Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Former Vermont High School Players Receive 2014 NCAA Conference Honors

Former Vermont High School Players Receive 2014 NCAA Conference Honors

Several former Vermont high school baseball players on NCAA collegiate rosters received all-conference honors and awards in the 2014 season. 

The honorees are from the 90+ former Vermont high school baseball players to play or coach at NCAA institutions this spring. or student-athletes and coaches come from over 40 different Vermont high school programs representing all four VPA divisions from all over the Green Mountain State. 

Highlighting the honorees are Norwich sophomore Billy Whaley of Northfield who was a first team All-Great Northeast Athletic Conference selection and Castleton junior Nate Swahn of Rutland who was the Most Outstanding Player of the North Atlantic Conference Championship after leading the Spartans to the 2014 NAC title and a berth in the 2014 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship. 

2014 Conference Honors:
Billy Whaley, So, RHP/1B, Norwich (Northfield): All-Great Northeast Athletic Conference, first team
Tyler Lord, Jr., OF, Castleton (South Burlington): All-North Atlantic Conference, second team
Tyler Pelletier, Jr., SS, Lyndon State (BFA-St. Albans): All-North Atlantic Conference, second team; NAC All-Championship Team
Sam Spencer, So., RHP, Castleton, (Mt. Mansfield/West Bolton); All-North Atlantic Conference, second team
Kyle Whitworth, Sr., C, Lyndon State (Brattleboro): All-North Atlantic Conference, second team
Zac Poland, Jr., RHP, Castleton, (Rice Memorial); All-Commonwealth Coast Conference, honorable mention

Nate Swahn, Jr., C, Castleton (Rutland); North Atlantic Conference Tourney MVP, NAC All-Tournament Team
Steven Jurkiewicz, Fr., LHP, Castleton (Essex); North Atlantic Conference All-Tournament Team
Sam Matthews, Sr., RHP/IF, Lyndon State (St. Johnsbury) North Atlantic Conference All-Tournament Team
Allan White, Sr., OF, Castleton (Mill River/Rutland), North Atlantic Conference All-Tournament Team

Tom Blake, Jr., RHP, Thomas College (North Country/Coventry), North Atlantic Conference All-Academic Team
Devin Cilley, Sr., RHP/IF, Norwich (South Royalton/Tunbridge): GNAC All-Sportsmanship Team; GNAC All-Academic Team
Alex Drost, Sr., C/RHP, Colby-Sawyer (Windsor/Brownsville), North Atlantic Conference All-Academic Team
Taylor English, Sr, 1B, Endicott (Spaulding), Commonwealth Coast Conf. All-Academic Team
Ben Jenkins, Sr., P, St. Lawrence (So. Burlington), Liberty League All-Academic Team
Calvin McEathron, So, P, Middlebury (U32), NESCAC All-Academic Team
Sawyer Olson, So, P, Middlebury (Brattleboro), NESCAC All-Academic Team

Contact Bruce Bosley, VBCA executive director, with any additions to this list: bbosley.vbca@gmail.com

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Third Annual VBCA Junior Showcase A Success

CASTLETON, Vt. -- The annual Vermont Baseball Coaches Association Junior Showcase was held on Friday, June 20, 2014 at Castleton State College's Spartan Field in Castleton, Vt. and was a great success for the third straight year.

Forty Vermont high school baseball student-athletes displayed their skills and participated in a controlled game for New England and Northeast region college baseball coaches from 16 different programs from all three divisions. 

Coaches from the following collegiate programs were on hand to evaluate the prospects: Castleton State, Lyndon State, Norwich, Saint Michael's, Southern Vermont College, College of St. Joseph (Vt.), UAlbany, Plattsburgh State, Wheaton, Endicott, Nichols, St. Lawrence, Clarkson, Worcester State, Colby-Sawyer and New England College. 

Among the highlights of the prospects skills were:  fastest 60-yard time, Deegan Poland (Champlain Valley, OF);  top catcher POP time, Andrew Graziano (St. Johnsbury Academy, C) and Skylar LaFerriere (Rutland, C); top pitcher-velocity, Tyler Davis (Blue Mountain Union, RHP); and top pitcher-accuracy, Tyler Lamphere (Milton, RHP).

Special thanks from the VBCA go out to: Ted Shipley of Castleton State College for the use of his program's facility; Vermont umpires Larry Riegert and Denny Barnard for donating their time, and the head coaches and assistants from VBCA member schools that volunteered at the showcase.

For the third straight season nearly 90 former Vermont high school players from all four divisions statewide were represented on 2014 NCAA Division I, II and III baseball rosters. Many of the freshmen on 2014 rosters participated in the first VBCA Showcase in 2012. Several Vermonters earned all-conference honors or participated on teams that advanced to the NCAA Baseball Championship.

