Stratton, BBA skiers help Vermont to Eastern crown


FORT KENT, Maine — Seven Bennington County Nordic skiers helped Vermont score a dominating win at the New England Nordic Skiing Association's Eastern championships over the weekend at the Fort Kent Outdoor Center in Maine.

Four Mount Anthony competitors — Natalie Jelley, Sarah Umphlett, Jack Drew and Noah Payne — were joined by Burr and Burton's Logan Sands and Stratton Mountain School's Sage Freeman and Asa Chalmers as part of team Vermont.

The teams competed in four events, a 5-kilometer freestyle race, a 7.5K classic, a 1.1K sprint and a 4x3.5K mixed relay.

The best individual finish of the weekend came from Freeman in the 5K freestyle, where she finished third in 16 minutes, 39.9 seconds. She was also eighth in the sprint in 3:23.08. She scored the third-most points for individuals.

Jelley was the most consistent during the weekend, with three top 15 finishes. She was 14th in the 5K in 17:09.8, 11th in the 7.5K classic in 29:11.9 and seventh in the sprint in 3:23.07. Jelley scored the fourth-most points on the weekend.

Drew had a strong weekend as well with a pair of top 15 finishes. He was 14th in the freestyle in 14:50.2 and eighth in the classic in 26:01.6.

Umphlett was consistent as well, her best finish 26th in the sprint to go with a 32nd place finish in the freestyle and 35th in the classic.

Chalmers, a junior at Stratton, had his best finish in the sprint, 18th. BBA junior Logan Sands' best finish was 43rd in the freestyle.

Noah Payne's best finish was 56th in the freestyle.

Freeman was also the anchor for the winning mixed relay, her team finishing the race in 42:38.1. Jack Drew was the opener for the second-best Vermont team, who finished sixth in 42:59.4.

Chalmers was the opening skier for the 10th place team, the third Vermont group across the line.

MVL boys all-stars

BENNINGTON — The Marble Valley League announced its all-star teams recently with many local athletes earning the honor.

From Mount Anthony, sophomore Gavin Johnson was a Division A first-team selection, while guards Austin Grogan and Brandon Anderson were both honorable mentions.

At Burr and Burton, Jake Nicholson earned first-team honors, while Patrick Forstmann, Will Frank and Tommy Baker were honorable mentions.

From Arlington, senior guard Jack Lane was a Division D first-team selection, while teammates Kolby Wilkins and Chase Hoyt were honorable mentions.

From Long Trail, Jackson Washburn was a first-team selection, while Jeremy Linfield was a honorable mention.

Swimmers named to All-Berkshire league

BENNINGTON — All-Berkshire league selections were announced recently, with many Mount Anthony swimming athletes earning the honor.

Here are the athletes that made the team: From BBA, Emily Ascuitto (backstroke in medley relay), Devin Deets (400 free relay) and Sarah Ascuitto (50 free in 200 free relay). MAU's Grace Burhans (400 free relay), Anthony Mazzola (Individual 200 IM award) and Ben Medvedev (400 free relay) all earned accolades.

Tristan Thomas received the Outstanding Senior Award in honor of Tim Mazzer, the Pittsfield co-coach who passed away earlier this season.

SMS athletes qualify for Nationals

STRATTON—Eight Stratton Mountain School Alpine athletes have qualified for the U16 National Championships, to be held in Breckenridge, Colorado between March 31 and April 4, following outstanding performances at the U16 Eastern Championships this week.

The SMS athletes to qualify were Matilde Schwenke, Anna Davis, Chloe Lathrop, Eliza Sullivan, Tess Beyer, Jacqui Culver, Jay Poulter and Erik Holm.

In the first SG race of the Championships, the SMS Alpine women stacked four athletes in the top ten, as well as two in the men's results.

Beyer landed on the podium in third, followed by Lathrop in sixth, Schwencke in eighth and Davis in 10th.

