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HOOSICK, N.Y. — The Hoosick Falls golf team dropped its first match of the season on Friday, a 3-2 loss to Saratoga Catholic, at the Hoosick Falls Country Club.

No. 2 Mathew Smith topped Ben Scammell 1-up and No. 4 Miles Smith beat Jake Welcome 2-up for Hoosick Falls, while the Saints' Terel Tillman edged No. 1 Ryan Bloomer 1-up and Jay Flynn beat Connor Smith at No. 3, 4-and-2.

Spa Catholic's Garrett Quinn topped Allison Hathaway, 4-and-3 at No. 5 to finish the match.

Terel Tillman from Spa Catholic, Ryan Bloomer and Mathew Smith from Hoosick Falls all shot 37 to tie as the medalist.

Both Spa Catholic and Hoosick Falls have an overall record of 3-1 and the Panthers' next match at Hoosick Falls Country Club on Monday against Greenwich.

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 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 Sept. 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

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.

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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 or visit website

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

Adam Samrov is the community news editor and part-time news reporter for the Bennington Banner. He has been at the Banner since 2008. He can be reached at


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