ADDISON COUNTY — Voters in Addison County and the Brandon area expressed strong support for 2020-2021 fiscal year school district budgets on Tuesday, including in two districts where in 2019 budgets passed by slender margins.
The outlier was the Slate Valley Unified Union School District, which is centered in Fair Haven and serves the Addison County town of Orwell. SVUUSD voters rejected their school spending proposal and a $59.5 million bond proposal (see story).
Elsewhere in the area, voters were more accepting of school budget proposals.
The $31,399,182 Mount Abraham Unified School...
ADDISON COUNTY — The No. 9 Otter Valley Union School girls’ basketball team defeated host No. 8 White River Valley on Tuesday, in a Division III first-round playoff game.
Also in D-III on Tuesday, No. 7 Vergennes hosted No. 10 Fairfax; see separate story.
In D-II on Wednesday No. 6 Mount Abraham defeated No. 10 Lamoille, 52-30, while No. 13 Middlebury fell to host No. 4 Enosburg, 58-33.
Details of the Otters’ game at White River on Tuesday were not available. OV improved to 10-11, while White River, which played a less challenging schedule, finished at 13-8.
The Otters will take on No. 1...
ADDISON COUNTY — As the regular season wrapped up late last week for local high school girls’ basketball teams, Vergennes and Otter Valley extended winning streaks, Mount Abraham saw a winning run halted, and Middlebury lost on the road.
The Vermont Principals’ Association announced playoff pairings on Monday morning, and first-round games will be played on Tuesday or Wednesday.
On Thursday the Commodores defeated Division I host Colchester, 37-23, improving their winning streak to five games and their record to 12-8. They earned the No. 7 seed in D-III and will apparently host No...
Independent photo/Steve James
THE VERGENNES AND Otter Valley union high school cheer teams did not come away with top-three finishes at Saturday’s state championships at VUHS, but displayed plenty of energy, enthusiasm and coordination in their routines. The members of the Commodore team are Jenna Howlett, Ryleigh Dieterle, Alexis Emmons, Keira Lacey, Skyelynne Thayer, Shelby Paquin, Natalie Bergeron, Brianna Cram, Arielle Dumont, Heather Dwire, Madison Laberge, Madison Perkins and Kassidy Quinlan. OV’s cheerleaders are Paige Bessette, Kellette Boynton, Erika Chapin, Madison Colburn, Emily Hutchins, Maggie Loyzelle, Zoe...
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Unified Union school district board last week approved a proposed $20,377,427 fiscal year 2021 budget that would increase spending over the current year by 2.22%.
Board members call it a modest increase as the district handles the ever-shifting demographics that influence staffing at each school, student population numbers, and the individual needs of those students.
The state doles out education funding money based on the number of students a school educates, and OVUU is seeing positive trends in enrollment that are keeping costs in check.
Education spending per...
NORTH CLARENDON — The Otter Valley Union High School girls’ basketball team on Monday outscored host Mill River, 57-51.
The Otters bolted to an early 19-6 lead and then weathered an MRU rally that saw the host Minutemen take a 25-24 lead. OV’s Alia Edmunds hit consecutive three-pointers to erase that deficit, and the Otters never trailed again.
Post player Livia Bernhardt led the Otters with 18 points, and Edmunds sank four threes and finished with 12. Leah Pinkowski (10), Alice Keith (nine) and Mallory Lufkin (seven) also contributed in the scoring column for OV. The Otters improved to 3-4...
BRANDON — The host Otter Valley Union High School girls’ basketball team took charge early on Tuesday and defeated Middlebury, 54-31.
The Otters led by 10-4 after one period and by 24-12 at halftime on the way to improving to 2-3, with both wins over the Tigers. MUHS dropped to 2-3.
Senior forward Livia Bernhardt led OV with 22 points, mostly in the paint. Julia Eastman and Alice Keith each scored seven for OV, and Mary Kingsley chipped in five.
Freshman forward Elle Sellers tossed in 19 to pace the Tigers, and Ivy Doran added six points.
SPRINGFIELD — Host Springfield held on to edge the Otter Valley Union High School boys’ basketball team on Saturday, 44-43.
The Cosmos led by 38-25, in the third quarter, before the Otters rallied in the late going. They had a shot at game-winning three at the buzzer that wouldn’t drop as the fell to 2-3.
Dylan Merrow led the 3-2 Cosmos with 16 points.
Cole Letourneau scored 12 to pace the 2-3 Otters, who will host Proctor on Wednesday.
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.
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.
Independent photo/John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — An experienced Otter Valley Union High School girls’ basketball team used a big early run to take charge in the Otters’ 51-25 victory this past Wednesday over host Middlebury.
A young MUHS team starting one senior and four sophomores held its own early on, and four Tigers scored in the first four minutes as they took an 8-7 lead.
The Otters then showed why they hope to be a force in Division III this season. They combined inside scoring with long-range marksmanship in a 15-0 run that spanned the rest of the first period and 2:14 of the second quarter. The Tigers came no closer...