OV SENIOR LIVIA Bernhardt, second from right, poses with friends and members of the OV Unified basketball team. The team made a poster to break the news to Bernhardt that Vermont Special Olympics had named her its Unified Partner of the Year.
Photo courtesy of Livia Bernhardt
BRANDON — Otter Valley Union High School senior Livia Bernhardt’s school life overflows with academic, community service and athletic activities.
Student representative on the district school board and class vice president? Check. Founder of OV’s new Environmental Club? That’s her. Leader of an effort to have students present awards at all-school assemblies? Of course. Straight As and National Honor Society membership? Sure. Three-sport varsity athlete? Yes, and a captain.
But another item on Bernhardt’s résumé might be closest to her heart: As an 8th-grader she helped found OV’s Unified...
THE ATHLETES OF the Mount Abe field hockey team take wing to celebrate their victory vs. Otter Valley in Saturday’s D-II field hockey final at UVM. The Eagles won their second straight title and the program’s ninth.
Independent photo/Steve James
BURLINGTON — As Saturday’s scoreless Division II high school field hockey final between No. 1 Otter Valley and No. 2 Mount Abraham at the University of Vermont moved later into the second half, two things became clear: That one great play could make the difference, and that it would probably take a great play to beat either senior goalie.
Ultimately, that’s what happened. Three young Eagles combined for the game-winner, with the youngest, freshman center midfielder Madison Gile, providing the finishing touch on a set-up from sophomores Txuxa Konczal and Abby Reen.
Gile’s strike came with 11...
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Unified Union school board held the first reading of a new classroom viability policy at its meeting on Oct. 16. The board approved the policy unanimously, but it will still need to be approved at the second reading next month before it is ratified.
The policy sets guidelines on what size classes can be throughout the district, which will go a long way in determining the future of some of the district schools.
The guidelines set class minimums in K-3 at 12 students and in 4-6 grades at 16. Adding all the minimum class sizes together means a K-6 elementary school...
BRANDON — The No. 3 Otter Valley Union High School football team cruised past visiting No. 6 Oxbow, 39-26, on Saturday in a Division III quarterfinal.
The 6-3 Otters will travel this Saturday for a rematch with No. 2 BFA-Fairfax, the team they upset on Oct. 19, 38-36, on the road. That was the 8-1 Bullets’ only loss and knocked them out of first place.
OV for the second straight game got four touchdown passes from quarterback Alex Polli. Nate Blake rushed for more than 100 yards and a touchdown and surpassed 1,000 yards for the season during the game.
After Oxbow (4-5) cut the score to 21-13...
BRANDON — The top-seeded Otter Valley Union High School field hockey team turned aside visiting No. 8 St. Johnsbury, 2-0, in a Division II quarterfinal.
The Otters improved to 12-2 and will take on No. 4 Burr & Burton in a Wednesday semifinal. That game will be played at 5:15 p.m. on South Burlington’s turf field. The 9-6 Bulldogs should pose a challenge: They reached the 2018 final, defeated OV in overtime in Brandon this season, and also play their home games on a turf surface.
St. Johnsbury (7-5-3) did not pose too tough a test for the Otters. The OV defense limited the Hilltoppers to...
FAIRFAX — The Otter Valley Union High School football team upset previously unbeaten Fairfax on Saturday night, 38-36, to finish the regular season at 5-3 and earn the No. 3 seed in Division III.
The Otters will host No. 6 Oxbow on Saturday at 1 p.m.
In a seesaw game at Fairfax (7-1), the Otters took the lead for good in the final minute, when quarterback Alex Polli tossed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Chance Passmore.
In all, Polli completed 22 of 38 attempts for more than 300 yards and threw three TD passes to Passmore and one to Brady Diaz. Nathanial Blake ran for a total of 51 yards and...
ADDISON COUNTY — In final regular-season high school field hockey action late last week, Otter Valley and Mount Abraham won to nail down the top Division II seeds, while Middlebury lost.
The Independent will update its Scoreboard/Schedule at addisonindependent.com when playoff pairings are made official on Monday. First-round games will be played on Tuesday or Wednesday.
On Saturday the Otters bested visiting Brattleboro, 7-1. Alia Edmunds (three goals, assist) and Brittney Jackson (two goals) led the attack, and Ryleigh LaPorte and Morgan LaPorte also scored. The Colonels finished 4-...
ADDISON COUNTY — In area field hockey action earlier this week, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley each picked up a pair of victories, and Middlebury dropped a pair of games.
Teams are in their final week of play, and the Vermont Principals’ Association will announce playoff pairings on Monday morning.
On Friday the 11th, the Eagles blanked visiting Colchester, 2-0, to end their tough three-game skid. Those losses all came to top Division I teams by one goal.
Txuxa Konczal sparked the Eagles by scoring and setting up Emma Fay’s strike, and Madison Gile assisted Konczal. Kira Murray posted...
MUHS SENIOR FORWARD Merry Kimble, foreground, waves for the ball as sophomore midfielder Ivy Doran controls it during the Tigers’ Thursday home game vs. Rutland. In the background sophomore midfielder Sophie Larocque, who scored in the Tigers’ 4-2 setback, looks on.
Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
ADDISON COUNTY — In midweek high school girls’ soccer action last week, three local teams — Vergennes, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley — all picked up victories, while Middlebury dropped a pair of contests.
Friday and Saturday games in all sports were played after the early deadline for this edition; the Independent’s press was closed this past weekend.
The Commodores on Wednesday defeated defending Division II champion Milton, 3-1, picking up valuable points in their efforts to remain on top of the D-III standings in the process. VUHS scored the game’s first three goals before...
FAIR HAVEN — On this past Wednesday host Fair Haven defeated the Otter Valley Union High School boys’ soccer team in double overtime, 3-2. Slater Tyler McClure netted the game-winner on a cross from Kaylo Stevenson.
The Slaters took a 2-0 first-half lead on goals from Jake Hochberg and Nick Carrabino.
Hayden Bernhardt broke the ice for OV in the second half, and Otter Jeremy Coan tied the game late in regulation.
The Otters fell to 1-10. They were set to host Bellows Falls on Friday after the early deadline for this edition; the Independent’s press was closed this past weekend. The 4-8...