Mount Anthony skiers help team Vermont at U16s

NORTH CREEK, N.Y. — Six Mount Anthony Nordic skiers helped Vermont keep the team trophy in the Green Mountain State over the weekend.

Jack Drew, Owen Hansen and Charlie Dobson skied for the boys, while Maggie Payne, Sarah Umphlett and Kylee Hall competed for the girls.

Each skier competed in both the 5K freestyle and the 5K classic. Drew had the highest finish, crossing the line 17th in classic and 21st in the freestyle. Hansen was 72nd in the free and 86th in classic and Dobson was 67th in the free and 69th in classic.

Payne was 40th in the free and 35th in classic, while Umphlett was 41st in the free and 32nd in the classic. Hall was 88th in free and 70th in classic.

A handful of other local skiers were part of team Vermont, including Burr and Burton's Brennan Harris and Leah Mowry. Stratton Mountain School's Sage Freeman and Mathias Boudreau-Golfman competed with Freeman 32nd in the freestyle and Boudreau-Golfman seventh in free and fourth in classic.

Pierre recognized by NABC

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Southern Vermont College senior Mike Pierre has been recognized as one of the top men's basketball players in his corner of the country for the 2017-18 season as he was named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division III All-Northeast Second Team on Monday.

The regional honor comes two weeks after Pierre was announced as the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) 2018 Player of the Year. It joins his list of awards which also includes the NECC championship tournament's Most Valuable Player laurel — an accolade he garnered after helping the Mountaineers claim the league title and earn a chance to play in the DIII national playoff.

"We are very proud of Mike for all that he has accomplished during his time here at SVC," said Southern Vermont fifth-year head coach Dan Engelstad. "Mike worked very hard this offseason to put himself in a position to be one of the top players in the region. This is well-deserved, and we will miss his playmaking next year."

Pierre led the Mountaineers with 19.1 points per game while adding 6.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.7 steals per contest. He was chosen as the NECC Player of the Week once this year after breaking the SVC single-game scoring record with 47 points on January 3 against Mass. College of Liberal Arts.

The Southern Vermont senior had an outstanding tenure with the Mountaineers after transferring to SVC from DII's Georgian Court University for the spring of 2017. In his three semesters with the team, Pierre scored 766 points (18.2/game); the Mountaineers went 36-6 (.857) when he played in the Southern Vermont uniform.

Pierre is the second SVC player to garner All-NABC honors as DeShawn Hamlet `16 was selected to the Northeast Second Team in 2015.

NABC teams are decided by voting from DIII member coaches. The NABC was founded in 1927 by Forrest "Phog" Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen organized coaches into the collective group to serve as `Guardians of the Game.' The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members — consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes.

SVC baseball drops game to Mary Washington

FREDERICKBURG, Va. — The Southern Vermont College baseball team dropped to 1-5 on the year after a 19-7 loss to Mary Washington on Monday.

Will Molloy, Jordan Banks and John Arancio all had multiple hits on the day. Molloy scored twice and Banks and Arancio each crossed the plate once.

For MW, Ramsis Ruiz did a lot of the damage, going 5-for-6 with five runs scored and three RBI.

Joe Braim took the loss for SVC.

SVC softball falls in doubleheader

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Southern Vermont College softball team began its season on Monday with a pair of defeats, the first against Nazareth and the second against Curry.

In the first game, Nazareth won 17-0, while Curry won the second game, 16-2, both in five innings.

SVC had three hits in the first game, two of those by Nicole Matthews.

Marissa Tortora was 4-for-5 with four runs and four RBI for Naz.

Shea Wilson took the loss for SVC.

40th annual Zem-Benn set for May 6

NORTH BENNINGTON — The 40th Zem/Benn Road Race is scheduled for Sunday, May 6, at the Park McCullough house in North

Bennington. The kids fun run begins at 9:30 a.m. and the 3.8 mile and 10K races start at 10 a.m.

Online registration is available at Registration forms are also available at Anytime Fitness, Revolution Fitness, Richards Group Insurance, Bennington Rec Center, Option Health, and the Bennington Tennis Center.

T-shirts are guaranteed to all who register on or before May 2. For more information, call Kathy Zemianek at 802-447-9732.

Masters Swim Meet in Bennington

BENNINGTON — The seventh annual Monumental Masters Mini Meet will be held in Saturday, April 7, at the Bennington Recreation Center pool on Gage Street. Adults 18 years and older are encouraged to swim, no prior competition experience is required.

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

Warm-ups start at 9 a.m. with the meet's first event beginning at 10 a.m. Pre-registration is $20 per swimmer by April 3, or $25 the day of event. Registration forms are available at the Rec Center or by emailing for more information.

Bennington Horseshoe Club

The Bennington Horseshoe Club will host four tournaments for the upcoming season.

They will host the Spring Warm Up on May 6, Leon O'Dell Classic on May 27, Cooper Family Classic on July 22 and the Vermont State Doubles on August 26.

The league will be held in the summer months starting on April 23 and each Monday for 16 weeks.

Sign ups for the league will be held on April 14 and 15 at noon on the courts at Willow Park.

For horseshoe information, please contact Maxine Brandlik at 802-379-7760.

MALA registration

MALA is a youth lacrosse program from kindergarten to 8th grade for boys and girls representing Bennington, North Bennington, Woodford, Pownal and Shaftsbury.

Their boys and girls U9 instructional team season starts on April 9 and practices two days a week. Their boys and girls U11, U13 and U15 travel teams practice three to four days a week and their season starts on April 2.

For more information and to register online, please go to If you have any questions, please contact Chris Shea at

Registration for soccer club begins

HOOSICK, N.Y. — The Hoosick Falls Soccer Club is registering players for the spring season.

The Early Bird Special is happening now, the cost is $45 and registration closes on March 15.

Kids ranging from three years old to sixth grade can sign up.

For more information, go to or contact Laura Peabody at

First Memorial Soccer Classic in Manchester

MANCHESTER — The town of Manchester will host the Memorial Soccer Classic on Memorial Day weekend, May 26-27 at Dana Thompson Park.

The tournament is open to girls and boys from U10, U12, U14 and U17 teams.

Note that this is not a Premiere Tournament (there are so many choices in the NE for Div1/Premiere). The Manchester Classic is envisioned as a Div2 /3 Family "destination" tournament.


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