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VUHS JUNIOR BARRET Barrows looks for the pin signal from the referee during one of his 182-pound matches at this past weekend’s state wrestling tournament at Mount Anthony. Barrows finished third in the weight class to help the Commodores take fifth place. Photo courtesy of Lisa Brace
03/05/2020
BENNINGTON — The Vergennes Union High School wrestling team took fifth place and placed three wrestlers in the top three in their weight classes to submit the best performance among local teams at this past weekend’s state championship meet at Mount Anthony. Host MAU (278 points) topped Essex (254) and Spaulding (201) for the Patriots’ 32nd straight Vermont title. VUHS was fifth with 116 points, Mount Abraham took eighth with 82, and Otter Valley was ninth among 21 scoring teams with 80. Middlebury did not place a wrestler on the podium and scored seven points, good for 18th. Commodore Aiden...
03/05/2020
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team dreamed all season of hosting the program’s first playoff game in more than a decade. And the Commodores made it happen, winning their final five regular season games to finish 12-8 to earn the No. 7 seed in Division III and the right to host No. 10 BFA-Fairfax, also 12-8, on Tuesday. Then Tuesday’s first half was a nightmare of 10 VUHS turnovers, Bullet offensive rebounds, and four threes and 14 points from Fairfax guard Jaycee Douglas. But a glimmer of hope for the home team came in half’s final minute, when a hoop in the...

VUHS SOPHOMORE FELICIA Poirier heads up the court while guarded by Missisquoi’s Serena Power in the Commodores’ Thursday home win. Poirier scored nine points vs. MVU and led VUHS in scoring in a Saturday road victory. Independent photo/Steve James
02/24/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School junior forward Kate Gosliga was most excited to talk about one thing after the Commodore girls’ basketball team defeated visiting Missisquoi on Thursday, 56-37. “We really want a home playoff game,” Gosliga said. “It would be so awesome. We’re so excited. Oh, my goodness.” On Saturday the Commodores took a step closer to that goal by defeating host Richford, 43-38. That leaves the Commodores with a 10-8 record, good for seventh place in Division III with two games to go. Barring shockers, they will finish seventh and host the No. 10 seed — probably...

THE VUHS BOYS’ team on Sunday won four events and finished third in the Division II track and field championship at UVM despite fielding just eight athletes, all of them runners. Pictured are front, Jarret Muzzy; middle, l-to-r, Chris Therrien, Kai Williams and Julio Quiles; and rear, l-to-r, Coach Brad Castillo, Xander DeBlois, Gabe Praamsma, Ben Huston and Erich Reitz. Photo courtesy of Bill Clark
02/20/2020
BURLINGTON — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ indoor track team won four events and placed third in Division II at Sunday’s championship meet, hosted by the University of Vermont. The performances by Coach Brad Castillo’s Commodores represented the program’s best finish at a state meet since 2004, when a larger VUHS team that included field events athletes as well as runners captured second place. Junior Ben Huston and senior Julio Quiles sparked the team. Huston won at 1,000 meters and ran on the Commodores’ winning 4-by-400 and 4-by-800-meter relay teams. Quiles won the 300, finished...
02/17/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham defeated visiting Vergennes in double overtime to headline local high school girls’ basketball play late last week. In other action the Eagles picked up two wins, while the Commodores, Middlebury and Otter Valley lost road games. VUHS-EAGLES The Eagles finally shook off the Commodores at the end of the second overtime period, 43-47, when Chloe Johnston and Abby Reen sank clinching free throws. The Commodores led by 18-10 in the first half, but a 9-0 Eagle run put them up by 19-18 at the break, and the teams traded the lead the rest of the way. It was 31-31 at...

EAGLE JUNIOR FORWARD Koby LaRose gathers himself between Commodore defenders Gage Lalumiere and Jake Russell before going up for two points during the Mount Abe boys’ hoop team’s win over VUHS on Saturday. Independent photo/Steve James
02/10/2020
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ basketball team on Saturday used tough defense and full-court pressure to limit visiting Vergennes to 25 points through three quarters on the way to a 57-46 victory. The 8-8 Eagles were not always crisp in their set offense, but they were more effective than the Commodores — who also played well defensively — in creating points from turnovers. Ten Eagles scored, four between nine and the team-high 11 points tossed in by senior Liam Kelliher. A surge early in the fourth quarter pushed their lead to 25 points, enough to withstand a late surge...
02/10/2020
VERGENNES — Visiting North Country got at least nine points from four players on Saturday and defeated the host Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team, 58-42. Falcon McKenna Marsh scored 13 points to lead the Falcons as they improved to 8-5. NCU hit seven three-pointers in its win. Kate Gosliga tossed in 14 points to pace the Commodores, who slipped to 7-6, but remained in 8th place in the Division III standings. VUHS heads on the road this week to take on D-I Mount Mansfield on Tuesday and Mount Abraham on Friday. The Commodores will be looking to sweep the season series with the...
02/06/2020
JERICHO — The Vergennes Union High School wrestling team finished third, the highest among Vermont teams, at Saturday’s Jason Lowell Memorial Tournament hosted by Mount Mansfield Union High School. Five Commodores reached the podium, led by junior Aidan Gebo. Gebo won at 126 pounds and the tournament’s coaches chose him as the event’s Outstanding Wrestler. Otter Valley, Mount Abraham and Middlebury wrestlers also earned top-four finishes at the 29-team tournament. Peru, N.Y. won the tournament with 241.5 points, followed by Malone, N.Y. (108.5), VUHS (100), Champlain Valley (95.5), and OV (89...
01/30/2020
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team on Monday rolled to a 52-34 victory over visiting Hazen. The Commodores improved to 5-4 with their fifth win in six games. VUHS outscored Hazen, 15-6, in the second quarter to take control of Monday’s game. Kate Gosliga led the attack with 19 points, and Felicia Poirier added seven. Alleigh Gaboree led Hazen with nine points. The Commodores were set to visit Otter Valley on Wednesday evening and will visit Middlebury on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

MOUNT ABE SENIOR Chloe Johnston drives past Commodore senior Sophie Hatch during in the fourth quarter of the Eagle girls’ basketball team’s 35-25 loss to VUHS on Thursday. Johnston sparked a late rally that fell short. Independent photo/Steve James
01/27/2020
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball Coach Billy Waller said Thursday was the first time in at least seven years that his Commodores had defeated Mount Abraham. But their 35-25 victory over the 6-4 Eagles didn’t look like a fluke. The Commodores smothered the Eagles with tough man-to-man defense, setting the tone by allowing two points in the first quarter. They forced 18 Eagle turnovers, led by seven steals from sophomore Felicia Poirier, and converted them into 18 transition points. They outrebounded the Eagles, 31-25, with senior Kate Gosliga hauling down 13 boards to...

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