SVC men tabbed for first in NECC poll

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MARSHFIELD, Mass. — The Southern Vermont College men's basketball team is just days away from beginning its 2018-19 regular season and an attempt to defend its New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) championship.

The league released the results of its preseason poll on Thursday with the Mountaineers being tied with New England College — a newcomer to the Conference — at the top of the ranking. Southern Vermont received four of the first-place votes while NEC grabbed two of them.

SVC's first game of the year is Sunday when the team hosts the College of St. Joseph for a 1 p.m. tip-off at the Mountaineer Athletic Center.

Southern Vermont went 20-5 last year during the regular season with a 12-2 mark in league play to get the No. 1 seed in the Conference tournament. The Mountaineers then won both of their playoff games to claim their second NECC title. SVC fell to Wesleyan University in the first round of the NCAA regional — finishing with an overall record of 22-6.

The Mountaineers will be led by first-year head coach Brian J. Johnson in their run at repeating as champions.

"My expectation for this year is to continue the standard of success that has been set by previous coaches and players at Southern Vermont College," Johnson said. "We have to play for one another and play selfless SVC basketball. We understand what is expected from our program. We just have to execute our game plans, play harder than the other team, and see the fruits of our labor."

Johnson has eight players returning from the 2017-18 squad including six seniors, one junior, and a sophomore. Additionally, he welcomes in one freshman and a sophomore transfer.

"It helps tremendously to have upperclassmen who know what winning a conference championship feels like," Johnson said. "We have six seniors, and our focus is to take steps to push this program to the next level and send these seniors off the right way."

The Mountaineer head coach thinks that the boards will be one of the biggest obstacles for his team this year.

"We have to be committed to outrebounding other teams," Johnson noted. "All five players on the court have to be accountable to their teammates and rebounding collectively."

Southern Vermont begins its NECC schedule on December 4 with a 7 p.m. home tilt against Eastern Nazarene College. SVC will hold its Senior Day on February 9 in conjunction with a 1 p.m. league game against Lesley University.

Mitchell College ranked third in the poll with one of the first-place votes. Not all institutions participated in the voting.

MAU to host sports seminar

BENNINGTON — Mount Anthony Union High School will host a presentation on Thursday, November 15 on Dr. Matthew Nofziger's keys to avoiding injury this season and expert sport-specific performance tips.

The event will be led by Southwestern Vermont Medical Center's Doctors of Physical Therapy (DPT) Mark Epler, PT, DPT, CSCS; Michael Fredette, DPT, CSCS; and Certified Athletic Trainer Sarah Ludwig, DPT, ATC.

You will get the information you need to improve your endurance, speed/agility, and strength.

Athletes, coaches and parents are encouraged to attend. There will be snacks and water provided.

The event is set for Thursday, November 15 at 6 p.m. in the MAUHS auditorium.

MAU grad Anair earns postseason award



COLCHESTER — Saint Michael's College men's soccer senior Bradley Anair was selected for Google Cloud NCAA Division II Academic All-District 1 honors on Thursday, as chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Purple Knight men's soccer players have now been Academic All-District eight times, the most among all men's programs at the College.

Anair was among 11 Academic All-District 1 picks, earning the accolade as one of three midfielders on the list, and the only one from the Northeast-10 Conference. In all, five of the student-athletes hailed from the NE10. Anair, who is the first member of his program to be honored since Chris George '14 in 2012, earned an award voted upon by members of CoSIDA while advancing to the Academic All-America national ballot, which will be voted upon later this month. Academic All-America selections will be announced in December.

A starting defensive midfielder for three years, Anair aided a defense that allowed one goal or less five times this season, with three shutouts, while 13 of 16 games were decided by two goals or fewer. Anair started 46 consecutive games before suffering a career-ending injury in the Purple Knights' third-to-last game of the year. During his time as a starter, Anair helped Saint Michael's allow one goal or less 17 times with six clean sheets.

A captain as a senior, Anair adds to a list of accomplishments that includes him being named NE10 Academic All-Conference twice, qualifying two times for the Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) Academic Achievement Award, and landing NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll nods on six occasions. Anair carries a 3.93 cumulative grade-point average while majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry, and spent this past summer doing research on the nervous system of Central American Hunting Spiders at the College.

MAYAA registration

BENNINGTON — MAYAA Basketball registrations will be tonight at Bennington Elementary School from 6 to 8 p.m.

Registrations are open to any boy or girl in first through sixth grade.

If you prefer to register online you can do that now and up through Friday by going to mayaabasketball.com. Registration is $40 a player or $70 per family. No registrations will be accepted after Nov. 9. Any questions can be directed to mayaabasketball@gmail.com.

VBCA Fall Clinic

COLCHESTER — The Vermont Basketball Coaches' Association's annual coaching clinic will be on November 18 from 7:30-3:30 at the Ross Sports Center at St. Michael's College.

This year's speaker is Pete Gaudet. He will do a clinic with members of the Champlain Valley girls and Boys' teams demonstrating. Pete was head men's coach at the US Military Academy and the assistant coach at Duke, Vanderbilt, and Ohio State. When Coach Krzyzewski went down with back problems, Pete was the head coach for the rest of the season. He has been to Final Fours and NCAA Championships with Duke. His West Point teams and Vanderbilt teams have played at UVM. Pete works with Pete Newell at the highly regarded Big Man's Camp. Hi is a fine clinic speaker and a great teacher.

Included in the clinic package on November 17 is a 1:30 p.m. women's game and a 3:30 p.m. men's game vs Stonehill.

Those who register for the clinic will have tickets to the games.

More information and registration data is at www.vbca.info. Our clinic is open to anyone interested in improving their basketball coaching skills.

MAU coaching opening

BENNINGTON — Mount Anthony Union High School is seeking a Head Varsity Swimming Coach.

The swimming season begins November 26th at 2:30 at the Bennington Rec Center.

The season runs until mid-February and the team competes in 10 regular season meets.

Anyone interested in the position should contact MAU Athletic Director Ashley Hoyt at Ashley.hoyt@svsu.org or 802-447-1899 X5. Interested coaches will need to submit a resume, including swimming coaching experience. The position is open until filled.

BBA coach openings

MANCHESTER — Burr and Burton Academy is looking for coaching candidates for the following positions: Varsity Dance, JV Dance, Boys JV Basketball, Girls JV Basketball and Boys Ice Hockey Assistant.

In addition to being knowledgeable about the sport and having the ability to teach sport-specific skills, candidates should be able to provide vigorous educational experiences, teach respect for individual differences, demand the highest standards of performance and behavior, foster a mindset of perseverance, and establish a supportive and caring community.

The ideal candidate views coaching as an opportunity to help young people develop into healthy adults.Please send letter of interest, a statement of philosophy, resume, and three letters of recommendation to:Dave Miceli, Director of Athletics, P.O. Box 498 Manchester, VT, 05254.

Candidates can also email dmiceli@burrburton.org.


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