MAU swim athletes earn All-Berkshire honors


BENNINGTON — All-Berkshire league selections were announced recently, with many Mount Anthony swimming athletes earning the honor.

Here are the MAU swim athletes that made the team: Emily Ascuitto (backstroke in medley relay), Devin Deets (400 free relay), Sarah Ascuitto (50 free in 200 free relay), Grace Burhans (400 free relay), Anthony Mazzola (Individual 200 IM award) and Ben Medvedev (400 free relay).

Tristan Thomas received the Outstanding Senior Award in honor of Tim Mazzer, the Pittsfield co-coach who passed away earlier this season.

SMS athletes qualify for Nationals

STRATTON—Eight Stratton Mountain School Alpine athletes have qualified for the U16 National Championships, to be held in Breckenridge, Colorado between March 31 and April 4, following outstanding performances at the U16 Eastern Championships this week.

The SMS athletes to qualify were Matilde Schwenke, Anna Davis, Chloe Lathrop, Eliza Sullivan, Tess Beyer, Jacqui Culver, Jay Poulter and Erik Holm.

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.

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

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

Poulter led the SMS results in the second SG race, finishing second, and both Holm and Schwencke finished third in their respective races followed by Lathrop in seventh.

In the first Slalom race, Poulter again placed second, with Lathrop taking fourth, Holm finishing fifth and Culver placing eighth. Beyer led the second Slalom run, finishing in fifth, with Sullivan and Davis taking sixth and seventh respectively and Culver finishing 10th.

For the men, Poulter topped the podium in first with Brett Haber claiming 10th.

In Giant Slalom, Schwenke took second, Poulter finished fourth and Holm placed eighth. Overall, Poulter earned the title of U16 Eastern Champion.

This delegation of eight athletes joins the two percent of U16 skiers in the nation who qualify for Junior Nationals, and they join five Stratton Mountain School students — Olivia Holm, Diego Holscher, Lauren Abdow, and PJ Bovaconti and Sophia Holm — who will compete at the U.S. Alpine Championships (alongside U.S. Ski Team Members and SMS Alumni), also taking place at the end of March.

Their U14 counterparts take on their own Eastern Championships this weekend following winning performances at States.

SVC falls to Keuka

KEUKAPARK, N.Y. — Southern Vermont College fell 25-1 to Keuka College Friday afternoon in a non-conference women's lacrosse tilt at Jephson Complex Game Field.

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The Wolves went into halftime on top 16-1, and they continued to pad the lead through the final 30 minutes.

SVC (0-4) is now off until Saturday, March 23 when the Mountaineers visit Rhode Island College for a 1 p.m. start.

Southern Vermont sophomore Alex Safford potted the visitors' goal while tying the game-highs of five ground balls and three caused turnovers. Senior goalie Sydnee Julian also had five ground balls, and she notched a pair of caused turnovers in the effort.

Tickets on sale for VT Hall of Fame

BENNINGTON — Tickets are now on sale for the 2019 Vermont Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Celebration. The seventh event will be held Saturday, April 13 at the Delta Marriott Burlington Hotel in South Burlington.

The event starts with a reception at 5:30 p.m. with the induction ceremony following dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the event are $75 per person and tables for 10 are available. To arrange for tickets, please log on to the hall's official website at: or e-mail the VSHOF at

The seventh class of inductees World Cup champion and Olympic moguls skier Ann Battelle; state high school and NCAA hockey championship coach Bill Beaney; Mal Boright, a legendary journalist and a founder of the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame; softball standout and pro baseball player, Elizabeth Burnham; four-time Olympic Nordic skier Larry Damon; stock car champion Harmon `Beaver' Dragon; field hockey star Jenny Everett; football and track star Jeff Hughes; basketball legends Layne Higgs and Rich Tarrant; Olympic Gold Medalist snowboarder Ross Powers; record-setting state amateur golfer Holly Reynolds; and Olympic alpine skier Tiger Shaw.

A portion of the proceeds raised by the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame will benefit its designated charity, Prevent Child Abuse Vermont. Since its inception in 2012, the event has raised close to $20,000 for PCAV.

The 2019 class will receive Vermont Sports Hall of Fame granite plaques courtesy of John Pelkey of Memorial Sandblast and Granite Industries of Vermont. WCAX sports director Mike McCune will be the master of ceremonies. The Delta Marriott Hotel Burlington is located at 1117 Williston Road in South Burlington (formerly Trader Dukes Hotel).

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Monumental Masters Mini Meet

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.

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