Stratton's Mac Forehand wins Mammoth World Cup

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MAMMOTH MOUNTAIN, Calif. — Stratton Mountain School student Mac Forehand won the Slopestyle competition at the FIS World Cup hosted by Mammoth Mountain, and now leads the worldwide FIS points in Slopestyle.

The win is Forehand's first ever on the World Cup stage, though he also landed on the podium in November with a second place finish in Stubai, Austria.

At this weekend's Toyota U.S. Grand Prix, he scored 90.95 in his first run to gain the lead, and couldn't be touched in the second — the next closest finisher, Dahl Ferdinand of Norway, finished at 86.05.

Fellow American Kiernan Fagan rounded out the podium, placing third.

This win earns Forehand the Grand Prix title, while he also moves into the No. 1 spot in the global FIS points for Slopestyle.

Alongside his World Cup podiums in Mammoth and Stubai, he finished fifth alongside SMS alumna Caroline Claire in the Font Romeau World Cup and placed fourth in Slopestyle at the FIS Freeski World Championships in Park City, Utah last month.

Last spring, he dominated the junior circuit by taking first in Big Air at Junior World Championships.

Freeman helps VT win gold

BETHEL, Maine — Vermont won gold once again at the NENSA U16 Eastern Championships, and Stratton Mountain School Nordic Skier Sage Freeman helped to secure the top spot for her state with a first place win in the Team Relay, individually finishing fifth overall in a field of competitors from throughout the East.

Freeman participated in four races total, beginning with a 5K Skate race in which she earned seventh. She went on to finish 12th in the 5K classic, and eighth in the 1.5K Skate Sprint.

Four racers joined together to take on Team Relay, with one male and one female skier from each team participating in Classic and Skate respectively, and Freeman dominated the Women's Skate leg of the race to bring the team to victory. While Freeman's relay team was not the only one from Vermont in the field, their first place finish helped Vermont secure their overall win.

Overall, Freeman finished in fifth, and will compete in Fort Kent, Maine this weekend, alongside Asa Chalmers and Clarissa Pollard at the NENSA Eastern High School Championships.

Their nine peers at Junior Nationals — Conor Munns, postgraduate Sophia Laukli, Will Koch, Charlotte Ogden, Zander Martin, Nina Seeman, Gavin Blauch, Anna Lehmann and Mathias Boudreau-Golfman — are competing throughout the week in Anchorage, Alaska.

Also this past weekend, SMS Nordic's U14 skiers — Chip Freeman, Fin Bailey and Wyatt Teaford — raced in the 30K race at the Craftsbury Spring Fling, finishing together for a three-way tie in 1:34.

At the NCAA's Stratton Mountain School alumna Katherine Ogden won first overall for Dartmouth, and earned All-American status alongside alums Ben Ogden (University of Vermont) and Lauren Jortberg (Dartmouth).

Purchase tops SVC

PURCHASE,N.Y. - The Southern Vermont College women's lacrosse team played its third game in four days Monday afternoon — falling 14-5 to SUNY Purchase in non-conference action.

The Panthers held just a 3-1 run with 10 minutes left to play in the first half, but the hosts closed out the frame with five unanswered strikes to bring a seven-goal lead into the break. The Mountaineers went on a 3-1 spurt to make it a 10-4 game with 11:27 to go — only to see Purchase finish strongly and stay ahead for the win.

Mountaineer sophomore Alex Safford posted her first three goals of the year in the effort, while senior Naya Cerda and freshman Megan Macdonald each potted their first collegiate tallies.

SVC (0-3) is next in action on Friday with a 4 p.m. start at Keuka College.

Moonlight ski and dance party

WOODFORD — The Prospect Mountain Association is sponsoring a moonlight ski event on Saturday at the Prospect Base Lodge.

Doors will open at 5:30 and a full course dinner will be served buffet style around 6:15.

Following the dinner, there will be a ski out to a bonfire then desert and dancing back in the lodge.

Classic rock and roll will be provide by local favorites the "VT. Express."

Tickets are available at the door. The cost is $35 per person for non-passholders and $25 per person for passholders. Children 12 and under get in for $15.

RSVP to the even by calling 802-688-7807 or by emailing David@prospectmountain.com.

There is a maximum limit of 80 people, so RSVP today.

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.

Bennington Little League registration

BENNINGTON — Late registration and player evaluations for the 2019 season will be held on today from 6 to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Mount Anthony Union High School gymnasium.

All players ages nine and up should plan to attend one of the two dates for evaluations unless already on a major league team.

Late registrations will also be taken at this time for any players ages five through 12 in the Bennington and surrounding areas.

Questions, please contact Geoff Metcalfe @ 442-5465 or refer to our website www.benningtonlittleleague.com.


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