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Sports column by Karl Lindholm: Middlebury's first family of sports

Posted on August 1, 2013 |
By Karl Lindholm



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You figured their kids would be good athletes, but it took them a while to get together.

She said that was his fault. “I had to give him an ultimatum.” He sees it differently, “It took her a long time to see that I had a couple of things going for me.”

Sue Parsons was a junior at Middlebury when she started dating Bobby Ritter, a senior. That was 1982. They were married nine years later.

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Sports Column: Friendship, fishing and philosophy

Posted on July 25, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



This past week I was able to get out fishing on three consecutive days for the first time in this summer of rain. More importantly, I was able to get out fishing with my close friend David O’Hara.

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Sports Column: Teams that stood out over the decades

Posted on July 18, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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.

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Sports Column by Matt Dickerson: Dampened: Getting wet in the outdoors

Posted on July 11, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



How do I write about the recent rain without complaining or whining?

I could just dryly state some of the facts about various state records we have set for rainfall in May and June, or about how many times above average our June rainfall was this year. But anybody living within a few hundred miles of Addison County already knows this. As one friend posted on Facebook, it only rained twice last month: once for twelve days, and once for eighteen days. I have streams flowing around my property where I have never before had streams.

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Sports column by Karl Lindholm: The pitcher's mound can be a dangerous place

Posted on July 3, 2013 |
By Karl Lindholm



Herb Score was the best young pitcher in baseball in 1955.

Possessed of a blazing fastball, Score won 16 games as a 21-year-old rookie that year and 20 the next. He led all Major League pitchers in strikeouts both years, averaging nearly 10 a game.

Score seemed destined for a brilliant career, barring injury.

Ah, that “barring injury” proviso, the intervention of fate.

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Sports Column by Matt Dickerson: Learning fishing with my father

Posted on June 27, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



I have a very clear idea of when my passion for fishing began. And it was all my father’s fault.

It was late May, three weeks before my ninth birthday. My father took me on a wilderness fishing and camping trip to the famed Allagash River in northern Maine. There was plenty of time for momentum to build in my young mind. Each of the previous four years my father had taken one of my older brothers on the trip, in alternating turns, as I impatiently awaited the age when I (the youngest of three sons) would be deemed old enough to join the rotation.

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Sports column by Karl Lindholm: Béisbol Paradiso produces another big-time talent

Posted on June 20, 2013 |
By Karl Lindholm



The name doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, like Mickey Mantle or Bo Jackson, the players he is being compared to. That’s pretty good company.

He can also be compared to the great Negro League Hall of Famers, Oscar Charleston, perhaps, or even more precisely his countrymen, Cristóbal Torriente, “The Cuban Strongboy,” or “El Inmortal” Martin Dihigo.

Meet Yasiel Puig (yah-zeal pweeg).

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Sports Column by Andy Kirkaldy: Local words of wisdom apply on the world stage

Posted on June 13, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Typically, it’s reassuring when people who know more than you agree with your point of view.

On June 8 I was covering the Vergennes-U-32 quarterfinal softball game when someone with a more than casual interest showed up, Otter Valley coach Pattie Candon. Candon’s Otters had a potential semifinal matchup with the winner of that Saturday game, and was scouting.

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Sports Column: Trout and ghosts at the upper dam

Posted on June 6, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Sports Column by Karl Lindholm: Nava not just a folk hero

Posted on May 30, 2013 |
By Karl Lindholm



Late last summer, I was chatting with Lynn and Mike McKenna in front of the Middlebury Market about the woes of the Red Sox, who were headed for last place, limping to a miserable finish.

They were waxing enthusiastic about Red Sox outfielder Daniel Nava, their favorite player.

Nava is a most unlikely major-leaguer. The Red Sox plucked him from independent ball in 2008 after playing for the Chico Outlaws of the Golden Baseball League in California. The Red Sox paid the Outlaws $1.00 (that’s right — one dollar) for the rights to sign him.

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