McCarthy wins for fourth time at VT Summer Festival


EAST DORSET — Ireland's Kevin McCarthy won the $10,000 Manchester Designer Outlets Welcome Stake Thursday during the final week of the Vermont Summer Festival.

The victory marked McCarthy's fourth welcome stake win during the six-week show circuit.

McCarthy and his winning mount, Catch A Star HSS, were one of 22 entries to compete Thursday and the pair was one of 10 horse-and-rider combinations that jumped without fault to advance to the short course.

As the penultimate pair to jump off, McCarthy and Catch A Star HSS quickly took over the leaderboard with a clear round in what proved to be an untouchable time of 36.82 seconds.

MAU football meeting

BENNINGTON — For all Mount Anthony students interested in playing football, there will be a parents and players meeting in the MAUHS auditorium at 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The team will be issuing equipment and collecting participation and medical forms at the time.

Practice begins Monday at 8 a.m.

For any questions, contact MAU coach Chad Gordon at

MAUMS football sign-ups

BENNINGTON — Mount Anthony Middle School Football sign-ups are on August 14 and 16 from 5 to 6:15 p.m. at the middle school.

Practice begins on August 26.

Green Mountain Lightning tryouts

MANCHESTER — The Green Mountain Lightning travel baseball team are hosting tryouts for the U12 team Saturday.

The tryout will take place on August 10 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Dana Thompson Rec Park.

Candidates can't turn 13 before May 1, 2020 and must have a passion for the game. They also need the ability to fundraise in the winter and spring and to attend indoor practices through the winter and early spring.

The team plays Sunday doubleheaders from April into the middle of June, and there is a trip to play in Cooperstown as well.

There will also be a tryout on Sept. 7 for all age groups from 8 to 13.

For more information, contact U12 coach Stephen Kramer at 802-558-0441.

Goldsmith soccer tournament

BENNINGTON — The 11th annual Lee Goldsmith Memorial soccer tournament is set for Saturday at Willow Park.

Teams will be divided into pools for round robin play. The number of preliminary games will be dependent on the number of teams entered.

The preseason tournament is named for Lee Goldsmith, a former player and captain for the Mount Anthony boys soccer team. Goldsmith died of cancer in 2009.

Players must be enrolled in high school this fall and it costs $10 per player to participate.

Six field players and a goalkeeper will play 25 minute mini-games. Large goals and a no offside rule will promise lots of action and spectacular goals.

A complete list of rules will be provided on the day of the tournament.

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"Champions" t-shirts will be awarded to the winning team.

Teams must register before the morning of August 10 by calling or texting Mike Molloy at 802-375-4006. Teams will pay to play on the day of the tournament when they sign in.

Check in on August 10th will be from 10:00-10:30 at the Middle Willow field.

Referee training offered

LUDLOW — Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Vermont Soccer Officials Association and becoming eligible to officiate Varsity soccer games is encouraged to attend one of two remaining training sessions in Southern Vermont.

The next training will be held at the Maxfield Sports Complex on August 14 at 4 p.m. and the last training will be at White River Unified High School in South Royalton, on August 24 at 8:30 a.m. The training includes learning the rules of the game, a test, and a field practice. You also receive follow up support and a mentor. The cost of the program is $75, which includes the cost of the membership in the VSOA for this year, the training, and insurance.

For more information, contact Gary Blodgett at or 802-558-3147.

Hoyt Charity Golf Tournament

MANCHESTER — The 28th Annual Win Hoyt Charity Golf Tournament will be held Wednesday, September 18 at the Ekwanok Country Club.

Registration opens at 11 a.m., lunch is at 12 p.m. and players tee off at 12:30 p.m.

The tournament is named in memory of Win Hoyt, a long-time Manchester resident and former Director of the Chamber.

In 1970, Win took over the Caddie Scholarship Program at Ekwanok and provided leadership until his death in 1989.

Proceeds will be divided equally between Bennington County Habitat for Humanity and the Manchester Community Library.

Cost to play is $150; sponsorship opportunities are available at different levels.

For more information, to reserve a team or be paired up with a foursome, please contact Bennington County Habitat, 802-367-1000,

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

Red Sox legend Lonborg to host golf tournament

BOLTON, Mass. — The fourth annual Sunrise to Sunset Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament to benefit cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will take place on August 21 at The International Golf Club & Resort in Bolton, Mass.

Golfers can sign up for this 36-hole fundraiser as individuals or with a group. Players have the choice to play a scramble or their own ball on The International's two premier courses, The Oaks and The Pines.

Red Sox Legend and 1967 Cy Young Award Winner Jim Lonborg will serve as the celebrity host and play in this year's tournament.

All golfers agree to raise a minimum of $1,100, including a $100 registration fee, and will play with one shared mission — supporting the lifesaving work at Dana-Farber.

Top fundraisers and golfers are eligible to receive great prizes including golfing events and other unique experiences. The Sunrise to Sunset Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament is also a great place for sponsors to showcase their brand. To become a sponsor, sign up, or for more information, visit:


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