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SECOND BASEMAN LANDON Hunt fields a ball for the Addison County 8-to-10-year-old Little League All-Star team during the state championship tournament this past weekend. AC split two games and will return to action this weekend. Photo courtesy of Michael McAuliffe
BENNINGTON — The District 1 champion Addison County 8-to-10-year-old Little League All-Star team split two games this past weekend at the state championship tournament and will return to action this Friday in Bennington in an elimination game vs. Essex. Host Bennington is 2-0, having defeated Connecticut Valley and Essex. AC opened this past Saturday with a 6-3 loss to Essex in which a rally from an early 5-0 deficit came up short. The team then bounced back to knock off Connecticut Valley, 15-4. On Saturday Levi Nuceder doubled twice and drove in two runs to key the comeback, and Cam...

SHOREHAM’S ANTHONY WARREN was a first-time O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman winner at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway Mid-Season Championships on Sunday, and celebrated his victory with Community College of Vermont President Joyce Judy. Credit Bill McGaffin Photo
WEST HAVEN — At Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, Shoreham’s Anthony Warren became the Limited Sportsman Division’s sixth first-time winner of 2019 in a race dominated by Addison County drivers. Using the outside lane with the hard-charging style that has become his signature, Warren’s power move around leader Adam Piper of Leicester came with two laps left in the scheduled 20-lap distance. A last-minute caution re-racked the field for the finish, but Warren drove off into the sunset. In an evening sponsored by the Community College of Vermont in which double points were awarded for each...
This is an article about paddling and fishing. Or, to be more alliterative, casting and canoeing. I’ve done much less of both these activities in 2019 than in 2018. So it might also be an article about fires and floods. Last month (as I mentioned in one of my June columns) I attended the annual conference of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. The conference met in Little Rock, Ark., on the banks of the Arkansas River — a river that was running exceptionally high, and contributing to the floods on the Mississippi River. Although the Arkansas roared through its confined channels in the...

ADDISON’S PETER MACFARLANE in 2018 starts his 740-mile paddling journey from Fort Kent, Maine, to Old Forge, N.Y. Macfarlane paddled a canoe he built from his own design. Photo courtesy of Peter Macfarlane and Viveka Fox
This is Part One of a story that first appeared in Vermont Sports magazine. ADDISON — Peter Macfarlane is not someone who does things the easy way. Stepping into his Addison barn workshop, where two chairs and a book of fiddle tunes sit out, left over from the Scottish fiddle lesson Macfarlane taught the night before, you see this right away. In the workshop center, Macfarlane, 56, bends over a 16-foot custom cedar-strip canoe, polishing its exterior to be impossibly smooth. It has cherry gunnels, and the boat builder’s insignia and company name, Otter Creek Smallcraft, is imprinted under a...

OLIVER PODUSCHNICK, OF the Middlebury Marlins, gets a flying start in the U-18 boys’ backstroke race against Vergennes on Tuesday. Poduschnick won three races, but the Champs won the meet. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Tuesday’s scoresheets show the visiting Vergennes Champs defeated the Middlebury Marlins, 275-203, in the annual duel between the friendly Champlain Valley Swim League rivals. Many swimmers had big days. Under-10 Champs swimmer Will Clark won another three races, as did U-8 Marlin Aurora Foley, U-14 Marlin Aiden Chance and U-18 Marlin Oliver Poduschnick.  Three Champs won two races apiece: Grey Fearon, Gavin Conrad and Jordan Jewell. Three Marlins joined them as double winners: Constantin Bellman, Ava Schneider and Natalie Rockwell. The Champs are a deeper, more balanced team,...

ROTH BERNSTEIN OF Burlington was the men’s winner on Sunday of the Vermont State Triathlon Championships, hosted by Vermont Sun Fitness at Branbury State Park. Photo courtesy of Vermont Sun
SALISBURY — Roth Bernstein of Burlington and Julia Schofield of Charlotte were the winners on Sunday of the Vermont State Triathlon Championships, hosted by Vermont Sun Fitness at Branbury State Park on Sunday. Conditions for the race were almost perfect with sunny skies, light wind and a comfortable 75 degrees. Bernstein, 25, claimed the men’s crown in 1:06.52, while Schofield, 37, earned the women’s title with a time of 1:11.18. They competed in a sprint triathlon that consisted of a 600-yard swim, a 14-mile bike ride, and a 3.1-mile run. In the men’s event, Jeff Schumann of Salisbury, 62,...

DESPITE THE DRAMA, drivers Adam Pierson (in car No. 15) and Kenny Tremont Jr. (in No. 115) were unhurt in this wreck at Devil’s Bowl Speedway this past Sunday, and both actually returned to finish the race after repairs. Tremont and Pierson ranked 1-2 in the track’s championship standings entering the event. Photo by Alan Ward
WEST HAVEN – The full moon hovering over Devil’s Bowl Speedway seemed to influence just about every lap of the dirt track action on Sunday, when Frank Hoard III and Floyd Billington ended long victory droughts and four drivers found themselves upside down. No local racers won, but Orwell’s Tim LaDuc took second to lead a strong county showing in the main event, and Middlebury’s Jake Barrows also posted a second-place effort.  Manchester Center’s Hoard prevailed in the 30-lap Sportsman Modified feature after several top-five finishes in recent weeks. Hoard came from 21st starting position to...
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County American Legion baseball team won three of five recent games, all on AC’s home field at Middlebury College, to move to 8-13.  The eight wins eclipse AC’s six wins of each of the past two seasons. AC wraps up the summer with a doubleheader at Montpelier (7-11) at Saturday and a home game at Middlebury College on Sunday vs. OEC (5-12) at 2 p.m.   On Friday the 12th, Jarrett Muzzy tossed a no-hitter as AC blanked Barre, 5-0. Muzzy walked two and struck out nine. Barre is 3-18. AC scored twice in the second on a walk, an error, and singles by Ryan Whitcomb and...
BRANDON — Otter Valley Union High School has hired longtime JV boys’ basketball coach Michael Stark to lead the boys’ varsity team.  Stark has led the OV JV since the 2012-2013 season, according to OV Athletic Director Steven Keith, and is ready to help the program continue to thrive.  “He has been a vital element to the success of our boys’ basketball program in the past seven years and we look forward to him continuing that success,” Keith said. Keith cited Stark’s year-round dedication, work ethic, and ability to create a positive atmosphere.  “Coach Stark is a dedicated and hard-working...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School students interested in participating in fall sports must complete required forms along with a parent/guardian electronically at the school’s Rank One Forms site.  To access the online forms follow the link to the Rank One Forms Site at acsdvt.org/muhs under Activities: Athletics. The necessary student ID number is the same as the 7-digit number in the student’s computer login password issued by ACSD. Those with any questions may contact MUHS Athletic Trainer Sarah Johnstone at [email protected] The school’s required Fall Parent/Athlete Meeting...

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