Three locals named to Dream Dozen
BENNINGTON — Three local girls basketball players earned the top honor for underclassmen, as they were named to the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association's Dream Dozen for the 2018-19 season.
Mount Anthony junior Grace Mahar, Burr and Burton junior Carol Herbert and Arlington eighth-grader Schuylar Nolan were chosen as part of the 24 underclassmen, 12 in Division I and II and 12 in Division III and IV.
Mahar averaged 15.8 points per game and led the team in rebounding. After missing the first three games of the year, Mahar had seven 20-plus point efforts and led the Patriots, who reached the quarterfinals in Division I, in scoring.
Herbert averaged nearly 11 points a contest for the 9-12 Bulldogs and was the team's leading scorer. Nolan, in her first year on varsity, averaged about nine points a game, including 11 out of the team's 22 games in double figures. She helped the Eagles to a record of 10-12 this season.
The boys Dream Dozen will be announced soon and the players will get together on March 23 for the VBCA senior all-star games at Windsor High School.
Phillips named league MVP
CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. — Ahead of the Cambridge girls basketball state semifinal on Friday, Indians sophomore Sophie Phillips was named as the Most Valuable Player in the Wasaren League.
Phillips averaged 17 points a game this season and has more than 400 this season as she closes in on 1,000 career points.
She was joined on the first team by her twin sister, Lilly, who has averaged 15.5 points per game for a team that is 23-1 heading into the Final Four.
Hoosick Falls' Logan Thayne was also named to the first team. Thayne averaged 23.3 points per game this season, the best in the area, and helped lead the Panthers to a Class C sectional final appearance.
On the second team is Cambridge sophomore Fiona Mooney. Mooney, who was injured for the past seven games with a broken wrist, averaged almost 10 points a game before the injury.
Cambridge's Mckayla McLenithan was named as an honorable mention, she's averaged 4.6 points and was one of the top defenders for the Indians.
Hoosick Falls seniors Grace Wysocki and Lillian Hickey were also honorable mentions. Wysocki (6.3 ppg) and Hickey (7.8 ppg) were major parts of the Panthers reaching the sectional final.
MAU dominates MVL wrestling list
BENNINGTON — After winning its 31st straight state title last month, the Mount Anthony wrestling team dominated the list of Marble Valley League all-stars.
Eleven of the 14 first-team spots were filled by Mount Anthony competitors. They include: Landon Davis (106 pounds), Sam Blackman (113), Christian Burdick (120), Kyle Hurley (126), Keenan Taylor (138), Keegan Coon (145), Gage McLaughlin (152), Stephen Brillon (170), Sam Wilkins (195), Chris Mayer (220) and Hayden Gaudette (285). The other three MAU varsity wrestlers, Jack Ware, Adam Frost and Logan Sprague were honorable mentions.
The lone Burr and Burton wrestler on the list is freshman Ben Pinsonneault-Gordon at 106, an honorable mention and a New England qualifier for the Bulldogs.
The three non-Mount Anthony first-team all-stars were Fair Haven's Sam Worthing at 132 pounds, Rutland's Dakota Peters at 160 and Otter Valley's Josh Beayon at 182.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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