Details regarding the fourth annual VBCA Junior Showcase will be available in Spring 2015.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Updated 2014 VPA State Championship Games Schedule

Saturday, June 14, 2014:
D1 - #3 Rice Memorial vs. #5 South Burlington, Saturday at Centennial Field, Burlington - 1:00 p.m.
D3 - #1 BFA Fairfax vs. #2 Poultney, Saturday at Centennial Field, Burlington - 4:00 p.m.
D4 - #1 Blue Mountain vs. #2 Mount St. Joseph, Saturday at Centennial Field, Burlington - 7:00 p.m.

Monday, June 16, 2014:
D2 - #1 Harwood vs. #2 Mill River, Thursday at Recreation Field, Montpelier - 6:00 p.m.
(postponed from Thursday, June 12 due to inclement weather)

VBCA volunteers are needed for all four games for t-shirt sales and 50-50 raffle. Great source of income for the VBCA. If available for all or any of the games, please contact at jstetson@anesu.org or Bruce Bosley at bbosley.vbca@gmail.com

All games will be streamed live on the internet on the NFHS Network. For more information log on to: http://www.vpaonline.org/Page/200

Best of luck to all the finalists!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

3rd Annual VBCA Junior Showcase To Be Held Friday June 20, 2014 at Castleton

May 22, 2014

The third annual Vermont Baseball Coaches Association Junior Showcase will be held on Friday, June 20, 2014 at Castleton State College's Spartan Field in Castleton, Vt.  Vermont high school baseball student-athletes who are in the 11th grade in 2013-14 will have the opportunity to display their skills and participate in a controlled game for New England and Northeast region collegiate baseball coaches. The showcase will be administered by VBCA member coaches.

On-field registration for the student-athletes begins at 11:30 a.m. with the first showcase workouts beginning at noon. Rain date for the event is Monday, June 23. The cost per student-athlete is $25, payable to the VBCA. Student-athletes can contact their coach for registration forms and information, or contact Bruce Bosley, VBCA executive director, at bbosley.vbca@gmail.com or bosleyb@comcast.net. The deadline for registration is now June 17, 2014.

The second annual VBCA Underclass Showcase was held at Castleton State College's Spartan Field on June 19, 2013. Just under 50 underclass student-athletes showcased their skills in front of coaches from 12 collegiate baseball programs.

Close to 90 former Vermont high school players were represented on 2014 NCAA Division I, II and III baseball rosters. Several earned all-conference honors or participated on teams that advanced to the NCAA Baseball Championship.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Close to 90 Former Vermont High School Baseball players On 2014 NCAA Rosters

Close to 90 Former Vermont High School Baseball players On 2014 NCAA Rosters  

May 16, 2014
(updated May 27, 2014)

For at least the third straight season, close to 90 former Vermont high school baseball players were student-athletes and coaches on NCAA Division I, Division II and Division III  collegiate baseball rosters for the 2014 campaign. 

The list includes nine Vermonters with NCAA Division I programs. In all divisions, several student-athletes played on teams that earned spots in all three NCAA Baseball Championship tournaments and several others earned all-conference honors. A complete honor roll will be posted on www.vermontbaseball.org later this spring.

The list was compiled by the Vermont Baseball Coaches Association and includes several former Vermont products who are collegiate coaches with four serving as head coaches. The student-athletes and coaches come from over 40 different Vermont high school programs representing all four VPA divisions and come from all over the Green Mountain State. 

If you know of any others on NCAA rosters, please e-mail Bruce Bosley, executive director of the VBCA, at bbosley.vbca@gmail.com or bosleyb@comcast.net

NCAA Division I:
Clemson+: Mike Triller, So., OF, Rutland; 
Fairfield: George Molner, So., RHP, Twin Valley (hometown: Wilmington);  
Hartford, Ryan Carter, Sr., RHP, Proctor;  
UMass: Dylan Begin, Sr., OF, Essex;  Adam Picard, Jr., OF, Essex; Aaron Plunkett, Sr., LHP, Essex;
NJIT: Nick Swim, So., IF, BFA St. Albans; 
Siena+: Ed Lewicki, Jr., RHP, Burr and Burton (Arlington); 
South Dakota St.: Cody Sharrow, So., 3B, Mt. Mansfield (Jericho).
+team reached NCAA tournament (D-I field announced on May 26)

