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VERMONT PRINCPALS’ ASSOCIATION HALL OF FAME – CLASS OF 2014
The Selection Committee of the Vermont Principals’ Association Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the selection of the Class of 2014. The twelve members of this year’s class have distinguished themselves in schools, on courts and fields, and among their peers. This year’s inductees include:
Activities & Athletics
Danielle “Dani” Rayner, Bellows Falls Union High School – Basketball
Jevonne “Jevi” Rayner, Bellows Falls Union High School – Basketball
Scott A. Reed, Fair Haven Union High School – Three-Sport Athlete
Steve Lewis, St. Johnsbury Academy, Three-Sport Athlete
Matt Johnson, BFA St. Albans – Basketball
Stewart Schmidt, Ludlow, Vermont Soccer Official
Coaches & Activity Directors
Jim McLaughlin, Woodstock Union High School, Football Coach
Russell Pickering, Bellows Falls Union High School, X-C Running, Track, Basketball Coach
Stephen Dowd, Essex High School – X-C Running, Track & Field Coach
Mike Gonneville, Northfield High School, Girls’ Soccer Coach
David Kinsman, Rutland High School & MSJ, Boys’ Basketball Coach
Bruce Viens, Randolph Union High School, Boys’ Basketball Coach
Robert “Squeak” Gregory, Fair Haven Union High School, Boys’ Soccer & Girls’ Softball Coach
Robert Slayton, Mt. Mansfield Union High School, Baseball Coach
The Class of 2014 will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, 100 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05602. A social hour will begin at 5:00 PM, with a meal and ceremony following at 6:00 PM. Reservation information can be found on the VPA web site at www.vpaonline.org or by contacting the VPA office at 802 229-0547.
VT State Late Model Championship Sees Changes in 2014
Labor Day Replaces Governor’s Cup
The four race Vermont State Late Model Championship series, which boasts an $11,000 point fund, will see changes in 2014. The series, which features four events split between Vermont’s only two paved oval speedways, will now include the Labor Day Classic at Barre’s Thunder Road on the schedule, instead of the Vermont Governor’s Cup as in years past.
The Vermont State Late Model Championship was created in 2012 and hosts two races each at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven and Thunder Road in Barre. Once again the series will kick off with the Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic 100 at Thunder Road on Sunday, May 25. The 1/4-mile portion of the series will conclude with the Labor Day Classic 200 on Sunday, August 31. The Labor Day event will also be the final Thunder Road Late Model point-counting event for 2014.
The Devil’s Bowl 1/2-mile will host a 100-lap event on Friday, May 30 and conclude the series with another 100-lap event during the Vermont 200 weekend on Sunday, September 14. For the third season, the Vermont State Champion will be crowned following the September event at Devil’s Bowl. Past VT State Champions were Dave Pembroke in 2012 and Nick Sweet last season, who each picked up a $2,000 point fund check.
2014 Vermont State Late Model Championship
# Day Date Event Track Laps
1. Sunday May 25 Memorial Day Classic Thunder Road 100
2. Friday May 30 Devil’s Bowl 100 Devil’s Bowl Speedway 100
3. Sunday August 31 Labor Day Classic Thunder Road 200
4. Sunday September 14 Vermont 100 Devil’s Bowl Speedway 100
ACT 2014 Schedule Released
Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) released its 2014 schedule which is highlighted by visits to nine (9) different Northeast tracks. The schedule includes a total of twelve (12) events with nine (9) Championship point counting events and three popular ‘special’ events on the calendar.
The traditional event to open the 2014 campaign on April 12-13 will once again be at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee, New Hampshire. The ACT has been visiting the 1/3 mile oval since Red and Judy MacDonald purchased the speed plant in 1987. “It is just one of those relationships that have endured throughout the past 25 years. We tried to help Red and Judy when they first started, and they have been there for us whenever we needed help over the years. This kind of relationship, in this type of business, is generally very rare, but greatly appreciated” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour, which was established in 1986.
The home of the ACT, Thunder Road International Speedbowl will host its only point counting event with the Merchants Bank 150 on opening weekend April 26-27. Next up will be the historic Spring Green 114 to be held at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway in Fair Haven, VT on Sunday, May 4. This will be the fourth opening day Spring Green event at the super fast ½ mile oval.
The teams will take a couple weeks off before returning to action at what has become a favorite track of many ACT teams, the Airborne Speedway. The first of two point counting events will be held on Saturday, May 17 at the Plattsburgh, NY oval. The final point event of the season, and second at Airborne, will be the Fall Foliage 200 on Saturday, September 27.
