MOUNT ABE MIDFIELDER Madison Giles scored this shootout goal to help the Eagles win their third straight D-II field hockey title. Goalie Maddie Donaldson stopped four shots in the shootout, in which forward Txuxa Konczal netted the game-winner over No. 2 Burr & Burton.
Independent file photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — In the end high school fall sports in 2020 looked more normal than not.
That can be said even though there weren’t crowds at games or meets, and there were masks.
There weren’t post-game handshakes, and there were pre-game temperature checks and COVID questionnaires.
But once the events started, athletes were just out there competing. It wasn’t hard to forget about a pandemic and just admire good plays and make note of miscues, celebrate the achievements and wonder what could have gone better.
Normalcy? Why not start with the Mount Abe field hockey team?
MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School senior Merry Kimball keeps the ball away from Moriah (N.Y.) High School defender Reagan Garrison during a preseason scrimmage at the MUHS soccer pitch off Creek Road on Monday afternoon. The competitions start in earnest this Friday when local varsity sports teams begin their seasons.
Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — When overnight temperatures in the Champlain Valley dip into the 50s it’s a sure sign that another year of high school sports is here.
By the middle of next week, every Middlebury, Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Otter Valley union high school cross-country, field hockey, football, golf and soccer teams will take to a field or course in regular-season action.
This Friday, Sept. 30, is the magic date, with four teams taking a bow: in chronological order, Eagle and Tiger field hockey, Tiger boys’ soccer, and Tiger football.
By the time the dust settles on Saturday, Commodore,...