TIGER SENIOR DEFENDER Greg Wilhelm heads the ball as Eagle senior back Henry Cogswell leaps in to try to block the ball during Saturday's game at Mount Abraham, won by MUHS in double overtime.
Photo by Mark Bouvier
BRISTOL — Just when it began to look like the host Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ soccer team had done enough to hold on for a tie on Saturday vs. visiting Middlebury, the Tigers broke through with 2:05 remaining in the second overtime period.
The game-winner came moments after Eagle senior goalie Creed Stillwell had made arguably the best of his eight saves, coming off his line to deny Tiger junior Zach Wilkerson from point-blank range. Wilkerson had cut in from the right side on a feed from junior teammate Eliot Schneider.
But the Tigers kept pressing, and sophomore Eddie Fallis...
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard last week decided to wait before making a contribution from its federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to county nonprofit internet provider Maple Broadband. But this week Board Chair Jessica James said she will recommend the board consider a six-figure bequest at its next meeting.
Initially, board members said on Sept. 7 they needed more information from both Maple Broadband and the Vergennes-Panton Water District before giving any ARPA money to either entity.
This past spring Congress appropriated $350 billion in the American Rescue Plan...
VERGENNES — A report giving the Vergennes City Council options on how it could create a citizen advisory or review panel to work with city officials on policing issues should be ready by the end of 2021. That’s what the chair of the committee charged with researching such a panel told the council on Tuesday.
“I want to be realistic and say this will be a Christmas gift for you,” said Cheryl Brinkman, chair of the council-appointed Citizen Review Board Exploratory Committee. “This is going along well. I think we’re all feeling comfortable about it now.”
Since June 2020, the committee has been...
Mount Abraham Union High School senior Txuxa Konczal holds off Cougar midfield Fiona Stotz to spark another attack in the second half of the Eagles’ 3-0 home win over Mt. Mansfield on Monday.
Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — Monday saw another game and another shutout win for the Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team, which improved to 3-0.
This time the opponent for the three-time defending champion Eagles was visiting Metro Conference foe Mount Mansfield. They were not gracious hosts, piling up advantages of 22-0 in penalty corners and 16-1 in shots on goal.
Mount Abe has outscored its three opponents by 12-0, heading into Friday afternoon’s home game vs. Middlebury.
To start with, every player on the team was a member of the 2020 Division II champion, and many are multiple...
SENIOR CAPTAIN RILEY Keith steals the ball from a Windsor player during Monday’s game in Brandon. Independent photo/Angelo Lynn
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School field hockey team picked up two wins and a tie in recent action, including a hard-fought contest against Windsor on Monday that ended 2-2 after a 10-minute overtime dual featuring seven-on-seven.
The Otters improved to 3-0-1 heading into a Saturday game at Brattleboro, whom they defeated 6-1 earlier in the season.
On Sept. 8 the Otters upended host Woodstock, 3-2, in what Coach Jodie Keith described as a strong all-around effort. OV’s goals came from senior middie Brittney Jackson (assisted by Mackenzie McKay), Alice Keith (assisted by Ryleigh...
MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School Varsity Girls' Soccer
MIDDLEBURY — The news at Middlebury Union High School this fall is that three teams have new coaches — although none of them are really new faces — and that golf is returning as a varsity sport.
MUHS math teacher Reeves Livesay has moved from coaching the boys’ soccer team to the girls’ team, replacing Wendy Leeds. Chris George is the new boys’ soccer coach, and a number of his players know George from his role as the Addison United Club program head for the past two years.
And MUHS alum Brandi Whittemore Correia, already the Tiger girls’ lacrosse coach, takes over the field hockey program....
VUHS VARSITY BOYS' Soccer
VERGENNES — COVID-19 shortened the seasons for the Vergennes Union High School teams in 2020, but it didn’t hurt their performances on the field.
Both soccer teams excelled, and the boys’ cross-country squad finished a respectable fifth in Division II.
While those teams look for more of the same or better, another two sports join the fall docket at VUHS. Golf has been revived, although there are more golfers at the middle school level than in high school. Still, a couple will compete for the varsity Commodore team.
And bass fishing, an approved Vermont Principals’ Association varsity sport,...
EAGLE VARSITY GIRLS' Soccer
VERGENNES — Some change comes to Mount Abraham Union High School athletics this fall, with new coaches taking over two programs.
Other things stay the same, as Coach Mary Stetson returns to lead a field hockey program that has won 10 Division II championships this millennium.
Meanwhile Eagle soccer programs, traditionally strong, dipped a bit in COVID 2020 and will look to bounce back, one under a new, but familiar, coach.
The Eagle-Commodore cooperative football team will look to build on positive momentum from its 2020 7v7 campaign.
And a new coach with a strong running and track &...
OTTER VALLEY UNION High School Varsity Boys' Soccer
BRANDON –– School is back in session at Otter Valley Union High School, and so are fall sports. At OV, that includes girls’ and boys’ soccer, field hockey, football, cross-country running and golf.
Coaches and athletes have set goals as they move forward in the season.
Here’s a brief preview of the season ahead for OV athletes
Field hockey won its first game this season –– 6-0 against Brattleboro in Brandon on Sept. 4, with Lily Morgan in goal for her second year starting.
The Otters highlighted what should be a balanced attack this fall: Riley Keith and Brittney Jackson...
Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Two games, two shutouts.
Granted, a road game at St. Albans on this coming Friday might pose more of a challenge for the Middlebury Union High School football team’s aggressive defense.
But this past Friday’s victim, the Burlington-South Burlington cooperative team on Doc Collins Field, will be happy not to see the Tigers again after losing by 22-0.
The Seawolves managed just two first downs all night, both on their opening possession on completions by sophomore quarterback Nick Kelly.
The rest of the night Kelly and Ahmed Diawara, with whom he shared time at QB, were sacked as...