October 15th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — On Tuesday, two of the top girls’ soccer teams in both Division II and the Lake Division met for the second time this fall, and for the second time Mount Abraham defeated Middlebury, 1-0, with the Eagles’ strong defense and a goal by senior midfielder Stephanie White making the difference.
BRISTOL — After 15 years with the Mount Abraham Union High School football program, almost seven years as its head coach, Ernie Senecal resigned this past week.
Both Senecal and Mount Abe Co-Athletic Director Jeff Stetson cited “personal reasons.” But Senecal acknowledged that some of those reasons came because of “some of the things that have been said about me,” citing complaints about his leadership and treatment of some athletes, complaints that he said were unfair.
ADDISON COUNTY — In high school soccer action earlier this week, the Mount Abraham and Otter Valley boys and Vergennes girls all lost close contests.
The Mount Abraham and Middlebury boys also were set to face each other on Wednesday after the deadline for this edition of the Independent, while the VUHS boys were scheduled to travel to Missisquoi and the OV girls to host Burr & Burton at the same time.
HINESBURG — Host Champlain Valley dealt the Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team a 2-0 setback on Tuesday.
The Eagles dropped to 6-7, while CVU improved to 9-3-1 despite a combined seven saves from Eagle goalies Danielle Morse and Samantha Bruce. The Redhawks, locked into second place in Division I, will visit Middlebury on Thursday as the regular season concludes for both teams.
VERMONT — The Vermont Sports Media Association has named Champlain Valley Union High School’s Autumn Eastman as its High School Female Athlete of the Year and Rochester High’s Pavin Parrish as its Male High School Athlete of the Year.
VERMONT — The Vermont Sports Media Association has chosen 16-year-old St. Albans swimmer Peter Mikheyev as its August Athlete of the Month.
Mikheyev outpolled six other nominees for the honor in statewide balloting of VSMA members. Each was first nominated by a VSMA member for his or her outstanding efforts in August.
CLINTON, N.Y. — The Middlebury College field hockey team won two NESCAC road games this past weekend. The Panthers (11-1 overall, 7-1 NESCAC) were ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division III last week and will host Bates on Saturday at 11 a.m.
On this past Sunday, the Panthers topped host Hamilton, 7-0, although it took them 15 shots and almost 30 minutes to score their first goal. That came on a corner, when Shannon Hutteman controlled the rebound and found Catherine Fowler for the score with 7:44 left in the first half.