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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...

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. What’s working? To start with, every player on the team was a member of the 2020 Division II champion, and many are multiple...

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 &...

RIDER MACCRELLISH, A member of a state champion boys’ soccer team during his time as an Eagle, returns to Mount Abe this fall as the new head coach of the team.
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School did not have to look far for a new boys’ soccer coach after Bob Russell stepped down after the fall season, just as the search that picked Russell to succeed longtime Coach Mike Corey three years ago did not cast a wide net. Russell, a teacher at Mount Abe, had moved up from a successful stint as the Eagle junior varsity coach, and now 2014 Mount Abe alumnus Rider MacCrellish — a member of the 2013 Eagle championship team — is doing the same. MacCrellish had signed on as a middle school coach in 2016, and then took over the boys’ JV team when Russell...

MOUNT ABE JUNIOR Cami Willsey belts a long high fly ball to bring in a run in the sixth inning as the Eagles scored four times to tie the game and eventually win it, 6-5 in the eighth. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School softball team’s long reign over Division II came to an end in a Tuesday semifinal, when visiting No. 3 Enosburg rode the three-hit, six-strikeout pitching of Dana Elkins past the Eagles, 7-0. As well as winning three straight D-III titles, Mount Abe had won 10 straight games this spring since losing, 6-5, at home to Enosburg, on May 10. That winning streak included an 8-7 win at Enosburg on May 18. Each team entered Tuesday’s game with just two losses. Enosburg, which has a 14-2 record, advanced to the final against the winner of a Wednesday game...

Mount Abe senior Karissa Livingston, who went 2-for-4 in the game, gets a hit in the eighth inning as the Eagles rallied to beat visiting U-32 Raiders 6-5 in Bristol on Saturday. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — For some of Saturday’s Division II home quarterfinal against No. 7 U-32, the second-seeded Mount Abraham Union High School softball team didn’t look like a three-time defending champion.  Maybe it was the first-round bye that meant a nine-day layoff, or the nearly hour-long rain delay. There were baserunning mistakes. Popups on 3-0 counts. Weak swings on the soft offerings of Raider pitcher Grace Johnson. A couple fielding miscues. Meanwhile U-32 (9-6) was swinging the bat well and making plays in the field. The Raiders scored two in the first, two in the third and one in the fifth...

MOUNT ABE’S SARAH Heath crosses the plate for one of the Eagles’ four runs in the third inning of Tuesday’s 5-1 win over Middlebury. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — Two high school softball teams playing well collided on Tuesday, when Middlebury, winners of four of five, visited Mount Abraham, winners of eight straight. Make it nine for Mount Abe. The Eagles’ four-run rally in the bottom of the third and the three-hit pitching of sophomore Eve McCormick proved to be decisive in their 5-1 victory. Mount Abe, a team that on Tuesday started just one senior (center fielder Karissa Livingston), improved to 13-2 and closed in on the No. 2 seed in Division II as the team seeks its fourth straight title. Coach Donnie McCormick acknowledged he was not...

TIGER JUNIOR HANNAH Cameron focuses to see the ball into her glove for an out at second base in the first inning of Saturday’s game against Mount Abraham Union High School. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — Eagle softball won three times in recent local high school sports competitions, and Tiger pitcher Olivia Audet pitched a lot of strikes. Mount Abe and Middlebury faced each other on Saturday. Vergennes won once. On Thursday, May 6, Mount Abraham pummeled Spaulding, 18-5, with six Eagles swatting hits: Karissa Livingston (3 hits), Camilia Masse (2 hit and 2 RBIs), Cami Willsey (2 hits, 3 RBIs), Eve McCormick (1 hit with an RBI), Dakota Laroque (1 hit, 2 RBIs), and Payton Vincent (2 hits). Vincent also earned the win on the mound with 7 strikeouts. For their part, the Tigers...

MOUNT ABRAHAM UNION High School pitcher Ryan Whitcomb throws to the plate in a losing outing against Enosburg Falls on Tuesday. The Eagle senior pitched five innings, giving up just two runs and striking out four Hornets. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — In baseball play in the past week, the teams from Vergennes and Mount Abraham union high schools had mixed results, and Otter Valley lost in their only game. COMMODORES On a rainy April 29 host Spaulding scored six times in the fifth to clinch a 13-3 victory over the Commodores. Winning pitcher Grady Chase allowed just two hits to VUHS, including an RBI single to Tucker Stearns. The Tide improved to 3-0 heading into a Saturday doubleheader at Mount Abe. On Tuesday, VUHS crushed Milton, 19-2, in a game shortened to five innings due to the mercy rule. The Commodores sailed...
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school softball action in the past week, Mount Abe won twice by lopsided scores, Vergennes and Otter Valley union high schools split their games and Middlebury got rained out and fell in the only game they played. EAGLES On Saturday, Mount Abe (2-1) shut down host Rice, 9-1, as Eve McCormick tossed a three-hitter and struck out eight. Cami Willsey homered and doubled to lead the attack. Payton Vincent doubled twice, Karissa Livingston and McCormick each had two hits, and Cami Masse doubled. The Eagles’ April 29 game vs. Enosburg was moved to May 10. On Tuesday...

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