South Burlington goaltender Taylor Tobrocke saves a shot from Tiger forward Channing Brush in the second period of Wednesday's Vermont Division II final in Barre.
Independent photo/Steve James
BARRE — A lot of things go into a championship season. Skill, grit, chemistry, brains, and sometimes a dash of extra motivation and unforeseen circumstances.
The 2021 Division II Champion Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team checked all those boxes.
The score read: No. 6 seeded MUHS 2, No. 4 South Burlington 1, in a game played at Barre’s B.O.R. municipal rink last night, Wednesday, March, 24.
The story read: The Tigers’ roster included only 13 athletes — four goalies, and nine skating up and down the ice. That means two forward lines of three skaters each, and three defenders...
ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team and the Vergennes girls’ hoop team are still standing after playoff games in the latter half of last week.
The Tiger boys’ hockey team also won once before falling in a Division II semifinal, while other VUHS, MUHS, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley teams came up short — one in overtime.
The VUHS girls’ basketball team also hosted Winooski in a quarterfinal on Saturday; see separate story here.
TIGER GIRLS’ HOCKEY
The sixth-seeded MUHS girls’ hockey team on Saturday pulled off its second straight road victory over a higher...
Northfield goalie Ethan Prentice Moorby stops Tiger Andy Giorgio in front as Middlebury’s Iain Olsen moves in. The Tigers notched a 9-0 shutout in Saturday’s home game.
Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — If there was any suspense in Saturday’s first-round Division II playoff game between host No. 5 Middlebury and No. 12 Northfield it evaporated early in the second period.
MUHS held a 2-0 lead after one period, during which the Tigers outshot Northfield, 19-2, and senior center Bode Rubright whipped a pair of 15-foot wrist shots into the upper left corner, one from each circle and one on a power play.
Theoretically, the Marauders were still in the game.
The Tigers made sure they weren’t. MUHS improved its play, particularly passing in the offensive zone, and put four pucks behind...
ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury boys’ basketball team won its third straight game, this one at the expense of rival Vergennes, to highlight high school sports action late last week.
Other winners included the Eagle boys’ and Otter Valley and Tiger girls’ basketball teams.
Meanwhile COVID protocols limited last week’s local hockey schedule to one game, a setback for the MUHS girls, as the sport’s postseason looms.
On Thursday host the MUHS boys overcame a slow start and defeated the visiting Commodores, 60-47. The Tigers got back in the game with a 16-0 run in the second quarter and...
THE RINK IN the center of the Middlebury College campus was set up in 1980 as an antidote to a winter of bad skiing conditions.
Photo courtesy of Middlebury College Archives
Driving down Route 125, College Street, as I do most days, I noticed a temporary structure had gone up in the middle of the Middlebury College campus.
It’s a “winterized tent” where “students can hang out” in this pandemic-compromised winter, with an adjacent skating rink. As President Laurie Patton explained in the Independent on Feb. 18: “We are embracing cold weather and everything wonderful about Vermont.”
Do the students making use of this space for social and recreational purposes understand they are on historic, if not hallowed, college ground?
The scene transports me back to the...
ADDISON COUNTY — The first full weekend of the high school winter sports season was highlighted by a Friday win for the Vergennes girls’ basketball team over visiting rival Mount Abraham.
In a successful stretch, the Middlebury and Mount Abe boys’ basketball teams won their home openers, the Tiger dance team put in a strong performance in an earlier virtual competition, and the MUHS boys’ hockey team opened with a road win. The Tiger girls’ hockey squad also prevailed; see separate story here.
Vermont high school sports competitions at indoor venues have been on hold because of the COVID-19...
TIGER DEFENDER AUDREY Schnoor (18), who scored two goals in the game, battles a Missisquoi player for the puck during Saturday’s 4-0 home win by the Middlebury Union High School girls hockey team.
Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — After a couple dozen practices in the past month, the Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team, like most high school athletes everywhere in Vermont, were thrilled just to compete this past weekend.
It just made their return to action sweeter when the Tigers iced their Saturday-evening cake with a four-goal outburst that spanned the second and third periods to defeat visiting Missisquoi Valley Union, 4-0.
Senior defender Audrey Schnoor, whose two goals bookended the decisive surge, described the Tigers’ feelings of finally skating in a real game — and then winning.
RIPTON/MIDDLEBURY — COVID-19 has claimed another casualty in terms of long-running public events that have been called off because of the pandemic. The North Branch School Board has decided to cancel this year’s NBS Hockey tournament.
The tournament, which would have taken place March 12-14 in Middlebury’s Memorial Sports Center, would have been the 18th in the annual series. The NBS Hockey tournament is the Ripton independent middle school’s largest annual fundraiser and attracts teams of all ages and genders. Often the teams have fun names like “Dump and Change,” “Family Jewels,” “Rusty...
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...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ and boys’ hockey teams will both open Division I tournament play in road quarterfinals on Wednesday.
The 12-6-2 Tiger girls were seeded fifth in D-I and will visit No. 4 Harwood (13-5-2) at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Harwood and the Tigers skated to a 1-1 tie in Middlebury in their only meeting of the winter.
The winner of that game will almost certainly face top seed Burlington-Colchester (18-1-1) in a semifinal to be played on March 6 or 7. The Sealakers handled the Tigers twice this winter, 8-1 and 5-0. The D-I girls’ final will be played at...