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EAGLE SENIOR GUARD Savannah Scrodin (4) drives past two Colchester defenders as another senior, Marley Keith (31), takes position under the basket in the fourth quarter of Mount Abe’s 52-43 home loss on Friday. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team did a lot right vs. visiting Division I Colchester on Friday. Counting team rebounds, the Eagles earned a 39-29 edge on the boards. They had one fewer turnover than the Lakers (20-21), and sank one more free throw (9-8). But the Eagles didn’t shoot well. They hit just 14 shots, compared to the 3-4 Lakers’ 21. The result was a 52-43 Laker victory. Colchester led most of the way, but did not shake the Eagles until late in the fourth quarter. Two free throws from Eagle senior forward Marley Keith followed by a layup from junior...
ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury boys’ basketball team won its third straight game, this one at the expense of rival Vergennes, to highlight high school sports action late last week. Other winners included the Eagle boys’ and Otter Valley and Tiger girls’ basketball teams. Meanwhile COVID protocols limited last week’s local hockey schedule to one game, a setback for the MUHS girls, as the sport’s postseason looms. BOYS’ HOOP On Thursday host the MUHS boys overcame a slow start and defeated the visiting Commodores, 60-47. The Tigers got back in the game with a 16-0 run in the second quarter and...
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School junior varsity boys’ basketball team has canceled practices and games this week after one of its players allegedly tested positive for COVID-19. The school’s varsity and JV boys’ teams opened their season last Friday, Feb. 12, by hosting Enosburg Falls High School, which is located in Franklin County. A couple of days later, Mount Abe Athletic Director Devin Wendel notified Enosburg Athletic Director Anthony Sorrentino that a Mount Abe JV player had tested positive for the disease, and likely had been positive during the Feb. 12 game, Sorrentino...
ADDISON COUNTY — The first full weekend of the high school winter sports season was highlighted by a Friday win for the Vergennes girls’ basketball team over visiting rival Mount Abraham. In a successful stretch, the Middlebury and Mount Abe boys’ basketball teams won their home openers, the Tiger dance team put in a strong performance in an earlier virtual competition, and the MUHS boys’ hockey team opened with a road win. The Tiger girls’ hockey squad also prevailed; see separate story here. Vermont high school sports competitions at indoor venues have been on hold because of the COVID-19...

NANCY GADEN, THEN, as an 18-year-old freshman, shoots a foul shot in a Middlebury College women’s basketball game in 1980. Gaden averaged nearly 30 points a game that season and set a single-game scoring record with a 52-point game. Photo/Middlebury College Archives
This is the story of Nancy Gaden, basketball player extraordinaire. Before we tell of Nancy’s accomplishments, let’s set the context: if you look at the record book in women’s basketball at Middlebury College, one woman dominates: Sladja Kovijanic, ’93. Sladja is without question the best women’s basketball player ever at Middlebury in the nearly half century Middlebury women have played the game seriously. She was spectacular, one of the very few best players in all of DIII NCAA hoops at the time. In 1993, she led the country in scoring with an average of 30.9. Let’s pause for a minute...

DEE ROWE (MIDDLEBURY College 1952) pictured in 2015 in a familiar position at the lectern in the classroom in the Kenyon Arena, where he presided for 17 Winter Terms, teaching a course on coaching. According to the Boston Globe obituary his “calling cards” were a “genial spirit, a bone-deep sense of loyalty, and an infectious love of the game (basketball).” He died Jan. 10 at 91. Photo courtesy of Brad Nadeau, Middlebury Athletics
Donald “Dee” Rowe, Middlebury College, class of 1952, died at age 91 on January 10. Dee was a major figure in basketball circles in New England and nationally: his obituary in the Boston Globe called him “the ebullient lodestar to a constellation of New England basketball coaches and players.” Dee spent five decades in the athletic department at the University of Connecticut, first as a successful coach at the highest D-I level and later as a Special Adviser for Athletics. In 2017 he received the John W. Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Dee was...

TIGER JUNIOR KARIC Riche goes airborne for two points past the defense of VUHS senior forward Kevin Jackson. Both players earned postseason recognition from the Lake Division. The Tiger boys, led by senior Tyler Buxton, proved to be the best in the area by going 5-0 against the three other local teams on the way to a 12-10 record. Independent file photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — This winter was not one that ended with the area’s high school basketball teams cutting down nets and earning banners to hang in their gyms. But along the way the teams created memorable moments and made many a clutch individual or collective play.  Three girls’ teams — from Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Otter Valley — all posted strong winning streaks and won playoff games. Others dealt with injury — such as the Middlebury boys, who also won a playoff game, and again the Eagle girls — but still fared well.  Another, the MUHS girls, won five times with a team with just two...
NEWPORT — In first-round high school boys’ basketball playoff action this week, Middlebury advanced, but Mount Abraham and Vergennes were eliminated. The Tigers, seeded No. 6 in Division II, ousted No. 11 Lamoille, 66-58 on Wednesday. The 10-11 Lancers erased the Tigers’ 35-26 halftime advantage to take a one-point lead entering the fourth quarter, but Coach John Howe said “strong defense and a few heads-up plays” allowed the Tigers to prevail. Senior Tyler Buxton sparked MUHS with 31 points, 15 rebounds, four steals, and three assists, and classmate Tim Goettelmann added 10 points and five...

EAGLE JUNIOR GRIFFIN Paradee attacks the paint as Tiger junior Gabe Dunn defends during Tuesday’s boys’ basketball game at Mount Abraham. The visiting Tigers prevailed in overtime to highlight high school basketball play earlier this week. Photo courtesy of Mark Bouvier
ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury boys made it a season sweep of Mount Abraham in local high school basketball action early this week. Elsewhere, the MUHS girls split two games, a D-I visitor knocked off the Vergennes boys, and the Otter Valley girls lost on the road. TIGERS-EAGLES In a back-and-forth contest, the Tiger boys’ basketball team got two free throws apiece from Jeffrey Lokatys and Karic Riche late in overtime to nail down a 60-57 victory at Mount Abraham. The Eagles outscored the Tigers, 18-5, in the third period as Liam Kelliher scored seven of his 19 points. Mount Abe led, 41-36,...
ADDISON COUNTY — In high school basketball action earlier this week only the Middlebury boys picked up a win, as the Vergennes and Otter Valley girls teams lost at home, and the Commodore boys lost a close road game. The Tiger girls also visited Mount Abraham on Tuesday; see story on Page 1B. The Mount Abe and Otter Valley boys both played on Wednesday after the deadline for this edition. TIGER BOYS On Monday the Tiger boys bounced back from a disappointing setback on the previous Friday to thump visiting Missisquoi, 83-57. Tyler Buxton led a balanced offense with 16 points, and Colby Hammond...

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