Heidy Benitez named Defensive Player of the Year

BENNINGTON — Southern Vermont College volleyball's Heidy Benitez has consistently one of the best defensive players in the New England Collegiate Conference throughout her time with SVC and Tuesday she was honored for her efforts, being named the NECC Defensive Player of the Year.

Benitez led the conference in overall digs (464) and in digs per set (5.46). On top of this, she had 38 service aces and 26 kills on the season.

She becomes the first Mountaineer player to win this award since Joanna Hogue won it back in 2011. Hogue also won the award in 2010.

SVC coach Pat Robidoux, who just finished his first season at the helm of the Mountaineers, highlighted how deserving Benitez was of this billing.

"Heidy is very deserving of the top defensive award as we were really able to base our entire system around her effectiveness," Robidoux said in a SVC athletics press release Tuesday. "She kept us in matches all season long with her great serve receive and defense, and we look forward to more dominance from her next year. Heidy has been an absolute pleasure to coach, and I am so proud of all she has accomplished here at SVC."

Three other SVC players were honored Tuesday as well. Junior Liv Sowles was named to the All-NECC First Team, while Benitez and freshman Nikki Ramirez were both named to the second team. Freshman Kemly Derby named to the All-sportsmanship Team.

Lesley's Kaylee Deluga brought home Player of the Year honors in the conference.

Lacoste, Dennis honored

BENNINGTON — A pair of Southern Vermont College men's soccer players were honored for their play Tuesday, when the New England Collegiate Conference awards were announced.

Freshman forward Jared Lacoste was named to the All-NECC Second Team. Lacoste had a team-high eight goals this season, good for fifth-best in the conference.

"I'm extremely pleased with the work Jared put in over the last 12 months," SVC coach Greg Gilmore said. "He fights for everything, and any recognition he receives is always well-earned.When we talk about the future here, Jared is a great example of that as he was one of the league's top goal scorers despite playing half the season in a cast. I can't wait to see what he accomplishes in the years to come."

On top of Lacoste being honored, sophomore captain Lee Dennis was named to the All-sportsmanship Team

"Lee goes in on tackles to win them," Gilmore said. "He isn't afraid to be physical, but he never loses his cool in the process. He's a good example of composure while still being able to play aggressively."

NECC Player of the Year honors went to Elms' Babba Jaden. The sophomore had 14 goals in 2017, with four of those being game-winners.

Minutemen fall in Super Bowl

GRANVILLE — The Bennington Minutemen youth football team found itself in a situation it had never been in before on Sunday, as the team made it to its first Super Bowl.

The Junior Minutemen took on Manchester in the Super Bowl, but came away on the losing end, dropping the game 44-14 at Granville High School.

Asa Reis and Ryan Marsden scored the touchdowns for Bennington, with Andrew Morin making a catch on a two-point conversion.

Manchester came into the game undefeated and had shut out every opponent this season except for the Minutemen.

"I am very pleased with the team this season and proud of each and every one of the players," Bennington coach Todd Ordway said. "We might not of won the championship game but they should all feel like champions based on our accomplishments this season."

Bill Koch ski league

WOODFORD — The Prospect Mountain Bill Koch Youth Ski League will hold an informational meeting and ski/gear swap for new and returning families on November 11 at 4 p.m. at Prospect Mountain Nordic Center on Route 9 in Woodford.

The ski and gear swap (selling gently used skis, boots, poles and relevant clothing) will start at 4 p.m. in the Lodge, and will be followed by an information meeting about the Bill Koch Youth Ski League at 4:30. The meeting will provide an opportunity for prospective families to learn about the Bill Koch Youth Ski League, a cross country ski program for youth ages 4-13. The program introduces young people to the life-long sport of cross country skiing with all of its recreational, social, fitness and competitive opportunities. The program attracts children and families from nearby communities in Vermont, Massachusetts and New York.

The Prospect Mountain Bill Koch League practices every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at Prospect Mountain in Woodford. Practices will begin on December 12 and will run through early March. Interested families attending the meeting on November 11 can register for the Program at that time, and there will be skis, boots and poles available for lease for those participating in Program.

For more information, please contact Katie Swabey at 413-664-7711 or prospectmtbkl@gmail.com.

MAYAA registration

BENNINGTON — The Mount Anthony Youth Athletic Association will host a pair of registration nights for its basketball program.

The two in-person registrations will take place on Nov. 7 and Nov. 9 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Bennington Elementary School.

The board will be at the registrations for parents to ask questions.

Registration is already online at www.mayaabasketball.com and will be until Nov. 3. The cost is $40 per child or $70 per family.

MAYAA is for kids from grades 1 to 6.

For more information, contact president Tim Hutton at 802-688-6427.

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