Digging up some history

In the Banner on Friday, I wrote a feature on Southern Vermont College men’s basketball player DeShawn Hamlet. With the Mountaineers set to host the New England Collegiate Conference tournament starting tonight, I wanted to dig up a bit of the past for the blog.

When coach Dan Engelstad took the job at SVC, he called me itching to talk about the team. I laughed at first, but accepted his offer for lunch. Nearly two basketball seasons later, I’m glad I did. Engelstad has been an incredible coach to work with, always willing to talk about the team and, most importantly, dishing out answers that have something to them. He is a Division I coach down at the Division III level, and SVC caught an extremely lucky break when they snagged him for his first head coaching gig.

Here’s what I wrote about him after that first meeting.

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One of those nights

Whew.

Has everyone caught their breath yet from Hoosick’s Wasaren League-winning game yet?

The flurry of games like those mean some quotes and thoughts get left on the cutting-room floor. The basics have been covered: Andrew Hoag’s performance, Greenwich’s incredible effort from 3-point range, that rather dumbfounding final 33 seconds

Goodness, I forgot to mention that Austin Pitt made the last field goal for Hoosick Falls, making it 50-44, and Andrew Hoag ended up with the game-winning free throws for the Panthers.

Check after the jump for some more thoughts, and a few more quotes, from Wednesday.

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Thoughts and notes from a Saturday in Manchester

Well now, that was an eventful Saturday, wasn’t it?

All across Bannerland coverage, basketball teams picked up critical wins that showed a lot about what we can expect as the playoffs roll around. But while the MAU girls and Hoosick Falls boys were busy sending notice in Hoosick, I spent my afternoon in Manchester looking at a much different kind of statement.

The statement that hard work pays off.

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Records are meant to be broken…

Passing along some news from Twin Valley today. Yesterday, coach Buddy Hayford became the all-time winningest coach in the state when his Twin Valley side dispatched Bellows Falls 8-0.

He is now 346-108-31 as a coach.

Why is this record important?

It was a local coach who previously held the record.

Legendary Arlington coach John Werner is the man Hayford passed to take the record.

Check the story from our sister paper in Brattleboro. Shane Covey asked Hayford about Werner.

Five questions with Pat Cody

Back for another installment of the “Five Questions” series, this week we talked with Mount Anthony Union High School senior goalkeeper Pat Cody, who had just wrapped up winning his second Lee Goldsmith Memorial Soccer Tournament championship.

MAU goalie Pat Cody plays the ball out of the back during Saturday's Lee Goldsmith Memorial Soccer Tournament.

MAU goalie Pat Cody plays the ball out of the back during Saturday’s Lee Goldsmith Memorial Soccer Tournament.

See the interview after the jump

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Thoughts from the Goldsmith Tourney

The official start to soccer season isn’t until Thursday, but over the weekend the unofficial start of the high school season happened at the Lee Goldsmith Memorial Soccer Tournament at Willow Park.

Hosted by Mount Anthony, the event is in honor of Lee Goldsmith, a MAU soccer alum who passed away in 2009 after a battle with cancer.

The Lee Goldsmith trophy.

The Lee Goldsmith trophy.

This year’s edition, the sixth, featured teams from MAU, Burr and Burton, Hoosick Falls, Rutland and Long Trail, with MAU and Rutland each having two sides.

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Going back to 2005

A little later than last week, but here are two more photos I dug out of the archive for #tbt. Both photos come from the 2005-2006 school year.

The first photo is of legendary Mount Anthony Union High School wrestling coach Scott Legacy. When I first saw this photo, I had to do a double-take to make sure I was seeing the same Scott Legacy I knew from this year.

Second is a Hoosick Falls bowler, Mr. Jake Colliano.

Enjoy the photos? Got some you want to share? Send them my way! gsmith@benningtonbanner.com

Mount Anthony wrestling coach Scott Legacy watches a match during the 2005-2006 season.

Mount Anthony wrestling coach Scott Legacy watches a match during the 2005-2006 season.

Hoosick Falls bowler Jake Colliano right before he bowls (I think) a strike.

Hoosick Falls bowler Jake Colliano right before he bowls (I think) a strike.

Five questions with SVC men’s basketball coach Dan Engelstad

Welcome to another first in a series of weekly ideas that Adam and myself will be rolling out as fall sports start inching closer: Five questions with…

The idea is simple: We ask people five questions. The who depends on the week and what is going on in the sports world.

For the first post, we sat down with Southern Vermont College men’s basketball coach Dan Engelstad. While Engelstad has been busy trying to pull in new players for his program next winter, he has also been leading a basketball camp for area kids.

Southern Vermont College men's basketball coach Dan Engelstad (right) demonstrates a drill during a basketball camp last week.

Southern Vermont College men’s basketball coach Dan Engelstad (right) demonstrates a drill during a basketball camp last week.

Catching him between drills, I picked his brain on a couple of burning topics.

Check more after the jump

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Who doesn’t like a little #tbt?

Ah, everyone’s favorite day on social media has hit the pages of Banner Sports #Extra.

In an effort to keep building up the blog, we are introducing #tbt (Throwback Thursdays) to help us remember some of our favorite sporting moments from the past.

The idea is simple: Every Thursday, we will pick out a few photos and toss them up on the blog. Execution, however, is always a bit more difficult.

Yes, we have a lot of photos stored away in the hallowed halls of the Banner, but we could always use more!

If you dig up any old photos and want to have them featured, just send the photo (and a caption) to gsmith@benningtonbanner.com with the subject line: throwback thursday.

Hope you guys enjoy the photos we dig up!

Southern Vermont College men's basketball alum Nick Harrington glides through the air for a dunk. The picture, originally taken by former sports editor Adam White, was taken in either 2007 or 2008. This year, Harrington was named to the SVC athletics Hall of Fame.

Southern Vermont College men’s basketball alum Nick Harrington glides through the air for a dunk. The picture, originally taken by former sports editor Adam White, was taken in either 2007 or 2008. This year, Harrington was named to the SVC athletics Hall of Fame.

 

Legendary Mount Anthony Union High School track coach Steve Zemianek. The picture taker and the date are unknown. Zemianek coached the MAU track team for 25 years, and the track around the football field is named in his honor.

Legendary Mount Anthony Union High School track coach Steve Zemianek. The picture taker and the date are unknown. Zemianek coached the MAU track team for 25 years, and the track around the football field is named in his honor.