MIDDLEBURY — This past winter featured heavy and recurring snow, but for many runners on the Middlebury Union Middle School track team that was no reason to take a break from training.
For the third straight winter a group of diehard harriers have run throughout Vermont’s coldest season, taking many runs across snowy fields on snowmobile trails. Their coaches, Karen and Rick Morris, ran with a group of up to 17 runners every Monday and Friday since the last week in October. They even met during school vacations to get in runs.
BRISTOL — Lee Hodsden, who assisted the Mount Abraham/Vergennes cooperative varsity program for the past five seasons and finished the 2014 season as its interim head coach, last week was named as the team’s new head coach.
Mount Abraham Co-Athletic Director Jeff Stetson said there were several candidates for the position most recently held by Ernie Senecal, who resigned during the season this past fall, but that a search committee decided Hodsden was the person for the job.
I was sitting in Sama’s, near the rear, with my back to the door, drinking coffee and grading papers, hard-copy, the old-fashioned way.
My neighbor entered, sat down opposite me, and asked me what I was doing.
“Reading student papers. I’m teaching a course this spring,” I explained. “I get to teach one a year in retirement.”
“So,” my neighbor asked, “what course?”
“A baseball class. It’s called, “Segregation in America: Baseball’s Negro Leagues.”
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
4/4 MUHS vs. Woodstock...................... 14-2
4/1 Midd. vs. Hamilton............................ 11-8
4/4 Midd. vs. Colby............................... 15-12
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s lacrosse team posted a pair of three-goal home wins vs. NESCAC opponents last week to improve to 9-2, 6-1 in league play. The Panthers were ranked No. 7 in last week’s NCAA Division III poll.
On April 1, the Panthers used a decisive five-goal run in the fourth quarter to defeat Hamilton, 11-8. The Continentals are 7-4, 3-4 in league play.
WATERVILLE, Maine — The Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team won a pair of recent games, including one key NESCAC contest, to improve to 9-1, 5-1 in league play. They are now ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division III and will host league foe Bates on Saturday at noon.
On this past Saturday, the Panthers defeated host Colby, 7-5, in a battle of nationally ranked teams — Colby (9-2, 4-2 NESCAC) entered the game ranked No. 2. The victory also avenged two 2014 Middlebury losses to the Mules, one in the NESCAC tournament.
MIDDLEBURY — A Burlington man on Monday pleaded innocent in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to misdemeanor charges of domestic assault and unlawful mischief, stemming from an incident in Salisbury on April 4.
Vermont State Police Trooper Joseph Szarejko investigated the incident involving Nathan I. Hansen, 28. It was at 3:34 a.m. that Szarejko responded to a report of a family fight in Salisbury, though he later learned that the alleged victim had proceeded to an East Middlebury home.
MIDDLEBURY — A Middlebury man on Monday pleaded innocent in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to a felony charge of driving under the influence, third offense, and misdemeanor careless or negligent driving, in connection with a Dec. 21, 2014, incident during which he allegedly split in two the vehicle he had driven into a tree off Route 30 in Whiting.