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ESSEX JUNCTION — On Friday host Essex ended what was an encouraging fall for the Mount Abraham-Vergennes cooperative high school football program with a 55-20 victory in a Burlington Region first-round postseason match-up.  Hornet quarterback Sam Bowen sparked his 7v7 touch football team with five touchdown passes, and Essex took control in the second quarter after the Eagles played them tough early.  For the Eagles, Caleb Russell completed 15 of 26 passes for 249 yards and two TDs, while Adam Mansfield completed 13 of 33 for 126 yards and one score. On the receiving end, contributing were...

MOUNT ABRAHAM’S CARLY Rougier loses her stick and goes flying in a clash with Hartford midfielder Jasmine Jenkins in the first half of Friday’s game in Bristol. Jenkins was called for a penalty and the Eagles went on to win, 2-1. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — After the Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team’s 8-2 victory over visiting Woodstock in Tuesday’s Division II semifinal, senior defensive midfielder Liz Porter took a moment to reflect on a season that began with uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite a late start to the season, the doubt whether there would even be a season, and a short preseason for a young team — Porter, a co-captain, is essentially the team’s only senior starter — the fall is ending where it often does for Eagle field hockey, with a trip to the D-II final. They will face. No. 2 Burr &...

MOUNT ABE’S AVA Konczal harries Hartford defender Grace Gardner in the second half of the Eagles’ 2-1 home win on Friday. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — As the Division II postseason got under way top-seeded Mount Abraham won its opener and No. 7 Otter Valley worked hard to oust No. 10 Middlebury before running into No. 2 Burr & Burton in a quarterfinal matchup.  Mount Abe also hosted No. 4 Woodstock on Tuesday; see story on Page 1B. EAGLES ADVANCE On this past Friday No. 1 Mount Abe survived a challenge from No. 8 Hartford to win, 2-1. The Hurricanes took the lead two minutes in on an Alice Piper goal. Maddie Gile equalized for the Eagles as they gradually asserted themselves, and Molly Laurent’s unassisted goal 2:20...

TIGER JUNIOR SOPHIE Larocque (15) tussles for the ball with Mount Abe’s Sadie Thomas, a senior midfielder, in the first half of Friday’s game in Middlebury. The Eagles led by a goal at the half, but Middlebury scored twice in the second to win the local matchup. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — As the second half wore on and the rain kept falling during Friday’s girls’ soccer game in Middlebury, it began to look more and more like Mount Abraham senior Savannah Scrodin’s first-half breakaway goal would hold up as the game-winner. Truthfully, the Eagles could have had more than what through 65 minutes was the game’s lone score.  Scrodin’s strike came in the 22nd minute, when MUHS goalie Audrey Schnoor could not get a hand on Scrodin’s 12-yard blast into the upper left corner. Mount Abe senior Ellie Ginsburg set up the play, stealing the ball from a Tiger back and sending...
ADDISON COUNTY — Vergennes edged Mount Abraham on a late goal to provide the biggest highlight in recent high school girls’ soccer action. OV also picked up a win, and VUHS and Middlebury also earned ties.  The Eagles also visited Middlebury on Friday; see story on Page 1B.  COMMODORES On Oct. 14 host VUHS edged Mount Abe, 1-0, when Sydney Weber netted the 77th-minute game-winner during a scramble following a corner kick. Kate Gosliga worked a three-save shutout for the Commodores, and Eagle keeper Joanna Toy stopped six shots.  On Friday, visiting Spaulding topped VUHS, 2-1, on two Sage...

MOUNT ABRAHAM UNION High School forward Molly Laurent stick-handles the ball between two Burlington defenders in the first half of Tuesday’s 5-0 home win in Bristol. The Eagle junior scored twice. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — It might be only a pandemic-shortened, five-game regular season, but so far the Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team is making the best of it.  On Tuesday the defending Division II champion Eagles moved to 4-0 with a 5-0 thumping of visiting Burlington (1-4).  After junior forwards Txuxa Konczal and Molly Laurent combined for a sensational early goal, junior goalie Maddie Donaldson and the defense of sophomores Natalie Adams (filling in for ailing senior starter Sarah Lavigne) and Payton Vincent and junior Natalie Chase staved off Burlington’s best surge of the game. ...

JADYNN POPE, CENTER front, is the only senior on the Otter Valley field hockey team, which honored her on its Senior Day on Monday. A defender, Pope celebrated by scoring her first career goal in the Otters’ 8-0 victory over Fair Haven. Photo courtesy of Jodie Keith
ADDISON COUNTY — In the past week of local high school field hockey action Mount Abraham kept rolling, Otter Valley split a pair of games, and Middlebury remained in search of a victory. EAGLES On Oct. 9 the Eagles topped visiting Mount Mansfield, 1-0. Txuxa Konczal’s first-period goal, set up by Molly Laurent, held up as the game-winner as Mount Abe outshot the Cougars, 15-3. Maddie Donaldson earned the three-save shutout as the Eagles improved to 3-0 heading into Tuesday. Mount Abe hosted Burlington on Tuesday; see story on Page 1B. OTTERS On Saturday host Windsor (5-0) tipped OV, 4-1. ...

SPAULDING HIGH SCHOOL goalkeeper Kent Barcomb lunges to clear the ball from Mount Abe midfielder Tanner Harris (7), as Eagle teammates Branden Reynolds (3), Joe Graziadei (2) and Henry Cogswell (14) look on in the first half of Tuesday’s game in Bristol. Harris later scored one of the Eagles’ four goals in the half. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — After a slow start in Tuesday’s home game, the Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ soccer team took wing and soared to a 7-2 victory over winless Spaulding. The Eagles spotted the Tide an early goal on a wind-aided, but well-struck corner kick, but then settled into their possession game and scored four times in 20 minutes to take command and improve to 2-1.  Coach Bobby Russell said he appreciated the variety of the ways the Eagles scored and their goal-scorers, but most of all he enjoyed watching his team apply the principles he and the Eagles had been practicing — moving the...
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school girls’ soccer action this past week Otter Valley won big at home in its opener, while Mount Abraham split a pair of games, and Vergennes lost a close road game.  Vergennes also visited Middlebury on Oct. 2; see story. Results from Wednesday games will be added to this story online on Thursday. All four local girls’ soccer teams were scheduled to see action on Wednesday, but most games were postponed due to the threat of thunderstorms.  OTTERS Elena Politano netted four goals in the OV girls’ soccer team’s 7-1 win against visiting Mill River on Friday....

TIGER SENIOR WILL Carpenter, seen here at Rikert Nordic Center in the classic championship race, earned Honorable Mention as a Division II Nordic All-Star after skiing to 10th- and 18th-place finishes at the two-day championship meet. Independent file photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — Four Nordic skiers from Middlebury Union High School and one from Mount Abraham were named Division II All-Stars, and another three Tigers and one Eagle earned honorable mention. Those named all-stars earned the 10 best combined times for the freestyle and classic state races over the two-day state championship competition, and honorable mentions went to those with the next best five combined times.  Three Tiger boys earned All-Star status: Jack Christner, Zach Wilkerson and Elvis McIntosh. Christner won the classic race and finished fourth in the freestyle, and also anchored...

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