Vermont’s high school baseball season ended this week, which means American Legion baseball season isn’t far behind.
All seven Southern Division teams from last season return this year with Brattleboro Post 5 and Bellows Falls Post 37 competing with Bennington Post 13, Manchester Union Underground, Lakes Region, Rutland Post 31 and White River Junction Post 84.
Brattleboro, the 2021 state runner-up, started their season June 14 at Manchester Union Underground and opens their home season June 19 at Tenney Field with a doubleheader against Lake Region. Eric Libardoni returns as manager.
Bellows Falls begins its season with a homestand at Hadley Field with its opener on June 21 against Lake Region and scheduled games against Rutland Post 31 (June 23) and Bennington Post 13 (a doubleheader on June 26).
After the sudden death last fall of manager Bill Lockerby, his assistant Shawn Burke will lead the Post 37 this season.
Brattleboro and Bellows Falls will have their first meeting of the season July 2 in a doubleheader at Tenney Field.
The Vermont American Legion Baseball Tournament will once again be based in Rutland County this summer. It is scheduled to start July 27 at Castleton University’s Spartan Field, the Lake District’s summer home, and Rutland’s St. Peter’s Field, the home park of Rutland Post 31.
Rec. The department offers a full range of summer programs for young people
• The Brattleboro Recreation & Parks Department has a full program of youth activities planned for this summer. To register for these programs, stop by Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Gibson Aiken Center on Main Street, or go online to register1.vermontsystems.com/wbwsc/vtbrattleboro.wsc/splash.html.
Here are just a few of what’s available this summer:
• Tennis camp for 11-15 year olds this summer at the Harris Tennis Courts at Living Memorial Park. The girls will have their camp June 20-24, 3:30-5 p.m., while the boys will have their camp July 11-15, 3:30-5 p.m. The fee is $110 for Brattleboro residents and $125 for non-residents. . Led by Coach Ed Powers, campers will learn proper technique, play games and focus on becoming a great tennis player. No experience necessary. Equipment loans are available to new players on a limited, first-come, first-served basis.
• A track and field program for youth ages 6 to 14 will be offered June 21 to July 21, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6 to 7 pm at the Brattleboro Union High School track. Fee is $35 for Brattleboro residents and $50 for non-residents, and includes a t-shirt. Participants will take part in various races and events ranging from individuals to small groups. Dashes, sprints, middle distance races, race relays, long jumps, etc. This group meets three times a week and at the end of the season, participants have the opportunity to participate in the VRPA Track & Field Meet if they fall within the age requirements.
• The Hoop It Up Basketball Camp with Jay Cudworth and Todd Bell will be held June 27-July 1 at the Gibson-Aiken Center third floor gymnasium. The camp is co-ed for youth entering grades 1-8. Fee is $100 for Brattleboro residents and $115 for non-residents, which includes a t-shirt for each attendee. For those entering grades 1-4, camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon and will emphasize motor skill development and give each child the opportunity to practice specific skills in a structured and fun. The camp for those entering grades 5-8 runs from 1-4 p.m. and will emphasize motor skill development and provide opportunities to practice team skills in game situations.
• BUHS varsity coaches and players will lead a field hockey camp for youth in grades 3-8. This camp will be held on Tuesday evenings from June 28 to August 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., at West River Park on Route 30. Fees are $60 for Brattleboro residents and $75 for non-residents. residents. The camp is for players of all skill levels. Coaches will work with campers on the fundamentals and improve their knowledge of the game. Bring your own stick, goggles, mouth guards, shin guards and water bottle. A limited number of sticks will be available for those who don’t have one.
• A boys’ lacrosse camp led by Chris Sawyer and BUHS varsity lacrosse players will be offered to players in grades 3-8 from June 29 to August 3. Camp will be held at West River Park on Wednesdays from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Fee is $55 for Brattleboro residents and $70 for non-residents. Participants will be trained in the fundamentals of lacrosse, with personal attention to improving skills and knowledge of the game. Campers should come with cleats/sneakers, a bottle of water, a lacrosse stick, and a snack.
