Witches edge Hoosick Falls


GREENWICH, N.Y. — The Hoosick Falls boys soccer team fell to Greenwich, 2-1, on Monday afternoon. The Witches scored both of their goals in the opening half, the first from Charlie Gartner and the second from Hayden Stalter.

In the second half, Michael Haynes fed Zaine Becker for the Panther tally, but they couldn't find the equalizer.

Hoosick goalkeeper Cody Hodges made six saves.

The Panthers (1-10-2) host Hoosic Valley on Wednesday.

Cambridge stymies Mechanicville, now second in league

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. >> Mechanicville scored in the sixth minute, but Cambridge held the Red Raiders out of the net for the rest of the day in a 3-1 win in boys soccer on Monday.

The Red Raiders came out hot, scoring on a well-placed corner kick from Jeff Luce that was headed over the outstretched arms of the Cambridge keeper by Conor Keegan in the sixth minute.

Cambridge answered back a few minutes later as Eli Roberson created space to fire a shot from 15 yards that found the back of the net. In the second half, Emerson Lopez finished a cross from Carter Hall to put Cambridge up 2-1, a score that ended up the game winner. The rest of the game was an exciting back and forth between both sides, but the Indians were able to fend off Mechanicville's pressure. A late penalty kick awarded in the final half minute was put away by Cambridge's Daniel Medina pushed the final score to 3-1.

The Indians are 10-2 on the year and travel to Spa Catholic on Wednesday.

Hoosick field hockey stays perfect

HOOSICK, N.Y. >> The Hoosick Falls field hockey team allowed the opening goal to Granville before scoring three times to take a 3-1 win on Monday over the Horde.

Alex Birchmore gave Granville a 1-0 lead, but Ally Burdick tied it a few minutes later and Breanna Schnakenberg gave Hoosick the lead with 1:11 left until halftime.

In the second half, Liz Ryan sealed the win with a score with 9:36 left.

Kaitlin Backes and Zoe Gress combined for two saves as Hoosick improved to 12-0 on the year.

SVC shut out by Sage

ALBANY, N.Y. >> A goal just 18 seconds into the match ended up being the game winner Monday evening as the hosting Sage Colleges Gators downed Southern Vermont College 4-0 in non-conference men's soccer action at the Albany College of Pharmacy Athletic Complex.

Sage would go on to score another goal in the first half before adding a pair in the final 45 minutes to finish off the win.

The loss drops SVC to 3-5-2 on the year. The Mountaineers are next in action Saturday morning, playing an 11 a.m. New England Collegiate Conference match at Becker College.

The Gators held a 7-0 advantage on corner kicks and put 14 shots on frame while preventing Southern Vermont from registering any shots on goal.

SVC freshman keeper Chris Jimenez made 10 saves from between the pipes in the loss (3-5-2).

Football Youth Night is set for Oct. 14

BENNINGTON >> MAYAA Football Youth Night will be held at Mount Anthony's Spinelli Field on Oct. 14 when the Patriot football team plays host to Champlain Valley Union at 7 p.m. All boys playing in the area youth football league will be admitted free of charge by wearing their game jerseys.

Parents are asked to please accompany their children at the game or arrange supervision by a coach or another parent.

A drawing for a free football ball signed by the varsity team will be held at halftime for all MAYAA football players in attendance.

Running of the Turkeys returns

ARLINGTON >> Runners, walkers, and kids of all ages are invited to participate in the 21st Annual Running of the Turkeys held on Thanksgiving morning in Arlington, Vermont. The event includes a 5K (3.1 miles) run and walk as well as a Kids' Fun Run. The race will be hosted by the Batten Kill Valley Runners Club and is a traditional Bennington County, Thanksgiving Day family event.

The run and walk take off promptly at 9 a.m. on November 24 at the Fisher Elementary School. The Kids' Fun Run is scheduled to start at 9:45 a.m.

Entry forms are available at the Batten Kill Valley Runners website, www.bkvr.net and online registration is at http://RunningoftheTurkeys.itsyourrace.com. Runners are encouraged to register in advance. Discounts are available for all entries, including families, postmarked by November 15. Standout commemorative, long-sleeved, logoed shirts are available for an additional cost and can be ordered on www.bkvr.net by November 5.

We encourage you to bring friends and family to experience this unique event and to work up an appetite for your Thanksgiving dinner. Other surprises are planned, so come join the fun! For more information, call Anita at (518) 677-8333 or send an e-mail to agabalski@nycap.rr.com.

SVC sweeps NECC XC weekly awards for fifth straight time

BENNINGTON >> For the fifth straight time, Southern Vermont College has swept the New England Collegiate Conference men's cross country weekly accolades as junior captain Marc Brandmeyer and freshman Davante Smith were honored as the Runner and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for the period ending October 2 as announced by the league on Monday.

The pair of laurels now gives the SVC squad a perfect 10-for-10 this year as three combinations of the team's runners have taken home all of the NECC weekly awards given out so far. That streak will end next Monday, however, as Southern Vermont is off this weekend for rest and recovery, resuming its schedule with Western New England University's Golden Bear Invitational on October 15.

Monday's honor is the fourth for Brandmeyer this year and his sixth career Runner of the Week recognition. The captain had his best race of the year on Saturday at the Keene State College Invitational, recording a 26:39 for a split pace of 5:22 per mile on the 8k course. His ninth-place finish saw the Mountaineer take 1:03 off his previous-top time from this season to help Southern Vermont take fifth as a team.

Smith had a stellar showing at Saturday's Invitational, placing fourth for Southern Vermont. He came through the line with a 28:14 showing, that new personal best for the rookie moving him up into a three-way tie for eighth on SVC's all-time 8k record list. It is his third straight week in reeling in the rookie accolade.

Kristiansen, Welch collect XC awards

BENNINGTON >> The New England Collegiate Conference announced on Monday its weekly award winners for the period ending October 2 with SVC taking claim to both of the women's cross country honors as Bennington College junior Annika Kristiansen and senior Jordan Welch were named the Runner and Rookie of the Week, respectively.

While both runners are collecting their accolades for a second time this season, Monday marked the first time of the year that Southern Vermont has swept the league's women's cross country laurels.

Kristiansen had another SVC-leading performance at Saturday's Keene State College Invitational, returning to her hometown for Southern Vermont.

She crossed the line at 20:37 to take 16th overall in the highly-contested meet, coming just 14 seconds shy of her personal record. That time was also 1:02 faster than any 5k mark that she has posted this year.

Welch set a new personal-best time at Saturday's Invitational to help the Mountaineers take fourth as a team. She was the fourth SVC runner to cross the line, coming in at 22:56 to break her previous PR by a staggering 3:05.

That gave her a split time of 7:24 per mile on the 5,000 meter course.


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