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Tigers defuse Bombers, continue surge

Posted on December 30, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team on Monday capped off its 2009 schedule by defeating Lake Placid, 4-1, in the consolation game of the Tigers’ annual tourney at Middlebury College.

Even though MUHS lost, 2-1, the day before in the tournament’s first round to Stowe (at 7-1 the top team in Division II), Monday’s result left the Tigers feeling encouraged.

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The year in sports, part 2: Final six months of 2009 saw run to glory, drama

Posted on December 30, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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Editor’s note: Part 1 of the Independent’s look back at the local sports scene in 2009 ran in the Dec. 24 issue.

ADDISON COUNTY — As the first six months of 2009 wrapped up, Otter Valley Union High School won the Division II softball crown, giving the area its first — and what would prove to be its only — high school sports team title of 2009. A number of athletes won individual championships in the year’s first half, including wrestlers from OV, Vergennes and Middlebury union high schools; two MUHS senior track stars; and a Mount Abraham junior golfer.

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VUHS students create anti-alcohol video

Posted on December 23, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — In a 70-second public service announcement shot locally a fictional “Dr. Martin” hosts an under-age drinking party, but — like two real-life parents in the Vergennes area did in 2009 — he regrets his decision when the police show up.

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The year in sports, part 1: 2009 brought area drama, achievement

Posted on December 23, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — The year 2009 saw Otters win the area’s only team title, Tigers migrate to Division II, Panthers cement their national emergence in a new sport, and Eagles reach their traditional aerie in Centennial Field only to be evicted. A prominent local team not named after a member of the animal kingdom also made news, as a squadron of Commodores sailed back to Barre before being sunk by Cosmos.

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Unbeaten Solons outlast VUHS

Posted on December 23, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team gave undefeated Montpelier a battle on Monday, but the visiting Solons pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 48-34 win.

The 6-0 Solons used stingy man-to-man defense and solid ball movement to lead most of the way against the 1-5 Commodores.

VUHS also played well in its halfcourt-man defense, and when junior guard Ali Provost hit three straight treys in the second quarter, the Commodores took the lead.

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Victory over Wasps preserves Tigers' winning streak

Posted on December 21, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — After the Middlebury Union High School team opened on Dec. 2 with a 3-0 loss to Montpelier, co-coach Tim Howlett was not upset. The Tigers had an edge in shots on goal, and Howlett thought the team he heads with co-coach Wendy Leeds had played hard and well.

“That kind of effort will win us a lot of games this year,” Howlett wrote in an email.

The Tigers — a team that won three games last winter and finished 0-20 the year before — have not lost since.

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Ferrisburgh, Vergennes officials talk sewer extension

Posted on December 21, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Last Tuesday’s sit-down in Ferrisburgh town offices with town and Vergennes officials to discuss a possible sewer extension deal did not produce an immediate meeting of the minds, but both sides said afterward they would keep lines of communication open.

“It definitely wasn’t, ‘No, we don’t want it,’” said Ferrisburgh selectboard chairwoman Loretta Lawrence on Wednesday. “We want to keep it in discussion.”

Mayor Michael Daniels also said afterward he hoped talks would continue, although it appeared the city’s proposed split of tax revenue might be a sticking point.

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Hockey girls win big over Mounties

Posted on December 17, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School hockey team erupted on offense against winless Mount St. Joseph on Saturday and coasted to a 14-1 home win.

Emmy Hescock paced the attack with four goals, and Saige Twombly added three goals. Gen Beloin and Maria Ploof chipped in with a pair of goals apiece, and Theresa Huestis, Sara Boudah and Kayla Quesnel-Cousino contributed one tally each.

Tiger goalie Ashley Howlett stopped nine of the 10 MSJ shots she faced as the Tigers improved to 2-1. That win total equals that of the Tigers’ regular season last winter.

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Vergennes backs bus to Middlebury

Posted on December 17, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday reconsidered a decision made during budget deliberations earlier this year and voted unanimously to support a planned upgrade to the Addison County Transit Resource’s Tri-Town Shuttle.

Tuesday’s decision was made easier by a lower price tag: $1,350 instead of an earlier request of about $3,700. ACTR Executive Director Jim Moulton said that figure was pro-rated to represent the amount the city would owe this fiscal year based on the formula the agency used to charge towns that benefit from its services.

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Clippings: Hey, I helped. I held the umbrella

Posted on December 17, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



One might fairly ask what a dead camcorder and standing in Keene, N.H., for hours in pouring rain and 35-degree temperatures has to do with getting a daughter into college.

The answer lies somewhere in a Bermuda Triangle of a philosophical discussion on the role of athletics and recruiting in NCAA Division III even at the finest academic institutions, the difficulty of quantifying defense, and a lack of parental foresight and understanding of the process of all of the above.

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