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April 4th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — In 2012, the Middlebury College men’s lacrosse team finished with a 4-9 record and missed not only the NCAA Division III tournament for the first time in years, but also failed for the first time to qualify for the NESCAC playoffs.
But it might be fair to call that record a little misleading: The Panthers lost five NESCAC games by one goal, and another by two goals.
“I don’t think we were very far off last year,” said Coach Dave Campbell on Tuesday.
RIPTON — On March 23 and 24, Ripton’s Frost Mountain Nordic Club and Middlebury College’s Rikert Nordic Center hosted the “Grand Prix,” a championship youth Nordic skiing event that culminated a winter-long race series for athletes between the ages of 10 and 13 from Canada and the Northeastern states.
The event was held in conjunction with the Championnat Jeunesse NorAM of Joliet, Quebec, and at the conclusion North American Youth Champions were crowned, according to Frost Mountain organizer Cameron MacKugler.
TROY, N.Y. — Six members of the Addison Otters Swim Team capped off a successful winter for the club by swimming personal bests and posting strong finishes at the Adirondack Swim League Gold Championship Meet on March 15, 16 and 17.
BRANDON — Otter Valley Union High School senior Justin Owen has been added to the Vermont roster for the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl football game, said OV activities director Steve Keith this week.
Owen saw action for OV as a defensive back, running back and quarterback this past fall. He joins Mount Abraham’s Wade Steele, a lineman who attends Vergennes, and Middlebury lineman Walter Odell as local representatives on Vermont’s Shrine football team.
Whenever Middlebury hosts an NCAA men’s basketball tournament game, I buy extra tickets and wait for the phone call that always comes: “Karl, can you get me a ticket to the Middlebury basketball game?”
“Why, yes I can.”
This is a call, not so long ago, I never imagined getting. I love it. In the past, even when the Panthers were pretty good, the team played before mostly empty seats.
If Vermont Gas has learned anything from Phase I of its proposed natural gas pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury, it should have been that it’s worthwhile to do things right the first time through. In practical terms that means slowing down, making sure the public is thoroughly involved and on board as much as possible, and putting the landowners whose properties are being considered for the pipeline first and foremost in their priorities.
I have a favorite moment at Middlebury College basketball games. It’s when François Clemmons begins to sing the National Anthem.
I dreaded the Anthem when I was an athlete. I was ready to play the game. Starters had been announced and were out on the playing surface, tense, excited, full of adrenaline. Let’s go!
Then we had to wait, often for a scratchy recording, sometimes for a live singer, who sang at a funereal pace.
Sen. Tim Johnson, D-S.D., recently announced that he would not run for re-election in 2014. Johnson’s announcement could impact the career of Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy over the next two years.