• Morgan Derosia and Brianna Paul will lead a girls lacrosse camp for grades 3-8. It will run from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays between June 29 and August 3 at West River Park. The fee is $55 for Brattleboro residents and $70 for non-residents. Participants will learn a few skills and drills and work on the fundamentals and knowledge of the game. Bring your stick, goggles, mouth guard, water bottle, and cleats/trainers.
• A softball camp for grades 3-8, led by Jay Cudworth, will be offered the week of July 25-29 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Living Memorial Park lower field. The fee is $125 for Brattleboro residents and $140 for non-residents. By emphasizing the fundamentals, the camp will help participants develop good habits and technique. All participants should come with a glove, sneakers/cleats and a bat if you have one, and provide a snack for a morning break.
• The baseball camp, led by Jay Cudworth and Chris Groeger, will take place over two sessions on the lower field of Living Memorial Park. The first session, for 7-10 year olds, will take place from July 11 to 15. The second session, for 11-14 year olds, will take place from July 18 to 22. Both sessions will run from 9 a.m. to noon. The fee is $125 for Brattleboro residents and $140 for non-residents. Coaches will train participants in the basics of baseball. Each camper will receive personal attention to help them improve their skills using good play habits. All participants should bring a glove, sneakers/cleats, water and a bat if you have one.
• The gymnastics camp takes place at the Gibson-Aiken Center for 5-13 year olds. The camp weeks will run as follows: Week 1: July 5-8 (4 days), Week 2: July 11-15, Week 3: July 18-22, Week 4: July 25-29, Week 5: August 1 to 5 and week 6: August 8 to 12. Since the first week is only four days long, the fee for that week is $88 for Brattleboro residents and $103 for non-residents. Fees for weeks two through six are $110 for Brattleboro residents and $125 for non-residents. Camp runs from 9 a.m. to noon (sharp times), Monday through Friday. Participants should bring a nutritious snack, a bottle of water and wear fitted clothing.
• The Voltage soccer camp, for ages 5 to 14, will be offered July 5-8, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and August 1-5, 9 a.m. to noon, at West River Park Field on Route 30. Fees are $135 for Brattleboro residents and $150 for non-residents. Discounts are available if desired for multiple children/weeks of Voltage Camp. All participants are required to bring their own shin guards and water bottle. Particular attention will be given to teaching good ball control habits and movement techniques in difficult drills and simulated match situations, as well as conditioning methods to prevent injury and improve coordination and flexibility.
• Skateboard camp at Perseverance Skate Park at Living Memorial Park will be offered July 25-29, 9 am to noon, for ages 8-12. The fee is $100 for Brattleboro residents and $115 for non-residents. Participants should bring sneakers, a snack, water, a skateboard and a helmet. Elbow and knee pads are recommended.
• The mountain bike camp, for students in grades 4 to 8, led by Michael Davern and Nate LaChance, will take place from August 22 to 26 (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) from 5 pm to 7 pm. Participants will meet at the Living memorial Park-Lower Parking Parcel. The fee for this program is $60 for Brattleboro residents and $75 for non-residents. Participants must have their own bike. Campers will learn to ride further and with more confidence, and will also learn how changes in body position, footwork and where they look affect how their bike handles. Hikes will cover local terrain and trails.
Congratulations to senior athletes
• It was a good spring for two senior athletes from Windham County.
Newfane’s Rosalind Fritz set two world records at the America Power Lifting Competition, held in Brattleboro at Supreme Fitness on April 30.
Fritz, 74, set the world record in his age group for deadlift and bench press. She lifted 205 pounds in the deadlift event and 90 pounds in the bench press, breaking her own national records she had set in the past.
And Gurudharm Singh Khalsa of West Dummerston won the singles gold medal at the National Senior Games Association’s annual pickleball tournament on May 14. A rookie on the national stage, Khalsa went undefeated in his 70-74 age group of 26 players.