Otter Valley

BRANDON/MIDDLEBURY — The first cases of COVID-19 have been reported in two Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union schools and at Middlebury Union Middle School. RNeSU Superintendent Jeanne Collins, herself recovering from the coronavirus at home in quarantine, confirmed those cases on Dec. 18 and sent out an email and a Facebook post to parents and staff. Separately, MUMS Interim Principal Andrew Conforti on Dec. 24 sent out an email to Addison Central School District families telling them that a member of the school community has tested positive. In RNeSU, the positive cases came just two days...

MOUNT ABE’S AVA Konczal harries Hartford defender Grace Gardner in the second half of the Eagles’ 2-1 home win on Friday. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — As the Division II postseason got under way top-seeded Mount Abraham won its opener and No. 7 Otter Valley worked hard to oust No. 10 Middlebury before running into No. 2 Burr & Burton in a quarterfinal matchup.  Mount Abe also hosted No. 4 Woodstock on Tuesday; see story on Page 1B. EAGLES ADVANCE On this past Friday No. 1 Mount Abe survived a challenge from No. 8 Hartford to win, 2-1. The Hurricanes took the lead two minutes in on an Alice Piper goal. Maddie Gile equalized for the Eagles as they gradually asserted themselves, and Molly Laurent’s unassisted goal 2:20...

JADYNN POPE, CENTER front, is the only senior on the Otter Valley field hockey team, which honored her on its Senior Day on Monday. A defender, Pope celebrated by scoring her first career goal in the Otters’ 8-0 victory over Fair Haven. Photo courtesy of Jodie Keith
ADDISON COUNTY — In the past week of local high school field hockey action Mount Abraham kept rolling, Otter Valley split a pair of games, and Middlebury remained in search of a victory. EAGLES On Oct. 9 the Eagles topped visiting Mount Mansfield, 1-0. Txuxa Konczal’s first-period goal, set up by Molly Laurent, held up as the game-winner as Mount Abe outshot the Cougars, 15-3. Maddie Donaldson earned the three-save shutout as the Eagles improved to 3-0 heading into Tuesday. Mount Abe hosted Burlington on Tuesday; see story on Page 1B. OTTERS On Saturday host Windsor (5-0) tipped OV, 4-1. ...

ACTION FROM WEDNESDAY'S game in Vergennes, won by the Commodore girls over Mount Abraham, 1-0. Photo by Holly Weber
ADDISON COUNTY — Wins for Vergennes and Otter Valley highlighted the recent high school girls’ soccer slate. Scoring woes left the Mount Abraham and Middlebury teams on the short end of mostly close losses.  COMMODORES On Oct. 7 host Milton defeated the Commodores, 1-0, despite three saves from goalie Kate Gosliga.  On Saturday the VUHS girls won at Springfield, 3-2, as Sydney Weber popped in a pair of goals, and Felicia Poirier contributed a goal and an assist. Goalie Kate Gosliga made one save. On Wednesday host VUHS (3-1-2) edged Mount Abe, 1-0, when Weber netted the 77th-minute game-...
SWANTON — Otter Valley Union senior golfer Mia Politano on Tuesday came up short in her quest for a three-peat as the Vermont high school Division II girls’ golf medalist. Politano’s score of 88 at the Champlain Country Club left her in second place behind Lake Region’s Tia Martinez, who fired an 82. Politano had defeated Martinez in each of the past two years.  Politano and her younger sister Elena Politano also finished second behind Martinez’ Lake Region team for the D-II title.  Martinez (82) and teammate Madeleine Racine (108) combined for a score of 190, while Mia Politano (88) and...
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school girls’ soccer action this past week Otter Valley won big at home in its opener, while Mount Abraham split a pair of games, and Vergennes lost a close road game.  Vergennes also visited Middlebury on Oct. 2; see story. Results from Wednesday games will be added to this story online on Thursday. All four local girls’ soccer teams were scheduled to see action on Wednesday, but most games were postponed due to the threat of thunderstorms.  OTTERS Elena Politano netted four goals in the OV girls’ soccer team’s 7-1 win against visiting Mill River on Friday....

Tammi Blanchard will coach girls’ soccer at Otter Valley Union High School this fall.
BRANDON — Otter Valley Union High School has hired new coaches to lead two varsity girls’ programs this fall, both with coaching experience at the school, according to Athletic Director Steven Keith. Jodie Keith will lead the OV field hockey team, and Tammi Blanchard is taking over the girls’ soccer program, according to press releases Steven Keith sent out on Tuesday.  According to the OV AD, for the past four years Jodie Keith has coached multiple sports at multiple levels at OV and has a “vision for how the entire 7-12 program can run” at the school. “Her time as a 7th- and 8th-grade...

NEWLY MINTED OTTER Valley graduate Alia Edmuns gives a shout out from the family vehicle after OV’s socially distance graduation on Saturday. Independent photo/Lee J. Kahrs
BRANDON — It’s amazing what we can get used to.  For decades each June, graduating seniors and their families, teachers and school officials packed Otter Valley’s gymnasium for the area’s biggest coming-of-age event of the year, high school graduation. It was usually very warm and close in OV’s House of Noise, but that never seemed to dampen the enthusiasm for the day. Then came 2020, the year of an unprecedented coronavirus pandemic that forced the closure of school buildings three months ago and ushered in a “new normal” of face masks and social distancing. As a society, we have adapted,...
The Otter Valley Union High School administration, faculty and staff took to social media in the days leading up to graduation and left the following messages for the Class of 2020: This year’s senior class, the Otter Valley Class of 2020, showed us how resilient and strong they are as individuals and as a combined group. They have weathered many storms — from 9/11 to COVID-19. Throughout all, they have made learning and their community a priority. They have looked out for one another throughout every obstacle and cheered each other on with every success. They are to be commended for their...

A CREW OF volunteers made up of parents and firefighters from the Pittsford and Brandon got up early on Sunday to hang banners featuring OV graduating seniors along Route 7 from Pittsford to Leicester.
BRANDON — It will take longer, and there won’t be any hugging or handshaking as the COVID-19 pandemic continues, but Otter Valley Union High School seniors will have a graduation this year. It took some collaboration and creativity to get here, but Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union Superintendent Jeanne Collins said graduating seniors at OV were motivated to create a graduation plan that would work. The goal: To graduate together in a pandemic and still adhere to state health and safety guidelines. “The kids worked very well with the administration in designing what they felt was a...

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