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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...

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-...
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....

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