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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
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
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...
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Unified School District board will host a public forum on the status of the district-wide budget on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The MAUSD board plans to adopt a budget proposal on the following Tuesday, Jan. 28. On Town Meeting Day, March 3, 5-Yown residents will vote on a board spending plan to fund Mount Abraham Union high and middle schools and elementary schools in Bristol, Monkton, Lincoln, Starksboro and New Haven. Wednesday’s forum will begin at 6 p.m. in Mount Abe’s large cafeteria and is scheduled to last for 90 minutes. According to MAUSD business manager Floyd...
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Unified School District Board and Superintendent Patrick Reen are working on a new deal that will keep Reen on the job for another three years. Reen first came aboard in July 2016, when area schools were still under the umbrella of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union, before the district consolidated under the one-board governance of MAUSD. He had been working as the Middlebury Union Middle School principal when chosen to lead Bristol-area schools. MAUSD Board Chairwoman Dawn Griswold said contract details have yet to be finalized; Reen’s salary for this school...

MOUNT ABE JUNIOR forward Quincy Cook goes up for two points despite the defense of Commodore senior Kevin Jackson during Saturday’s game at Vergennes Union High School. Cook scored eight points as the Eagles came away with the win. Jackson led VUHS with 13. Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — In a boys’ high school basketball rivalry game on Saturday, visiting Mount Abraham opened the second half with a decisive 15-2 run on the way to a 56-38 victory over Vergennes. The Eagles evened their record at 4-4 with their second straight win, while the 0-6 Commodores saw a chance for their first positive result slip away. The Eagles were fortunate to escape the second quarter with a 20-15 lead. In that period the Commodores put the clamps on Mount Abe defensively and scored seven straight points to make it 16-15 — and missed several chances to go ahead by sinking just five of...
ADDISON COUNTY — Vergennes defeated Middlebury for its first victory to highlight local high school girls’ basketball games played this past Friday. Elsewhere, Mount Abraham picked up its fifth straight victory, and Otter Valley dropped a home game to a Division III title contender. VUHS OVER MUHS The Commodores used a balanced effort to dispatch the Tigers, 56-34. Emily Rooney led the way with 11 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and eight steals, and Felicia Poirier (11) and Kate Gosliga (10) scored in double figures. Sophie Hatch and Jordan Jewell added seven points apiece as VUHS moved to...
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball action late last week, Middlebury split two games, Mount Abraham won once, Vergennes lost a road contest, and Otter Valley dropped a pair of home games. The Eagles visited VUHS on Saturday afternoon; see story. TIGERS On Wednesday the Tigers took a 35-12 halftime lead in a 56-39 victory over host Milton. Tyler Buxton (12 points) and Karic Riche (11) led a balanced MUHS offense. On Friday visiting North Country edged the Tigers, 55-53. The Tigers had a chance to tie or win the game on their final possession after rallying as Wes Hirdler...

MOUNT ABE JUNIOR guard Savannah Scrodin presses U-32 Raiders’ Shannon McGinley in the first half of the Eagles’ 45-34 home win on Tuesday. The Eagle defense forced 34 turnovers in the victory. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team started slowly against visiting U-32 on Tuesday, but the Eagles’ defensive pressure, depth, and free-throw shooting carried them to 45-34 victory. The win was the fourth straight for a young team that returned only one player who saw significant minutes a year ago, senior point guard Chloe Johnston, and it improved their record to 4-2 heading into Friday’s home game vs. Lyndon. Both Johnston and Coach Connie LaRose pointed to chemistry and work ethic as major factors in the Eagles’ good start despite returning only three...

MT. ABE GRADUATES Lane Fisher, left, Cora Funke and Martha Bruhl shared their experiences with travel and community support at a talk hosted by the One World Library Project at Lawrence Memorial Library on Thursday. Independent photo/Emma Pope McCright
BRISTOL — Although they’ve taken different paths since high school, three recent graduates of Mount Abraham Union High School agree that the place where they all got their start has profoundly affected their lives. “The community in Bristol and Addison County and Vermont has really shaped how I am today,” 2018 grad Martha Bruhl said during a talk at Lawrence Memorial Library this past Thursday evening. “Vermont has really changed who I am.” The New Haven native joined fellow Mt. Abe grads Cora Funke (class of 2019) and Lane Fisher (class of 2016) to discuss their journeys since leaving...

EAGLE SENIOR GUARD Chloe Johnston ducks under the defense of Otter Valley seniors Julia Eastman, left, and Leah Pinkowski during Mount Abraham’s home victory on Thursday night. Johnston led the Eagles with 12 points and added 10 rebounds. Photo courtesy of Mark Bouvier
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high girls’ basketball play last week, Mount Abraham won twice, once over Otter Valley, to move over .500; Vergennes lost a close road game; and Middlebury cruised to a home victory. EAGLES – OTTERS On Thursday the host Eagles pulled away in the second half to defeat the Otters, 48-27. Mount Abe led at the half by just 18-13, but broke loose for 30 points in the second half behind a balanced attack and aggressive defense. Chloe Johnston (12 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, six steals) and Grace Harvey (seven points, 11 rebounds, eight steals) led a team-wide Eagle...


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