Manchester 12U all-stars fall in pool play


RAYNHAM, Mass. — The Manchester Youth Baseball team dropped a 3-2 decision to Marshwood, Maine, in the final day of pool play at the 12U Cal Ripken New England regional tournament.

MYB took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third, but Marshwood scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to score the victory.

Seb Dostal's two-run hit was the big shot offensively for MYB.

The tournament continues today with the No. 3 seeds playing the No. 2 to advance.

Local horseshoe pitchers compete in Bristol

BRISTOL — A handful of local horseshoe pitchers competed in the World Champs Classic Tournament hosted by Sodbusters Horseshoe Pitching Club on Sunday.

In Class A, Gale Greene placed fourth with a 3-4 record for the day.

In Class C, Denny Young went 4-2 and finished in third place.

Jeffrey Woodcock and Wade Hill were sixth in Class D and E respectively.

In Class F, Joe Hill was also a sixth-place finisher.

Damon Young had a strong day in Class G, taking second place with a 4-2 record.

In Class I, Jeremy Mentiply finished seventh.

Manchester's Hoard wins first race in 10 years

WEST HAVEN — Manchester's Frank Hoard III won the 30-lap Sportsman Modified Feature on Sunday at Devil's Bowl Speedway, his first win in the series since September 2009.

After several top-five finishes this season, Hoard came from 21st starting position and got to the front on lap 28, getting the jump on a green-white-checkered restart to beat Tim LaDuc to the line.

The race had three red flags to add to the tension. A huge pileup on lap 8 necessitated a red flag and left championship leaders Kenny Tremont Jr. and Adam Pierson in a big mess, with Pierson's car upside down and partially on top of Tremont's car; none of the drivers involved were injured, and both Pierson and Tremont returned to the race after making repairs.

Walter J. Hammond then squared off with LaDuc in a bare-knuckle battle for the lead that saw both drivers leaning on each other and trading body blows laps after lap. LaDuc cleared Hammond and pulled away at lap 18, but just one lap later Hammond spun his car and barrel-rolled in Turn 2; he walked away unharmed during the red flag.

A third red flag for a multi-car tangle stopped the race with four circuits left, followed by the final restart with two to go, giving hard-charging Hoard the opportunity he needed. When leader LaDuc chose the inside lane at the final restart, Hoard said he knew the race was his.

"Timmy fell right into the trap when he took the bottom," Hoard said in Victory Lane. "I saw him go low and I said to myself, `You're dead meat.' I hung back just a little in Turn 4 on the restart and let him go, knowing I could use the momentum on the outside to pass him in Turn 2. It was perfect."

LaDuc erased his string of bad luck with the runner-up finish. Jimmy Ryan, whose luck hasn't been much better than LaDuc's, was a strong third. Rookie Brent Warren netted his career-best effort in fourth, followed by Allan Hammond. Vince Quenneville and Bobby Hackel rebounded from a crash together to finish sixth and seventh, respectively, ahead of Tanner Siemons, Joey Scarborough, and North Bennington's Marty Kelly III.

In the 500cc Mini Sprint division, Cambridge's Samantha Mulready finished fifth as 13-year-old Evan Roberts won the event. Mulready, who started 11th, is the points leader in the division with about half the season remaining.

Devil's Bowl Speedway is in action on Sunday at 7:00 p.m., as the Community College of Vermont presents the annual Mid-Season Championships and the Vince Quenneville Sr. Memorial 38-lap special for Sportsman Modifieds. Double championship points will be on the line for all five weekly divisions, and the annual driver autograph session will be held at intermission. General admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (62+), and free for kids 12 and under.

For more information, visit or call (802) 265-3112.

Catamount 3-D competition

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BENNINGTON — Catamount Bow Hunters is hosting an archery 3-D competition on Sunday, July 21.

Registration for the event runs from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

It costs adults $10 and youth $5 to register, with cubs getting in free with a paid adult.

There will be food and beverages available and members and non-members are welcome.

Catamount Bow Hunters is located at Route 7 South, Fuller Road West.

For more information, contact them at 802-442-3667 or visit their Facebook page.

SMS open training sessions

STRATTON—The Stratton Mountain School Nordic Program and the Elite SMS T2 Team will be hosting weekly training sessions each Thursday through August 8, and all ages are welcome. The training sessions will feature roller-skiing, hiking, ski walking, and a cookout, and additional workouts may be added throughout the summer.

SMS Nordic's Summer Training Program aims to get young athletes excited about Nordic Skiing in sessions led by members of the Elite SMS T2 Team — whose members, including Olympians Sophie Caldwell, Simi Hamilton, and Jessie Diggins, train in Stratton.

The program will be overseen by three-time U.S. Ski and Snowboard Coach of the Year, and former SMS Nordic Director, Sverre Caldwell.

For a full schedule, and to RSVP, find their "Summer BKL Training and Fun" on Facebook ( Please contact Sverre Caldwell ( with questions or for more information.

MAU coach hosts lacrosse camp

BENNINGTON — Mount Anthony girls lacrosse coach Emily Cross is hosting a Southern Vermont girls lacrosse camp, that began Monday and goes through Thursday.

The camp is offered to girls in grades 3 through 9 and will be coached by Cross and other MAU girls lacrosse alumni.

It will run from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day that week at Chesnut Field at Mount Anthony Union Middle School.

Registration for the camp costs $100.

Campers can expect individual skill building, team skills, new terminology, one-on-one evaluations and games/drills.

Campers should bring cleats, a lacrosse stick, a mouth guard, sun screen and water.

For more information, contact Emily Cross at (802) 688-3262, or by email at

MAU job openings

BENNINGTON — A handful of coaching positions are open for Mount Anthony Union High School.

MAU is looking to fill the varsity baseball, varsity girls tennis, junior varsity boys basketball, middle school boys basketball and middle school boys soccer coaching positions for the 2019-20 school year.

Applicants should have previous coaching experience and a background in the sport.

Please send a letter of interest and coaching resume to:

Ashley Hoyt, Activities Director, Mt. Anthony Union High School, 301 Park Street Ext. Bennington, VT 05201 or email


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