August 15th, 2013
NEW HAVEN — A handful of Vermonters held their own against residents from five other states on Friday night at the Addison County Fair and Field Days 2013 Armwrestling Tournament.
Vermonters winning at the Aug. 9 competition were George Sheldrick, an event co-organizer who prevailed in both left-and right-handed events; Rob Ketcham, Glen Tupper and Kayla Plouffe.
The tournament drew armwrestlers from New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Maine, as well as Vermont.
ADDISON COUNTY — Mycogen Seeds for the second straight season emerged as the Rural Softball League’s playoff champion in double-elimination postseason action that concluded on July 28.
The Addison-based team completed the regular season with a 16-2 record and the No. 2 seed in the playoffs. The team then defeated No. 1 seed Lanpher Construction of Shoreham in the final.
RUTLAND — Several members of this past spring’s successful baseball teams from Otter Valley and Vergennes union high schools played major roles as the North and South teams split an Aug. 10 doubleheader at Mount St. Joseph in the annual 2013 Vermont Baseball Coaches Association North-South Senior All-Star game.
VUHS hurler Charlie Stapleford was the winning pitcher as the North prevailed in the opener, 10-5, while OV’s Justin Owen threw three spotless innings to open the nightcap, a 5-0 victory for the South.
ST. GEORGE, Utah — Three members of Bristol’s Sodbusters Horseshoe Club — all veterans of international competition and Bristol residents — distinguished themselves with top finishes at the World Horseshoe Championships, which were held in St. George, Utah, between July 22 and Aug. 3.
Brian Simmons, a former world champion, took second in the men’s competition; Debra Brown (who was runner-up last year) finished third in the women’s competition; and defending world champion Brianna McCormick was third in the girls’ event.
So, what is the most important part of the body for an athlete?
The torso, for core strength?
The hands, so vital in virtually every sport except soccer?
The legs, critical for mobility, balance and speed?
Well, no, the answer is pretty obvious: the brain.
Sure, without generous helpings of strength, hand-to-eye coordination, quickness, agility, balance or some combination of a majority of those traits, an athlete will not excel.
This week’s writer is William J. Mathis of Goshen, a member of the state board of education, a former Vermont superintendent of schools and managing director of the National Education Policy Center.
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