MT. ABE'S MADISON Gile’s shot beats Hartford High School goalie Bailey Cameron to tie Friday's game at 1-1 in the first half as Eagle teammates Sarah Heath (8) and Carly Rougier (4) watch. The Eagles scored again in the second half to win 2-1 in Bristol.
ADDISON COUNTY — Highlights in high school sports action late last week include the top-seeded Mount Abraham field hockey team advancing in the Division II playoffs and key wins for the Vergennes girls’ soccer and cooperative Eagle-Commodore football teams.  Sport by sport, here’s what happened: FIELD HOCKEY On Friday in the D-II field hockey playoffs 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...

The Mount Abe and Vergennes Union High School girls' soccer teams faced each other this past Friday, when the Commodores came out on top, 1-0. Vergennes is the No. 4 seed in the playoffs and Mount Abe is No. 14. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ soccer team earned its first-ever No. 1 seed when the Vermont Principals’ Association released soccer pairings Monday morning, while the Commodore girls' and Middlebury boys' soccer programs also will host games after receiving No. 4 seeds. After getting a first-round bye, the 7-1-1 Commodore boys will begin their quest for a Division III title on Friday at 3 p.m. They will play either No. 8 Mill River (6-4) or No. 9 Hazen (4-3). Also in D-III the Otter Valley boys (3-5) received the No. 10 seed and will visit No. 7 Enosburg on Tuesday at...
BRISTOL — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ soccer team has boldly gone where no team in the program has gone before — to the top seed in a boys’ soccer postseason tournament. Host Mount Abraham on Saturday made sure the final steps on that journey didn’t come easily, scoring two goals 20 seconds apart in the game’s 69th minute to cut the Commodores’ lead to 3-2. But the Commodores righted the ship and controlled most of the final 10 minutes to finish the game with a 3-2 wing and finished the shortened season with a 7-1-1 record, good enough because of a tougher schedule to edge out No. 2...

TIGER JUNIOR SOPHIE Larocque (15) tussles for the ball with Mount Abe’s Sadie Thomas, a senior midfielder, in the first half of Friday’s game in Middlebury. The Eagles led by a goal at the half, but Middlebury scored twice in the second to win the local matchup. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — As the second half wore on and the rain kept falling during Friday’s girls’ soccer game in Middlebury, it began to look more and more like Mount Abraham senior Savannah Scrodin’s first-half breakaway goal would hold up as the game-winner. Truthfully, the Eagles could have had more than what through 65 minutes was the game’s lone score.  Scrodin’s strike came in the 22nd minute, when MUHS goalie Audrey Schnoor could not get a hand on Scrodin’s 12-yard blast into the upper left corner. Mount Abe senior Ellie Ginsburg set up the play, stealing the ball from a Tiger back and sending...

EAGLE SENIOR WIDE receiver Joey Hemingway jumps above BFA Fairfax defender Caden Getty to catch a throw from quarterback Adam Mansfield in Saturday’s 28-21 win in Bristol on Saturday. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent high school 7v7 football play, the Mount Abraham-Vergennes collective team picked up a pair of victories, Otter Valley nearly pulled off a road upset, and  Middlebury lost in OT at Rutland. The Tigers’ Saturday game at Burr & Burton was called off due to a positive COVID-19 test at BBA. The bigger football news is probably that the touch-tackling, all-passing version of the game will have a postseason after all.  Each region will have its own playoffs. No state champions will be crowned, but athletes will all have the opportunity to play at least one and as many...
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent high school boys’ soccer action, Middlebury topped visiting Mount Abraham, Vergennes made a move in Division III with three straight wins, the Eagles lost on the road to D-II’s first-place squad, and Otter Valley fell at home.  The Tigers also hosted Spaulding on Tuesday; see story on Page 1B.  TIGERS OVER EAGLES On Saturday the Eagles took a lead over host MUHS in the 23rd minute on a Branden Reynolds penalty kick. But the Tigers (4-1-1) earned a 3-1 win on two goals from Oliver Anderson, one unassisted just before halftime and one assisted by Owen Connelly in...
MIDDLEBURY — Simply defeating winless Spaulding at home on Tuesday was not a good indicator of the quality of the Middlebury Union High School boys’ soccer team, nor was the final 7-0 score.  But there’s something to be said for scoring five goals in the first 17 minutes, including a three-goal outburst in less than two minutes: They blew the game open with that outburst in the ninth and 10th minutes before Coach Reeves Livesay began subbing freely.  Going deep into the bench did not change the game flow: The Tigers outshot the Tide, 24-2. One Tide shot posed a mild challenge for Tiger...
ADDISON COUNTY — Vergennes edged Mount Abraham on a late goal to provide the biggest highlight in recent high school girls’ soccer action. OV also picked up a win, and VUHS and Middlebury also earned ties.  The Eagles also visited Middlebury on Friday; see story on Page 1B.  COMMODORES On Oct. 14 host VUHS edged Mount Abe, 1-0, when Sydney Weber netted the 77th-minute game-winner during a scramble following a corner kick. Kate Gosliga worked a three-save shutout for the Commodores, and Eagle keeper Joanna Toy stopped six shots.  On Friday, visiting Spaulding topped VUHS, 2-1, on two Sage...
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont Principals’ Association announced Division II post-season pairings on Tuesday morning. Mount Abraham (4-1) earned the top seed and will open the playoffs by hosting a quarterfinal on Friday against the winner of a Wednesday game between No. 8 Hartford (2-5) and No. 9 Brattleboro (2-6).  Either No. 4 Woodstock (4-2-1) or No. 5 St. Johnsbury (4-3) would visit the Eagles at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday if the Eagles prevail on Friday. Otter Valley (3-3-2) was awarded the No. 7 seed and will host No. 10 MUHS (0-7) on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. That game’s winner gets a date at No...
Here's what happened in Addison County high school sports this past week. See below for this week's schedule of games and events. *** SCOREBOARD HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Field Hockey 10/14 OV vs. Woodstock.......................... 1-1 10/15 Rice vs. Mt. Abe............................. 3-2 10/15 OV vs. Fair Haven.......................... 2-2 10/15 CVU vs. MUHS............................... 4-0 10/17 Essex vs. MUHS............................ 3-0 10/19 OV vs. Springfield.......................... 4-0 Football 10/14 CVU vs. Mt. Abe/VUHS............. 28-14 10/17 Rutland vs. OV...


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