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Sports column by Matt Dickerson: Outdoors matters

Posted on September 5, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



It’s Tuesday morning, the day after Labor Day. Classes won’t start in earnest at Middlebury College for another six days. Today, however, is the first full day of activities for first-year students who arrived on campus yesterday. So here I am at a reception, carrying out my role as faculty member introducing myself to parents of these new students. I sip coffee and make conversation, sometimes asking questions, sometimes answering them, and sometimes just listening to nervous banter while trying to be reassuring and friendly.

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Sports column by Karl Lindholm: Elvis has left the building

Posted on August 29, 2013 |
By Karl Lindholm



That’s right, I’m outtahere.

I’m already in Africa, where I will spend the next year.

Africa! How about that! — Cameroon, to be precise. Me. Africa. Imagine.

I’m just about the most provincial person I know. A trip to Burlington for me is a big deal. I have traveled much in Addison County. I am one comforted by routine and familiarity.

I teach a course at Middlebury on the literature and culture of Northern New England, which is essentially an examination of the Yankee archetype. I use myself as Exhibit A.

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Sports column by Matt Dickerson: Fledglings in the wilderness

Posted on August 22, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



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Sports column by Andy Kirkaldy: Ultimately, gray matter makes the difference

Posted on August 15, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



So, what is the most important part of the body for an athlete?

The torso, for core strength?

The hands, so vital in virtually every sport except soccer?

The legs, critical for mobility, balance and speed?

Well, no, the answer is pretty obvious: the brain.

Sure, without generous helpings of strength, hand-to-eye coordination, quickness, agility, balance or some combination of a majority of those traits, an athlete will not excel.

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Sports column by Matt Dickerson: The Haunting – some big fish tales

Posted on August 8, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



Norman Maclean ends his novella “A River Runs Through It” with a sentence at once both simple and profound: “I am haunted by waters.”

There are times I know what he means. Most of the time, though, I am haunted by fish. Not by fish in general, but by specific fish in particular places. And without exception, they are fish I have not caught.

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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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