Monday November 19, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Figure Skating Club sent four girls to the Penguin Invitational in Springfield, Mass., on Saturday. The skaters participated in eight events and took home six first place medals, one silver and one fifth place medal.

During the Basic Skills portion of the competition, Brattleboro Figure Skating Club claimed four of its golds. Emma Fuller of Swanzey, N.H., placed first in Basic Four Compulsory and Basic Four programs. Rachel Racco of Putney placed first in both Basic Seven Compulsory and Basic Seven programs.

In the senior level of the competition, Brattleboro Figure Skating Club had a great performance against competitors from all over New England. Amelia Opsahl of Chesterfield, N.H., placed first in Pre-Preliminary Moves and fifth in Well Balance No Test program. Reagan Shippee of Vernon placed second in Interpretative Pre-Preliminary and first in Test Track Preliminary program.

Turkey Trot

The Brattleboro Turkey Trot will once again be held on Thanksgiving Day, with a one-mile kids’ race at 9 a.m., followed by a three-mile race at 9:15 a.m. Both courses are out-and-back on Upper Dummerston Road, starting and ending near the Brattleboro Country Club.

There’s no entry fee -- no money, anyway. Just bring a food item (canned good, baked goods, dessert, something Thanksgiving related, etc.). The race directors collect the food items when the runners check in and put everything in the back of a truck, and then runners pick out an item as their "award" after they finish.

If you want to be included in the official results, however, you must preregister at www.redcloverrovers.com. Those who don’t preregister can still run but won’t be given a bib number.

Participants should go to the Brattleboro Country Club parking lot to park and pick up race numbers. Runners are asked not to park along Upper Dummerston Road in order to prevent traffic problems.

College Basketball

The Castleton State College women’s basketball team won the Westfield State tip-off tournament title by beating Regis 64-51 in the semis and then taking care of host Westfield State 52-38 in the championship game. Twin Valley graduate Tarryn Bolognani scored nine points in the opener and four more in the finale.

In her first game for Nichols College, Twin Valley graduate Devon Spirka ran the show nicely -- finishing with seven points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals -- to help the Lady Bison to a 76-43 rout of Lyndon State College.

College Football

Brandon Boyle, of Springfield, was held without a touchdown for the first time in 13 games and his Castleton State College football team was sacked by St. John Fisher 63-7 in Saturday’s ECAC Northwest Championship Bowl in Pittsford, N.Y.