Endicott sweeps SVC in straight sets

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BENNINGTON — Coming off a victory against Dean College Friday, the Southern Vermont College men's volleyball team couldn't keep the momentum going at home against No. 12 Endicott Tuesday night.

The Gulls swept SVC 3-0 in straight sets, winning by set scores of 25-10, 25-5 and 25-11.

Isaiah Backels and Zach Rogers both had three kills to lead the Mountaineers in the losing effort.

Donovan Dey did the most damage for Endicott with eight kills and nine digs.

Devin Racey added seven kills for the Gulls.

SVC falls to 4-11 with the loss and is back in action on March 25 against Dean.

VBCA all-star games

WINDSOR — On Saturday, March 23 at the Windsor High School gym, the Vermont Basketball Coaches' Association will host its annual Senior All Star Game (North vs. South). In addition to the four all star games featuring the best seniors in the state, there's also a 3-point shooting contest to find the best boys and girls 3-point shooters in the state.

The players qualify at their team practices. At halftime of the All Star Games, the top 4 qualifiers will shoot for one minute.

Past record holders are Payton Buxton of Middlebury with 17 and Kegan Dunbar of Middlebury with 16. For the boys, Tristan Ross of St. Johnsbury with 23 and Jackie Lau of Lyndon with 22.

The games start at 11 a.m. with the Division 3-4 Girls, followed by the Division 3-4 Boys at 1 p.m., the Division 1-2 Girls at 3 p.m., and the Division 1-2 boys at 5 p.m.

SMS skiers make nationals

STRATTON — Four Stratton Mountain School Alpine skiers have qualified for U.S. Nationals thus far, taking a quarter of the 12 spots allocated for both High School and Collegiate skiers in the Eastern Region.

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Olivia Holm, Lauren Abdow, Diego Holscher and PJ Bovaconti will race in New Hampshire's Waterville Valley between March 23 and 26 following a strong season for all four racers. Overall, 50 men and women respectively will compete in Nationals — including National Team members, and likely a few SMS Alumni.

Holm's Nor-Am Cup results throughout the year earned her a spot at Nationals, and overall she ranked second in all of the GS qualification races throughout the season.

Additionally, Holm has also qualified for U.S. Junior Nationals taking place at Waterville between March 27 and 29, competing against athletes both between 1998 and 2002, and has been invited to a U.S. Ski Team training camp at the Nationals venue.

For Abdow, it was this season's SG results that paved the way to Nationals. Holscher has also had a banner year, competing in Junior World Championships and Nor-Am Races earlier this year.

Announcements for Junior Nationals and U16 Nationals are yet to come following Eastern Championship races at the U16 level last weekend. In the first SG race of the Championships, the SMS Alpine women stacked four athletes in the top ten, as well as two in the men's results.

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Tess Beyer landed on the podium in third, followed by Chloe Lathrop in sixth, Mathilde Schwencke in eighth and Anna Davis in 10th.

Jay Poulter earned sixth for the men, followed by Erik Holm in seventh.

Poulter led the SMS results in the second SG race, finishing second, and both Erik Holm and Schwencke finished third in their respective races, followed by Lathrop in seventh. In the first Slalom race Poulter again won second, with Lathrop taking fourth, Holm finishing fifth and Jacqui Culver placing eighth.

Meanwhile, SMS Alpine's U14 skiers took on the Vermont State Championships at Stratton Mountain Resort this weekend, giving it their all through the sun and snow to find success in each discipline — including a wealth of top-ten results and podium finishes.

Ultimately, ten U14's races qualified for Eastern Championships, taking place at New York's Whiteface Mountain next week: Henriette Borgia, Clarita Crespo, Megan Yi, Alex Huber, Knight Okie, Bode Gutchess, Bronson Culver, Matteo Bonivento, Simon Baron and Cameron Johnson.

Additionally, three SMS skiers — Kate Donnellan, Kristin Yi, and Carolyn Marlin have qualified for the VT/NY Invitational Project, taking palce at Stratton Mountain Resort later this week.

Monumental Masters Mini Meet

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BENNINGTON — The eighth annual Monumental Masters Mini Meet will be held on Saturday, March 30, at the Bennington Recreation Center.

Adults over the age of 18 are encouraged to participate in the meet and no prior competition experience is required.

Warm-ups start at 9 a.m., with the meet's first event beginning at 10 a.m.

Pre-registration to compete in the event is $25 per swimmer by March 26, or $30 on the day of the event.

Registration forms are available at the Bennington Rec Center.

All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Bennington Marauders Swim Team, helping to provide youth swimming for our community.

For more information, please visit http://tiny.cc/2019BennMastersMeet, or email us at mike@usms.org.

Bennington Little League registration

BENNINGTON — Late registration and player evaluations for the 2019 season will be held on Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Mount Anthony Union High School gymnasium.

All players ages nine and up should plan to attend one of the two dates for evaluations unless already on a major league team.

Late registrations will also be taken at this time for any players ages five through 12 in the Bennington and surrounding areas.

Questions, please contact Geoff Metcalfe @ 442-5465 or refer to our website www.benningtonlittleleague.com.


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