Bellemare tied for fourth at Vermont Amateur

WATERBURY — The 2018 Vermont Amateur Championship started Tuesday at the Country Club of Vermont with a whole slew of local golfers taking part.

After one round, defending champion Drake Hull leads the pack after shooting a 5-under. Hull holds a four stroke lead on the second place competitors after 18 holes.

The top local golfer after one round is Mount Anthony Country Club's Taylor Bellemare, who sits tied for fourth with an even round. Bellemare parred on 14 of 18 holes. He had birdies on holes six and seven, while he had bogies on holes one and four.

Seven other local golfers finished the round Tuesday, finishing as follows: Ekwanok's Paul Heffernan (+5, tied for 28th), Dorset Field Club's Thomas Deck (+7, tied for 40th), DFC's Keith Komline (+7, tied for 40th), DFC's Paul Kelly (+8, tied for 47th), MACC's Stephen Carknard (+11, tied for 68th), Ekwanok's Mark Heffernan (+11, tied for 68th) and MACC's Logan Ripley (+14, tied for 82nd). DFC's Brian O'Grady withdrew from the tournament.

The tournament resumes today with the second round, before Thursday's final two rounds to crown a champion.

Vermont Summer Festival

EAST DORSET — The 25th annual Vermont Summer Festival officially kicked off a milestone season with six weeks of family-friendly hunter, jumper, and equitation competition slated to run for six weeks from July 3 through August 12, 2018, at Harold Beebe Farm in East Dorset.

The Vermont Summer Festival offers an innovative competition schedule on all-new Kruse Cushion Ride (KCR) footing installed in competition, schooling, and lunging rings this spring. From the short stirrup ranks to Saturday grand prix events, the Vermont Summer Festival offers something for all levels in the heart of southern Vermont.

Highlighting top show jumping competition, the first five Saturdays of the 2018 Vermont Summer Festival feature a fan-favorite $30,000 Grand Prix. The $50,000 Vermont Summer Celebration Grand Prix closes out the season during the sixth and final week of competition on Saturday, August 11. Also featured in the all-inclusive schedule is the popular "Equitation Tuesdays" and weekly $5,000 3'3" NEHJA Hunter Derbies each Thursday, culminating with a $15,000 offering in week six.

Competition at the 2018 Vermont Summer Festival runs weekly from Wednesday through Sunday, beginning each day at 8 a.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children from Wednesday through Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, admission is $9 for adults and $5 for children with 100% of all gate proceeds benefiting The Dorset School, Manchester Community Library, and the Rotary Club of Manchester.

For more information on the Vermont Summer Festival, please e-mail or visit

Arlington soccer camp

ARLINGTON — Registration for the 41st annual Arlington Soccer camp has begun.

The camp will take place from July 30 to August 3 from 9 a.m. to noon each day at the Fisher Elementary field. Arlington coaches including Aaron Wood, Mike Keough, Todd Wilkins, Hooper Pickering, Mike Lampron and some Arlington varsity soccer players will be a part of the camp staff.

The camp is for players going into first through ninth grade.

The cost of the camp is $100 and campers are asked to bring a ball, shin guards and a water bottle each day.

To register, go to and download the registration form and send a $50 deposit to Judy Werner, 276 Pickering Road, Arlington, VT 05250. The balance is due on the first day of camp.

Manchester FCA Sports Camp

MANCHESTER — Northshire Baptist Church is partnering with the Vermont Fellowship of Christian Athletes to host an FCA Sports Camp that will include soccer, football, and basketball for ages 7-12.

Coaches are former or current BBA coaches and collegiate athletes such as Dave Shehadi and Dan Mulroy.

FCA Camp will be held at the Dana L Thompson Park July 23-27, 5:30-8:30 pm. Cost is $55 and scholarships are available on a need basis by e-mailing To register visit

Junior Golf Program

HOOSICK, N.Y — The Hoosick Falls Country Club announced the offering of a four-week Junior Golf Program.

The program will run from July 9-August 9 and is open to ages 10 through 17.

The meeting days for the program are Monday's and Thursday's.

It's open to members for free and non-members for $40 per participant.

The course will be taught by Mike Baratto, former Hoosick Falls and Cambridge golf coach, and consist of many different topics such as grip, alignment, etc. One hour of instruction will be given followed by on course play for those ready.

Each player should have their own equipment.

For those interested, please email coach at or call 518-686-5916 with contact information of name, age and email or phone number.

SVC camps

BENNINGTON — Southern Vermont College athletics will be running a second basketball camp this summer for those interested.

The camp will take place from August 6-11 for boys and girls entering second through 11th grade and will run Monday through Thursday and each session runs from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Individual participation and instruction in all phases of skill development and team play will be maximized. Campers are asked to please bring a lunch; concessions and pizza sales will also be available for purchase.

All camp sessions will be conducted in the Southern Vermont College Mountaineer Athletic Center with locker room and weight training facilities. The MAC is located on the SVC campus on the slopes of Mount Anthony overlooking Bennington.

The camp director is Mountaineers women's basketball coach Christin Gowan with current SVC players from both the men's and women's team as staff.

The camp costs $200 per week.

SVC will also be hosting an overnight girls volleyball camp from August 3-5 for girls entering their junior year in high school or above.

The camp will run 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9 a.m.-noon Sunday.

This camp will be run by Coach Patrick Robidoux and multiple members of the SVC women's volleyball team and every camper will leave with a SVC Volleyball Camp t-shirt.

The volleyball camp costs $200.

Visit to sign up for either camp.

H.F. youth football and cheer signups

HOOSICK, N.Y. — The Hoosick Falls youth football and cheer signups are going on for next season.

The cost for flag (Kindergarten to second grade) is $50, while Junior and Senior tackle (third through sixth grade) is $100. For the cheer, the cost is $50. Birth certificates are needed to sign up for Junior and Senior tackle.

For questions, contact Tiffany McMahon at 518-308-3108 or Chris Glover at 518-703-3722.

Youth football camps

BENNINGTON — There will be three football camps in in July.

The camp started Monday and will take place at Hoosick Falls Central School and Burr and Burton Academy from July 9-12 and at Storm Stadium at Lower Willow Park from July 16-19 from 5 to 8 p.m. each night.

Camps will include positional work, passing and running drills and 7-on-7, and more with coaches from some of the top colleges in New England, along with graduates from local high schools including Burr and Burton, Mount Anthony and Hoosick Falls.

The cost for the camps are $100 before June 1 and $125 after June 1. For more information, go to

Pickleball in Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — If you like to play ping-pong, tennis, racquetball, squash or badminton then you will like the fun and fast growing game of pickleball.

Come to the CCS gym on Friday evenings from 6-8pm and on Sundays from 12-2.

Times and days will be changing once school is out so call or email Mary Bates Muckle at or 802-681-6231 to confirm or have your questions answered. If you've never played then you have no bad habits! so come give it a try.

Bring sneakers and wear clothes you like to move around in. There will be racquets to borrow.

Support National Pickleball month and come and learn to play the game at CCS. Ages 16 + are welcome.

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