BBA leads XC all-stars
MANCHESTER — Four members of the Southern Vermont League champion Burr and Burton girls cross-country team were named as all-stars.
Liara Foley, Maggie Brown, Grace Cabasco and Lily Birch were chosen from the Bulldogs squad. Foley was the highest-finishing runner at the state meet at Thetford as the Bulldogs finished fourth in Division II., Foley also qualified for the New Englands.
For Mount Anthony, senior Sarah Umphlett and junior Maggie Payne were picked as individual all-stars as well.
Lord tallies, but Williams ousted in PKs
GRANTHAM, Pa. — The Williams women's soccer team saw its NCAA Division III Tournament run come to an end in the quarterfinals against the top-ranked team in the nation, Messiah.
The Ephs, the defending national champions, fell on penalty kicks, 3-2. The loss also marks the end of head coach Michelyne Pinard's career on the Eph sidelines.
The Falcons made three penalties to get the win to two for Williams. The Ephs had a 2-0 lead at halftime, but the Falcons rallied in the second half to force overtime.
Still, Pinard said she is concluding her 18-year tenure in Williamstown "content."
"Last month, going from losing six games in six weeks, compared to six games in six years, most teams would have folded," Pinard said at a press conference. "The fact that this team didn't means the world to me. And I've got to say, for all the coaches out there who are gunning for the Final Four: It's awesome, but really, it's the journey.
"The journey is what matters most. When we were down in September and October, I was wondering if our team culture — which I love, and I just think it's incredible — was a result of winning or was the result of having good core values. And I think this year showed that it was because our values were in the right place, and we stuck to those. I think that's the reason we were able to turn the season around."
Pinard finishes her tenure with a 268-51-38 record, eight NESCAC titles and three national championships.
"I'm so grateful — I'm sad it's over, really sad it's over, so grateful for all the amazing people I've gotten to meet and work with, all the amazing women I've gotten to watch grow and thrive," she said. "I just feel like this has been the most amazing experience ever. I'm leaving content, so thank you."
Georgia Lord put Williams ahead three minutes in, then Claire Tolliver doubled the lead in the 26th minute.
The Falcons, though, got one back through Abby Monko, then Ellie Lengacher equalized in the 69th minute.
Lord got a one-on-one opportunity in extra time, but couldn't convert as Lydia Ewing made the stop.
In penalties, Ewing stopped two Williams PKs, but in the third round the Falcons missed, and in the fourth Leyla Kamshad made a save to force the fifth, and decisive round. In the final round of PKs, Williams' final attempt bounced off the crossbar.
— By Berkshire Eagle Sports
MAU middle-school wrestling signup
BENNINGTON — The Mount Anthony Middle School wrestling team is still looking for competitors. There will be a sign-up on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the High School cafeteria. Boys and girls in seventh and eighth grade are eligible to participate and there are no cuts. For more information contact coaches Paul Monick at 315-263-3517 or Jason Dicranian at 802-733-6937.
SMS Summit Series
STRATTON— The Stratton Mountain School Summit Series returns on Saturday, November 30 at 7 p.m. with a screening of Warren Miller's 70th full-length feature film, "Timeless."
The movie emulates the enduring spirit of winter and gives a deserving nod to the past seven decades of ski cinematography, while looking toward the future.
Timeless is the first of five film events coming to the Stratton Mountain School campus this year, followed by The Collective, a new film from Faction Skis featuring featuring SMS alumna and olympian Caroline Claire and World Champion freeskier Mac Forehand, on Saturday, December 28.
On January 18, SMS will host the 5Point Film Festival, showcasing meaningful adventure stories that share the same core tenets of purpose, respect, commitment, humility, and balance.
The Summit Series will continue on February 22 with the Reel Rock 14 Film Tour, which brings the best climbing and adventure films of the year to live audiences throughout the world. The film tour is the definitive annual event for climbing communities globally, and this year's edition features elite climbers like Alex Honhold, Tommy Caldwell, and Nina Williams.
The SMS Summit Series will conclude on March 21 with the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, whose selections illustrate the Earth's beauty while showing the challenges facing our planet and communities working to protect it.
All Summit Series events begin at 7 p.m. in the Patti Kaltsas Education, Arts, and Student Center on the SMS Campus (located at 7 World Cup Circle, Stratton Mountain, 05155) and tickets are $10 online or at the door. Visit www.gosms.org/summit-series for more information or to purchase tickets.
Burr and Burton hosting alumni game
MANCHESTER — The Burr and Burton boys and girls hockey teams are hosting an alumni game on November 29.
The game will take place at 6:15 p.m. at Riley Rink in Manchester.
All proceeds from the event benefit the BBA hockey teams.
BBA hockey raffle
MANCHESTER — The Burr and Burton boys and girls hockey teams are once again selling cash raffle tickets. These tickets will be drawn on senior night later in the season. Only 500 tickets will be sold.
There are three cash prizes: 3rd place wins $500, 2nd place wins $1,000, and the grand prize is $2,000.
For more information, contact the Burr and Burton hockey teams.
Former MAU pitcher hosting clinic
BENNINGTON — Former Mount Anthony and current Sage College pitcher Taylor Dicranian will be hosting a seven-week pitching clinic this winter.
The clinic begins on December 1 and will be each Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mount Anthony gym through January 19.
All ages are welcome and the cost is $100 for the clinic. Payment is due at the first session.
For more information, questions or to sign-up, email Dicranian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BBA coaching openings
MANCHESTER — Burr and Burton is seeking a junior varsity boys basketball coach as well as an assistant snowboard coach.
In addition to being knowledgeable about the sport and having the ability to teach sport-specific skills, candidates should be able to provide vigorous educational experiences, teach respect for individual differences, demand the highest standards of performance and behavior, foster a mindset of perseverance and establish a supportive and caring community.
The ideal candidate views coaching as an opportunity to help young people develop into healthy adults.
Interested people can send a letter of interest, a statement of philosophy, resume and three letters of recommendation to:
Dave Miceli, Director of Athletics, PO Box 498, Manchester, VT 05254 and at email@example.com.
New England Colonials looking for players
RUTLAND — The NEC International Basketball Club is pleased to announce its 40th Anniversary Ambassadors Tour.
The club has been invited to visit and play by teams in Europe and Dubai in April 2020.
The team is looking to enroll ten Vermont high school players (boys in grades 9-12) for this ten-day tour.
This is a competitive tour for players with JV and varsity experience and a sense of adventure.
The Vermont Colonials will begin its tour in Luxembourg City where they will represent the USA in the annual Sparta Bertrange Easter Tournament which draws teams from around the world. After games in Frankfurt, Germany, the team will fly on to Dubai where they will be hosted by the Greenfield International School.
The NEC International Basketball Club is a nonprofit, volunteer-run program that has as its central purpose the support and encouragement of international friendship and understanding between New England student-athletes and their peers around the world. Our Colonials fundraising program has helped numerous New England players raise all or most of the money needed to cover their tour expenses.
For additional information about the Colonials international basketball tour, please contact the team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Coach Mike Wood at 802-236-8453.
Interested players must have parental permission to contact them.
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