February 18th, 2015
BRISTOL — A big lift from the bench helped the No. 2 Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team get past scrappy visiting No. 17 Hartford on Tuesday, 31-24, in a first-round Division II playoff game.
Freshman forward Emma Carter scored six of her game-high 13 points in the final 1:57 of the second quarter to help erase a Hurricane lead and forge a 16-16 halftime tie.
Also on the floor during that stretch and during the entire second half, during which the Eagles allowed just eight points, was junior guard Dani Forand, usually a reserve.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College ski team rode strong second-day performances by its men’s and women’s alpine skiers to finish third at its own 92nd annual winter carnival this past weekend, the squad’s best finish of this winter’s season.
The Panther ski teams will next compete at the St. Lawrence Carnival on Feb. 27 and 28. That carnival will double as the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association championships this season.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball action earlier this week, Vergennes lost and Otter Valley won in what has become a two-team duel for the Nos. 4 and 5 seeds in Division II, while Middlebury kept up its winning ways by knocking off Mount Abraham.
The teams will play their final regular season games late this week, and the Vermont Principals’ Association will announce playoff pairings on Monday morning.
I hesitate to use superlatives in writing, especially when describing any sort of sporting activity or weather phenomena. We live in an age of hyper-sensationalism when blizzards are given names and every other snowstorm is hyped up to be the storm of the decade (or century), when any athlete who makes a decent play is called a “hero,” and when a football that loses a bit of air pressure due to a drop in temperature gets national media attention for a week and prompts calls for public executions.
ORLEANS — No. 1 Lake Region ousted the No. 16 Otter Valley Union High School girls’ basketball team from the Division II playoffs on Tuesday, 51-28.
The 19-2 Rangers used a big second quarter to take a 28-12 lead at the half. The Otters made a run early in the second half and cut the lead to 10 at 30-20, but could come no closer.
Senior guard Laura Beth Roberts scored 13 to lead OV, and junior forward Amy Jones added six.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2/18 MUHS at St. Albans........................ Late
2/18 Northfield at MUHS......................... Late
2/16 OV vs. Bellows Falls................... 50-39
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team split a home-and-home series with Williams (14-6-2 and 10-5-1 NESCAC) this past weekend, and the Panthers will enter their final weekend of regular season play with a 9-10-3 record, 6-7-3 in NESCAC play.
Middlebury stands in seventh place and has clinched a NESCAC playoff berth. The Panthers will hope to move up in the standings when they play at second-place Amherst on Friday and at sixth-place Hamilton on Saturday.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s hockey team defeated NESCAC foe Williams twice this past weekend to clinch first place in the league, earn the top seed for the upcoming NESCAC tournament, and push its unbeaten streak to 15-0-3.
The 18-2-3 Panthers finished 13-1-2 in NESCAC play, are ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division III, and have one game left in their regular season — a visit from No. 2 Plattsburgh this Saturday at 3 p.m.