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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...
BRISTOL — Visiting Milton came back against the Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ basketball team on Friday night to win, 60-47. The Eagles took a 29-19 lead into the locker room at halftime, but the Yellowjackets outscored them, 21-9,  in the third period and then hit 11 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Kyle Brown scored 18 points to lead Milton. Liam Kelliher paced the 2-4 Eagles with 17 points, and Quincy Cook and Griffin Paradee added 10 apiece. Mount Abe will host Missisquoi on Wednesday and visit Vergennes on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.  

MARTHA BRUHL IS one of three Mount Abraham Union High School graduates who will present on her study abroad experience at the next One World Library Project event at Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol on Thursday, Jan. 2, from 7-8 p.m. Photo courtesy of One World Library Project
BRISTOL — Each year, Vermont schools send young graduates out into the world. To learn how some of these young people are making their mark, the public is invited to “Bringing Our Community to the World,” a discussion with three Mount Abe graduates. The program takes place on Thursday, Jan. 2, at Lawrence Memorial Library, from 7-8 p.m. The event is sponsored by One World Library Project. It is free and handicapped accessible. The mission of One World Library Project is “to bring the world to our community,” and to that end a small scholarship is offered each year to a graduating Mount Abe...
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham toppled Otter Valley to highlight local high schools boys’ basketball action late last week. In other games both Middlebury and Vergennes came up short vs. Division I competition. Monday games were played after the early holiday deadline for this edition of the Independent. EAGLES-OV On Friday, the Eagles rode a big second half past host OV, 72-56. The Otters sank nine first-half three-pointers and led at the break, 34-33. But Eagle forward Liam Kelliher poured in 19 of his game-high 22 points in the second half as Mount Abe pulled away for the victory. The...
FAIR HAVEN — Burr & Burton on Saturday rallied to edge the Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team, 43-42, in the opening round of Fair Haven’s annual holiday tournament. Both teams were making their season’s debut. The Eagles led by 24-15 at the half and 39-35 after three periods, but were slowed by foul trouble in the late going — senior point guard Chloe Johnston, who led Mount Abe with 13 points, fouled out with five minutes to go. The Bulldogs scored the winning hoop with 18 seconds left. Carol Herbert scored 22 points to spark their rally. Abby Reen added 10 points...
BRISTOL — Four accomplished senior wrestlers graduated from the Mount Abraham Union program this past spring, three of whom won more than 100 matches and finished high on the state-meet podium and one of whom — Roman Mayer — won multiple Vermont championships and set the school record for wins. Coach Nick Mayer and his assistants naturally figured this winter might mean a step backward, but then 17 wrestlers signed up, enough to fill all the weight classes and create healthy competition in the Eagle wrestling room. And some of them, Mayer said, should again stand on the podium at the end of...
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union boys’ basketball team is coming off a respectable eight-win season. Coach Martin Clark is aiming a little higher this year, however, with what he called a deep, athletic team and a style he hopes will take advantage of those assets. “We will look to run the floor with several boys with quickness and a deeper bench than years past,” Clark said. Senior forward and leading scorer Liam Kelliher returns, and Clark called him “the backbone of our team.” But he said the Eagles shouldn’t have to rely on Kelliher every night because of the team’s balance. “The level...
BRISTOL — Almost all the players have graduated from the Mount Abraham Union girls’ basketball teams that won the 2018 Division II title and then earned the top seed in 2019 before being upset in a close semifinal. But Coach Connie LaRose is not complaining. She has what she calls an enjoyable, energetic team that she believes will at the least hold its own. “I think we’re going to be fun to watch. I think they’re going to be fun to coach,” LaRose said. “What more can you ask for?” The Eagles could also be a little deeper this year, allowing more substitutions and a quicker tempo. “Our goal...


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