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VUHS cross-country coach brings love of running to job

Posted on September 3, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — The new Vergennes Union High School cross-country coach calls himself a lifelong runner — and credits the sport with helping point his life in the right direction.

Eric Carter, who takes over from Jeff Kauffman, is a 51-year-old Panton resident who logs up to six miles a day in his running shoes and has coached the VUHS middle school team and helped out the Commodore track program.

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High school sports season arrives

Posted on September 1, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — Barring the lingering aftereffects of Tropical Storm Irene disrupting plans, the high school sports season will get under way this weekend.

But postponements remained possible as this edition of the Independent went to press: Dozens of roads around Vermont were still impassable as of Tuesday, and several communities were still isolated after Sunday’s flooding.

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Harvey aims to boost OVUHS boys' soccer

Posted on August 29, 2011 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Muffie Harvey is thrilled to be leading the Otter Valley boys’ varsity soccer team, and by all accounts the team is thrilled to have her.

Harvey was named head coach by OV Athletic Director Sumner Erbe earlier this month, and the player and parents had a lot to do with the selection of the Forest Dale resident for the job.

“I was told that they spoke up on my behalf, and I am forever grateful for that,” Harvey said. “I am very grateful to get this position.”

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Panther football program takes on trio of Tigers

Posted on August 25, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — This fall at Middlebury College’s Alumni Stadium, three Panther football assistant coaches will be applying lessons they say they learned a little bit to the east at Middlebury Union High School’s Doc Collins Field, home of the football Tigers.

Panther Head Football Coach Bob Ritter has six paid assistants. When 2002 MUHS graduate Shem Johnston-Bloom signed on this summer as Ritter’s recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach, that meant half of those aides are former MUHS football standouts.

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Mentor, coach ... fighter

Posted on August 22, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Few, if any, employees of Vergennes Union High School other than Nate Kittredge have ever earned the nickname “The Animal.”

But no one who has seen Kittredge, the VUHS wrestling coach and for the past three years the school’s prevention coordinator, in any of his dozen professional Mixed Martial Arts bouts would debate whether he deserves his billing.

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Kids, upsets rule at fair armwrestling

Posted on August 18, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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NEW HAVEN — A big increase in the number of youth participants and a number of upsets in the adult ranks stood out this past Friday night at the Addison County Fair and Field Days armwrestling competition.

The 158 kids 16 and younger who showed up for the youth portion of the evening meant an increase of 31 from 2010.

They dueled in 16 age and gender categories, and according to organizer Karen Brisson delighted the usual big crowd in the main Field Days show tent.

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Veterans deliver at demo derby

Posted on August 15, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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NEW HAVEN — The usual huge crowds last week flocked to both nights of what is arguably Addison County Fair and Field Days’ single biggest attraction, the No. 1 Auto Parts Demolition Derby, during which veteran driver Tim Whitney won three of 11 heats and Boomer LaFountain celebrated 20 years of crunching collisions with a Thursday win.

Unlike in past years, no end-of-the-evening main feature winners were crowned. Drivers said they had mixed feelings about the format change.

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Champs, Panthers claim state titles

Posted on August 11, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Vergennes Champ and Middlebury Panther swimmers combined to claim three titles at the Vermont Swim Association meet held this past Saturday and Sunday at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction.

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Longtime MUHS coach asked to re-apply for post

Posted on August 8, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — Longtime Middlebury Union High School boys’ lacrosse coach Jono Chapin’s teams have compiled a 231-100 record during his 20-year tenure.

Since 1992, his Tiger teams have won seven Division I state championships, and the boys’ lacrosse team plays on a facility, Fucile Field, built largely because of tireless fund-raising by Chapin and a handful of other local citizens.

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Champ, Panthers earn league titles

Posted on August 4, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ESSEX — Vergennes Champ and Middlebury Panther swimmers combined to win five Champlain Valley Swim League titles at this past weekend’s championship meet, which was held this past Friday and Saturday at the Essex town pool.

Grace LeBeau, 8, of Vergennes won two races; sisters Reubie and Annie Bolton of Middlebury, 13 and 10, respectively, won one event apiece; and Kess Moulton, 12, of Middlebury, also won one race.

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