Coronavirus: A list of Vermont summer sporting events canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic


Summer is weeks away, but the coronavirus pandemic has already had a major effect on sporting events and leagues in Vermont.

Below is a handy list of what’s been shelved for the 2020 summer (editor’s note: Check back perodically for updates to this file):

Canceled events/seasons

Vermont Mountaineers 

• The New England Collegiate Baseball League team based out of Montpelier announced early Wednesday morning it has canceled its 2020 season “out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of their fans, their host families, their volunteers, vendors and their players and coaches,” wrote general manager Brian Gallagher wrote in a news release.

American Legion baseball

• For the first time since World War II, there will not be an American Legion baseball season in Vermont. Department commander Ron LaRose announced the news in a letter sent out earlier in April, notifying posts around the state of the decision.

Twin State Field Hockey

• The 37th annual battle between Vermont and New Hampshire senior all-stars was shelved last week, organizer and former Harwood coach Barb Burns-Maynard wrote in an email to the Free Press. The rivalry contest, which had run without a hitch since 1984, was scheduled for June 26 at St. Michael’s College.

More: 25th Annual Free Press All-State Field Hockey Team

Twin State Lacrosse

• The board of directors for the Hanover Lions canceled the 28th Byrne Cup in mid-April, organizer William H. Johnson wrote in an email to media members. The doubleheader was marked for June 20 at Hanover (N.H.) High School. It’s the first time the lacrosse showdown between recently graduated senior all-stars from Vermont and New Hampshire has been called off, Johnson said.

Twin State Soccer

• The Lions Twin State Soccer Cup was canceled in early April, according to its Facebook group page and media reports. The 46th edition was scheduled for July 18 at Rivier University in Nashua, New Hampshire.

More: The Vermont rosters for the canceled Lions Twin State Soccer Cup

What’s still on (as of now?)

Make-A-Wish Hockey Classic

• The 28th edition of the Make-A-Wish All-Star Hockey Classic tentatively remains a go at Stowe Arena on June 27. A one-day event (practice and game) between Vermont and New Hampshire senior all-stars is planned, organizer Cathy Foutz said in an email to the Free Press. The Classic has raised nearly $300,000 toward wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl

• According to its website, the 67th Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl is slated for Aug. 1 at Castleton University’s David Wolk Stadium. The gridiron all-star clash between Vermont and New Hampshire is played for the benefit of the Shriners Hospitals for Crippled and Burned Children. The game has raised nearly $5 million in its first 66 years.

Twin State Baseball

• No decision has been made yet on this year’s Twin State Baseball Classic between Vermont and New Hampshire senior all-stars. The game is tentatively slated for June 20 at the Maxfield Complex in White River Junction.

More: Vermont, New Hampshire teams announced for 2020 Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl

Vermont Lake Monsters

• With reports of an overhaul threatening the system of minor league baseball even before the pandemic hit, the Vermont Lake Monsters, affiliates of the Oakland A’s organization, could go extinct in its current form in Burlington. As of now, Vermont’s boys of summers are slated to open their New York-Penn League season at Centennial Field on June 18 vs. Tri-City.

More: BTV lawmakers: Vermont Lake Monsters should stay despite proposal to cut the team

More: Major League Baseball wants to cut minor league teams: What that means for the Vermont Lake Monsters

Thunder Road

• The “nation’s site of excitement,” Thunder Road in Barre, had its May 3 season opener postponed. The 61st season of racing at Thunder Road is slated for a May 24 start: The 58th Memorial Day Classic.

What about golf?

• Golf courses in Vermont remain closed per Gov. Phil Scott’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order. The Vermont Golf Association said Wednesday it has submitted a proposal to the governor’s office on “how golf can be played safely” in this state in the coming weeks.

The VGA’s spring fourball tournament, planned for May 2 and 3, has been scrapped. But this year’s Vermont Amateur at Stowe Country Club remains a go in July.

Contact Austin Danforth at 651-4851 or Follow him on Twitter at @eadanforth.

Contact Alex Abrami at 660-1848 or Follow him on Twitter: @aabrami5.

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