Roundup: Pinkus earns WPSL accolade | Sports

Roundup: Pinkus earns WPSL accolade | Sports

MANCHESTER – Former Burr and Burton athlete Grace Pinkus was named the Offensive Player of the Year for the Metro-North Division of the Women’s Premier Soccer League.

Pinkus was a member of the Vermont Fusion soccer team this summer in its inaugural season as part of the WPSL.

The 2020 Vermont girls soccer player of the year adds another accolade to her resume. Pinkus helped lead BBA to a 2016 Division I championship, scoring the winning goal for the Bulldogs on a header in double overtime.

Pinkus is currently a member of the Division I University of Massachusetts Amherst women’s soccer program. She is entering her sophomore season with the Minutemen.

Patriot Day Clinic set for Sept. 11

BENNINGTON — Castleton assistant wrestling coach Steven Forrest will be hosting the Patriot Day Clinic on Sept. 11 at KOV MMA Gym & Fitness on Sept. 11.

The clinic will start at 11 a.m. with challenge matches after 2 p.m. All wrestlers, mixed martial artists and those who practice jiu jitsu are welcome to participate.

The cost to attend is $60. Registration for the clinic will begin at 10 a.m. The cost to attend is $60.

Forrest was a member of the USA National Team in 2010-2011 and was ranked inside the top-8 nationally at the senior level on four different occasions.

KOV MMA Gym & Fitness is located at 184 North Street #1 in Bennington.

Sage hosting basketball clinic

ALBANY, N.Y. — Russell Sage College’s men’s basketball team will once again host the Boys’ Basketball Columbus Day Clinics on Oct. 11. The clinic will take place in the Kahl Gym in Albany, New York.

Russell Sage Gators’ Columbus Day Skills Clinic is designed to help players develop the skills needed to be successful in today’s competitive game of basketball. This clinic is for boys, ages 10-17 and will include offensive and defensive skills training, competitive 3 vs. 3 play, shooting contests, and individual instruction to help campers prepare for the upcoming season. The fee per camper is $65.

The “Camp Bank” will provide campers with options to purchase lunch, drinks or snacks throughout the day without the hassle of bringing money. Campers will need to bring a bag lunch with them to camp if they are not planning on purchasing lunch.

Sample Schedule

9 a.m. Stretching & warm-up

9:15 a.m. Offensive skill development I

10:30 a.m. 3 vs. 3 competitive (Learn how to score by setting and using screens)

11:15 a.m. Camp games

Noon — Lunch & camp store open

12:45 p.m. Shooting drills

1:45 p.m. Contest

2:30 p.m. Offensive skill development II

3:15 p.m. Camp games

Meet coach Barnes

Brian Barnes is in his 13th year as Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Russell Sage College. He was hired in 2008 to build the basketball program from the ground up. Sage is competing in its 12th season of NCAA Division III men’s basketball after winning the 2015 Skyline Conference Championship and earning a spot in the 2015 NCAA Tournament. Tapped as the Skyline, ECAC Metro and NABC Regional Coach of the Year, Barnes led the Gators to the most successful season in program history in 2015. His 2017 team won the Skyline regular-season North Championship. The Gators earned post-season berths in the 2020 and 2021 Empire 8 Tournaments and advanced to the league’s semifinals in 2021.

Barnes is no stranger to basketball in the Capital District, having directed sold out basketball camps and clinics at Sage for the last decade. The RSC Gator Columbus Day Skills Clinic provides a great experience and an instructional, enjoyable day of basketball, that will keep area campers wanting more!

He was a four-year letter winner and senior tri-captain for the University at Albany Great Danes. A 2003 graduate of UAlbany, Barnes went on to serve two seasons as Director of Basketball Operations prior to spending three years as the top assistant at RPI from 2005-2008.

For more information, please download the camp brochure at

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