VERGENNES — In an early-season defensive battle at Vergennes Union High School on Tuesday, one free kick proved to be the difference as visiting Middlebury came away with a 1-0 victory over the host Commodores. The goal came in the second half’s 31st minute courtesy of Tiger senior right back Devon Kearns. Senior center midfielder Owen Palcsik sent a low direct kick from just outside the left of the VUHS box. It bounced just past the penalty stripe. Somehow the roller eluded the Commodore defense, stout all game long. Also eluding them was a 12-yard, left-footed tap-in from Kearns, breaking...

TIGER DEFENSIVE END C.J. Bryant sacks Fair Haven quarterback Evan Reed for five-yard loss on the first play from scrimmage during Friday’s game in Middlebury. That set the tone for a game that ended with the home team winning, 34-14. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Friday’s season opener on Doc Collins Field for the Middlebury Union High School football team pitted the Tigers, a losing Division I semifinalist in 2018, against Fair Haven, a D-II finalist. The game was expected to be a challenge, but it didn’t work out that way. The Tigers romped to touchdowns on their first three, and four of their five, first-half possessions and held the Slaters to 48 first-half yards on the way to a 34-0 lead at the break. They won, 34-14, after Coach Dennis Smith mixed subs in freely in the second half. Smith would have liked to see a more consistent 48-...
ADDISON COUNTY — As the high school field hockey season opened Mount Abraham won a close road contest, and Middlebury split a pair of games. Otter Valley’s opener at Brattleboro on Saturday was postponed. OV will instead debut at Brattleboro on Friday at 6:30 p.m. EAGLES On Aug. 30 the Eagles edged host U-32, 3-2. Mount Abe forwards Emma Fay, Molly Laurent and Txuxa Konczal knocked in a goal apiece, and Fay set up one score. Mount Abe will visit MUHS on Thursday afternoon. TIGERS Also on Aug. 30 the Tigers won their opener at Burlington, 2-1, as senior forwards Lexi Bartlett and Phoebe Smith...

MOUNT ABE SENIOR Jalen Cook tries to dribble past Tiger Ashley Sunderland in the first half of Friday’s game in Middlebury. The Eagles won, 52-17.
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham outpaced Middlebury on Friday to highlight local high school girls’ basketball play last week. In other action, the Eagles and Tigers each dropped games earlier in the week, while Vergennes and Otter Valley each split two games. EAGLES VS. TIGERS On Friday the Eagles took charge with a 15-2 advantage in the first quarter in a 50-16 victory over the host Tigers. Mount Abe Coach Connie LaRose praised the young Tiger team for playing hard, and said she got quality minutes from her bench players. Chloe Johnston led the 5-2 Eagles with 17 points and three steals....

MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School junior Carly Burger swings through a move on the uneven bars during Thursday’s gymnastics meet at MUMS. Burger placed in all five events. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School gymnastics team picked up its first win of the season on Thursday, 94.0-87.25 over Randolph in a meet held in the Middlebury Union Middle School gymnasium. The Tigers were buoyed by five top-six finishes by senior Lian McGarry, including one first-place effort and two second-place efforts behind non-scoring Fair Haven independent Julianna Williams, and by MUHS junior Carly Burger, who also scored in all five events. Tiger freshman Alyza Alger finished in the top six in four events, including a second on the bars. Freshman Kylee Ellis picked up a...
MIDDLEBURY — The Division II Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team last week dropped a pair of games to D-I competition and fell back to .500 for the campaign at 4-4. On Wednesday visiting Essex improved to 5-1 with an 8-1 victory over the Tigers. Abby Robbins and Maddy Young led the Hornet attack with two goals, Ashley Stempek recorded a goal and three assists, and goalie Isabelle Seguin made nine saves. Merry Kimble scored for the Tigers, and goalie Lydia Deppman stopped 30 shots. On Saturday host Colchester-Burlington moved to 5-1-1 by defeating MUHS, 6-1. The SeaLakers broke...
SOUTH BURLINGTON — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team last week split a pair of Division I road games. The Tigers are 6-2 heading into two 7 p.m. home games this week, vs. South Burlington on Wednesday and St. Albans on Saturday. On Wednesday host Rice improved to 4-1-1 by hanging on for a 3-2 victory over the Tigers. The Green Knights scored three times in the first 3:00 of the second period to take the lead, with two of the goals scored by Kieran Connolly. The Tigers got on the board with a Cooper O’Brien goal with 2:27 left in regulation, assisted by Aaron Larocque and...
BRATTLEBORO — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team opened the season on Wednesday with a 9-1 victory over host Brattleboro. The Tigers were also set to host Colchester-Burlington on Saturday after the deadline for this issue, and Woodstock will visit Memorial Sports Center on Wednesday at 7 p.m. Six Tigers scored in a balanced attack against the Colonels this past Wednesday. Aleta Mathers and Carlisle Brush each scored twice and set up a goal, and Audrey Tembreull netted two goals. Taylor Moulton scored once and picked up four assists, Merry Kimble notched a goal and two...
MANCHESTER CENTER — The Middlebury Union High School wrestling team lost dual meets at Burr & Burton to the host Bulldogs and Otter Valley on Wednesday due to forfeits, but the four Tiger wrestlers won four out of six contested matches. The three Tiger freshmen also all picked up their first varsity victories. The Otters defeated the Tigers, 24-18. In contested weight classes, OV sophomore David Williams pinning freshman Tucker Kennett at 145 pounds, Tiger senior Justin Jackson pinned sophomore Carson Bertrand at 132, and Tiger freshman Calvin Kennett pinned freshman Dom Davis at 152. The...
FAIR HAVEN — Host Fair Haven, a Division II finalist a year ago, eased past the visiting Middlebury Union High School girls’ basketball team on Tuesday, 43-18. The Slaters used pressure defense to score 18 points in the second period on the way to a 30-7 lead at the half. Slater Ryleigh Coloutti had 12 of her game-high 19 points in the second quarter.  Courtney Brewster chipped in nine points for the 2-1 Slaters. Ashley Sunderland paced the Tigers with five points. MUHS (0-2) will visit Otter Valley on Thursday.

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