Reformer Roundup: 5 area grads played college baseball in 2020

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BRATTLEBORO — Just under 80 former Vermont high school baseball players were members of NCAA baseball programs for the 2020 season, which was cut short in mid-March by COVID-19. Two more are with major league organizations in spring training, awaiting possible assignments to minor league affiliates. Several others with ties to Green Mountain State high schools and colleges are on collegiate coaching staffs this season, including 10 head coaches, three at the Division I level.

Vermont student-athletes from 39 different high schools from all four high school divisions and all corners of the state, dotted the rosters of 34 college programs this year. Among the five student-athletes on Division I programs, this is the 12th straight season a former Vermont high school player played baseball at an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) school, one of the top Division I baseball conferences in the nation.

As well as the 10 collegiate head coaches, Jack Leggett, a South Burlington High School alum and longtime Clemson, Western Carolina and UVM head coach, was the head coach last summer of the 2019 USA Baseball U-18 National Team that won the silver medal at the World Championships.

Brattleboro Union High School graduates Leif Bigelow (UConn), Adam Newton (Castleton), Dan Petrie (Castleton) and Sam Ognenoff (Lyndon) were all on a college baseball team this spring, while Eric Libardoni was a Keene State College assistant coach. Twin Valley grad Joey Rafus played for the Lyndon Hornets.

Champlain Valley Union grad Rayne Supple (Colorado Rockies) and South Burlington resident Theo McDowell (Texas Rangers) are both awaiting minor league assignment.

Bicycle Ride

TOWNSHEND — Registration is now open for the annual Grace Cottage Tour de Grace. For physical distancing, the event has a different route this year. You can start and end any time between 8-10 a.m., at Grace Cottage Family Health & Hospital, 185 Grafton Road, in Townshend. The event will be held on Saturday, June 27, rain or shine.

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This year's 15-mile route goes along Route 30 from Townshend to Jamaica, partly on backwoods trails and dirt roads (see website for details). Helmets are required, and mountain bikes are recommended. Rest stops with water and snacks will be offered along the way and at the end. You can then return to Grace Cottage to celebrate your accomplishment.

This family-friendly ride is fun and allows for social distancing. Round up your family or a few friends, enjoy the beautiful scenery, get some exercise, and support Grace Cottage Hospital.

Can't make it to Townshend that day? You can do a virtual Tour de Grace on your own. Sign up via www.gracecottage.org/events and you will be sent a bib to wear. Email a photo to info@gracecottage.org with your bib number and bike, and it will be posted on the 2020 Tour de Grace Facebook page.

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You can register at www.gracecottage.org/events. Pre-registration is $30 per rider; $40 after June 25 and on the day of the event. The first 100 riders will get a Tour de Grace performance t-shirt (t-shirt not included for virtual riders).

For more information, email info@gracecottage.org or call 802-365-9109.

Gymnastics Camp

BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department is now taking Brattleboro resident registrations for Summer Gymnastics Camp with Amanda Montgomery at the Gibson-Aiken Center for ages 5-13. Beginning Monday, registrations for non-Brattleboro residents will be accepted.

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Those interested are asked to mail in their registration and payment to the Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department, PO Box 513, Brattleboro, VT, 05031. In person registration is available, but only by appointment and masks will be required. Call the Brattleboro Recreation and Parks Department Office at 802-254-5808 for more details. The number of camp participants will be limited and will be on a first come first serve basis. All registrations must be made in advance at the main office, and will not be accepted at the camp location.

The fee is $100 for Brattleboro residents and $115 for non-Brattleboro residents for weeks two through six. The fee is $65 for Brattleboro residents and $80 for non-Brattleboro residents for weeks one and seven.

Camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon (sharp). There will be a short break halfway through camp each day and children are asked to bring a nutritious snack and water bottle. Participants should wear tight-fitting clothing.

Classes will be held as follows: Week 1: June 24-26, Week 2: July 6-10, Week 3: July 13-17, Week 4: July 20-24, Week 5: July 27-31, Week 6: Aug. 3-7, Week 7: Aug. 10-12.

If there are special needs required for this program, let the Recreation and Parks Department know by five days in advance. For all programs and events, visit www.brattleboro.org. For more information, call 802-254-5808 or stop by the Recreation and Parks Department Office at 207 Main Street, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon or 1-5 p.m.

Hockey games are scratched

The Make-A-Wish All-Star Hockey Classic Committee has announced that the 2020 games, set for June 27, have been officially canceled due to Covid-19 and the necessary restrictions placed on indoor recreation facilities, and prohibitions of contact sports and gatherings of groups of people. Brattleboro Union High School forward Anthony Palomba and coach Eric Libardoni were both selected to the Vermont men's team.


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