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WOODSTOCK — The Otter Valley Union High School field hockey team defeated host Woodstock on Friday, 4-3 in overtime. The win moved the Otters to 7-2 and into second place in Division II.  Brittney Jackson rapped home the game-winner on a penalty corner awarded to the Otters as time expired in overtime. With the clock at 0:00, Alia Edmunds crossed to Jackson at the far post, and Jackson converted for the game-winner.  Edmunds had forced overtime with a blast on another penalty corner with 90 seconds to go in regulation, capping an OV comeback from a 3-1 second-half deficit.  Jackson, from...

PATTY CANDON, WHO won 347 games and four state titles over 33 years as head coach of the Otter Valley varsity softball program, accepts a plaque showing her induction into the Otter Valley Hall of Fame this past Saturday during halftime of the OV football game. Brandon Reporter photo/Russell Jones
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Hall of Fame introduced 12 new members during halftime of Saturday’s Otter Valley Union High School homecoming football game. The newbies included eight athletes, a coach, two teachers and an administrator. Honorees were selected because they demonstrated exemplary scholarship and citizenship, demonstrated character by conducting themself as an exemplary role model, and demonstrated superior commitment and successful accomplishments in their role toward students, staff and the OV community. The new members of the Otter Valley Hall of Fame are: Nancy Robinson —...
BRANDON — Visiting White River Valley dealt the host Otter Valley Union High School boys’ soccer team a tough 3-2 loss on Monday. White River’s Jack Simac scored with 25 seconds left in regulation to give White River the victory. White River twice took one-goal leads. Luca Cifone, assisted by Hayden Bernhardt, tied the game in the first half for OV, and Sawyer Pierpont, from Cole Letourneau, equalized for the Otters in the second half. OV Coach Dick Williams said goalie Ben Adams played well in the setback for the 1-8 Otters, who will play at Mill River on Thursday.
FAIR HAVEN — The Otter Valley Union High School field hockey team romped past winless host Fair Haven on Tuesday, 15-0. The 6-2 Otters should face a stiffer test at Woodstock on Friday. Alia Edmunds led the rout with four goals and assists, and Morgan LaPorte also scored four times. Riley Keith scored twice, and Livia Bernhardt, McKenzie McKay, Bella Falco, Alice Keith and Ellie Ross — OV’s starting goalie taking a turn in the field — added a goal apiece. Ross made three saves and Madison Colburn added two saves for OV, while Fair Haven’s Jordyn Howard stopped 20 shots.
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham and Otter Valley won in girls’ soccer late last week, but Middlebury and Vergennes were less fortunate. The Commodores also hosted the Eagles on Saturday; see story. EAGLES On Wednesday the Eagles defeated visiting Milton, 3-1, with two goals from Lucy Guy and one from Grace Harvey. Goalie Justice Green made three saves as the Eagles moved to 5-1. OTTERS On Saturday the Otters defeated visiting Hartford, 3-1. OV improved to 2-4-1. Olivia White scored twice for OV, Ella Brytkowski had one goal, and Mia Politano, Julia Eastman and Mary Kingsley added assists. ...
BRANDON — The Otter Valley football team defeated visiting Oxbow on Saturday, 23-15, on a tie-breaking, 76-yard touchdown pass from QB Alex Polli to Chance Passmore with 24 seconds to go. Running back Nathaniel Blake’s two-point conversion run created the final score in the Division III matchup, but the Otters had to survive a scare after Oxbow completed a pass to the OV six after the ensuing kickoff. OV linebacker Spencer Pelkey sacked Oxbow QB Cooper Simmons to end the threat. OV improved to 3-2 and took over fourth place in D-III, while Oxbow dropped to 2-3 and into fifth. Blake ran for...
FAIR HAVEN — Host Fair Haven held off the Otter Valley Union High School girls’ soccer team on Tuesday, 4-2, in a game postponed from Monday. Olivia White scored both OV goals, both on setups from senior classmate Julia Eastman. Coach John White said senior center back Leah Pinkowski played a strong game against the 6-0 Slaters, Division II’s first-place team. The Otters return to action in their homecoming game, vs. Hartford at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
SPRINGFIELD — The Otter Valley Union High School field hockey team cruised past host Springfield on Saturday, 5-1, as Alia Edmunds racked up four goals. Riley Keith also scored as the Otters improved to 4-1, and Morgan LaPorte and Livia Bernhardt picked up assists. Hannah Presch scored for the Cosmos, who received 16 saves from goalie Anna Church. OV goalie Ellie Ross made one save. The Division II Otters will host D-III title contender Windsor on Wednesday.

OVUHS SENIOR FORWARD Morgan LaPorte moves the ball down the field with Tiger junior middie Kaitlyn McNamara in hot pursuit during Tuesday’s field hockey game at MUHS. LaPorte scored twice in the Otter Valley victory. Photo by Kathy Pominville
MIDDLEBURY — For one of the two high school field hockey teams playing at Middlebury Union High School on Tuesday the game proved to be a showcase of its potential.  For the other it was just one of those days. The happier outfit was visiting Otter Valley, which erupted for six goals in the second half in a 7-0 victory. The Otters improved to 3-1, with their only loss coming to 2018 Division II finalist Burr & Burton in overtime in a game in which they outshot BBA by 24-11. On Tuesday, sophomore Brittney Jackson and freshman Ryleigh LaPorte led OV with two goals each. Senior forward...

OTTER VALLEY'S NATHANIEL Blake (7) and Aiden Blier (51) combine to bring down Mt Abe junior Joey Hemingway in the first quarter of Friday’s game between the high school rivals. The Otters defeated the Eagles 27-18. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — In a Friday game not decided until the final horn the Division III Otter Valley Union High School football team left Bristol with a 27-18 victory over D-II Mount Abraham-Vergennes. In the fourth quarter Eagles twice stopped the Otters, who were up by 21-18 and threatening to ice a victory, deep in Eagle territory. And Mount Abe was driving toward a potential tying or go-ahead score when a holding call nullified a gain that would have put them within the range of sophomore kicker/quarterback Adam Mansfield. But they still had a chance before OV sophomore safety Brady Diaz stepped in...

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