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VERGENNES — The Vergennes Champs coasted past visiting Town of Essex Swim Team on Thursday, 308-155, to move to 3-2 in Champlain Valley Swim League action. Vergennes will look to clinch a winning record with a win at Middlebury on Tuesday. Flint Crary led the Champs with three victories vs. TEST. Six Vergennes swimmers picked up two wins apiece: Annika Smits, Hadley Harris, Noah Smits, Grey Fearon, Jarret Muzzy and Noah Engvall. Champs scoring points vs. TEST with top-three finishes were: BUTTERFLY •U-8 girls: 1. Laura Husk; 2. An. Smits. •U-8 boys: 2. F. Crary. •U-10 girls: 2. Isabella...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Marlins out-stroked visiting Winooski, 267-168, on Thursday for their first Champlain Valley Swim League victory of the season.  Aurora Foley, Constantin Bellman, Sadie Chance, Ava Schneider and Oliver Poduschnick led the way with three victories apiece for the Marlins.  Middlebury’s Aidan Chance and Ellie Ross picked up two wins each.  The Marlins will host friendly county rival Vergennes on Tuesday.  Marlins posting top-three individual finishes on Thursday were:  BUTTERFLY  • U-8 girls: 1. A. Foley; 2. M. Poduschnick.  • U-8 boys: 1. C. Bellman.  • U-10 girls: 1...

A FRANKLIN COUNTY runner beats the tag of AC pitcher Nolan Whitcomb to score in the second game of a double-header on Sunday on Middlebury. Franklin scored six times in the inning, but AC rallied to win. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County American Legion baseball team rallied to salvage the last of three weekend games vs. Franklin County, but then dropped a road contest at S.D. Ireland on Tuesday. With that, AC’s record fell to 5-11 in Northern Division play as the local nine nears the summer homestretch. Franklin topped AC this past Friday, 6-2, and on Sunday at Middlebury College Franklin and Addison split a doubleheader, with Franklin taking the opener, 8-2, and AC fighting back to claim the nightcap, 7-6. The weekend results left Franklin with a 7-4 Northern Division record, good for a...

MEMBERS OF THE Vergennes Swim Team girls’ 10 and under 100 Yard Free Relay team celebrate their first-place finish in a meet in St. Albans on Tuesday. They are undefeated so far this season. Shown from left are Ella Romond, Adrienne Smits, Ella Bearor and Ellie Brooks. Courtesy of the Vergennes Swim Team
ST. ALBANS — The Vergennes Swim Team edged host St. Albans on Tuesday, 244-226, in a Champlain Valley Swim League meet as the Champs evened their record at 2-2. Will Clark won another three of his races for Vergennes, and Annika Smits, Adrienne Smits, Connor Husk and Gideon Palmer picked up two victories apiece to pace the team. The Champs will host Essex on Thursday before visiting Middlebury on this coming Tuesday. Vergennes swimmers earning points for their team with top-three finishes in individual events on this past Tuesday were:   BUTTERFLY •U-8 girls: 1. Lauren Husk, 26.71; 3. An....
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting Burlington Tennis Club on Tuesday topped the Middlebury Marlins, 248-202, in a competitive Champlain Valley Swim League Meet. The Marlins came up short despite two victories apiece from Mitzi Poduschnick, Aurora Foley, Sadie Chance, Ava Schneider, Natalie Rockwell and Constantin Bellman. Middlebury is set to visit Winooski this Thursday before hosting friendly county rival Vergennes this coming Tuesday. Marlins scoring points with top-three finishes this past Tuesday vs. BTC were: BUTTERFLY •U-8 girls: 1. M. Poduschnick, 20.38; 2. A. Foley. •U-8 boys: 1. C. Bellman, 20....

LEICESTER’S ADAM PIPER won the O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman race on Rutland Regional Medical Center “Hometown Heroes” Night at Devil’s Bowl Speedway this past Sunday. Photo credit Jeremy McGaffin/Showstopper Designs & Photography
WEST HAVEN — New York driver Kenny Tremont Jr. did it again on Sunday, winning for the second time in five days and for the fourth straight time at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. Leicester racer Adam Piper also picked up his first victory of the summer that evening. Tremont earned his triumph in the 30-lap Sportsman Modified feature. Tremont started in 18th place and needed some luck to win the race. Early on, Adam Pierson — the only driver to truly keep pace with Tremont so far in 2019 — tangled with Shoreham’s Brent Warren and fell out of contention. Several other frontrunners — including Fletcher’...
ADDISON COUNTY — Eighteen members of the Otter Valley, Vergennes, Middlebury and Mount Abraham union high school baseball teams received postseason honors from the Lake Division or the Marble Valley League B Division. From VUHS, Jeffrey Stearns was named the Lake Division Player of the year, and Jarret Muzzy and Tucker Stearns joined him as First-Team All-Stars. His peers also voted Commodore Coach Dwight Burkett as the Lake Coach of the Year. Also picked as Lake First-Team All-Stars were Wyatt Cameron and Sean Deering of MUHS. OV was well represented on the MVL First Team: The league’s...

CHRIS SUMNER OF Ripton drove his Honda Accord to victory the Enduro Series race at Devil's Bowl Speedway in West Haven on July 3. Courtesy of Bill McGaffin Photos
WEST HAVEN — In dirt track auto racing on July 3, New York driver Kenny Tremont Jr. added to his already impressive win total, and Ripton racer Chris Sumner also picked up a victory at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. Tremont is the leader in all-time victories and championships at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, and his victory on July 3 came with personal milestones attached to it. Tremont dominated the second half of the 100-lap main event in the Sportsman Modified division to take his third consecutive win at Devil’s Bowl and the 85th of his career at the track. The win was the 375th overall victory of his...
My wife, Deborah, likes to angle for beavers. No, not in the same way that I angle for trout. She doesn’t try to catch them. She definitely would not want to hook them, or net them, or get them to try to eat something that looks like food but isn’t. But when we go out on the water paddling together, seeing a beaver or two is for her a sort of extra reward. This is also true for her of turtles, or osprey, or blue heron, or really any wildlife. But especially beavers. I recently did a radio interview on my new book with a radio program out of New Hampshire. I had a very enjoyable conversation...

PULLER JAKE MCDONOUGH of the Hatch 31 team leaps through the paper-towel finish line. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — Dreams of athletic glory come in all shapes and sizes, and cruel whims of fate can intervene. Before this past Thursday such had been the tale of the Hatch 31 team, which for years has fought hard for one dream, to become the Great Bristol Outhouse Race champion — only to see the title slip through its fingers in fashion. The race in question is held on Bristol’s Main Street on the morning of every Independence Day as a way to raise funds for the Bristol Fourth of July Committee and, according to organizers, to determine the World Champion in the sport of maneuvering facsimiles of...

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