July 30th, 2014
CASTLETON — At noon on Tuesday at the Castleton State College baseball diamond, everything appeared to be in place for the Addison County team at the Vermont American Legion state championship tournament.
Late that morning, left fielder Dylan Raymond’s two-run, ninth-inning single gave AC a 7-5 win over Colchester that ran the county nine’s record in the tournament to 4-0 and eliminated the defending champion Cannons.
CASTLETON — The Addison County American Legion baseball team started strong at the Vermont tournament, which was contested starting on Thursday, July 24, at Castleton State College and Mount St. Joseph Academy in Rutland.
AC, the Northern Division’s second seed, won its first three games: on Thursday, 5-3 over South No. 3 Lakes Region; on Friday, 15-4 over North No. 4 Colchester, which had upset South No. 1 Rutland; and on Saturday, 5-4 over North No. 1 Essex.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Panthers won nine events — four by 10-year-old Thomas Denton — to finish fifth out of eight teams as they hosted the Champlain Valley Swim League championship meet in the Middlebury town pool this past Friday and Saturday.
SOUTH PLATTSBUGH, N.Y. — Brandon’s Vince Quenneville Jr. was a winner as the Northern Modified Challenge Series — normally a Devil’s Bowl Speedway fixture — made its first appearance at Airborne Park Speedway on Saturday with a pair of 30-lap feature races.
Quenneville and fellow veteran Leon Gonyo of New York each posted his first 2014 victory on the Northern Modified Challenge Series.
Here’s to my favorite Yankee — 40 years old and nearly at the end of the line.
What a fabulous career, over 20 years playing at the highest level of pro baseball, always performing with great skill and consistency, both as a hitter (over 3,000 hits, a lifetime batting average over .300) and in the field (winning Gold Gloves for defensive excellence). He is likely a first ballot Hall of Famer a few years hence.
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is holding a series of free seminars covering the basics for brand new hunters and archers.
“Starting in mid-August, we are hosting a series of seminars in different aspects of hunting to properly equip inexperienced hunters with the tools to be successful in the Vermont outdoors,” says John Pellegrini, hunter education training coordinator.
VERMONT — The winners of Vermont’s 2014 moose hunting permits were determined Thursday, July 17, at a lottery drawing in Montpelier.
Gov. Peter Shumlin, standing alongside Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter, started the computer-generated selection process that randomly picked 335 winners among more than 11,600 lottery applications.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police are seeking information about persistent vandalism at the department’s new Main Street headquarters: Chief George Merkel said there have been four incidents in which sheetrock screws have been tossed onto the station’s driveway, most recently on July 24.
Merkel said the screws have caused one flat tire, but more importantly that damage to cruiser tires poses a safety hazard for both police officers and citizens, as well as creates costs for Vergennes taxpayers.