May 14th, 2014
BRANDON — Some people have said it was long overdue, but everyone agrees that Friday’s dedication of the Otter Valley softball field to longtime coach Patty Candon was just right.
More than 100 fans, parents, students, friends and family members attended the dedication on a gusty afternoon, but the gray skies did not overshadow the jubilant mood. There were hugs all around as current and former players and fellow coaches congratulated Candon on a legacy of sportsmanship and respect.
BRISTOL — Both the Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ and girls’ track and field teams won the team competition in a meet the Eagles hosted on Tuesday. The Vergennes boys’ team came in third overall and the Commodore girls were fourth.
The team scores in the girls’ competition were: Mount Abe, 157; Montpelier, 48; Randolph, 37; VUHS, 32; and Winooski, 30. On the boys’ side, it was Mount Abe, 149; Montpelier, 78; VUHS, 64; Randolph, 36; and Winooski, 20.
JERICHO — Host Mount Mansfield rallied past the Middlebury Union High School girls’ lacrosse team on Monday, 11-10.
The Tigers held a 10-6 lead with 10 minutes left, but the Cougars scored five straight, including Marina Bowie’s game-winner with seven seconds left.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school baseball action earlier this week, Middlebury won twice, while Mount Abraham and Otter Valley came up short.
On Monday, the Tigers blanked host Essex, 3-0, as Aaron Smith tossed a three-hit shutout, walking none and being backed by solid defense. Nate Laughlin poked two hits and drove in a run for MUHS, while Matt Dunton doubled and scored.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school tennis action earlier this week, the Middlebury girls and boys won matches, while the Otter Valley girls came up short.
On Monday, the Tiger girls defeated visiting Spaulding, 7-0, without losing a set. In individual matches:
• At No. 1 singles, Marvie Avery, M, beat Sarah Works, S, 6-0, 6-1.
• At No. 2 singles, Sonia Howlett, M, beat Lizzie Tchautauridze, S, 7-5, 6-0.
It was the spring of my seventh-grade year. It was my first year in the public school system, and as baseball season came around, it was the first time I wouldn’t be coached by my father.
I had heard about the middle school baseball coach, but never laid eyes on him. All I knew was that he ran camps for kids and I knew players that attended them, he had coached for a while, and his name was Mike Ringey. I couldn’t for the life of me tell him apart from a teacher at Middlebury Union Middle School.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school softball action earlier this week, Otter Valley knocked off rival Fair Haven at home, Middlebury lost twice, and Mount Abraham fell on the road.
Mount Abraham also visited Vergennes on Tuesday for a key Division II game — see story on Page 1B.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ lacrosse action earlier this week, Middlebury dropped a heartbreaker to a fellow Division I contender; Vergennes won twice, once over Otter Valley, which also dropped another contest; and Mount Abraham won a tight game at home to return to .500.