SCHOOL OFFICIALS ARE sometimes forced to make tough calls on whether a juvenile offender and his or her victim(s) can coexist on campus, and if so, how to make sure they are kept at a distance from one another and still receive equal access to school services.
Editor’s note: This story involves juvenile court cases, the details of which are sealed by the courts. The parents of victims in the case have agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity for themselves and their children. The juvenile victims in this case have been assigned pseudonyms selected by their parents. MIDDLEBURY — Addison County State’s Attorney Dennis Wygmans is preparing a notice to all local high schools advising officials about their obligations to not only provide equal access to public education, but also to ensure that sexual assault victims and their perpetrators are not...

TIGER SOPHOMORE DEFENDER Joey Niemo, center, jostles for position with Rice forward Cameron Kinsell in front of the goalie Zeke Hooper during the MUHS boys’ hockey team’s Tuesday home opener. Rice won, 3-0. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — An opportunistic Rice team with a hot goalie skated out of the Memorial Sports Center Tuesday evening with a 3-0 victory over the Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team in the Tigers’ season opener. Rice goalie Carson Barnes, a sophomore from Ferrisburgh who played youth hockey with a number of the Tigers, stopped 34 shots to frustrate many of his former teammates. Tiger Coach Derek Bartlett had nothing but praise for Barnes. “I thought Carson had an outstanding game. He made huge saves when he had to,” Bartlett said. “I felt like we had some great looks, and I felt like...

MUHS SOPHOMORE DEFENDER Ryley Olsen stickhandles through traffic during the Tiger girls’ hockey team’s 5-1 victory over visiting Burr & Burton on Tuesday. The Tiger defense allowed just seven shots on junior goalie Lydia Deppman in the team’s opener. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team took charge early on Tuesday in its season opener vs. visiting Burr & Burton on the way to a 5-1 victory. The Tigers scored twice in the first 5:05 of the opening period and then iced the game with three goals in the second period. Eighth-grader Bella Gale led the attack with a pair of goals and an assist in her varsity debut, including the opening goal 1:37 after the puck dropped. Juniors Camille Malhotra and Audrey Schnoor also found the net, as did senior Merry Kimble as the Tigers dominated the action. Their official...
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...

PORTER PEDIATRIC PRIMARY Care staffers Dr. Paco Corbalan and Nurse Practitioner Monica Benjamin, shown with her daughter Winter, are spearheading a new in-school clinic that will serve Middlebury Union High School students beginning Dec. 5. The clinic will be open for around four hours each Thursday and will be based in the Hannaford Career Center. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Pediatric Primary Care and Middlebury Union High School have teamed up to launch a new health center that will serve students in a school setting. The new clinic — which will be open for around four hours on Thursdays, beginning Dec. 5 — will dispense care that currently can’t be offered by the school nurse and would thus require a student to leave campus for treatment at Porter or through their family physician. It will be located in the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center, which is attached by a hallway to the MUHS building off Charles Avenue. The clinic will provide...

MUHS MIDFIELDER OLIVER Poduschnick gets in front of a Stowe forward to clear the ball from danger in the first half of the Tigers’ 2-0 loss in the Division II final on Saturday in South Burlington. The Tigers reached the D-II final in the first year the program was allowed to compete in the division. Independent photo/Steve James
SOUTH BURLINGTON — For the scoreless first 50 minutes of Saturday’s Division II boys’ soccer final at South Burlington, No. 2 Middlebury Union High School was arguably the better team than No. 1 Stowe. The Tigers outshot the Raiders in the first half, 7-5; forced Stowe goalie Isaiah Shaefer-Geiger to make three of his four saves; and moved the ball purposefully. “I thought we played a really good first half,” said MUHS Coach Reeves Livesay. “We created three or four very dangerous opportunities. Unfortunately we weren’t able to capitalize on them.” The last half hour proved to be a different...

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 SENIOR EBEN Jackson shows trickery to beat a Harwood defender before laying off the ball to Alex Bleich whose cross was fired home by Andy Giorgio for the Tigers’ first goal in their 2-1 home win on Tuesday. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — It took 82 minutes and 54 seconds, a lot of gritty defense, and an accurate finish after a little bit of a lucky bounce for the Middlebury Union High School boys’ soccer team to make history on Tuesday afternoon with a 2-1 victory. That finish came from Tiger junior striker Alex Bleich with 2:54 gone in overtime in a Division II semifinal, and it sent MUHS to the program’s first-ever boys’ soccer final. The 14-3 Tigers, seeded No. 2, will take on No. 1 Stowe (16-0-1), the favorite since Raiders moved up to D-II this fall after winning seven straight D-III titles. The final will...

VERGENNES UNION HIGH School’s Ben Huston, right, presses the pace during the 5K state championship race at Thetford Academy this past Saturday. The Commodore junior was the top local finisher, placing sixth in Division II. Photo by Joe McVeigh
THETFORD — The Middlebury boys’ and girls’ teams each finished third in Division II in Saturday’s high school cross-country championships hosted by Thetford Academy, while Vergennes junior Ben Huston’s sixth-place finish in the boys’ D-II race topped all local runners’ efforts. U-32 dominated the boys’ race to win with 20 points, followed by five teams that were tightly grouped: Woodstock (95), MUHS (106), Spaulding (122), Harwood (124), and VUHS in sixth with 128. The Mount Abraham boys, led by Liam Davison in 47th, were 11th (284) among 15 scoring teams. MUHS junior Jack Christner finished...
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 No. 1 seed St. Johnsbury (9-0) and No. 5 Essex (6-3) are meeting in this...


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