The month of June will see two events in the Granite State. Riverside Speedway in Groveton will hold a 150 lap race on Saturday, June 7. In one of the most memorable events of 2013, winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. from Hudson, NH said, “This bullring races unbelievably great. We had so much fun racing last year. It was white knuckle and about as close racing as you can have. I am excited about having Riverside on the schedule again.” A regular stop on the ACT Late Model Tour since 1998, the scenic White Mountain Motorsports Park (WMMP) is scheduled for an annual 150 lap event on Saturday, June 21.
One of New England’s premiere race tracks, Beech Ridge Motor Speedway (BRMS), will again present an ACT event on Saturday, August 9. The very competitive 1/3 mile seacoast Speedway has become one of the most exciting events on the annual schedule for both teams and fans. A different winner at every BRMS event for the ACT Late Models is what the record book shows. The summer visit promises to produce one of the best events of the year.
Two weeks to re-group and off to the only US-Canadian event of the year, the 5th annual CAN-AM 200 will take place at the Circuit Riverside Speedway in Ste Croix, QC. The scenic 5/8ths mile speedway sits next to the St Lawrence River and always guarantees a competitive event as the best of the Serie ACT and US teams square off for bragging rights. This event will take place on Saturday, August 23.
The US ACT competitors will also compete throughout the summer race season at three ACT sanctioned ‘special non-point events’. Three popular events will post combined purses of over a quarter million dollars ($250,000.00). The “International” at the Airborne Speedway will take place the weekend of July 20. The best of all ACT teams from both the US and Canada will be invited to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway during the NASCAR Cup Chase weekend in September for the 6th annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational. The 55th run for the Milk Bowl will be held at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT and will close out the 2014 season the weekend of October 4/5.
2014 ACT Schedule
# Day Date Track Location Laps
1 Sat./Sun. Apr-12/13 Lee USA Speedway Lee, NH 150
2 Sat./Sun. Apr-26/27 Thunder Road Barre, VT 150
3 Sun. May-04 Devil's Bowl Speedway West Haven, VT 114
4 Sat. May-17 Airborne Speedway Plattsburgh, NY 100
5 Sat. Jun-07 Riverside Speedway Groveton, NH 150
6 Sat. Jun-21 White Mountain Motorsports Park N. Woodstock, NH 150
*** Sun. Jul-20 Airborne Speedway Plattsburgh, NY 200
7 Sat. Aug-09 Beech Ridge Motor Speedway Scarborough, ME 150
8 Sat. Aug-23 Circuit Riverside Speedway St-Croix, QC 200
*** Sat. Sep-20 Bond Auto ACT Invitational at NHMS Loudon, NH 50
9 Sat. Sep-27 Airborne Speedway Plattsburgh, NY 200
*** Sat./Sun. Oct-04/05 Thunder Road Milk Bowl Barre, VT 150
*** - non-point counting events
Schedule Subject to Change
ACT Serie Quebec 2014 Schedule Released
Waterbury, VT – The American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced a nine-race schedule for the Série ACT 2014 season. Entering the eighth (8th) year of championship stock car racing, both the opening ACT event to be held May 24, 2014 and the final event, September 14, 2014 will be held at the Autodrome Ste Eustache (ASE) outside of Montreal. ASE will also host a third event on July 05, 2014.
Circuit Riverside Speedway in Ste. Croix, QC is the oldest affiliated track with ACT. Promoters Jean and Guilluame Bergeron host three events. Events will be held on May 31, 2014 and August 02, 2014. The spectacular 5/8th mile track that sits along the St. Lawrence River, just minutes from Quebec City, will also host the 5th annual Can-Am 200 on Saturday, August 23rd. The event will see the very best of the Quebec teams compete in a grueling 200 laps against the best of the ACT US teams.
Autodrome Montmagny will have an ACT event on June 07, 2014. The fast 1/3rd mile will celebrate its 25th anniversary with the traditional 250-lap race on August 30, 2014.
The popular Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallée Jonction, QC will be the fourth different track to host the ACT series. The mid-summer, July 12, 2014 event will once again be a 150-lap competition for stars of the Serie ACT.
Many of the SERIE ACT competitors will also compete throughout the summer race season at ACT sanctioned events in the US. Three popular events will post combined purses of over a quarter million dollars ($250,000.00). The “International” at the Airborne Speedway will take place the weekend of July 20. The best of the Quebec teams will also be invited to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway during the NASCAR Cup Chase weekend in September for the 6th annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational. The 52nd run for the Milk Bowl will be held at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Barre, VT and will close out the 2014 season the weekend of October 04-05, 2014.
