Groeger’s gang improves to 7-5


BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro varsity baseball team blanked Fair Haven 9-0 on Tuesday and then outscored Hartford 4-2 on Friday.

"We’re coming along," said BUHS coach Chris Groeger, whose team lost its first three games of the season and now has a 7-5 record.

Tied 1-1 with Hartford, Ryan McAuliffe belted a three-run home run in the fifth frame. Chris McAuliffe, Rob Heileman and Kassidi Ramirez all had a pair of hits in that contest, including two triples by Chris McAuliffe. Heileman (2B) and Jimmy Mills (SS) turned a couple of double plays behind Ramirez, who fanned seven, walked two and struck out two to pick up the win.

Danny Richardson (5 K’s, 1 BB, 4 hits) earned the victory against Fair Haven. Hunter Smith and Mills each had two hits in that game, while the McAuliffe brothers combined for three runs batted in.

"We’re getting consistent hitting from Chris McAuliffe, Heileman and Ramirez," noted Groeger.

The 7-5 Colonels will host defending Division 2 state champion Otter Valley today and then take on Keene, N.H., on Tuesday. Currently leading Division 1 are: BFA-St. Albans (10-1), CVU (9-2), Middlebury (6-3), Rice (7-3) and Burlington (7-4).

Track and field

LANGDON, N.H. -- Sixteen teams were represented at the Connecticut Valley Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Fall Mountain.

On the girls side, Brattleboro’s Gwen Harris, Danielle Wood and Catey Yost all set personal records in their only individual event, and Nevada Powers set a personal record in the high jump. All of the BUHS girls’ times and heights met state qualifying standards.

On the boys side, Brattleboro’s John Lonardo, Declan King and Ryan Gilligan set personal records. Lonardo threw 14 feet further than his previous best in the discus, Gilligan dropped seven seconds in the 3200 after running a 5:05 first mile, and King improved by six inches in pole vault.

Brattleboro girls results: Gwen Harris -- fourth in the 400; Danielle Wood -- sixth in the 200; Catey Yost -- 11th in the 3200; Nevada Powers -- fifth in the high jump, seventh in the 3200 and 10th in the 1600; the 4x100 relay team of Powers, Harris, Yost and Wood -- seventh in 56.63 seconds.

Brattleboro boys results: Ryan Gilligan -- sixth in the 3200; John Lonardo -- seventh iin the discus; Declan King -- 8th in the pole vault; Jonathon Burdo -- ninth in the 110 hurdles; Josh Parro -- fourth in the long jump and fifth in the triple jump; Tyler Clement -- 10th in the 100 and 11th in the 200.

Golf Benefit

WILMINGTON -- Now in its fifth year, Grace Cottage Hospital’s Tee It Up for Health golf benefit that helps to support Grace Cottage Hospital’s Patient Care Fund will take place on Saturday, June 21, at Hermitage Golf Club at Haystack Mountain.

The tournament, organized this year by Grace Cottage Hospital volunteer Elizabeth Walker, starts with a buffet lunch at noon and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded, including longest drive, closest to pin, lowest and highest-scoring teams, and many more, and there will be a hole-in-one car provided by Brattleboro Subaru. The player fee is $125, and this includes lunch, greens fees, golf cart, a windbreaker jacket, and an awards dinner served in the clubhouse following the tournament.

The Tee It Up for Health Event sponsor is The Richards Group; Silver sponsors are Linda Barber, Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, Lawrence & Lober Electric, Inc., Multiview Corporation, and People’s United Bank; hole sponsors (to date) are Dead River Company, Hickey Alignment & Repair, Howard Printing, Northeast Delta Dental, Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC, Putney General Store & Pharmacy, Southern Vermont Podiatry, West River Valley Dental, and The Windham Foundation. Business sponsors are Lawton Floor Design and Advance Notice Advertising.

The Hermitage Golf Club at Haystack Mountain, designed by acclaimed architect Desmond Muirhead in 1972, is located at 70 Spyglass Drive in Wilmington; visit www.hermitage for more information about the course.

Registration closes at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18. For more information about becoming a sponsor for this event or playing on a team, call Andrea Seaton at 802-365-9109, e-mail at, or visit www.grace (you can register online).

Brattleboro Heat

BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Heat are looking for dedicated girls aged 13-14 as of Jan. 1, 2014, to play travel softball. The Heat play 4-5 travel tournaments each year in Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire. The Heat are an ASA registered team and are looking for 4-5 girls to round out their roster. If you are interested in playing competitive softball, ontact Albert Wood at 802-380-0413 ( or Mark Bodin at 802-342-2170 ( You can also visit the team’s website at The deadline to register is May 23.


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