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VUHS MIDFIELDER JACK Wyman flies through the air to win this ball in front of Eagle Neil Guy. Wyman assisted both goals in the Commodores’ 2-1 home victory, while Guy set up the Eagle score. Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — In a Tuesday boys’ soccer game that ramped up in intensity as it progressed, host Vergennes Union High School did just enough to get past rival Mount Abraham, 2-1. On a surface still slippery from weekend rain that forced postponement from Monday, the Eagles had an edge in possession fairly reflected in their 8-3 advantage in corner kicks. But the 9-2-2 Commodores’ quick-strike capability and reliable defense ultimately carried the day as they picked up a result that was critical to earning a high seed for the Division III playoffs. Coach Kevin Hayes credited the Eagles’ effort. “...

MOUNT ABE MIDFIELDER Natalie Atkins shields Vergennes defender Anna Carr in the first half of the Eagles’ 2-0 home win on Tuesday. Mount Abe came on strong in the second half. Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — In a Tuesday battle of rebuilding high school girls’ soccer programs, host Mount Abraham defeated Vergennes, 2-0, after taking charge and scoring twice in the second half. The Division II Eagles improved to 2-7, a record that includes five losses against D-I opposition. The Commodores, who faced heavy graduation losses from the 2020 team that made the program’s fourth straight appearance in a D-III final, dropped to 1-8. The Eagles controlled play for the first 20 minutes, but generated few chances. VUHS goalie Carlyn Rapoport made one of her two first-half saves by denying Nell...

EAGLE GOALIE CHANCE Denecker dives in vain on Friday as a second-half penalty kick from Commodore Jack Wyman, far left, nestles into the corner. The visiting Commodores prevailed, 3-0, to remain undefeated heading into a Monday showdown vs. Milton. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ soccer team on Friday erupted for three second-half goals to knock off rival Mount Abraham, 3-0, on the Eagles’ home field.  The victory set up the 6-0-1 Commodores for a showdown of unbeaten teams on Monday, when they host Milton with first place in the Lake Division on the line. The Commodores got two goals from forward Shamus Rooney, a goal (on a penalty kick) and an assist from center midfielder Jack Wyman, and an assist from middie Alisdair Chauvin. And the defensive back line of Jonah Mahé in the middle (Oakley Francis filled in there when...
BARRE — The Mount Abraham-Vergennes football team couldn’t hold onto a first-half lead on Saturday at Spaulding and fell, 26-16. The 0-4 Eagles will look to break through when they host Division II rival North Country on Saturday at 3 p.m. After Tide QB Andrew Trottier tossed an early 40-yard TD pass to Grady Chase, the Eagles responded with 16 straight points to take the lead. Eagle QB Adam Mansfield rushed for a touchdown and kicked the point-after to tie the score early in the second quarter, and the Eagles took a 9-7 lead on a safety nine seconds later. Mansfield hit Carmelo Miceli for a...
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vergennes and Mount Abraham teams each broke through for their first wins to highlight high school girls’ soccer action between Sept. 22 and 28. Elsewhere, Middlebury suffered a close home loss, while Otter Valley remained in search of a breakthrough victory. EAGLES On Sept. 23 Mount Abe (1-5) picked up its first victory by blanking host Milton, 1-0. Halle Huizenga scored the game’s only goal in the 31st minute, with an assist from Anne Dufault, and the Eagle defense and goalie Jo Toy made it stand up. COMMODORES On Saturday the Commodores coasted past visiting Green...

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,...

Commodore forward Xavier DeBlois notches the home team’s second goal, holding off Paine Mountain defender Hayden Sargent to fire home a left-foot shot after teammate Elijah Duprey’s blast rebounded from the crossbar in the second half of Friday’s win in Vergennes. Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — The boys’ soccer season at Vergennes Union High School got off to a promising start on Friday, when the Commodores dominated visiting Paine Mountain, a collective team from the Northfield-Williamstown area, in a 2-0 victory. The Commodores allowed just four shots at goal, only two of which junior goalie Abram Francis had to parry; launched 21 of their own, 10 on target; consistently won 50-50 challenges; and showed more than respectable amounts of creativity and purpose in their ball movement.  Coach Kevin Hayes had asked for more variety and patience on the attack, and at least...

VERGENNES’ PITCHER SIERRA Bertrand throws to the plate in Tuesday’s loss to Peoples Academy. Bertrand, a Commodore senior, gave up six runs in the 15-9 defeat. Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School softball team this spring played well enough against a tough schedule to earn the No. 7 seed in Division III and a home postseason game on Tuesday, the program’s first in five years. But the Commodores did not play well enough to win that game. No. 10 Peoples banged out 16 hits off two VUHS pitchers and left town with a 15-9 victory. The Commodores could have been luckier. Several hard-hit balls by VUHS batters off winning pitcher Tiffany Parker went right at her fielders, while balls hit by Peoples batters had a knack of rolling between the VUHS...

VERGENNES UNION HIGH School seniors Gabe Praamsma, left, and Ben Huston, shown at last fall’s state cross country meet, were multi-event champions in the Division III track and field championships in Windsor. File photo by Joe McVeigh
WINDSOR — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ track team won five events at Saturday’s Division III state championship meet at Windsor and finished third among 11 teams competing. Seniors Ben Huston and Gabe Praamsma took part in the five victories. Huston won at 3,000 and 1,500 meters by significant margins, Praamsma won the 800 in a personal record, and both ran on the Commodores’ victorious 4x400-meter and 4x800 relay teams, which each won by large margins. The two runners capped outstanding careers that included multiple top finishes in cross country and indoor and outdoor track....
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School baseball team came into a Tuesday game having pulled out two dramatic wins late last week over top-eight Division II teams. The D-III Commodores couldn’t make it three in a row against visiting Spaulding that afternoon, however: The 10-1 Crimson Tide knocked out 13 hits and scored in five out of seven innings to leave town with an 8-4 victory. The Commodores dropped to 4-7, but are still in position for a D-III home playoff game thanks to their recent wins, the points they pick up for playing a strong schedule, and what Coach Dwight Burkett called a...

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