MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ basketball team broke open its Monday home game vs. Otter Valley in the third quarter on the way to a 55-40 victory.
The Tigers were already up by 10 at the break and then outscored the Otters, 15-3, in the third period to assume command.
Tyler Buxton (14 points) and Jeff Lokatys (11) led a balanced scoring effort as the Tigers improved to 6-4 heading into a Wednesday game at Enosburg. The Tigers’ Saturday home game vs. Missisquoi was postponed until Feb. 3 at 7 p.m.
The Otters received 13 points from Dylan Gaboriault and eight from Ben...
OTTER VALLEY JUNIOR Parker Todd lays in two of his team-high 16 points during Friday’s boys’ basketball game at Mount Abraham. The host Eagles won in dramatic fashion even though the Otters rallied to tie the game in the final minute.
Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — After watching his young Otter Valley boys’ basketball team lose on Friday at Mount Abraham Union High School, 46-44, on a bucket with 3.2 seconds to go, Coach Mike Stark cited the Eagles’ senior leadership as the difference.
Well, really, Stark was talking about Liam Kelliher, whose 12-foot baseline floater created the final score.
And after the Otters went on a second-quarter run to take a 21-13 lead, it was Kelliher who scored 10 points and set up a hoop by sophomore Henry Cogswell to give the Eagles a 25-21 halftime advantage.
“Kelliher is a ballplayer,” Stark said. “He’s good,...
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball action earlier this week, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley pulled out victories, but Vergennes came up short on the road.
Middlebury was set to host Division II title favorite Fair Haven on Wednesday after deadline for this edition.
On Tuesday the Eagles held on for a 51-48 victory at Enosburg, moving over .500 at 5-4 as a result.
Liam Kelliher led the Eagles with 15 points and hit three of four free throws in the late going to help Mount Abe seal the win. Henry Cogswell added 12 points for Mount Abe. Ethan Williams paced the Hornets...
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...
VERGENNES — One of the last things a young high school basketball team playing its opener in a packed gym away from home might be expected to do is swish 14 three-pointers and then hold on for a close win against a more experienced group.
But that’s just what the Otter Valley boys did on Tuesday at Vergennes in a 62-60 victory.
First-year Coach Mike Stark’s Otters graduated nine seniors last spring and returned just two athletes who saw minutes this past winter.
But his Otters played like poised veterans as they sank eight first-half three-pointers — four by junior Dylan Gaboriault and three...
OLIVA WHITE, CENTER, with her parents John and Lori White, at her Nov. 13 media event announcing her intent to play soccer for UVM on a full athletic scholarship next fall. The Otter Valley senior is the first student from the school to be offered a full athletic scholarship to UVM in any sport.
Independent photo/Angelo Lynn
Believe the hype.
That’s what most people say after watching Olivia White play soccer.
White, 17, is the only Otter Valley Union High School student to be offered a full ride to the University of Vermont on an athletic scholarship. In any sport, boy or girl.
White announced her decision to play soccer for UVM at a press conference on Nov. 13. The news came two years after White verbally committed to the school as a sophomore and was courted by the likes of Middlebury, Princeton, Ohio State and Northeastern.
So, after years of being a standout player on every team she’s been on, and being...