ST. JOHNSBURY — The Otter Valley Union High School wrestling team got off to a strong start for its season this past weekend, taking fourth place at a major opening tournament, the St. Johnsbury Early Bird Invitational.
Six Otters reached the podium with top-four finishes, led by junior Adam Sherwin’s first-place effort at 220 pounds.
OV coach Steve Mitchell noted his team is still young, with only one senior on his roster, Joe Palmer, who took fourth at 138.
ADDISON COUNTY — Only Otter Valley won as all four local union high school boys’ basketball teams saw action on Tuesday.
The Otters snapped a 36-36 tie after three periods to defeat Poultney, 49-40, in the consolation game of Mount St. Joseph’s Tip-Off Tournament. John Winslow’s 25 points and a fullcourt press were key for OV as the Otters pulled away to even their record at 1-1 against 0-2 Poultney.
BURLINGTON — Vergennes Union High School athletes earned four top-four finishes at Saturday’s opening indoor track and field meet at the University of Vermont, including second-place finishes by Chris Castillo and Ally Stearns, a third by Castillo and a fourth by Paige Stolen.
The two Mount Abraham competitors also fared well in the large field that included many Division I athletes: Natalie May picked up a fifth-place finish, and Chris Carter earned a seventh.
Ted Williams was wrong. Hitting a baseball is not the hardest task in sports. Reffing a basketball game is.
A few years back, I made a foolish decision. I agreed to become a basketball referee — not a real ref, a certified official, but far worse. I agreed to officiate games in the Middlebury Adult Men’s League in which I had played for nearly 15 years.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
12/17 Fair Haven vs. MUHS ............... 40-32
12/17 Mill River vs. Mt. Abe ............... 73-43
12/17 OV Boys vs. Poultney .............. 49-40
12/17 Fairfax vs. VUHS ..................... 63-45
12/16 Mill River vs. MUHS ................. 39-16
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to a report about a woman banging on the doors of the new warming shelter on South Pleasant Street on Dec. 15. Shelter personnel were not able to let the woman in due to rules barring admittance after 10 p.m. Police took the woman to the Grace House in Rutland.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Assisted Middlebury firefighters at the scene of a blaze at Champlain Valley Equipment on Exchange Street on Dec. 9.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police responded to several traffic crashes last week. The only one reported locally that involved more than one car occurred on Monday when troopers went to the scene of a two-car crash on Route 116 in Starksboro.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police dealt with three one-car accidents during Sunday’s major snowstorm, all between midnight and about 8 a.m.
First, city police responded on behalf of Vermont State Police to a car reported to be off Monkton Road in Ferrisburgh, and called a wrecker to help out.
Later that morning, police went to a Main Street accident in which a car struck a utility pole. The operator told police he was forced off the road by a car coming from the other direction.