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Matt Dickerson: Fishing for No. 31 in 401

Posted on April 26, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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There’s an old saying I just made up. It goes like this: “Don’t count your stories before they hatch.”

I began incubating this story a couple weeks ago. I imagined how it would unfold, and how I might tell it. I even wrote a few paragraphs in my head. It had a pleasant and even slightly surprising beginning, and I definitely liked the imagined ending.

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Andy Kirkaldy: Not-so-trivial questions about local sports

Posted on April 19, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



It’s time for a pop quiz just to make sure all the sports fans out there (both of you?) have been paying attention. Pull out the No. 2 pencils and put away the smart phones.

Question 1: The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team won Division II championships in 2011 and 1996. What did the title games have in common?

Question 2: Derek Bartlett coached the 2011 Tiger ice hockey championship team. Who was the 1996 coach?

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Karl Lindholm: San Antonio and all that hoopla!

Posted on April 12, 2018 |
By Karl Lindholm



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It was a giant basketball party, a fiesta de hoop: just so much hoopla in San Antonio the weekend before last — March Madness, the Final Four:

And we were there.

This was the second trip to the Final Four for the four of us, a reprise of an Atlanta adventure in 2013 when we witnessed Louisville defeat Michigan in the national championship game in a cavernous football stadium, the Georgia Dome, along with 70,000 of our closest friends.

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Matt Dickerson: Short sleeves, spring snow and sweetness

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Karl Lindholm: An enterprise of the Spirit: Why play?

Posted on March 29, 2018 |
By Karl Lindholm



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I am playful when I ski (and I rarely am in everyday life). I sing when I ski — the tune dictates my speed and rhythm.

I feel weightless in heavy boots and skis attached — and heavy winter clothing covering my whole body. I almost fly when I ski.

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Matt Dickerson: Haunted fishing memories

Posted on March 22, 2018 |
By Matt Dickerson



I had just finished my best ever day of steelhead fishing and I was in the pickup truck with my guide Ryan driving back to town. I commented that days like I’d just had must get him a lot of repeat clients. It wasn’t idle banter. I was already trying to figure out when and how I might get back to that river, and I knew that Rain Coast Guides had already nearly booked most of March of 2019 more than a year in advance.

Ryan laughed. No, he said. It isn’t necessarily the great days that bring clients back. Often, it’s the lousy days.

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Andy Kirkaldy: Tigers enjoyed rare advantage; N.Y. over Boston

Posted on March 15, 2018 |
By Andy Kirklady



Time for a couple thoughts appropriate for the season. (Late winter? Early spring? March Madness?)

One of the arguments I have made to the Vermont Principals’ Association (fruitlessly) over the years in favor of having a smaller athletic Division I for Vermont High Schools is that about 10 or 12 of the big schools have not only an enrollment advantage over the smaller D-I schools, but better access to facilities and clubs.

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Matt Dickerson: Steelhead fishing and the Olympics

Posted on March 8, 2018 |
By Matt Dickerson



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A brisk wind blew off the Puget Sound. I stood on the third deck of a state-run ferry, looking west at distant snow-covered peaks of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Shades not unlike those of an October sugar maple accented the backdrop as the sun fell into the Pacific. Then my shivering got the better of me. I stepped out of the wind and into the warmth of the ferry’s enclosed deck to enjoy the view through a thick glass.

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Karl Lindholm: A century of hoop at Middlebury College

Posted on March 1, 2018 |
By Karl Lindholm



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Basketball, unlike our other major sports, has an actual creation story: our Canadian friend, Dr. James Naismith, really did invent basketball in the gym at the Springfield (Mass.) YMCA in 1891.

Only 27 years after Naismith nailed those peach baskets up in the Y, Middlebury College had a basketball team and an intercollegiate schedule.

In that inaugural season, 1917-18, the Middlebury team was undefeated, playing six games, two each against UVM, Norwich, and Saint Michael’s, outscoring their state rivals, 200-83.

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Alaska fishing guide returns to become a Vermont game warden

Posted on February 22, 2018 |
By Matt Dickerson



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One of the things Asa Sargent had to learn when he left the Green Mountain State to spend four years as a guide in Alaska, was how to know when a charging brown bear was just bluffing.

It’s not a lesson one learns growing up in Ripton, Vt., so Sargent, now 26 years old, had to trust the wisdom of the experienced guide who trained him.

It also isn’t a skill that is likely to prove useful in his new career, as a Vermont State Game Warden. However other skills from his years guiding did transfer.

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