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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
04/02/2020
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...

EAGLE SENIOR GUARD Chloe Johnston, right, heads upcourt as VUHS senior Sophie Hatch applies pressure. The teams split two games this winter. Johnston was named the Lake Division Co-Player of the Year for her offensive and defensive efforts. Independent file photo/Steve James
03/26/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Nine local high school girls’ basketball players received postseason recognition.  Mount Abraham senior Chloe Johnston was named the Lake Division Co-Player of the Year, along with Mount Mansfield’s Caitlyn Luitjens. Vergennes junior Kate Gosliga joined Johnston on the Lake First Team.  Otter Valley senior Livia Bernhardt was picked for the Southern Vermont League B Division First Team.  Two Otters, Alia Edmunds and Alice Keith, were named to the SVL B Division Second Team, and Commodore Felicia Poirier made the Lake Division Second Team.  Two players earned Lake Honorable...
02/27/2020
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...
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...

EAGLE SENIOR GUARD Chloe Johnston goes high over Tiger defenders Cady Pitner, left, and Hannah Turner to get a shot off in the lane during Tuesday’s basketball game at Mount Abraham. Johnston scored 15 points in the Eagles’ victory Independent photo/Steve James
02/06/2020
BRISTOL — Pressure defense by the host Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team proved to be too much for visiting Middlebury on Tuesday, when the Eagles forced 17 first-half turnovers and 28 total in a 45-21 victory. The 8-5 Eagles also showed signs of the more balanced scoring that Coach Connie LaRose has been seeking to support senior guard Chloe Johnston, especially now that it is official that sophomore forward Grace Harvey will not return from a Jan. 23 knee injury. Johnston still led the way with 15 points, but four other Eagles contributed between five and nine points...

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...

OTTER VALLEY JUNIOR Parker Todd lays in two of his team-high 16 points during Friday’s boys’ basketball game at Mount Abraham. The host Eagles won in dramatic fashion even though the Otters rallied to tie the game in the final minute. Independent photo/Steve James
01/20/2020
BRISTOL — After watching his young Otter Valley boys’ basketball team lose on Friday at Mount Abraham Union High School, 46-44, on a bucket with 3.2 seconds to go, Coach Mike Stark cited the Eagles’ senior leadership as the difference. Well, really, Stark was talking about Liam Kelliher, whose 12-foot baseline floater created the final score. And after the Otters went on a second-quarter run to take a 21-13 lead, it was Kelliher who scored 10 points and set up a hoop by sophomore Henry Cogswell to give the Eagles a 25-21 halftime advantage. “Kelliher is a ballplayer,” Stark said. “He’s good,...

TIGER GUARD CADY Pitner drives the baseline as forward Grace Harvey provides the defense for Mount Abraham during the Eagle girls’ basketball team’s 36-22 victory on Thursday at Middlebury. Photo Courtesy of Mark Bouvier
01/20/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham defeated Middlebury to highlight area girls’ basketball action late last week. Elsewhere, Vergennes came up just short at home to a Division I foe, and undefeated D-II power Fair Haven knocked off Otter Valley. EAGLES-TIGERS On Thursday the Eagles used a full-court press to bolt to a 20-4 first-quarter lead on the way to a 36-22 victory at MUHS. Chloe Johnston sparked the Eagles with 12 points, 10 in the first quarter, and added five steals and three assists. Grace Harvey contributed eight points, seven steals and seven rebounds as the Eagles improved to 6-2...
01/16/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball action earlier this week, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley pulled out victories, but Vergennes came up short on the road. Middlebury was set to host Division II title favorite Fair Haven on Wednesday after deadline for this edition. EAGLES On Tuesday the Eagles held on for a 51-48 victory at Enosburg, moving over .500 at 5-4 as a result. Liam Kelliher led the Eagles with 15 points and hit three of four free throws in the late going to help Mount Abe seal the win. Henry Cogswell added 12 points for Mount Abe. Ethan Williams paced the Hornets...

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