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With the Vermont State American Legion Baseball Tournament going on in the Rutland area this past weekend I am again reminded that Legion baseball is far superior to high school baseball. It's too bad that it doesn't have the prestige that high school baseball does.

First of all it would be nice if the American Legion website was kept up to date. The information on the website now is about the 2013 tournament, not the 2014 tournament. Despite some faults concerning the promotion of Legion ball it is a better game for a number of reasons, a few of which are:

1. The teams are all star teams made up of area high schools and in some cases players have a year of college ball under their belts.
2. By the time Legion baseball winds down players have played up to as many as 40 games or more. Of course the play is better. The more you play the better you get.
3. The weather is better. Baseball is meant to be played in warm weather. A bulk of the high school season is played in terrible conditions...the norm is 35 degrees,windy and drizzle.
It's a better brand of baseball, period.

The crowd at St. Peter’s Field last week for the Rutland-Lakes Region tournament game was one of the biggest crowds I’ve seen there in years.

Brandon/Pittsford defeated West Rutland 3-2 on Friday at St. Peter's Field in Rutland to win the Rutland County Babe Ruth Championship
Brayden Shannon picked up the win giving up 2 runs on 5 hits with 4 strikeouts over 5 innings. Dominic McCullough picked up the save giving up no runs over 2 innings. Josh Beayon had a 2 run single in the 2nd. The infield included Derek Aines, Colby McKay, Nate Hudson and Josh Beayon. They turned in two key double plays to stop Westside threats. The coach is Jim Winslow.

This game was played right after the Rutland-Lakes Region Legion game I mentioned before and the crowd was perhaps even bigger than the crowd for the Legion game.

The 61st annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl Game is this Saturday August 2nd at 5:30 PM at Dartmouth’s Memorial Field in Hanover, New Hampshire. Among the players on the Vermont squad coached by Mike Williams of BFA-Fairfax are :Dan Blanchard, Jimmy Collins, and Mark Goyette of Mill River, Rutland’s Joe Couture, Otter Valley’s Mike Winslow and Tyler Jones, Fair Haven’s Tyler Rice , Poultney’s Sean Shepardson and Woodstock’s Tom Bauman, Sam Cole and Oliver Kaija. New Hampshire leads in the series 45-13 with 2 ties. New Hampshire won last year’s game 43-0. Vermont hasn’t won the game since 2000. The game will be broadcast on 94.5 FM “The Drive” starting at 5:10 PM.

Tom Blackbird has been named as the new varsity softball coach at Fair Haven Union High School replacing Eric Ramey.

Recently two skaters from Rutland’s Green Mountain Speedskating Club participated in the 9th annual Blainville Roller Marathon. Club coach David Manfredi of Rutland and Danica Stein of Poultney were in the 26 mile event competing in the masters classes ages 45 and up. the time limit was 2 hours and 30 minutes. Manfredi finished with a personal best 1 hour and 45 minutes and 36 seconds. Stein finished in a time of 2 hours and 4 minutes and 10 seconds which was also a personal best. Stein also competed in the half marathon 13 miles. She won silver medals in both events.

Castleton College Associate Dean for Athletics and Recreation, Deanna Tyson, is pleased to announce the hiring of Reggie Colomb, PGA member, as the head coach of Castleton Golf.

"We are very excited to have Reggie on board as our new golf coach," said Tyson. "Castleton is fortunate to hire a golf coach with Reggie's background and expertise. I look forward to watching our team compete for the conference championship and advance to the NCAA tournament in the very near future."

Colomb is a PGA member and has spent more than 30 years as an instructor to golfers at both the youth and college level. Most recently he worked with golfers at the Proctor-Pittsford Country Club and the Rutland Country Club, including members of Castleton's current golf team.

Prior to Castleton, Colomb's most extensive college coaching was as an assistant at Division II Newberry College in Newberry, North Carolina from 1999-2003. In 2002 he also had the opportunity to serve as an instructor for the USA vs. Canada International World Cup held at St. Andrews in Scotland. Colomb also worked as an assistant with Dutch Fork High School and helped lead them to the 1997-98 South Carolina State Championship.

Reggie will do a great job! He is a great choice!

Catch you next week!

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Quenneville wins at Airborne

With Devils Bowl off for the weekend several of the locals traveled to Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh for the 2nd leg of the Northern Modified Challenge series. After a 7th place finish in the first of two features Vince Quenneville the defending series champion picked up the win in the nightcap. Also of hand was John Scarborough who placed 11th and 13th. The third race in the series will be the CJ Richards Memorial on August 1st at Devils Bowl. At Albany Saratoga Friday night Jeff Strunk of Pennsylvania took home the modified feature win. In the Sportsman class it was Connor Cleveland with Joey Scarborough finishing third and Hunter Bates 4th. Jake Scarborough started in the rear of the field and finished in 15th. Robbie Speed won the Pro stock race. Randy Miller won the street stocks while Billy Duprey drove from deep in the field to finish 2nd. Albany Saratoga will be action on Wednesday night the 30th with the resumpition of Brett Hearn's Big Show 6 as well as an added 35 lap modiifed feature. Jeremy Wilder was the winner at Fonda Speedway and Brett Hearn was in victory lane at Lebanon Valley and Olden Dwyer took the win in the 358 race. Lebanon Valley modifed driver JR Heffner finished 18th on Wednesday night at Eldora Speedway in Ohio as the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ran on Tony Stewart's dirt track.

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Don Chioffi

Don's off fishing this week!

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