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THE COMMODORE EXPERIENCED Six-Oar team in the Golden Oak lines up for the start of its race at the annual James Wakefield Rescue Row in Burlington harbor on Saturday, which drew 206 rowers from nine Vermont and Maine schools. The VUHS crew was edged out by Belfast, Maine, in the race, but Commodore rowers won two races on the day. Photo by Holly Weber
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BURLINGTON — Middle- and high-school rowers from Vergennes and Mount Abraham union high school club teams participated in a major competition in Burlington harbor this past Saturday that drew three teams from Maine as well from four schools in Chittenden County. In all, 206 youth rowers from the nine schools gathered at Perkins Pier on the Burlington waterfront to participate in the LCMM’s annual “James Wakefield Rescue Row.” This race day is named in honor of James Wakefield, who along with his son Jack on Dec. 9, 1876, rescued the crew of the 85-foot canal schooner General Butler. According...

MOUNT ABE JUNIOR Liam Davison glides through the 5K Woods Trail Run in Thetford this past Saturday. He earned 266th place out of 735 runners. Photo courtesy of Karyn Norwood
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THETFORD — Local high school cross-country runners posted solid results at Saturday’s Woods Trails Run at Thetford Academy, a major meet that drew more than 1,300 varsity athletes and 96 boys’ and girls’ scoring teams from around New England. Among local squads, the Middlebury boys fared best overall with 524 points, taking 15th out of 52 scoring teams and finishing third among the Vermont Division II teams competing. D-II’s U-32 won the boys’ race with 76, and D-II Woodstock was 10th (460). Out of more than 700 competitors overall Tigers juniors Jack Christner and Thomas Nevins were 34th and...

OVUHS JUNIOR MIA Politano won her second straight individual girls’ Division II championship on Tuesday at the Proctor-Pittsford Country Club. Her round of 84 was the best of all competitors in all divisions by four strokes. Photo by Austin Danforth/Burlington Free Press
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PITTSFORD — Otter Valley Union High School junior Mia Politano fired an 84 on Tuesday at the Proctor-Pittsford Country Club to become the Division II girls’ medalist for the second straight year. Her total was four strokes clear of the second-place finisher in D-II, Lake Region’s Tia Martinez, and five strokes better than the D-I medalist, Rutland’s Jillian Miles. Politano has not played golf full-time this fall because she is a member of Coach John White’s Otter Valley girls’ soccer team, and she said she was happy with her game considering that factor. “I am pleased with the results from...
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COLCHESTER — The Middlebury Union High School field hockey team knocked off host Colchester on Tuesday, 1-0, avenging a 3-0 home loss earlier this season. Colchester had been in fourth place in Division I with a 6-4 record before falling to MUHS on Tuesday. The Tigers improved to 4-5-1, easily the improved program’s best record over the past four years. Lexi Bartlett scored in the game’s ninth minute and goalie Ileigh Aube (eight saves) and the Tiger defense made it stand up in the shutout. Laker goalie Ciera Morse stopped three shots.
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BRANDON — The host Otter Valley Union High School field hockey team crunched winless Fair Haven on Tuesday, 14-0, to improve to 7-2. The Otters remained in second place in Division II, but face tougher competition down the stretch, with games vs. Windsor, D-III’s top team; D-I Rutland; and a scrappy Woodstock squad. On Tuesday Alia Edmunds led the Otters with six goals, Brittney Jackson contributed four, Riley Keith scored two, and Ryleigh LaPorte and Isabella Falco each added one. OV starting goalie Ellie Ross was untested, and backup Madison Colburn made one stop for the Otters. Goalie...
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BRISTOL — The Sodbusters Horseshoe Pitching Club will host its 23rd annual Roger Forgues Sr./Fall Finale Horseshoe Tournament at its Bristol courts on Sunday, Oct. 13. This non-sanctioned tournament is open to all horseshoe players – young and old. Check-in at the site at 110 Airport Drive (behind the American Legion) is at 9 a.m., and games will start at 9:30 a.m. Entry fee is $10 per person. Players will compete in a round robin format in which competitors will draw partners after each game. Food and drinks will be available. For more information contact Mike Brown at 453-2219 or mbrownie56...
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MIDDLEBURY — Teenage girls interested in learning more about the game of Ultimate, played with tossed discs, are invited to an afternoon clinic on Sunday, Oct. 20, that will be run by Middlebury Union High School Ultimate Coach and teacher Michelle Steele. Steele said the free event, intended for female-identifying players between the ages of 13 and 18, is sponsored by USA Ultimate and the Girls’ Ultimate Movement and will be held at the Middlebury Recreation Department fields. She described it as a fun clinic with some drills, skill building, and a scrimmage, as well as a chance  to build...
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ADDISON COUNTY — In high school boys’ soccer games on Tuesday both Mount Abraham and Middlebury posted road shutouts, but Vergennes dropped a home contest. EAGLES The Eagles rolled to a 6-0 win over host Spaulding. Branden Reynolds scored twice to lead the attack, and Eric McKean assisted three goals. Also finding the net for Mount Abe were Colby Gile, Silas Burgess, Ethan DeWitt and Tanner Harris. Quincy Cook stepped into goal and posted a five-save shutout as the Eagles improved to 7-2-2, remaining in the race for a home playoff game in Division II. Levi Hilton-VanOsdall stopped three shots...
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NORTH CLARENDON — The Otter Valley Union High School football team edged host Mill River on Saturday, 36-35, in a Division III matchup when quarterback OV Alex Polli hit Brady Diaz with a two-point conversion with 1:23 left. The Otters then had to survive Mill River’s missed 19-yard field goal as time expired, an attempt set up by the Minutemen’s 36-yard hook-and-ladder play. OV boosted their hopes for a home playoff game by improving to 4-2 heading into a Saturday home game with Windsor. The Otters conclude their regular season with a visit to Fairfax on Oct. 19. MRU fell to 1-5. Polli...
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RUTLAND — Host Division I Rutland defeated the Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ soccer team on Monday, 3-2, in a rain-swept game played on the Raiders’ artificial turf field. The setback dropped the 8-2 Eagles into third place in a crowded D-II race and snapped their eight-game winning streak. Rutland improved to 3-7 with the win; their schedule has included eight D-I opponents. Erin McClallen had a goal and an assist and Camryn Kinsman scored twice for Rutland. Addy Harris converted a Mae Peterson corner kick to knot the score at 1-1 midway through the first half, and Lucy Guy made it...

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