Mountaineers drop game to SUNY Cortland

MIAMI — The Southern Vermont College men's basketball team had a tough task on its hands Monday in the first round of the 3rd annual Hoops MIA D3 Holiday Shootout, as they took on SUNY Cortland.

Coming into the matchup, Cortland was just outside the top 25 in Division III, receiving four votes in the NCAA rankings.

Though SVC made a strong second half push, outscoring the Red Dragons by five, it wasn't enough as Cortland went on to win 94-85.

The Red Dragons were paced by a balanced scoring attack, with three different players scoring over 20 points. Justin Cooper and Zach Lyndon led the way both scoring 23 points, while James Morales added 20.

SVC was led by senior Mike Pierre who had team-highs of 20 points and six rebounds. Freshman KJ Kinsey had 24 great minutes off the Mountaineer bench as the South Florida native felt right at home to register a season-best 18 points. Sophomore Kyle Depollar had 16 points and three boards in the effort while senior Daemond Carter notched 11 points, five assists, and three rebounds in 24 minutes of reserve time.

Southern Vermont (7-2) will play its second game — and the final contest — of the Shootout on Wednesday as the Mountaineers will line up against Carthage College for an 8 p.m. tip at Barry's Health & Sports Center.

SVC's Main honored

ATTLEBORO, Mass. — Southern Vermont College women's basketball player Maddy Main has made quite the impact in her first season playing for SVC.

Monday, she added another notch to an already impressive season as she was named the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Women's Basketball Rookie of the Week for the third time this season.

This was her second consecutive week receiving the honor.

The Bennington native had another impressive week on the a court as she came strikingly close to averaging a double-double over the Mountaineers two contests.

Main averaged 11 points, 9.5 rebounds and three assists over SVC's games against Becker Colelge and SUNY Cobleskill. She had a major impact on the defensive end of the floor as well, averaging 2.5 steals last week.

With SVC's fall semester schedule in the books, Maincurrently ranks fourth in the NECC with 15.3 points per game, which is the highest mark among league rookies.

Main and the Mountaineers will return to action after theirwinter break on Thursday, January 4 in a home game against Mount IdaCollege. Tip off is set for 1 p.m.

MAU Nordic Ski team fundraiser

BENNINGTON — The Mount Anthony Nordic ski team is running a Christmas tree pick-up fundraiser Saturday, January 6 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

MAU athletes will come to interested people's homes and take their tree away to be chopped into gardening mulch.

The team is hoping to raise $2,000 for equipment and wax.

The suggested donation to the team is $5-15, or more if you would like.

To schedule pick-up, please contact Rachel at 802-681-5177 or

Catamount wrestling sign-ups

BENNINGTON — Catamount Wrestling Club sign-ups are December 22 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mount Anthony Union High School in the cafeteria.

There is a MAU wrestling match that night against St. Johnsbury and all the wrestlers that sign up will get in free.

The starting date for the club is the first week of January.

They are also looking for volunteers to help with coaching. For more information, contact Paul Monick at 315-263-3517 or go to Facebook and search Catamount Wrestling Club.

American Poolplayers Association looking for players

BRATTLEBORO — The APA Pool League, sanctioned by the American Poolplayers Association (APA), is now forming teams throughout Windham, Windsor and Bennington counties in Southern Vermont under the guidance of the new franchisee owner, Kala Fisher.

"I'm excited to bring APA League Play back to the area. Pool is a great way to have fun while getting to know new people," said Fisher.

Each APA Pool League team consists of five to eight amateur players who compete seasonally or year-round in weekly league play. The APA's copyrighted handicap system, The Equalizer, gives amateur players the opportunity to compete equally with players of different levels of skill. By participating in weekly league play, members can qualify to compete in three Championships that award over $1.5 Million in guaranteed cash and prizes every year.

The APA, based in Lake Saint Louis, Mo., sanctions the world's largest amateur pool league, known as the APA Pool League throughout the United States,as the Canadian Pool League in Canada, and the Japanese Pool League in Japan. Nearly 250,000 members compete in weekly 8-Ball and 9-Ball league play. The APA is generally recognized as the Governing Body of Amateur Pool, having established the official rules, championships, formats and handicap systems for the sport of amateur billiards.

The APA produces three major tournaments each year — the APA World Pool Championships, the APA Poolplayer Championships and the U.S. Amateur Championship — that, together, pay out nearly $1.5 million in cash and prizes annually.

For more information or to get signed up with the APA, please contact Kala Fisher at 978-790-3251 or by email at Or you can visit the official APA website at


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