2014 SERIE ACT SCHEDULE
# Day Date Track Location Laps
1 Sat. May-24 Autodrome St-Eustache St-Eustache, QC 100
2 Sat. May-31 Circuit Riverside Speedway St-Croix, QC 100
3 Sat. Jun-07 Autodrome Montmagny Montmagny, QC 100
4 Sat. Jul-05 Autodrome St-Eustache St-Eustache, QC 100
5 Sat. Jul-12 Autodrome Chaudiere Vallee-Jct, QC 150
*** Sun. Jul-20 Airborne Speedway Plattsburgh, NY 200
6 Sat. Aug-2 Circuit Riverside Speedway St-Croix, QC 100
7 Sat. Aug-23 Circuit Riverside Speedway - Combo St-Croix, QC 200
8 Sat. Aug-30 Autodrome Montmagny Montmagny, QC 250
9 Sun. Sep-14 Autodrome St-Eustache St-Eustache, QC 300
*** Sat. Sep-20 New Hampshire Motor Speedway Loudon, NH 50
*** Sat./Sun. Oct-04/05 Thunder Road Milk Bowl Barre, VT 150
***non-point counting event
Schedule Subject to Change
Centennial Field honored by Ballpark Digest for 2013 Ballpark Renovations
Improving fan amenities in a cost-effective manner is always a challenge for team owners. In Burlington, Vermont and Davenport, Iowa, team owners managed to pull off serious upgrades on a budget, as Centennial Field, home of the Vermont Lake Monsters (short season; NY-Penn League) and Modern Woodmen Park, home of the Quad Cities River Bandits (Low Class A; Midwest League) are the winners of the best renovations (under $1 million) for 2013 from Ballpark Digest, the leading guide to ballparks and baseball on the Internet.
In both cases, the improvements were multiyear efforts, with 2013 the first season they were available during the whole campaign. And, in both cases, the improvements were significant enhancements that featured fans first.
“It takes a serious commitment to fan comfort to take on improvements like these, and in both cases it's pretty amazing to see such upgrades cost less than a million dollars,” said Kevin Reichard, Ballpark Digest publisher. “These teams and their owners deserve recognition for going above and beyond.”
In Burlington, the Lake Monsters worked with the city on a renovation plan that included the installation of permanent seating on what had been a bare-concrete grandstand. The concrete general-admission sections in both the first- and third-base grandstands were replaced by 1,500 brand new permanent fixed seats, giving fans a more comfortable and enhanced view of the game. The backstop behind home plate was been moved out 12 feet closer to home plate and roughly 100 seats have been created in a new seating area to give fans a field level view of the action. In addition, a seating area was been created next to the visitors dugout in front of the third base grandstand. Both the home and away dugouts were been demolished and replaced with larger and more modern dugouts that are approximately 50 percent larger with more amenities than the previous dugouts. Finally, the fences surrounding Centennial Field were moved 10-20 feet closer to the playing field, decreasing the foul territory while enlarging the BBQ section down the left-field line to create more fan space for a better viewing experience.
The changes extended the life of the oldest venue in affiliated baseball. The site has been home to baseball since 1904, and officially opened on April 17, 1906 with University of Vermont's 10-4 victory over the University of Maine. The current concrete and steel main grandstand was erected in 1922, to replace the original wooden bleachers, which burned down in 1913.
“It has been fantastic to see the transformation of Centennial Field over the past two seasons,” said New York-Penn League President Ben Hayes. “The increased fan amenities, in addition to the resources committed to needed ballpark infrastructure, has ensured that Vermont Lake Monsters baseball will continue its great tradition of support in and around the Burlington, VT area for years to come.”
“The Vermont Lake Monsters are incredibly honored to have been named the recipient of the award,” said Lake Monsters Vice President Kyle Bostwick. “We are appreciative of Ray's (Vermont Lake Monsters owner Ray Pecor) commitment to Lake Monsters baseball which allowed up to do these renovations, and excited to be able to continue to provide the best in summertime entertainment to our fans.”
“Today's pro-baseball environment is sometimes too focused on the latest and the greatest,” Reichard said. “The renovation of Centennial Field, the oldest affiliated ballpark, should be noted by baseball fans everywhere as a cause for celebration.”
ABOUT THE BALLPARK DIGEST AWARDS
Each year Ballpark Digest honors noteworthy accomplishments in the baseball world, whether it be Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, independent baseball, summer-collegiate baseball or college baseball. Readers are asked to submit nominations for awards in specific categories; Ballpark Digest editors then go though the submissions (numbering some 300 pages of documentation last year). The awards cover both individual accomplishments as well as team accomplishments. This is the fifth season for the Ballpark Digest Awards. A complete listing of Ballpark Digest Awards can be found at www.ballparkdigest.com/awards.
Vermont Lake Monsters announce 2014 field staff
The 2014 Vermont Lake Monsters field staff will include a pair of new coaches with the additions of former Major League players David Newhan as manager and Tommy Everidge as the team's hitting coach, the NY-Penn League affiliate of the Oakland Athletics announced with the release of the full coaching staffs throughout the Athletics organization by Oakland.
