A local competition for the NFL's Punt, Pass and Kick program was held at Otter Valley in Brandon.
The event, which was sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 55, yielded three winners who will move on to the sectionals. Joey Viner of Middlebury won the 8-9 year old boys division with a final score of 112 feet.
Hayden Gallo of Brandon won the 10-11 year old boys division with a final score of 143 feet. And Tyrus Keith, of Bristol, Vermont, won the 12-13 year old boys division with a final score of 298 feet, and 6 inches.
Congratulations to the three winners and good luck at the sectionals.
Squadron 55 would also like to thank Otter Valley Varsity football players Zak Williams and Peter Batista for helping out at the event.
We, and the kids, appreciated the time you gave us.
Lake Monsters Struggles Continue
Coming off a two day layoff the Vermont Lake Monsters dropped a one run decision to the Lowell Spinners (Boston Red Sox Affiliate) at home on Wednesday, August 18th. It was their third loss in four games and they fell to 29-27 on the year. With just 18 games left the Lake Monsters lead in the New York - Penn League's Stedlar Division was a mere game over the Connecticut Tigers.
The third place Tri-City Valley Cats (Houson Astros Affiliate) were only one and a half games back. Of their 18 remaining games, three are against Connecticut. They have no remaining regular season games against Tri-City. The next three weeks could prove to be very exciting. Fpllpwing is a report on that loss to Lowell that was mentioned above.
Bryce Brentz went 2-for-4 with a solo home run as the Lowell Spinners built an early four-run lead and held on for a 4-3 New York-Penn League victory over the Vermont Lake Monsters at historic Centennial Field.
The Spinners took a 2-0 lead in the third off Vermont starter Billy Ott, making his Lake Monsters debut after starting two games earlier this month for Single-A Hagerstown. A hit batter and two singles loaded the bases before Ott walked Brandon Jacobs to force home the first run and then Mark Wagner scored on a force out.
Brentz made it 3-0 in the fifth inning as he smacked a 2-0 pitch from reliever Ryan Demmin over the wall in leftfield for his fourth home run of the season. The Spinners added another run in the sixth as Felix Sanchez hit a groundball single to left that got past Kevin Keyes allowing David Renfroe to score from second base.
That run would prove key as the Lake Monsters scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. After Wade Moore had scored on a throwing error by relief pitcher Charle Rosario that put Vermont runners on first and second, Hendry Jimenez reached on a bunt single that scored both runs when Rosario again threw wild to first base.
Jimenez advanced to third on the throwing error with no outs, but was left there as the tying run when Blake Kelso grounded back to Rosario, Jason Martinson stuck out looking and Ronnie LaBrie struck out swinging. Vermont also had runners on first and second with one out in the seventh before two straight strikeouts. The Lake Monsters ended the night 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position, including 0-for-4 with a runner on third with less than two outs.
Ryne Miller (1-0), on a rehab assignment from Double-A Portland, earned the win for Lowell with two scoreless innings and three strikeouts in his first appearance for the Spinners. Starter Hunter Cervenka had allowed just two hits in four scoreless innings, but had also walked five Lake Monsters.
Wade Moore went 2-for-3 with a run scored and has now hit safely in each of his last 10 games started, going 17-for-36 (.472) in those 10 games. Ott (0-1) allowed two runs on three hits with four walks and three strikeouts in three innings for the loss, while Demmin two runs (one earned) on two hits with six strikeouts in four innings.
By the time you read this the high school fall sports teams will be in full practice mode. High School football teams, which began practicing on Monday, August 18th, have already put in two full weeks of work. All of the other sports started this past Monday. It wont be long before the games begin., and we will report to you how these local teams are faring, so watch out for those school busses and stay tuned.