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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College athletes set to compete this weekend in NCAA championship events — including the Panther women’s hockey team — instead headed home after NCAA officials called off all such competitions as a measure to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. In addition the Vermont Brew Professional Arena Football Team, which had planned to host games in Middlebury’s Memorial Sports Center, announced it has cancelled its inaugural 2020 season due to the COVID-19 threat. Team officials said in a press release they “will look to return in 2021.” The college cancellations...
ADDISON COUNTY — Many members of the Middlebury, Mount Abraham/Vergennes, and Otter Valley high school football teams earned postseason recognition from Division I, II and III coaches. Three Tigers earned First Team D-I recognition, two of them on both offense and defense, Tyler Buxton and Trysten Quesnel. Buxton was honored both as a running back and defensive back, and Quesnel as an offensive and defensive lineman. Thatcher Trudeau joined them on the first team as a linebacker. Three Otters earned First Team D-III honors. Jared Denis was recognized as both an offensive and defensive lineman...
ADDISON COUNTY — Many members of the Middlebury, Mount Abraham/Vergennes, and Otter Valley high school football teams earned postseason recognition from Division I, II and III coaches. Three Tigers earned First Team D-I recognition, two of them on both offense and defense, Tyler Buxton and Trysten Quesnel. Buxton was honored both as a running back and defensive back, and Quesnel as an offensive and defensive lineman. Thatcher Trudeau joined them on the first team as a linebacker. Three Otters earned First Team D-III honors. Jared Denis was recognized as both an offensive and defensive lineman...
CASTLETON — Seven local senior high school football players have been selected to take the field in this Saturday’s annual North-South Football All-Star Game, which will kickoff at 12:30 p.m. at Castleton University’s Dave Wolk Stadium. Five Middlebury athletes will play for the South team: running back/defensive back Tyler Buxton, defensive back/quarterback Tim Goettelmann, linebacker/running back Ian Ploof, two-way lineman Trysten Quesnel, and fullback/linebacker Thatcher Trudeau. One Otter Valley player will join them on the South team, Jared Denis. Two-way lineman Jonathan Lapell from the...

MOUNT ABE GOALIE Kira Murray makes a sensational second-half stick save to preserve the Eagles’ lead during their 1-0 victory at UVM earlier this month in the D-II field hockey final. Also pictured are OV’s Mackenzie McKay hoping for a rebound, and Eagles Carly Rougier (No. 4) and Abigail Hoff moving in to help. Independent file photo/Steve James
In reviewing notes from high school football and field hockey games this fall it struck me how many times the most memorable plays came on defense. In looking back at soccer highlights last week more often goals stood out, possibly because scoring is rare in the sport, but also because so many games were close and decided by moments of offensive brilliance amidst the steady defense by the several strong local teams. In football, before the Tigers’ Division I semifinal, the Middlebury Union High School football team allowed only 11 points per game. Obviously defense was a strength. In field...

THE PANTHER FOOTBALL team and Coach Bob Ritter celebrate their 9-0 season and sole possession of the NESCAC title after defeating host Tufts on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Middlebury College
MEDFORD, Mass. – The Middlebury College football team on Saturday defeated host Tufts, 31-24, to win the NESCAC championship and become the first program in NESCAC history to finish with a 9-0 record. The landmark victory came in a season during which Coach Bob Ritter also earned his 100th victory and third league title. The undefeated season is just the third in program history, as the 2019 squad joins the 8-0 teams of 1936 and 1972 in earning that distinction. Against the 4-5 Jumbos the Panthers took a 7-0 lead on their second possession, when quarterback Will Jernigan capped an eight-play...

PANTHER JUNIOR DANNY Diedrich tackles Hamilton senior Sam Robinson deep in Continentals territory during Saturday’s game in Middlebury. The Panthers won, 14-7, clenching a NESCAC league title heading into the final game of the season on Nov. 9. Photo by Benjy Renton
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College football team on this past Saturday clinched at least a share of first place in NESCAC by defeating visiting Hamilton, 14-7. The 8-0 Panthers are ranked No. 1 in New England, but NESCAC teams do not participate in postseason play. The Panthers are the league’s only undefeated team with one week left to play. Wesleyan (7-1) is alone in second place. Although the Panthers defeated Wesleyan this season, NESCAC does not recognize tiebreakers in football, and if Middlebury defeats Tufts (4-4) on the road this Saturday at 12:30 p.m. it can claim the NESCAC crown...

BULLDOG DEFENDER MARK Cathy can’t stop Tiger senior Thatcher Trudeau from running into the end zone at the end of the first quarter of Friday’s Division I semifinal. Visiting Burr & Burton (9-1) dealt the Tigers their first loss, 54-39. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Entering Friday night’s Division I semifinal, the Middlebury Union High School football team had surrendered only 99 points in its nine games, all wins. The Tigers had allowed only one team to score as many as 20 points, and that was back on Sept. 6. They pitched a shutout in their quarterfinal home victory over St. Albans, and had held five straight foes to 14 points or fewer. But the second-seeded Tigers had not played No. 3 Burr & Burton (9-1) and quarterback Joey McCoy. At 9:52 of the second quarter the Bulldogs’ McCoy had already thrown three touchdown passes to John...
MIDDLEBURY — Because Friday night’s Middlebury Union High School football game is a Vermont Principals’ Association Division I semifinal, normal ticket prices and procedures are not in effect. The cost for general admission tickets to the 7 p.m. semifinal pitting the No. 2 Tigers (9-0) vs. 8-1 Burr & Burton will be $8, or $5 for students and seniors 65 or older. Lines are also expected to be long, and those wishing to shorten their wait may also purchase their tickets in advance online at gofan.co/app/school/VT15095. No. 1 seed St. Johnsbury (9-0) and No. 5 Essex (6-3) are meeting in this...
BRANDON — The No. 3 Otter Valley Union High School football team cruised past visiting No. 6 Oxbow, 39-26, on Saturday in a Division III quarterfinal. The 6-3 Otters will travel this Saturday for a rematch with No. 2 BFA-Fairfax, the team they upset on Oct. 19, 38-36, on the road. That was the 8-1 Bullets’ only loss and knocked them out of first place. OV for the second straight game got four touchdown passes from quarterback Alex Polli. Nate Blake rushed for more than 100 yards and a touchdown and surpassed 1,000 yards for the season during the game. After Oxbow (4-5) cut the score to 21-13...

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