Newhan and Everidge will join 2013 Lake Monsters pitching coach Craig Lefferts and athletic trainer Toshi Nagahara. Newhan replaces Rick Magnante, Vermont's skipper during its first three seasons as an affiliate of the Athletics (2011-13), and Everidge replaces 2013 hitting coach Lloyd Turner. Both Magnante and Turner will hold the same positions in 2014 with the Single-A Beloit Snappers of the Midwest League.
Newhan, the 14th manager in Lake Monsters history, joins the Athletics organization after serving as the hitting coach for the San Diego Padres-affiliated Lake Elsimore Storm in the Single-A California League since 2011. A 17th round selection by Oakland in the 1995 draft, Newhan made his Major League debut with San Diego in 1999 and spent parts of eight seasons with the Padres, Phillies, Orioles and Mets before ending his Major League career with the Astros in 2008.
A .253 career hitter with 23 home runs and 120 RBI in 413 career Major League games, Newhan's best season came with Baltimore in 2004 when he hit .311 with 66 runs, eight homers and 54 RBI in 95 games. The 40-year-old Pepperdine University Hall of Famer is the son of former LA Times baseball writer Ross Newhan, who received the J.G. Taylor Spink Award from the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) in 2000.
Everidge, who was drafted by the Athletics in the 10th round of the 2004 draft and hit .224 with two home runs and seven RBI in 24 games for Oakland during the 2009 season, will be making his debut as a Minor League coach. Everidge spent seven years in the Athletics minor league system, hitting .276 with 121 home runs in 800 games, before playing for the independent Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League in 2011 and 2012 before retiring.
Lefferts returns for his second season as pitching coach after the Lake Monsters finished with the second-best team ERA (3.06) in Vermont history in 2013. With a 12-year Major League career from 1983 to 1994, Lefferts rounds out an all-Major League experienced staff for the 2014 season.
The Lake Monsters will be holding a free Family Fun Fest - Proudly brought to you by Free Press Media on Saturday, November 23rd from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Blue Ribbon Pavilion at the Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, Vermont. The event will feature the fan favorite bounce castle, inflatable obstacle course, indoor wiffle ball hitting station, free McKenzie's hot dogs, new merchandise, Champ. and much more.
Thunder Road Announces 2014 Schedule
Barre, VT – Thunder Road International Speedbowl has released its 2014 stock car racing schedule. The schedule features 18 events from the end of April through the beginning of October, as is tradition at the “Nation’s Site of Excitement.” The biggest change for 2014 is the switch from Sunday “Twilight” events in early June to the return of the traditional June Thursday night events.
The season will kick off with the 16th Annual Merchants Bank 150 on the weekend of Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27. The Merchants Bank event will be the only American Canadian Tour races at the ¼-mile in 2014.
The 52nd Annual Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic will be on Sunday, May 25. This event will be the first of the 2014 Vermont State Championship events. The season will be highlighted by big Thursday nights. The Governor’s Cup 150, the second of Thunder Road’s VT State Championship events, will be on June 26 with the Northfield Savings Bank Holiday Fireworks night the following week on July 3.
The annual Times Argus Mid-Season Championship will offer double points and double action on Thursday, July 17. August will begin with the “People’s Race,” the 30th Annual M&M Beverage Enduro 200 on Sunday, August 3. August will close with the 36th Annual Labor Day Classic 200 on Sunday, August 31, which will determine the 2014 Thunder Road Late Model “King of the Road.”
The 54th season of stock car racing at Thunder Road will come to a close with the 52nd running of the People’s United Bank Milk Bowl on the weekend of October 4/5. Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen and Allen Lumber Street Stocks will crown their Champions on Milk Bowl weekend.
2014 Thunder Road Schedule
# Day Date Event
1 Sat./Sun. April 26/27 Merchants Bank 150 – ACT
2 Sun. May 25 Mekkelsen RV Memorial Day Classic
3 Thurs. June 5 Weekly Event
4 Thurs. June 12 Weekly Event
5 Thurs. June 19 Casella Waste Management Night
6 Thurs. June 26 Vermont Governor’s Cup 150
7 Thurs. July 3 Northfield Savings Bank Holiday Fireworks
8 Thurs. July 10 FairPoint Communications Night
9 Thurs. July 17 Times Argus Mid-Season Championships
10 Thurs. July 24 Safelite Auto Glass Night
11 Thurs. July 31 WDEV/Calkins Night
12 Sun. Aug. 3 M&M Beverage Enduro 200 – SS Special
13 Thurs. Aug. 7 Weekly Event – Tigers 100
14 Thurs. Aug. 14 Weekly Event
15 Thurs. Aug. 21 Weekly Event
16 Thurs. Aug. 28 Weekly Event
17 Sun. Aug. 31 Labor Day Classic 200
18 Sat./Sun Oct. 4/5 People’s United Bank Milk Bowl
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