BRATTLEBORO -- Twenty-one teams participated in this year’s 18th annual Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary ‘Nothing But Net’ 3-on-3 basketball tournament held March 15 at Brattleboro Union High School and Middle School gymnasiums. Teams competed for prizes and prestige in this annual tournament, while the net proceeds of over $9,000 will go directly to funding scholarships to graduating seniors, continuing college students and adults seeking higher education.

"The Sunrise Rotary members work hard for months to pull this event together," says club President Jonathan Secrest. "It’s fun for us and fun for the players and spectators. The proceeds make a real difference in supporting educational scholarships."

The ‘Nothing But Net’ tournament drew four-person teams in high school and adult divisions. The grand prize for the adult division players was $100 cash. Each division winner received a medal and bragging rights.

Event chairman, Peter Carvell, said "The Brattleboro Sunrise Rotary Club has organized this 3-on-3 basketball tournament for 18 years to benefit our Scholarship Fund. As our largest fundraiser of the year, we continue to be very pleased with the success of this event." Carvell went on to say that "Brattleboro loves basketball and I greatly appreciate the support that we receive from our corporate sponsors, competitors, volunteers, and community members."

GS Precision, Pepsi and WKVT were major sponsors of the event.

First place adult division winners were Troy Snell, Ted Knutson, Loren Kelly and Jeremy Thomas in the men’s division. The high school boy winners were Garrett Hudson, Connor Eckstrom, Robin Marchese and Parker Hickey. Winner of the 3-point contest was Liam Perra. The free throw contest champion was Connor Elliot-Knaggs.

Scholarships are open to anyone in the greater Brattleboro area seeking post-secondary education. Criteria are based on financial need, academic performance, community service and a written essay. Applications will be available in the coming month at brattleborosunriserotary.org.

The Sunrise Rotary Club is an organization of 40 plus members who meet for breakfast at the Brattleboro American Legion Post 5 every Wednesday morning to socialize, network and make the world a better place. Anyone interested in joining the club should contact Will Shakespeare at 802-254-7500.

Brattleboro paddler to compete

WESTON, Mass. -- Michael Fairchild of Brattleboro has registered for the Charles River Watershed Association’s (CRWA) 32nd annual Run of the Charles Canoe and Kayak Race scheduled for Sunday, April 27. The race, which celebrates the ongoing improvements of the Charles River, draws approximately 1,200 paddlers and thousands of spectators to enjoy a day on the river full of fun and festivities.

Fairchild is entered in the Open Category of the 19-mile race.

The race features paddling races for all skill levels, from expert to beginner. The $5,000 Professional Flatwater Canoe Marathon draws elite paddlers from across the United States and Canada while the 24-mile relay race attracts many corporate teams ready for a great bonding experience. Along with those events, the 19-mile, 9-mile, and 6-mile races bring out recreational paddlers ranging in age from 11-80.

Registration remains available up to and including race day, but it is recommended that racers register now to avoid late fees. For more information on registration, becoming a volunteer, or any other aspect of the race, call 508-698-6810, e-mail rotc@crwa.org or visit www.charlesriver.org.