February 4th, 2015
I was skeptical.
When I first heard that Middlebury College was considering an Athletic Hall of Fame, I had reservations.
A hall of fame can be a can of worms, producing as much discord as concord, as much dismay at who’s not included as celebration of who gets in.
Halls of fame are by their very nature exclusive. We preach in schools the joy of competition and the benefits of participation, but we know the most highly accomplished are not always the most highly dedicated.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s hockey team won three recent games, following up two weekend NESCAC wins by defeating another team with a high NCAA Division II ranking.
Middlebury improved to 14-2-3, 9-1-2 in NESCAC play heading into this weekend’s two league games at Connecticut.
On Tuesday, Katie Mandigo scored 43 seconds into overtime to give the No. 4 Panthers a 2-1 win over No. 3 Norwich (13-4-2).
NEW LONDON, Conn. — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team suffered a pair of NESCAC road losses this past weekend and saw their record drop to 7-8-3, 4-5-3 in conference action. The Panthers will look to bounce back at home this weekend vs. Trinity at 7 p.m. on Friday and Wesleyan at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
On Saturday, host Connecticut College scored a goal in each period and goalie Tom Conlin made 16 saves as the Camels blanked the Panthers, 3-0, to improve to 9-7-2, 6-5-1 in NESCAC play.
COLCHESTER — The Middlebury College ski team finished fourth this past weekend at the St. Michael’s Carnival. Vermont won the event with 883 points, followed by Dartmouth (716), New Hampshire (666) and the Panthers (653).
Alpine events took place at Smugglers’ Notch Resort in Jeffersonville, while Nordic races were contested at Sleepy Hollow Inn, Ski and Bike Center in Huntington.
COLCHESTER — Swimmers from the Middlebury Aquatic Club and the Addison Otter Swim Team successfully competed in their last regular season meet on Sunday at St. Michael’s College in Colchester with top finishes by several swimmers.
For Middlebury, Emerson Rice, Meghan Denton, Ivy Kate Doran, Nora Wootten, Mary Ann Eastman, Charlie Hodson, William Carpenter, Nathan Stone, Archie Milligan and Max Ratti-Bicknell each won once; Ellie Ross, Sam Wootten, and Fraser Milligan each won twice; and Thomas Denton won three of his events.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2/2 Proctor at OV.................................... Ppd.
2/3 MUHS vs. VUHS............................. 70-50
2/3 St. Albans vs. Mt. Abe.................... 98-39
2/3 Colchester vs. MUHS..................... 41-36
ADDISON COUNTY — In high school basketball play on Tuesday, the Vergennes and Mount Abraham girls posted wins, while the Middlebury girls and Mount Abe boys came up short.
The Otter Valley boys were set to host Proctor on Monday night; that game was postponed with no makeup date immediately set. The OV girls’ Monday game at Windsor was moved to this Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
The MUHS boys also hosted VUHS on Tuesday; see story on Page 1B.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team followed a split of two weekend NESCAC games with a non-league victory on Tuesday. The Panthers are 15-4, 3-3 NESCAC, heading into road games vs. league foes Colby and Bowdoin this weekend.
On Tuesday, Dylan Sinnickson and Hunter Merryman scored 27 points apiece in Middlebury’s 96-83 win over visiting Keene State (15-5) in Pepin Gym.