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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...
BURLINGTON — On July 2 host Burlington Tennis Club edged the Vergennes Champs swim club, 252-222, in a match that was close throughout.  Under-10 swimmer Will Clark won three races to pace the Champs, and U-8 swimmers Laura Husk and Connor Husk picked up two victories apiece for Vergennes.  The Champs return to action this week by visiting St. Albans on Tuesday and hosting the Town of Essex Swim Team on Thursday.  Champs posting top-three finishes in individual events vs. BTC last week were:  BUTTERFLY  • U-8 girls: 1. L. Husk, 22.39; 2. Annika Smits.  • U-8 boys: 1. C. Husk, 20.40; 2. Flint...
ESSEX — The host Town of Essex Swim Team outpaced the visiting Middlebury Marlins on July 2, dominating the relays against a Marlins team that competed with only about two-dozen swimmers at the Champlain Valley Swim League meet. Highlighting the evening for Middlebury were three wins by U-8 swimmer Constantin Bellman, two victories apiece by U-8 swimmers Mitzi Poduschnick and Aurora Foley, and a pair of first-places from U-18 swimmer Holly Staats. The Marlins return to action this week with meets at home on Tuesday vs. Burlington Tennis Club and away at Winooski on Thursday. Middlebury...

OV SENIOR JOSH Beayon repeats as the Addison IndependentBaseball Player of the Year after another outstanding season on the mound and at the plate. Beayon is pictured here during the Division II final at UVM’s Centennial Field. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — Once again the Otter Valley baseball team proved to be the best locally, even though a heartbreaking loss in the Division II final left the talented Otters one win short of the top prize.  Still, Coach Mike Howe’s Otters won 18 games. They were led by four members of the 2019 Addison Independent Baseball All-Star Team, including senior Josh Beayon, who repeats as the Addison Independent Player of the Year. The other three Independent all-stars teamed up with Beayon not only this year, but also during the past four years for an outstanding run that included the 2017 D-II title...

PITCHER DUSTIN WHITCOMB fires to first base during the host Addison County Legion baseball team’s 3-2 win over South Burlington in the first game of a Saturday doubleheader. AC split two games with SB and four games overall over the weekend. Photo courtesy of Suzanne Whitaker
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County American Legion baseball team split four home games over the weekend, including dealing South Burlington its first loss, and stood at 4-7 heading into a Tuesday game at Colchester played after the early holiday deadline for this edition of the Independent. AC swings back into action this weekend at home. The county Legion team will host Franklin County for three games: first at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and then at 11 a.m. for a Saturday doubleheader. Non-league foe The Bulldogs will take on AC at 11 a.m. on Sunday. Coach Cameron Curler said he will confer with the...
MIDDLEBURY — Recently graduated Middlebury College baseball pitching ace Colby Morris has signed a professional baseball contract to play with the Trois-Rivières Aigles in Quebec, Canada, a member of the Canadian-American League, an independent professional baseball league. The Can-Am League has a long history in minor league baseball. The first Can-Am League was formed in 1936 with cities in upper New York state and Ontario and existed until 1951. The Can-Am was reformed in 2005 with many of the teams from the former Northeast League and now features three teams in the Northeastern U.S. and...
MIDDLEBURY — Two Ralph Myhre Golf Course members posted strong finishes on June 25 at the Women’s State Day tournament hosted by Sugarbush. In the second flight Eileen Sims posted the second-best gross, and Kathy Mackey earned the first-place net score. In regular weekly action, the foursome of Robert Kirkpatrick, James Hadeka, Bill Brown and Pete Damone prevailed in Thursday Bill Davidson Men’s Golf on June 27. Mike Davis shot the best net score on the day. In the Friday Night Mixer the next day, the winning quartet was Charlene Bryant, Dale White, Jill Jesso-White and Joan Guertin.

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