Local auto dealer goes to the plate for youth


BRATTLEBORO -- In the spirit of community collaboration and teamwork taught through youth sports, Auto Mall, Inc. is supporting Brattleboro Little League through the Chevy Youth Baseball Program. This sponsorship will include both monetary and equipment donations during the 2014 youth baseball season.

Chevy Youth Baseball is a grassroots initiative that establishes a positive relationship between local dealers and the communities they serve. Auto Mall is sponsoring Brattleboro Little League as a part of Chevrolet's nation-wide commitment to support youth sports, one community at a time.

Over the course of the season, Auto Mall will donate equipment to the league which may include: equipment bags, baseballs, softballs, catcher's gear, batting helmets, ball buckets, umpire's equipment, coach's kits, break away bases, bat racks and first aid kits.

Thanks to Auto Mall and other participating area Chevrolet dealers, youth baseball participants will have a chance to attend a youth clinic with a local professional baseball team.

"We are looking forward to a great season with Brattleboro Little League that will be filled with exciting games and an enhanced experience for the teams through the equipment and cash donations," Andrew Sage of Auto Mall said. "Chevy Youth Baseball is just one example of how committed our dealership is to supporting the youth."

The 2014 program will provide assistance to an impressive 334 leagues in the Northeastern region and Chevrolet dealers will contribute nearly $600,000 in monetary and equipment donations.

Warner and Fitch sweep states

WESTMINSTER -- Gymnasts from Woodman Athletics competed in the Vermont State Gymnastics Meet this past weekend hosted by Vermont Gymnastics and held at the Bellows Falls high school.

Level 3's Roxanne Burt, Aliza Speno, Bree Beattie, Kali Taylor, Sara Perrin, Jade Stevens-Mills, Bay Holmes, Sophia Mikijaniec, Anya Taylor, Devi Soun, Sarah Gordon-Macey, Alex Crowder, Anja Stolper, and Sienna Sperling took second in the team competition with teammate Eva Gould there to route them on.

In the 8 year old age division Speno took first on vault, beam, and floor securing her third place all-around finish while teammate Taylor took second on vault. Perrin took first on bars and second on floor in the 9 year old age division.

In the 10 year old age division, Stevens-Mills took first on vault, second on bars, third on floor, and second in the all-around. Holmes took second on vault and third on bars and Mikijaniec took third on vault. 11 year old Soun took third on beam while teammate Gordon-Macey took second on vault. In the 12+ age division Crowder took third on bars, second on floor and third in the all-around.

Brianna Paul, Kaylin Voudren, Mei Genest, Tula Campman, Leila Young, Loren Pike, Challie Vicary, Kate Perrin, Ellie Flynn, Avery White, Julia Angell, Sarah Gallagher, and Ivy Dall took third in the level 4 team competition. In the 11 year old age division Genest took second on vault and floor and third on beam and in the all-around. Campman took first on beam with a 9.75 and the top spot on floor with a 9.55, the highest floor score of the level 4 meet in any age division.

Althea Champion and Nicolette Rivas competed in the level 6 individual competition. Champion took first on bars, second on floor, and second in the all-around in the 11-12 year old age division. Rivas took second on bars in the 13-14 year old age division.

Carly Gallivan, Cassidy Gallivan, Janie Hawthorne, and Sarah Young took second in the level 7 team competition. Gallivan is the youngest level 7 in the State of Vermont and went unchallenged in the 8-10 year old age division taking gold on all four events in the all-around with a 37.2.

Sister Cassidy took third in the all-around in the 11-12 year old age division. In the 13-14 year old age division Hawthorne took first on bars with a 9.7, second on beam, and second in the all-around while teammate Young took third on beam and floor. Carly and Hawthorne were among the top seven level 7 gymnasts in the state that qualified for the USAG Regional Competition to be held in Woburn, MA on April 26.

Woodman had one level 8 competitor, Ella Warner, who went unchallenged in her age division capturing gold on all four events and earning her title of State Champion.

Warner is the youngest level 8 in the state and had impressive performances on all four events. Her 9.425 bars score was the highest score on the event in all the age divisions combined. Warner qualified third for regionals out of all the level 8's in the state regardless of age group, earning her a spot on the Vermont Superteam.

Woodman's highest level gymnast, level 9 senior Nenah Fitch, ended her competition season with a bang by capturing gold on vault and bars earning her the title of All-around State Champion.


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