SMS' Fitzgerald to represent U.S. in Junior World Championships

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STRATTON — Stratton Mountain School Snowboarding athlete TJ Fitzgerald has accepted an invitation to compete in Snowboard Slopestyle and Big Air at the 2019 FIS Junior World Snowboard Championships, taking place in Kl ppen, Sweden between April 7 and 13.

Fitzgerald most recently placed first among the Pro Men in the Rail Jam Competition at Stratton's Vermont Open, alongside a third place podium in Slopestyle.

Last weekend, he finished 25th among the pro field at the Revolution Tour and FIS Nor-Am Event hosted by Mammoth Mountain, following eighth and 12th place Nor-Am finishes earlier in the season (both in Slopestyle).

Additionally, the athlete has claimed both a first and second place podium in Rail Jam and Slopestyle respectively at USASA Southern Vermont Series events this season.

Junior World Championship competitions will be held at the Kl ppen Snow Park, the National Arena for Swedish Snowboard & Freeski Teams. Fitzgerald will be joined by freeskier Montana Osinski, who will likely compete in Slopestyle and Big Air.

SMS athletes qualify for Can-Am

STRATTON—Seven Stratton Mountain School U14 Alpine athletes have qualified to compete at the U14 Can-Am races at Mont Tremblant, QC between March 28 and 31, following a great weekend at the U14 Eastern Championships in Whiteface, N.Y.

Alex Huber led the SMS results at Eastern Championships, finishing sixth in Super G, seventh in Slalom, and ninth in Giant Slalom. Knight Okie landed in the top-15 twice with a 12th place results in Suepr G and 14th in Slalom and Clarita Crespo also claimed 12th in GS and 22nd in Super G.

Cameron Johnson finished 17th in Slalom, 19th in Super G and 20th in GS, followed by Megan Yi in 23rd.

Bode Gutchess claimed 19th in GS and Simon Baron took 19th in Slalom.

In Super G, Matteo Boniviento finished 18th, while Henriette Borgia and Bronson Culver `24 earned 23rd in their respective races.

Next weekend, Clarita Crespo, Alex Huber, Knight Okie, Bronson Culver, Bode Gutchess, Cameron Johnson and Simon Baron will travel to Quebec for the U14 Can-Am races, including Super G on Friday, March 29, Giant Slalom on Saturday, March 30 and Slalom on Sunday, March 31.

SVC softball drops pair

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — The Southern Vermont College softball team wrapped up its participation in the Fast Pitch Dreams Spring Classic on Friday — first falling 8-0 to Sewanee: The University of the South before being topped 10-1 by the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Both games ended after five innings.

In the first game, Sewanee put up one run in the bottom of the first, and that would be all the Tigers needed for the win. They would add to their lead over the next three innings, however, while keeping SVC off the board for the early ending.

Southern Vermont sophomore third baseman Mackenzie Rumrill went 1-for-2 for the Mountaineers — her double in the second inning proving to spoil Sewanee's perfect game.

SVC freshman right hander Julia Whipple took the loss (2-4) from the rubber after tossing all four innings. She struck out three and gave up just three earned runs.

In the second game, the Owls brought a 4-0 advantage into the fourth inning, and that's when they opened it up with six more runs. SVC was able to get one back in the home half of the frame, but that would be all the Mountaineers could manufacture throughout the game for Presque Isle to claim its second win over Southern Vermont in as many days.

The Mountaineers (4-6) now set their sights on the beginning of New England Collegiate Conference play; SVC is slated to host Dean College Saturday, March 30 for a 1 p.m. home and league opener.

Citizens Race at Prospect

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WOODFORD — The first annual Black Fly 5K Nordic Ski Fun Race will be held at Prospect Mountain on Saturday, March 30.

The race starts at 11 a.m and there will be skate and classic races available.

It costs $10 for season pass holders and $20 for non-pass holders.

Registration will be held at the lodge the day of the race.

There will be prizes for multiple age groups.

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: www.vermontsportshall.com or e-mail the VSHOF at vermontsportshall@gmail.com.

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).

For more information, log on to: http://www.vermontsportshall.com/dinnerinfo.html

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.

For more information, please visit http://tiny.cc/2019BennMastersMeet, or email us at mike@usms.org.


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