September 17th, 2014
This week’s writer is Bill Schubart, a Vermont entrepreneur, author and commentator on VPR. He writes about Vermont and the nation in fiction, humor and opinion pieces.
MIDDLEBURY — There is no question the Middlebury College football team will have a different look this fall.
Between 2007 and 2013, first Donald McKillop for four years and then McCallum Foote for three seasons locked down the quarterback position and took turns rewriting the Panther record books — they combined to throw for 16,831 yards with 139 touchdown passes over 53 games, numbers that put them among NCAA Division III’s elite statistically.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s soccer team picked up a much-needed victory on Tuesday, 1-0 over visiting Plattsburgh.
The Panthers, who reached the NCAA Division III semifinal round a year ago, were coming off a 3-0 NESCAC loss at Connecticut College on Saturday that had dropped them to 2-2, 0-2 in the league. Earlier, they had fallen at home to league foe Amherst, 1-0, after surrendering an own goal while outshooting the Jeffs, 18-6.
WEST HAVEN — Middlebury driver Todd Stone clinched both his second straight Devil’s Bowl Speedway track title and NASCAR Vermont state championship on Sunday with two fourth-place finishes in the track’s top Bond Auto Parts Modified division. Sunday’s race card concluded the West Haven track’s asphalt track season.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school field hockey games, all played on Tuesday, Middlebury and Otter Valley won on the road, but Mount Abraham fell at home.
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent high school soccer action, the Middlebury Union girls improved to 4-0 for the first time in at least two decades, the Tiger boys broke into the win column, and the Mount Abe girls moved over .500, but the Vergennes and Otter Valley girls and Eagle boys came up short. The VUHS boys were idle earlier this week.
When I moved to Addison County 25 years ago, two of my priorities were finding good local fishing and finding a good local fishing-and-outdoor store. The latter of these proved easier. Vermont Field Sports was already a well-established fixture in Middlebury in the fall of 1989. Dick Phillips opened the store in 1982 with 700 square feet of space in the Red School House building on Route 7 South.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s soccer team won twice last week to improve to 2-0-1, 1-0-1 in NESCAC play. The Panthers will host league foe Bowdoin on Saturday at noon.
On Sept. 10, Middlebury’s Adam Glaser scored twice and added an assist as Middlebury posted a 4-0 home victory over Norwich, outshooting the Cadets, 22-2.
Middlebury scored 13:43 into play. Glaser set up Luis Echeverria’s first career goal on a give-and-go play that started just outside the Cadet box.