and ski trails making for a classic New England-style course with some wide-open fairways mixed in with tight wooded glades requiring some precise shot-making. The layout can be viewed at www.magicmtn.com/disc-golf. The course is only $5 to play and discs can be rented for $5 at the "Pro Shop" up at Magic's Black Line Tavern at the top of the lodge. The course will initially be open Thursdays-Sundays from 11am-7pm or dusk.

Magic's course will also play host to a new tournament on September 1 that combines both golf and disc golf for a first-ever Golf Biathlon event. In partnership with nearby Tater Hill Golf Club, entrants will play a fun two-person team "scramble" tournament with 9-holes of traditional golf at Tater Hill followed by 9-holes of Disc Golf at Magic. The tournament is open to all with advanced registration at $100 per player and a portion of proceeds goes to benefit the University of Vermont's Children's Hospital. The tournament includes prizes and dinner with an After Party at Magic's Black Line Tavern. There will also be competitions at the After Party for long disc throw, closest to the line, and a disc putting contest to raise funds for the Children's Hospital. These post-tournament contests will be open to the public, even those having not played in the tournament.

To register your two-person team, head to www.magicmtn.com/disc-golf.

Arlington girls soccer fundraiser

ARLINGTON — Today, the Arlington Memorial High School varsity girls soccer team will partner with Ramunto's Pizza in Bennington for a fundraiser to benefit the team. From 6 to 8 p.m., guests who mention they would like to support the team will have 15 percent of their order benefit the Arlington girls. If you can't attend the Monday fundraiser but would like to make a donation to the team, email Coach Aaron Wood at wooda@bvsu.org.

Veterans golf tournament

MANCHESTER — The Vermont Veterans Golf Tournament Committee will host its 6th annual tournament designed to raise awareness of Veterans across Vermont.

The tournament, originally known as the Vermont Wounded Warrior Golf Tournament, will be held on Sept. 6 at The Manchester Country Club.

The tournament was intended to focus awareness on the needs of Vermont's wounded combat Veterans. It has evolved into an event that also raises money to assist organizations that provide services to all of Vermont's Veterans. Since the first tournament in 2012, the Committee has raised more than $200,000. One hundred percent of sponsor donations go to organizations serving Vermont Veterans.

Those organizations have included Vermont Veterans Home, Bennington County Meals on Wheels, Dodge House in Rutland, Veterans Outreach and Family Resource Center, Purple Hearts Reunited, and a fund to assist in the construction of a home for a Veteran or Veteran's family. In 2016, the tournament donated a total of $42,000 to assist these organizations. As examples, Bennington County Meals on Wheels was able to expand their service to veterans with funding for a walk-in freezer. The Dodge House was able to replace a failed boiler. Specific needs are often identified within the supporting organizations, and new requests are always considered.

On Wednesday, Sept. 6, the golf tournament will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch and opening ceremonies. Following a day of golf, golfers will be treated to a banquet and entertainment by the USO troupe. Governor Phil Scott will be the keynote speaker. Each golfer will receive a windbreaker, hat, and challenge coin. Entry fee for three golfers sponsors a Veteran as the fourth golfer.

Register a team, come out for a day of golf at Manchester Country Club, and support Vermont veterans. For more information email committee@vtww.org or visit website vtww.org.

Shaftsbury Youth Soccer

SHAFTSBURY — Southshire Youth Soccer is designed to put kids first and winning and egos second. It is meant to be a fun, engaging team opportunity for kids to learn about soccer and enjoy the game. If you haven't played in the past but would like to try soccer, we encourage you to sign-up.

Southshire Soccer runs from the first Saturday after Labor Day for eight weeks. This year the Kindergarten through third graders play each Saturday at 9 a.m. at Willow Park starting September 9 through October 28. Volunteer coaches introduce kids to concepts of soccer and the game.

Enrollment for players in grades K-3 will be open until September 9.

Players in grades 4, 5 and 6 participate on travel teams. This age level practices two evenings a week and have games on Saturdays either on our home field at Willow or Howard Park or in neighboring towns including Arlington, Cambridge, Manchester, Hoosick Falls and Greenwich. Practices for the 4th thru 6th grade teams start at the end of August with the first game played on September 9.

Travel team registration closed on July 25, however, there's limited availability at certain age groups.

For more information, please contact Melissa Morrison at 379-8292 or Mick Goldsmith at 447-0241. You can also send an email to norshaftsoccer@gmail.com.

Vermont soccer officials looking for new refs

LUDLOW — Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Vermont Soccer Officials Association and becoming eligible to officiate varsity and sub-varsity soccer games is encouraged to attend a training in Southern Vermont. The next training is being held at Whitcomb High School in Bethel, on August 26 at 8:30 a.m. The training includes learning the rules of the game, a test, and a field practice.

Interested men and women should contact Gary Blodgett at gblodg@comcast.net or call 802-558-3147 The cost of the program is $75, which includes the cost of the membership in the VSOA for this year. More information can be found at www.vermontsoa.com

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