March 26th, 2015
So much happened in local news this week that we’ll limit editorial comments to several shorts on a few of the more interesting issues:
MIDDLEBURY — Many footpaths in the Middlebury area still lie buried under several inches of snow and ice, but a local group is making plans and eagerly awaiting spring’s thaw so they can get back to running on those trails.
Middlebury Trail Enthusiasts, as the growing group of trail runners is known, is working to connect outdoor enthusiasts with similar activity levels and goals while expanding awareness and responsible use of local trail resources, said Heather Flewelling, an MTE organizer, in a post on the group’s webpage.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Skidmore College senior and former Vergennes Union High School standout Connor Merrill capped his men’s basketball career on Saturday by scoring 15 points on six-for-nine shooting as his West All-Star team defeated the East All-Stars, 105-94, in the Reese’s NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball All-Star game.
Merrill, a 1,000-point scorer at Skidmore and VUHS, added six rebounds, an assist and a block in Saturday’s contest, during which he sank three of four three-attempts.
Until a few years ago, the Vermont Principals’ Association endorsed a straightforward system for seeding playoff teams in its four divisions.
Teams were awarded more points for winning against teams in higher divisions or on the road, and fewer points for winning against teams in lower divisions or at home.
For instance, if Division II Vergennes won a basketball game at D-I Champlain Valley Union, it would earn six points. The same win at home would earn five.
WHITTIER, Calif. — The Middlebury College men’s tennis team, ranked No. 3 in the most recent NCAA Division III poll, kept up its winning ways on its annual spring break trip to California, improving to 7-0 heading into a match played late on Tuesday.
On Sunday, the Panthers posted a pair of 9-0 victories in matches played at Whittier College over the host Poets and again in the evening against Pacific.
TUCSON, Ariz. — The Middlebury College baseball team got off to an 0-6 start in its spring break trip to Tucson, Ariz., and will hope to bounce back this weekend, still in Tucson, in a three-game set vs. NESCAC West foe Williams.
On Saturday, St. John’s of Minnesota (9-6) swept a twin bill from the Panthers, 12-4 and 17-9, as Middlebury’s season opened.
3/23 Midd. vs. Roanoke.......................... 19-4
3/23 Oberlin vs. Midd........................... 14-13
3/24 Grace vs. Midd................................. 9-8
SHENANDOAH, Texas — Middlebury College swimmers Jamie Hillas and Stephan Koenigsberger earned All-American honors at last week’s NCAA Division III swimming and diving championships in Shenandoah, Texas, an event hosted by the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.
Hillas finished sixth in the woman’s 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.18, earning All-American status for the second straight year and matching her finish in the 2014 NCAA meet.