Local roundup: Sharon Academy cancels girls basketball season due to low numbers

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Published: 12/2/2019 9:50:53 PM

SHARON — Sharon Academy canceled its girls basketball schedule Monday for the second time in three years, done in by low numbers and limited commitment.

TSA athletic director Blake Fabrikant made the announcement in an email to the schools the Phoenix would have played had the varsity campaign gone forward. In a Monday phone conversation, Fabrikant said four Sharon players will join the roster at Mid Vermont Christian in order to play this winter.

The Phoenix was supposed to start workouts Monday, but the school canceled those plans. Fabrikant also had yet to hire a coach to replace Gregg Nalette, who guided TSA the last three years, including during the program’s junior varsity-only campaign of two seasons ago.

“I’ve been going back and forth on this for two weeks,” Fabrikant said. “Last year, we went 1-19. With our move to the Southern Vermont League, our competition was going to stiffen with the Proctors and MSJs of the world (on the schedule). I was concerned from a competition standpoint but also from a coaching standpoint.

“I went back and forth on what I wanted to do. Junior varsity was an option — we did that the year before last — but I basically realized it wasn’t about wins and losses.”

Adding four Sharon players will give MVCS depth it doesn’t ordinarily have. Coach Chris Goodwin had just seven players on his varsity roster last season, yet the Eagles still posted a 15-6 record in VPA Division IV play. Fabikant also approached White River Valley and Rivendell as possible homes for his most committed basketball players, but Mid Vermont worked best from a travel and roster standpoint.

The move leaves any younger Sharon players without a competitive option, as VPA rules don’t permit a school to field an official team once it has sent players elsewhere. Fabrikant is hoping to set up something of an open-gym workout plan for those athletes, with hopes of generating interest in a return to varsity next year.

“If we had the commitment we expected, we probably would have had eight girls, and maybe four or five of them would have shown up for practice regularly,” he said. “That’s not doable.”

— Greg Fennell

COLLEGE FOOTBALL Another coach awardfor Dartmouth’s Teevens

HANOVER — Dartmouth football coach Buddy Teevens earned his second coach of the year award in a week’s time Monday when the New England Football Writers handed its University Division honor to him for the third time in his 20 years at his alma mater.

The recognition came on the same day the association announced its Division I All-New England team. The Big Green’s Niko Lalos, Zach Sammartino, Isiah Swann and Jack Traynor all made the squad.

With Teevens at the helm, Dartmouth recorded its second straight 9-1 season and claimed a share of its 19th Ivy League championship, a record for the league.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY Bowlby rookie of the week

ALBANY, N.Y. — Dartmouth freshman CC Bowlby won the ECAC Hockey women’s rookie of the week Monday.

The Edina, Minn., native helped the Big Green get a split of a weekend series with Maine on Saturday. Bowlby had a goal and two assists to lead Dartmouth to a 5-2 victory, scoring the game-winning goal in the second period with the Big Green skating shorthanded.

Dartmouth (3-6-1) visits Brown on Friday and Yale on Saturday.




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