Poulter earned sixth for the men, followed by Holm in seventh.

Poulter led the SMS results in the second SG race, finishing second, and both Holm and Schwencke finished third in their respective races followed by Lathrop in seventh.

In the first Slalom race, Poulter again placed second, with Lathrop taking fourth, Holm finishing fifth and Culver placing eighth. Beyer led the second Slalom run, finishing in fifth, with Sullivan and Davis taking sixth and seventh respectively and Culver finishing 10th.

For the men, Poulter topped the podium in first with Brett Haber claiming 10th.

In Giant Slalom, Schwenke took second, Poulter finished fourth and Holm placed eighth. Overall, Poulter earned the title of U16 Eastern Champion.

This delegation of eight athletes joins the two percent of U16 skiers in the nation who qualify for Junior Nationals, and they join five Stratton Mountain School students — Olivia Holm, Diego Holscher, Lauren Abdow, and PJ Bovaconti and Sophia Holm — who will compete at the U.S. Alpine Championships (alongside U.S. Ski Team Members and SMS Alumni), also taking place at the end of March.

Their U14 counterparts take on their own Eastern Championships this weekend following winning performances at States.

Herbert, Nolan 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.

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MVL awards for girls basketball, hockey revealed

BENNINGTON — Girls basketball all-stars for the Marble Valley League and girls hockey all-stars were unveiled this week.

In the MVL Division A, Mount Anthony's Grace Mahar was named to the first team after averaging nearly 16 points a game. Burr and Burton's Carol Herbert was a first-team nod as well, averaging about 11 points a game for the Bulldogs.

Honorable mentions went to Mount Anthony's Cat Worthington, the second-leading scorer for the Patriots at almost 12 points a game, and Caroline Musinski.

BBA had a pair of honorable mentions as well, with Ashley Heaton and Grace Pinkus getting tabbed for the honor.

In Division D, three Arlington Eagles were chosen as honorable mentions — senior Kierstyn Hess, junior Haley Mattison and eighth-grader Schuylar Nolan.

Mattison led the team in scoring at 11 points a game, with Hess at nearly 10 points a game and Nolan at just under nine.

In girls hockey, four BBA players were named to the second team in Tier 3 from the coaches association, including forwards Stella Turner and Kilo Francomb, who were 1-2 in scoring, defender Miranda Eisenman, who also added five goals, and goalie Lola Herzog, who had a save percentage of nearly 90 percent.

Three BBA seniors were named to the academic all-star list, players with a 3.5 GPA or better. They were Jessica Grabher, Julia Fillion and Angelina Scarlotta.

BBA girls snowboarding takes state crown

MANCHESTER — The Burr and Burton girls snowboarding team won two of the three events and took the overall state championship at Okemo this week.

The Bulldogs were tops in the slopestyle and giant slalom events, then finished second in the halfpipe.

Individually, Hannah Callen won the GS and finished third in the slopestyle. Azurah Booth-Gage was second in the halfpipe as well.

On the boys side, Tucker Baribault won two individual events, taking the top spot in slopestyle and halfpipe.

Citizens Race at Prospect

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.

VBCA senior all-star games

WINDSOR — On Saturday, at the Windsor High School gym, the Vermont Basketball Coaches' Association will host their annual Senior All Star Game (North vs. South). In addition to the four all star games featuring the best seniors in the state, they also conduct a 3-point shooting contest to find the best boys and girls 3-point shooters in the state.

The players qualify at their team practices. At halftime of the All Star Games, the top four qualifiers will shoot for one minute.

The games start at 11 a.m. with the Division 3-4 Girls, followed by the Division 3-4 Boys at 1, the Division 1-2 Girls at 3, and the Division 1-2 boys at 5. It is a full day of basketball.

For more information, contact VBCA executive director Dave Fredrickson at 802-442-8075.

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: or e-mail the VSHOF at

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:

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.

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