MOUNT ABE MIDFIELDER Madison Giles scored this shootout goal to help the Eagles win their third straight D-II field hockey title. Goalie Maddie Donaldson stopped four shots in the shootout, in which forward Txuxa Konczal netted the game-winner over No. 2 Burr & Burton.
Independent file photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — In the end high school fall sports in 2020 looked more normal than not.
That can be said even though there weren’t crowds at games or meets, and there were masks.
There weren’t post-game handshakes, and there were pre-game temperature checks and COVID questionnaires.
But once the events started, athletes were just out there competing. It wasn’t hard to forget about a pandemic and just admire good plays and make note of miscues, celebrate the achievements and wonder what could have gone better.
Normalcy? Why not start with the Mount Abe field hockey team?
My father, on “good” years when his work permitted it, would get away in the autumn on short deer-hunting trips to Western Maine, about a four-hour drive away from our house in Massachusetts. “He’s out harassing wildlife,” my mother would say when he was gone. Her disdain for hunting was evident in her voice.
My late mother grew up in Indiana and Michigan in a family that hunted. During the depression, wild game was an important part of how her father fed the family. My grandfather brought home deer, rabbits, squirrels, and an occasional bear to provide for his wife and five children. Later...
NEW SNOW DUSTS the ground around the 18th hole at Ralph Myhre Golf Course in Middlebury on Tuesday, Nov. 3 — Election Day. Although temps sank to 28 degrees that day, a reprise of 60s and sun visited Addison County in the following days extending the 2020 golf season.
Photo by Karl Lindholm
I was hoping to get my pals together for one last round of golf before we shut it down for the winter.
Monday night last week, Election Eve, was cold with snow on the way, and, sure enough, the next morning, we were greeted with three inches of heavy snow.
I felt some slim hope as warm weather was predicted for the weekend. I checked the tee times page at the website of our local course (Ralph Myhre) and found no times listed for Saturday and Sunday. I figured the course must have closed for the year on Nov. 1, a reasonable end date, most years.
I called the golf shop nonetheless, expecting a...
COMMODORE SENIOR MIDFIELDER Hannah Kelley beats Stowe’s Ella Murphy to the ball during Saturday’s Division III final in Hartford, as teammates Sydney Weber (No. 8) and Ali Croke move in. Stowe ultimately prevailed.
Photo by Holly Weber
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — One play here or there, a bounce maybe, or even a whistle, and maybe things might have been different.
But ultimately the scoreboard just counts the goals, not the breaks, and Stowe defeated the Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team, 4-0, in Saturday’s Division III final at the Maxfield Outdoor Sports Complex in White River Junction.
The score doesn’t reflect how close the game was. The teams went toe-to-toe for 67 minutes. Then, with the Commodores down, 1-0, and pressing forward seeking an equalizer, the Raiders scored three times in the final 13 minutes.
HANCOCK/RIPTON — The Rikert Nordic Center and the Middlebury Snow Bowl will welcome skiers this winter with COVID-19 safety measures in place. Changes include required online reservations for skiing, equipment rentals, and lessons, as well as lodge access that is limited to restrooms, equipment rental, and grab-and-go food purchases.
“We are looking forward to a great ski season,” said Mike Hussey, director of skiing at Middlebury College, which owns and operates the cross country and Alpine skiing venues. “This year will really put the focus on what skiing is all about—being up in the...
The No. 4 Vergennes girls' soccer team defeated previously unbeaten No. 1 Enosburg Thursday afternoon in a Division III semifinal, 2-0. Rhode Miguel picked up the first goal and assisted Sydney Weber's insurance goal, both in the second half, and goalie Kate Gosliga made two saves.
The 7-2-3 Commodores will play No. 10 Stowe (5-6) for the title on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Hartford. Enosburg finished 9-1.
To get to Thursday's playoff game, VUHS this past Saturday defeated visiting No. 5 Green Mountain Union, 2-1 in overtime.
Vergennes Union High School goalkeeper Gabe Kadric, challenged by Wolves’ Thomas Gilbert, stretches to corral a high cross in the area in the first half of Wednesday’s Division II semi-final game in Vergennes. The Commodores lost to a goal scored by the visitors in the last minute.
Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — Wednesday afternoon saw the best Vergennes Union High School boys’ soccer season in many years, even decades, end in heartbreaking fashion.
Visiting No. 4 Peoples had been expected to challenge the top-seeded Commodores in the Division III semifinal, and the skilled Wolves did.
Peoples controlled most of the possession with excellent midfield work from Gabe Carlson and Norris Duff in particular, and pressured the Commodore backline for much of the game.
But at the same time, the Wolves’ real chances were few against a stout VUHS back line, and the Commodores created just as many...
TIGER JUNIOR ELLA Landis, second from right, runs through the woods on the Thetford Academy cross country course with competitors in the Division II championship race Saturday. Landis was the top Addison County female finisher grabbing 15th in 22:14.2 over 5,000 meters.
Photo by Joe McVeigh
THETFORD — In cold but clear conditions on Saturday the Middlebury Union High School girls’ and boys’ cross-country teams each finished fourth in Division II, while Vergennes senior Gabe Praamsma edged Tiger senior Jack Christner and his Commodore classmate Ben Huston for the best individual local finish.
Praamsma took ninth in the boys’ D-II race in 17:52.9 over the 5,000-meter course, with Christner on his heels in 11th in 17:54 and Huston right behind in 12th in 17:58.9.
Junior Noah Engvall led the 11th-place Eagle boys by taking 27th in 19:44.3.
In the girls’ D-II race Tiger junior Ella...
ESSEX JUNCTION — On Friday host Essex ended what was an encouraging fall for the Mount Abraham-Vergennes cooperative high school football program with a 55-20 victory in a Burlington Region first-round postseason match-up.
Hornet quarterback Sam Bowen sparked his 7v7 touch football team with five touchdown passes, and Essex took control in the second quarter after the Eagles played them tough early.
For the Eagles, Caleb Russell completed 15 of 26 passes for 249 yards and two TDs, while Adam Mansfield completed 13 of 33 for 126 yards and one score.
On the receiving end, contributing were...
MONTPELIER — Provisions announced Tuesday allow for interscholastic high school sports this winter, with games in a limited schedule in most sports — including basketball, ice hockey, Nordic skiing, gymnastics, cheerleading and dance — beginning on Jan. 11 and practices starting on Nov. 30.
Wrestling and indoor track will not be allowed, and spectators — even family members — will not be permitted at indoor sporting events, according to a Nov. 3 joint statement from the Agencies of Education and Natural Resources.
Only players, coaches, officials, time and scorekeepers, and people providing...