NCAA Division II:
Saint Michael's: Nick Barton, Sr., OF, Colchester; Nicky Elderton, Jr., OF, Rice Memorial (Shelburne); George Buteau, Jr., 1B, Burlington (South Burlington); Byron Brocar, So., RHP, Oxbow (Bradford); Curt Echo, So., RHP, Champlain Valley (Shelburne);  
Southern New Hampshire+: Sam Fuller, Jr., RHP, Spaulding (Barre).
+team reached NCAA tournament
NCAA Division III: 
Becker: Travis Giard, Fr., 2B, Milton; 
Bowdoin, Andrew Cawley, Fr, IF, Thetford Academy (Corinth). 
Castleton State+: Allan White, Sr., OF, Mill River (Rutland); Matt Ravey, Jr, RHP, Colchester; Nate Swahn, Jr., C, Rutland; Tyler Hoare, Jr., SS, Harwood Union (Waterbury); Tyler Lord, Jr., OF, South Burlington; Ethan Hanson, So., RHP, South Burlington; Conner Johnson, So., RHP, Fair Haven; Connor Kelley, So., LHP, Middlebury; Sam Spencer, So., RHP, Mt. Mansfield (West Bolton); Dylan Watts, Fr., IF, Spaulding; Josh Rylant, Fr., IF/OF, Colchester (Burlington); Michael LaBeau, Fr., RHP, Bellows Falls; Luke Salerno, Fr., RHP, Essex; Steve Jurkiewicz, Fr., LHP, Essex; Devin Hayes, Fr., RHP, Vergennes; Zach LaPerle, Fr., IF, Randolph; Zach Bahan, Fr., 3B, Mt. Anthony (Shaftsbury); Ryan Crowley, So., C, Colchester; Soren Pelz-Walsh, Fr., SS, Brattleboro (Dummerston);
Colby-Sawyer: Alex Drost, Sr., C/RHP, Windsor (Brownsville); Kyle Greenwood, Sr., OF,  Lyndon Institute (Lyndonville); Chris LeBlanc, Sr., C, Missisquoi Union (Swanton), Justin Devoid, Fr, 1B/RHP, Hartford (Quechee); 
Endicott+: Zac Poland, Jr., LHP; Rice Memorial (Essex); Taylor English, Sr., 1B, Spaulding (Barre);
Fisher College (Mass.): Scott Bigelow, Jr., RHP, Spaulding (Randolph); 
Gettysburg: Brett Harrington, Jr., RHP, Mt. Anthony (No. Bennington); 
Hamilton: David Rose, So., C/3B, Burlington; 
Husson: Darik Messier, So., 1B Lake Region (North Troy), Nate Stewart, Fr., C, North Country (Newport);
Keene State: Kevin Guild, So., RHP, Essex 
Lyndon State: Sam Matthews, Sr., RHP/IF, St. Johnsbury; Tyler Pelletier, Jr., SS, BFA-St. Albans;  Kyle Whitworth, Sr., C, Brattleboro Union; Mike Cartularo, Jr., IF/OF, Lyndon Institute (Lyndonville); Brandon Flood, Jr., RHP, Blue Mountain (So. Ryegate); Ian Murdock, Jr., 1B, Twin Valley (Wilmington)
Ian Sackett, Jr., OF, Danville; Garrett Dodge, Jr., P, Lyndon Institute (Lyndonville); Zach Hatin, So., P, Burlington; Shane LaCroix, So., OF, St. Johnsbury, Devon Rollins, So., OF, Winooski; Chris Sevigney, Fr.,  3B, Blue Mountain (So. Ryegate).
UMaine-Presque Isle:  Mitch Thayer, Fr., IF/OF, Colchester
UMass Dartmouth: Reese Tanguay, So., IF, Essex (Essex Junction); Sean Callahan, Fr., RHP, Colchester
McDaniel (Md.): Calvin Benevento, Jr., LHP, Champlain Valley (Williston)
Middlebury:  Mark Dickerson, Jr., RHP, Mt. Abraham (Bristol); Sawyer Olson, So., P, Brattleboro (Guilford); Calvin McEathron, So., P Union-32 (E. Montpelier);  Charlie Boardman, Fr., C, Rice Memorial (Burlington), Jake Stalcup, Fr., RHP, Burr and Burton (Manchester);
Norwich: Devin Cilley, Jr., IF/RHP, South Royalton (Tunbridge); Billy Whaley, So., RHP/1B, Northfield; Jeremy Quelch, Fr., 2B, Northfield; Kyle Lamorey, Fr., SS, Northfield; Kyle Farquharson, Fr., RHP, Blue Mountain (So. Ryegate);
Plattsburgh State: Matt Meunier, Sr., OF, BFA-St. Albans (Swanton);
Rivier: Eddie Soucie, So., RHP, Blue Mountain (So. Ryegate);
U. Rochester: Will Conroy, Fr., OF, Rice Memorial (Burlington);
Roger Williams: Frank Puleo, Fr., 1B, Essex; 
Salve Regina: Matt Marchica, So., LHP, Bellows Falls (Westminster);
St. Lawrence:  Ben Jenkins, Sr., RHP, So. Burlington; Frank Grady, So., RHP, Burlington;
Thomas (Me.): Tom Blake, Jr., RHP, North Country (Coventry); Casey Covey, So., C, Middlebury;
Western New England: Nick Salerno, Jr., RHP, Essex (Essex Junction)
W. Virginia Wesleyan: Brett Hakey, So., P, BFA Fairfax
+team reached NCAA tournament

