July 22nd, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — In 1983, the Middlebury Union High School boys’ basketball team shocked the Vermont sports world.
Despite an undefeated regular season, the Tigers were lightly regarded heading into the Division I playoffs. Almost all of their wins came against D-II teams, not against the D-I iron.
We read with renewed interest of the growth in use at Middlebury’s Ilsley Library as stated in a letter to the editor by library Director Kevin Unrath in today’s Addison Independent. The growth is impressive: In short, there are more articles being checked out and more people passing through the library’s doors than at any time in the recent past. Youth activities have also spiked, which is encouraging in this age of digital toys. (See his letter on Page 7.)
WEYBRIDGE — U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss on Thursday, July 18, sentenced former Weybridge Town Clerk Karen Brisson to two years in prison, along with an order to pay her community and its insurance company $431,812.06 in restitution. The sentence was in response to Brisson’s guilty plea to having embezzled funds from the town’s coffers over a period of at least six years.
MIDDLEBURY — With the postseason looming, the Addison County American Legion baseball team is in its most daunting stretch of the season. Due to earlier postponements, AC recently began a stretch of nine games in nine days.
AC (14-2, 13-2 in Northern Division play as of Tuesday) started off on July 12 by playing at surprise playoff contender Montpelier. Powered by a dominant pitching performance from Devin Hayes, AC jumped ahead early and held on for a 2-1 victory.
LYNDONVILLE — The Mount Abraham 11-and-12-year-old Little League softball all-star team ran the table at this past weekend’s double-elimination state tournament in Lyndonville to earn the title of Vermont champions.
Mount Abe, the District I champion, opened the tournament by drawing a bye on Thursday, July 11, and then defeated the Essex all-stars, 11-7, on Friday. On Saturday, host Lyndonville eliminated Essex, and on Sunday, Mount Abe nailed down the crown by blanking Lyndonville, 10-0.
ESSEX — Two local high school basketball all-stars and one who will play in these parts next winter helped the Vermont boys defeat New Hampshire, 89-84, in Saturday’s Twin State Basketball Classic pitting recent high school graduates from each state in games played at Essex High School.
The New Hampshire girls defeated Vermont, 61-59, despite the coaching work of Mount Abraham’s Connie LaRose. No local athletes played for the Green Mountain State.
This past sports year saw several teams, at least one from each local high school, enjoy historic seasons.
In the fall, the Middlebury boys’ soccer team earned the top seed in Division I for the first time ever.
In the winter, the Vergennes boys’ basketball team went undefeated and won the D-II crown, a feat nearly matched by the 23-1 title-winning Mount Abraham girls.
And then the Otter Valley baseball team rolled to the D-II baseball title with a 19-1 record that included a dominant playoff run.
VERGENNES — The organizers of a year-old program based in Vergennes that is intended to help seniors stay healthy and independent say it is working well as they plan to expand the effort to other Addison County sites, including Middlebury, Bristol, Shoreham and Orwell.