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October 8th, 2015
BRISTOL — In a Tuesday high school girls’ soccer game that saw momentum switches, host Mount Abraham scored early and came away with a 1-0 victory after surviving stretches during which Middlebury controlled play.
Both teams entered Tuesday faring well this season after slow starts. The defending Division II champion Eagles improved to 5-6 with their fifth win in six games since falling to 1-5 with a loss at MUHS on Sept. 19. Their only setback in that streak was a 2-1 loss to D-II’s top team, Milton.
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School girls’ soccer team on Monday survived a slow start and strong second-half pressure from visiting Leland & Gray to earn a 3-2 victory and a small piece of history.
The result pushed the Otters to 7-3 and tied the 2005 team’s program record for regular-season victories — an accomplishment that comes just one year after a winless season.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College football team on Saturday improved to 2-0 with a 28-9 win over Colby (0-2) in the Panthers’ home opener. Middlebury returns to action at Amherst on Saturday.
Vs. Colby, Middlebury took a 2-0 lead when Nate Leedy blocked a punt out of the end zone for a safety at 7:58 of the first quarter. The Panthers scored again after a Colby punt put the ball at the 50. Quarterback Matt Milano hit tight end Trevor Miletich twice on the drive before a 10-yard connection to Ian Riley for the touchdown.
THETFORD — Cross-country runners from all four local high schools competed this past Saturday at the Thetford Invitational, which drew more than 1,400 athletes from more than 100 high schools around New England.
Middlebury Union runners fared the best, with the Tiger boys taking 22nd out of 63 qualifying teams in their race, while the Tiger girls finished 35 out of 53 teams with at least five runners in their event.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school field hockey action earlier this week, Otter Valley and Mount Abraham picked up victories, but Middlebury came up shorts.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Amateur Hockey Association is offering some mentoring that will enable youth hockey players to get a jump on the 2015-2016 youth hockey season and skate with the Middlebury Union High School Tigers.
MUHS hockey coaches Derek Bartlett and Matt Brush, along with high school hockey players, will run a youth clinic from Monday, Oct. 12, through Friday, Oct. 16, at the Memorial Sports Center.
The clinic will focus on skill development as well as specific hockey concepts involving offensive and defensive play.
MIDDLEBURY — The new “Recovery Rides” service addresses one of the major hurdles for people in rural areas who are seeking treatment for substance use challenges: lack of transportation.
This service, offered by Burlington Labs, is a free shuttle bus offered in Addison County.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday stopped short of endorsing NexBridge as the prospective developer of town-owned land behind the Ilsley Library, instead opting to invite the local group in to further explain its proposal for a multi-story, L-shaped building on the Bakery Lane parcel that would include retail, office and residential uses and associated parking.
NexBridge is the only team currently in the running to develop the so-called “Economic Development Initiative,” or EDI, property off Bakery Lane, behind the Ilsley.