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SENIOR CAPTAIN RILEY Keith steals the ball from a Windsor player during Monday’s game in Brandon. Independent photo/Angelo Lynn
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School field hockey team picked up two wins and a tie in recent action, including a hard-fought contest against Windsor on Monday that ended 2-2 after a 10-minute overtime dual featuring seven-on-seven. The Otters improved to 3-0-1 heading into a Saturday game at Brattleboro, whom they defeated 6-1 earlier in the season. On Sept. 8 the Otters upended host Woodstock, 3-2, in what Coach Jodie Keith described as a strong all-around effort. OV’s goals came from senior middie Brittney Jackson (assisted by Mackenzie McKay), Alice Keith (assisted by Ryleigh...

OTTER VALLEY UNION High School Varsity Boys' Soccer
BRANDON –– School is back in session at Otter Valley Union High School, and so are fall sports. At OV, that includes girls’ and boys’ soccer, field hockey, football, cross-country running and golf. Coaches and athletes have set goals as they move forward in the season. Here’s a brief preview of the season ahead for OV athletes FIELD HOCKEY Field hockey won its first game this season –– 6-0 against Brattleboro in Brandon on Sept. 4, with Lily Morgan in goal for her second year starting. The Otters highlighted what should be a balanced attack this fall: Riley Keith and Brittney Jackson...
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School boys’ soccer team opened on Friday by coasting past visiting West Rutland, 5-1. Max Derby scored twice to pace the Otters, and Luca Cifone notched a goal and an assist. Drew Pelkey and Hayden Bernhardt also found the net for OV. Bernhardt played goalie for the first half, when OV took a 3-0 lead, and Brian Stanley took over for the second half. West Rutland’s Cayman Pratt broke up the shutout bid in the late going. The Otters were expecting a stiffer challenge from host Proctor on Wednesday.
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School softball team won one Division II playoff game before bowing out of the tournament with a road loss to the top seed. In the No. 9 Otters’ first-round win on June 2, they scored seven runs in the seventh inning to oust host No. 8 Lamoille, 13-6. Josie Cone belted a three-run homer to highlight the OV rally, and Riley Keith, Bryn Blanchard and Grace O’Connell also chipped in offensively for OV. Keith tossed the first five innings for OV, striking out 12, and MacKenzie McKay tossed two shutout innings to wrap up the win. On Saturday, top-seeded Lyndon...

COMMODORE BATTER KARRIE Ayer takes her cuts at the plate in the second inning of the 13-1 home win over Poultney on Tuesday. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vergennes and Middlebury union high school softball teams won their openers on Tuesday, but Otter Valley dropped its debut on the road to rival Fair Haven. Defending Division II champion Mount Abraham was set to open on Saturday by hosting Missisquoi, but that game was postponed twice, first to Wednesday and then to this Friday. The Eagles will instead debut on Thursday, weather permitting, at home vs. OV. COMMODORES The Commodores had also been scheduled to visit Lake Region on Saturday, but that game was called off. Instead, they opened on Tuesday by defeating...
ADDISON COUNTY — As the high school lacrosse season opened, both the Middlebury boys’ and girls’ teams rolled to big victories, but the Otter Valley boys came up short away from home. TIGER BOYS The MUHS boys opened strong on Saturday, thumping host Burlington, 15-2. Bode Rubright (five goals, two assists) and Mason Kaufmann (four goals, two assists) led the Tiger offense, and team faceoff specialist Cameron Stone won 12 of 16. The Tigers boys are off until they host Essex this coming Tuesday. TIGER GIRLS The Tiger girls on Saturday pelted visiting Brattleboro, 13-2. Alanna Trudeau paced...
ADDISON COUNTY — As the high school baseball season opened in the past few days, Otter Valley split two away games, and Mount Abraham dropped a road contest. Vergennes had been set to open at Rice on Saturday, but that game was rained out. It was moved to May 25. The Commodores are scheduled to debut with games at Colchester on Thursday and Enosburg on Saturday. EAGLES The Eagles opened on Tuesday with an 11-2 loss at Division I Burlington. Seahorse hurler Cooper Smith held them to three hits and no earned runs through five innings. Ryan Whitcomb took the loss for the Eagles, allowing three...
ORLEANS — Top-seeded host Lake Region remained unbeaten by ousting the No. 8 Otter Valley Union High School girls’ basketball team, 60-32, in a Division III quarterfinal played on Saturday. Sakoya Sweeney (19) and Tia Martinez (13) combined for 32 points for the winning Rangers. Senior Mallory Lufkin (12 points) and junior Alice Keith (10) led the way in the scoring column for OV. The Otters finished 4-6 after winning three of their final five games, including a convincing first-round playoff victory.
ADDISON COUNTY — The 8-1 Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team received the highest seed among local teams for postseason play that began this week, a No. 3 nod in Division III. The 3-5 Otter Valley girls earned the No. 8 seed in D-III and prevailed on Tuesday, while 1-7 Mount Abraham received the No. 12 seed in D-II and came up short on Tuesday. The 4-4 Middlebury girls were seeded No. 7 in D-II and hosted Burr & Burton; see story on addisonindependent.com. COMMODORES The Commodores on Wednesday jumped out to a  20-2 first-quarter lead and prevailed over No. 14 Randolph,...

IVY DORAN OF Middlebury Union High School notches two points in the first quarter against the visiting Otters on Monday. The Tiger junior scored 14 on the night. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ basketball team has done something that has been rare in recent seasons — gone on a winning streak. On Monday, the Tigers shrugged off an eight-point first-period deficit and knocked off visiting Otter Valley, 53-32, for their third straight win. They also improved to 4-3, cresting .500 for the first time since 2018. And they have a shot at a home Division II playoff game. The Tigers can earn at least a No. 6 seed with a home win over D-III contender Vergennes (7-1) on Thursday in the final regular season game. They could still lose and get...

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