CORRECTION: Our Aug. 8 article on the Vermont Swim Association state championship meet in White River Junction omitted a championship swimmer from the Vergennes Champs. Adrienne Smits, 10, prevailed in the 25-yard freestyle race for 9- and 10-year-old girls with a winning time of 13.87. We apologize for the omission, and congratulations to Adrienne, who also finished fourth in the 50-yard freestyle race.
MIDDLEBURY — In an otherwise relatively quiet week at Ralph Myhre Golf Course the regular weekly competitions for members were staged between Aug. 14 and 16.
On Wednesday the 14th the foursome of Griffin Gillman, Caleb Burkle, Luther Tenny and Bryon Emilo won the Wednesday Men’s Scramble.
Taking second was the team of Dayton Contois, Bill Nillson, Steve Cooper and Hogan Beazley; the foursome of Dale White, Josh Newton, Bert Phinney and Ric Wheeler was third.
On Thursday the 15th in Bill Davidson Men’s Golf the quartet of Jeff Stetson, Eric Bergland, John Davis and Doug Biklin prevailed.
WEST HAVEN — Second-place finishes by Brandon’s Joey Scarborough and Matt Bilodeau and Orwell’s Garrett Given highlighted local drivers’ efforts at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, a night that saw four first-time winners at the dirt track.
One first-time winner was New York driver Jack Speshock in the main event, the 30-lap Sportsman Modified feature. Speshock races full-time at Albany-Saratoga and Plattsburgh Airborne speedways, while also racing part-time at Devil’s Bowl. On Sunday he led every lap that he ran.
Scarborough broke out of traffic late but was unable to track Speshock down and...
Two bears at Katmai.
Photo by Mark Dickerson
My son Mark and his wife, Ellie, both Middlebury residents and Middlebury College alumni, walked alongside me up the gravelly river shoreline in Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed. Our guide and pilot, Glen Alsworth Jr. of the Farm Lodge, walked with us or a few steps ahead. Glen was the one familiar with the small river we were following. More importantly, he was the one most familiar with brown bears.
Though I had been to the same spot a year earlier with my wife, Deborah, it was Mark’s first trip to the park and Ellie’s first trip to Alaska. I had enticed...
ALYZA MCKEIGHAN, 17, of Brandon, is a rookie driver in the 500cc Mini Sprint Division at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.
BRANDON — For most teenagers, the summer before their senior year of high school is a time for hanging out with friends, enjoying time without worrying about their studies and relaxing in the warm weather. For Alyza McKeighan, a rising senior at Otter Valley Union High School, relaxing has been the furthest thing from her mind this summer.
McKeighan is a rookie driver in the 500cc Mini Sprint division at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven. Racing is not only a family affair for the 17-year-old, but also a way of building confidence in her skills behind the wheel and as a person.
BRANDON’S CARTER BUZZELL gets his competition face on in an age 5-and-younger bout during the armwrestling competition at Addison County Fair an Field Days on Friday. A total of 84 kids competed; Buzzell was third in his division.
Independent photo/Steve James
NEW HAVEN — After several years competing in the armwrestling competition at the Addison County Fair an Field Days, Shawn Webber found his groove at the annual show of strength last week.
After earning a couple third-place finishes in 2017 and a couple seconds last year; this past Friday evening Webber pulled to four victories at the main show tent. He earned victories in the men’s right-handed 198-pound and 220-pound divisions, plus the men’s left-handed 198- and 220-pound divisions.
On the women’s card, two women dominated their weight classes. One of them was a familiar face: Jessalyn “...
KARL LINDHOLM APPEARS almost bigger than life on the jumbotron above the centerfield bleachers at Fenway Park this past Friday as he walks off the hallowed mound after throwing out a ceremonial first pitch before the Red Sox pummeled the Angels, 16-4.
Vermonter Bill Lee, the former Red Sox pitcher also known as “Spaceman,” told a story to my class at Middlebury College about throwing out a ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park.
Of course, Bill Lee threw 225 actual first pitches at Red Sox games in his major league career, some even in the World Series. He was elected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2012 and was then asked to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at a game.
“I wasn’t just going to lob the ball to the catcher,” Lee explained. “I wanted to show everyone I still had it. I would throw my best fastball from 60 feet-six inches.
THIRTY-YEAR-OLD TIM RUSSELL cruises to the finish line at the end of Sunday morning’s Vermont Sun Sprint Triathlon at Branbury State Park, posting an impressive 1:00:38 for the swim-bike-run race.
Courtesy Pat Hendrick Photography
SALISBURY — At Vermont Sun Fitness Center’s final Sprint and Olympic triathlons of the season in Salisbury this past Sunday, both races saw New Yorkers lead their respective packs from start to finish. Around 350 athletes took part in the races.
Past champion Tim Russell, 30, of Balston Spa, N.Y., was the first sprint triathlete to hit Branbury State Park beach after the 600-yard swim in Lake Dunmore. He went on to post the day’s fastest 14-mile bike (33:07) and 3.1-mile run (18:22) splits to cruise to victory in 1:00:38.
Russell’s time was 2 minutes off the course record set in 2017 and over...
Rutland golfer Chloe Levins, a rising senior at Middlebury College, sinks a putt on No. 2 on her way to wining the state title.
Independent photo/John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — Rutland resident and Middlebury College women’s golf team captain Chloe Levins last week won the Vermont State Women’s Golf Association’s Amateur Championship at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course in Middlebury.
Levins, whose home course is the Rutland Country Club, led from start to finish by shooting 74-74-77 from Tuesday to Thursday for a total of 225, good for an eight-stroke win over defending champion Tiffany Maurycy of Killington. It was Levins’ first title. She was runner-up in 2014 when the event was held at the Orleans Country Club.
Levins led by seven strokes entering the...
WEST HAVEN — Local drivers made their presence known in only one event of Sunday’s stock car racing at Devil’s Bowl in West Haven: the 40-lap “Leon Gonyo Memorial” race for the King of Dirt Racing Crate Modified Series.
Kenny Tremont Jr. of West Sand Lake, N.Y., dominated the box score of the race, but his victory was never certain until the checkered flag waved. Joey Scarborough of Brandon had a stout drive from the 10th starting position and engaged Tremont in a thrilling battle until the final corner. Scarborough pulled even with Tremont with two laps to go before being trapped in lapped...