NCAA Coaches: 
Clemson+: Jack Leggett, head coach, South Burlington; 
Fairfield: Bill Currier, head coach, Essex;
Lyndon State: Greg Mehuron, asst. coach, Harwood Union;
Maine:  Jason Spaulding, asst. coach, Missisquoi Valley;  
MIT+: Andy Barlow, head coach, Burlington; 
Middlebury: Mike Phelps, asst. coach, Middlebury Union; 
Plattsburgh St.: Kris Cauchon, asst. coach, Colchester; 
Saint Michael's: A.J. Dusablon, asst. coach, Burlington; 
Southern New Hampshire+:  Zach Labarron, asst. coach; Mt. Anthony
Thomas (Me.): Matt Eisenhuth, asst. coach, Leland and Gray;
+team reached NCAA tournament

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Annual VBCA Spring Baseball Clinic and State Meeting To Be Held March 15, 2014

The annual Vermont Baseball Coaches Association spring clinic and state association meeting will be held Saturday, March 15 at Essex High School. Baseball coaches at all levels are invited to attend. The clinic fee is $25 per person and registration starts at 8:30 a.m. 

Following registration and the annual state association meeting, the annual coaches clinic will be held in the Essex High cafeteria. Among the clinicians and speakers making presentations are longtime Middlebury College head coach Bob Smith and Swanton native Matt Raleigh, a standout at Missisquoi Valley Union High who went on to a standout career at Western Carolina University and in the minor leagues reaching the Triple-A level. A longtime pro baseball hitting instructor who was a mentor to major league stars Miguel Cabrera and Adrian Gonzalez, Raleigh is currently the owner and lead hitting instructor at the Raleigh Baseball Institute in Endwell, N.Y. 

All high school and amateur coaches are encouraged to become a member of the VBCA, an organization that promotes, publicizes and enhances baseball in the state of Vermont. Membership dues are $25 per school or amateur team. High School membership entitles your school's coaches and senior baseball players for post-season all-star consideration as well as participation in the annual VBCA Junior Showcase.  

Please share this notification with other baseball coaches in your community and encourage them to attend. For more information, please contact VBCA executive director Bruce Bosley at bruce@packnetwork.com or Jeff Stetson of the VBCA at jstetson@anesu.org

Updated agenda:
9:00 a.m. Annual VBCA State Meeting
-Strike Out Cancer Vermont, VPA Championships, Junior Showcase, All-League Teams and All-State Team; North-South Game; Twin State revival; umpire update (Bruce James)
10:00 a.m. Break/Umpire Q&A
Annual Clinic:
10:00 a.m. SEGMENT #1 Matt Raleigh (hitting)
10:45 a.m. UVM Club Team Update/Break
11:00 a.m. SEGMENT #2 Jeff Stetson: goals/leadership/teambuilding
11:45 a.m. Tip of the Day/Break
11:50 p.m. SEGMENT #3 Matt Raleigh (infield and Q&A)
12:35 p.m. Break
12:45 p.m. SEGMENT #4: Bob Smith, Middlebury College- indoor practice
1:30 p.m.   Clinic Wrap up

Friday, December 13, 2013

Spaghetti Dinner to Benefit Longtime Amateur Baseball Umpire George Villarini

Dec. 12, 2013

MANCHESTER, Vt. -- The Manchester area Little League and Youth Baseball organization is holding a spaghetti dinner to benefit longtime  baseball umpire  George Villarini, who is battling liver cancer. The dinner will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2013 at the Hoosick Falls Youth Center located at the Armory at 80 Church Street (Rt. 22),  Hoosick Falls, New York.

Villarini has been a long-time active member in local sports for area youths and has made many lasting impressions on friends, family, and coworkers in the community while unselfishly donating his time. 

The cost for the dinner will be $5.00 for ages five-to-12 and $10.00 for ages 13 and up. Children under ages four and under are free. Donations will be accepted if you can't make it to the dinner. Please send a check payable to Manchester Youth Baseball with 'For George' in the memo line to:

Manchester Youth Baseball
PO Box 463
Manchester VT 05255

Thanks very much for any support!  More information on this cause is available on the Manchester Youth Baseball Facebook page at: