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RILEY KEITH WINDS up on the Otter Valley softball mound in a recent practice. Otter softball looks to have a deep pitching rotation this year. Independent photo/William Haig
ADDISON COUNTY — Whether hope springs eternal is exactly the point for high school athletes this season. Their greatest wish has probably already been granted: They are playing this spring after having no season at all a year ago and then pandemic-shortened campaigns this past fall and winter. And not only that, sunny weather and temperatures in the 60s and 70s greeted them in their first week of practice, which began on April 5. Competitions for all four local high schools start on Saturday, with Mount Abe hosting softball and boys’ lacrosse action, Middlebury hosting girls’ lacrosse, and...
ADDISON COUNTY — Two members of the Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team and one Middlebury player have received postseason honors from the Lake Division. VUHS senior Kate Gosliga was the only county player named as a First Team Lake All-Star. VUHS junior Felicia Poirier and MUHS sophomore Ele Sellers both earned Second Team nods. In addition, the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association recognized Gosliga and Poirier, plus Eagle senior Savannah Scrodin, Otter Valley junior Alice Keith and VUHS Coach Billy Waller. Scrodin was named to one of the Division I & II teams that...

JUNIOR SARA TOBIAS is an outfielder on the Middlebury College softball team. As shown here playing in the 2016 World Cup competition, she is also a baseball pitcher who has played on the USA National Women’s Baseball Team in international competitions. Photo courtesy of Sara Tobias
This three-part series on Women in Baseball was supposed to be just a two-parter: one on women in the front offices of Major League Baseball and another on women actually on the field playing baseball. In the baseball course I taught at Middlebury College (“Baseball, Literature, and American Culture”), we always had a two-week segment on women in the game in which we read some wonderful writing by women on baseball and were introduced to the history of females playing the sport. Retired now, I haven’t taught that course for a long time and have realized I am not up to date. Opportunities for...
MIDDLEBURY — Three members of the Division II champion Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team were named D-II all-stars, as was one member of the MUHS boys’ hockey team. From the girls’ team, senior goalie Abby Hodsden, senior defender Audrey Schnoor, freshman forward Ella Tucker, and 8th-grade forward Channing Brush were named D-II all-stars. No distinction was made between first- and second-team players. From the Tiger boys’ team, senior defender Tucker Stearns was named a D-II first-team all-star. In addition, Stearns, Hodsden and Schnoor were all named to teams for the annual...
ADDISON COUNTY — Eight members of the Middlebury, Vergennes and Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ basketball teams received postseason honors from the Lake Division. Earning first-team nods were Eagle senior Griffin Paradee, Tiger senior Karic Riche, and Commodore freshman Tyler Bergmans. Making the Lake second team were Eagle junior Henry Cogswell, VUHS junior Hayden Bowen and Tiger sophomore Max Alberts. Receiving Honorable Mention were Eagle senior Koby LaRose and Tiger sophomore Penn Riney. In addition, although the game was not played this season due to the pandemic, Riche was picked...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College softball team dropped a three-game set to NESCAC West rival Williams this past weekend and dropped to 1-4 for the season. The Ephs improved to 6-0. The Panthers will look to bounce back this weekend, when they visit Wesleyan for two games on Saturday and then host the Cardinals on Sunday for a 2 p.m. game. The closest game of this past weekend came at Williams on Sunday, when the Ephs rallied with two runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings to edge the Panthers, 4-3 Middlebury scored twice in the first inning. Sophie Bolinger and Sophia Marlino walked...
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Middlebury College baseball debuted on Saturday with a doubleheader loss at Williams, 17-6 and 20-7. Williams improved to 5-0. The Panthers will look to bounce back this Saturday, when they host Wesleyan in a twin bill that starts at 1:30 p.m. Henry Gustavson took the loss on the mound for the Panthers in the opener. Sammy Smith doubled and tripled for the Panthers, while Lucas Fleming drove in three runs with a homer and a single, In the nightcap for the Panthers, Andrew Ashley slugged a three-run homer and drove in four runs, Fleming singled twice and drove in a run,...
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 COLLEGE SPORTS Softball 4/10 Williams vs. Midd........................ 3-0 4/10 Williams vs. Midd........................ 4-0 4/11 Williams vs. Midd........................ 4-3 Baseball 4/10 Williams vs. Midd...................... 17-6 4/10 Williams vs. Midd...................... 20-7 SCHEDULE HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Softball 4/17 Missisquoi at Mt. Abe .......... 11 AM 4/17 VUHS at Lake Region.......... 11 AM 4/20 CVU at MUHS ................... 4:30 PM...

MUHS BOYS’ HOCKEY forward Owen Lawton challenges a defender behind the Northfield net during the Tigers’ 9-0 first-round playoff victory. The Tigers won two playoff games before falling in a semifinal to the top seed. Independent file photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — This winter’s high school sports mirrored the fall season. It began with uncertainty. Would the pandemic allow the athletes to play? A post-holiday surge of infections threatened athletes’ hopes, just as a late-summer peak in 2020 challenged the fall season. But state officials finally approved a shortened season, as they had in the fall. And again athletes were largely just happy to be back in action, regardless of the results. Along the way teams produced high drama, comebacks and overtime lead changes. Some teams maybe failed to meet expectations, while others took steps...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College softball team opened its season on Saturday by splitting a doubleheader against visiting Tufts (1-1). The Panthers walked off with a 3-2 victory in the opener, while the Jumbos rolled to a 10-4 win in the nightcap. The Panther softball team will host Williams for a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. and then visit the Ephs for a Sunday game. The Panther baseball team also swings into action this weekend with an away doubleheader at Williams on Saturday. Spectators are not allowed on the Middlebury campus due to the pandemic, but school officials said...

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