BBA mountain bikers take first in tri-state championship


FRANKLIN FALLS, N.H. — The Burr and Burton mountain biking team recently concluded its most successful season with a victory over 23 other teams from Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

In the championship race, BBA was paced by seniors Harriet Dahlstrom and Leah Mowry, juniors Devan Kajah and Grace DiStasio and sophomore Ned Schwarteztruber.

"It was the perfect culmination to a lot of hard work by these kids," said Bulldogs coach Jon Mowry, "It's great to see them succeed as a team."

In their fifth year as a varsity sport, the number of riders has risen steadily, as has their success. Of the twelve teams that make up the western division of the Northern New England High School Mountain Bike League, BBA finished an impressive second place.

Over the course of seven regular season races, the Bulldogs were led by Dahlstrom and Mowry, who each made it to the podium six times.

Kajah followed with four visits to the podium while DiStasio, Sarah Hyde, Hana Markowski-Washizu and Riley Chila each had two podiums.

Other riders who earned trips to the podium were Ned Swartzentruber, Guv Levis, and Jonathan Pickarski.

Looking ahead to next year, the team will be without the leadership of four graduating seniors Dahlstrom, Leah Mowry, Itembe Matiku and Stephen Mathyas.

"This group of seniors did an amazing job both on and off the trail," said BBA assistant coach Chris Nolan. "They really took our mission to heart and created an inclusive and fun team atmosphere. It will be a challenge to replace them next year."

SVL field hockey all-stars

MANCHESTER — The Burr and Burton field hockey team saw great representation on the Southern Vermont League (SVL) all-star team, as announced Tuesday afternoon.

Efremia Geralis and Riley Callen were named as all-stars, along with players from Hartford, Rutland and Bellows Falls.

Annabelle Gray, Hannah Callen and Lola Herzog earned SVL honorable mentions.

Prospect season kickoff

WOODFORD — The Prospect Mountain Association is inviting the community to attend its annual season kickoff even on November 6 at 7 p.m. in the Main Lodge.

Featured guests, Olympians Sophie Caldwell and Simi Hamilton, are unable to attend due to a family emergency.

In their place will be Stratton Mountain School T2 team members Ben Saxton and Ian Torchia. Both competed this season in the World Cup and the Nor-Am Cup.

The two will talk about their World Cup experiences in a short presentation.

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Admission to the night's events is free.

MAYAA basketball registrations

BENNINGTON — Online registrations have begun for MAYAA Basketball and is open to boys and girls in grades 1 through 6.

The cost is $40 per player or a maximum of $70 per family.

If you are unable to register online there will be two in-person registrations on November 5 and 7 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Bennington Elementary Art Room.

Online registrations will continue through November 8 and can be done by visiting

There will be a boys 6th grade travel team this year. If you are interested in that, complete the registration and there will be a tryout on November 9 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Mount Anthony Union Middle School.

Questions can be sent to

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 or call Coach Mike Wood at 802-236-8453.

Interested players must have parental permission to contact them.


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