Randolph T. Holhut

Brattleboro varsity softball coach Erin Cooke is back at the helm this season. The Bears open their season on April 12 in Northampton, Massachusetts.

Unified basketball kicks off spring sports season

-Practices began last week for spring high school sports in Vermont. Weather permitting, some teams will have their first games later this week.

Meanwhile, Unified basketball got started on April 1 when the Brattleboro Bears traveled to Springfield to face the Cosmos in Dressel Gymnasium.

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SVL announces all-star teams for Nordic, basketball

The Southern Vermont League (SVL) recently announced their all-star teams for basketball and Nordic skiing for the 2023-24 season, and several of our local athletes were honored. • Selected to the A Division girls' basketball first team was Brattleboro's Reese Croutworst. Teammates Kaitlyn Pattison and Abigail Henry received honorable...

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Local teams well-represented at North-South games

Our four local high schools were well represented at the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association's (VBCA) Senior All-Star Games at Windsor High School on March 16. Unfortunately, their presence wasn't enough as the North all-stars swept all four games. On the South's Division III-IV girls' team was Eryn Ross and...

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Lot of changes ahead for Legion baseball in Vermont

We're about three months away from the start of the 2024 Vermont American Legion Baseball season, but it's not too soon to note some big changes for the upcoming season. Tom Haley of the Rutland Herald reported last week that there will be three new teams this season in Vermont. St. Johnsbury Post 58 and Champlain Valley Baseball will be added to the Northern Division, while Ludlow's Ballard-Hobart Post 36 will join the Southern Division. Champlain Valley Baseball, which will...

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Bears fall short in bid for another state bowling title

The Brattleboro bowling team was unable to repeat as state bowling champions, as the third-seeded Bears were defeated by No. 2 South Burlington, 4-2, in the quarterfinal round of the state championship tournament on March 2 at Spare Time Lanes in Colchester. While bowlers Thomas Bell, Charlie Forthofer, Austin Pinette, and Alyssa St. Louis all competed in the individual state tournament on Feb. 24 and got a taste of the high pressure that comes with going against the top bowlers...

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Girls’ teams begin basketball playoffs

The Vermont girls' basketball playoffs began this week with road trips for three of our four local teams. • With an 11-9 record, Brattleboro ended up with the No. 9 seed in Division I and faced No. 8 Mount Mansfield (11-9) in a first-round game on Feb. 26 in Jericho. The Bears lost that game, 70-39, and we'll have the full details in next week's roundup. In their regular season finale on Feb. 24 at Fair Haven, the Bears lost,

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Bears do well in SVL freestyle races

It's tough to be a nordic skier during a winter with very little snow. As a result, the Brattleboro Bears nordic ski team hasn't had many opportunities to train on their home course at the Brattleboro Outing Club's trails at the Brattleboro Country Club. "It's hard to keep a ski team going when there's no natural snow," said Bears head coach Amanda Dixon. Warm weather and rain forced cancellation of Brattleboro's lone home meet on Jan. 26. Fortunately, when it...

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Brattleboro veterans group chapter disbands

After 23 years, Brattleboro Chapter 843 of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is disbanding. Its final meeting is set for March 14. Leonard Derby of Brattleboro, who has been the chapter's president for the past 22 years, said he recently decided to step down, and "no one was willing to take over the chapter. Our membership is aging and several members are [disabled]. That makes it tough to carry out our mission." Derby said VVA Chapter 843, which also has...

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