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OV SENIOR LIVIA Bernhardt, second from right, poses with friends and members of the OV Unified basketball team. The team made a poster to break the news to Bernhardt that Vermont Special Olympics had named her its Unified Partner of the Year. Photo courtesy of Livia Bernhardt
11/14/2019
BRANDON — Otter Valley Union High School senior Livia Bernhardt’s school life overflows with academic, community service and athletic activities. Student representative on the district school board and class vice president? Check. Founder of OV’s new Environmental Club? That’s her. Leader of an effort to have students present awards at all-school assemblies? Of course. Straight As and National Honor Society membership? Sure. Three-sport varsity athlete? Yes, and a captain. But another item on Bernhardt’s résumé might be closest to her heart: As an 8th-grader she helped found OV’s Unified...

PANTHER GOALKEEPER GRACE Harlan dives to knock the ball away from Hamilton midfield Maura Holden in the first half of last Saturday’s NESCAC semifinal in Middlebury. The home team beat the Continentals, 3-0, and the next day beat Tufts, 3-2, to win the NESCAC title. Independent photo/Steve James
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MIDDLEBURY — As expected the 17-1 Middlebury College field hockey team will host an NCAA Division III Regional this coming Saturday and Sunday. Coach Katharine DeLorenzo’s Panthers, who defeated Tufts, 3-2 in overtime this past Sunday to win their third straight NESCAC title, are seeking their third straight NCAA title, their fourth in the past five years, and fifth overall. It appears the NCAA selection committee gave the Panthers the No. 2 overall seed for the tournament. They were ranked No. 2 behind No. 1 The College of New Jersey (18-0) in the most recent poll, and Middlebury is on the...
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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s soccer team fell to Tufts in Sunday’s NESCAC final in a game played at Amherst, but the 8-3-7 Panthers received a bid to the NCAA Division III tournament for the third straight season and 13th time overall. Coach Alex Elias’ Panthers will travel to an NCAA Regional tournament at Rensselaer this Saturday and Sunday. The Panthers will face Johnson & Wales (17-2-2) at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, after host RPI (14-2-2) meets Eastern Nazarene (16-3) at 11 a.m. The winners will meet in the Regional final on Sunday at 1 p.m. The winner will advance to a...
11/14/2019
CASTLETON — Seven local senior high school football players have been selected to take the field in this Saturday’s annual North-South Football All-Star Game, which will kickoff at 12:30 p.m. at Castleton University’s Dave Wolk Stadium. Five Middlebury athletes will play for the South team: running back/defensive back Tyler Buxton, defensive back/quarterback Tim Goettelmann, linebacker/running back Ian Ploof, two-way lineman Trysten Quesnel, and fullback/linebacker Thatcher Trudeau. One Otter Valley player will join them on the South team, Jared Denis. Two-way lineman Jonathan Lapell from the...
11/14/2019
WAITSFIELD — Two young Ripton residents excelled in a Nov. 3 “Skyrunning” race up General Stark Mountain hosted by the Mad River Glen ski area. Beth McIntosh and Baxter Harrington, 7th- and 8th-grade members of the Middlebury Union Middle School cross-country team, respectively, were the youth division winners of a race that followed a winding course up ski trails to the mountain’s summit. McCormick won the youth female race, and Harrington won the youth male race. They and other members of the Frost Mountain Nordic Club, based in Ripton, competed in the event, as did athletes from the...
11/14/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — Eight members of the Middlebury, Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Otter Valley union high school boys’ soccer teams have been named as either Division II or III All-State Players and Lake Division or Marble Valley League B Division First Team All-Stars. Named as both D-II All-State Players and Lake Division First Team All-Stars were three MUHS seniors, Spencer Doran, Eben Jackson and Owen Palcsik; Eagle senior Eric McKean; and Eagle junior Branden Reynolds. Doran also was recognized by the Lake Division coaches as the league’s Defensive Player of the Year. VUHS senior Josias...
11/14/2019
RUTLAND, — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is asking hunters for help in a statewide initiative to gather more biological data on the state’s deer population. Hunters who get a deer during the Nov. 16 – Dec. 1 rifle season are asked to provide an incisor tooth from their deer when they go to a reporting station. Biologists are collecting middle incisor teeth from all rifle season deer in order to evaluate regional differences in ages and antler characteristics of bucks as well as to help estimate population size, growth rate, health, and mortality rates. Each tooth will be cross-...
11/14/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s soccer team came up short to Amherst College, 1-0, in Sunday’s NESCAC championship game, but the 13-2-3 Panthers will host an NCAA Division III Regional this Saturday and Sunday. Middlebury made a run to the NCAA final a year ago before losing to Williams on penalty kicks, and the program is making its 12th NCAA appearance. Coach Peter Kim’s Panthers will open by facing the University of New England (13-5-2) at 11a.m. on Saturday. In the other Saturday Regional semifinal Stevens (15-3-1) will take on UMass Boston (19-2-1) at 1:30 p.m. The Regional...
11/14/2019
Here's what happened in Addison County high school and college sports this past week. See below for this week's schedule of games and events. ***  SCOREBOARD SCHEDULE COLLEGE SPORTS Field Hockey NCAA Regional at Midd. 11/16 Midd. vs. Babson/St. Joseph’s..... 11 AM 11/16  Kean vs. Endicott/Wilson.............1:30 PM 11/17 Final...................................... 1 PM Men’s Soccer Women’s Soccer NCAA Regional at RPI 11/16 RPI vs. Eastern Nazarene........... 11 AM 11/16  Midd. vs. Johnson & Wales........ 1:30 PM 11/17 Final...................................... 1 PM Women’s Soccer NCAA...

MOUNT ABE GOALIE Kira Murray makes a sensational second-half stick save to preserve the Eagles’ lead during their 1-0 victory at UVM earlier this month in the D-II field hockey final. Also pictured are OV’s Mackenzie McKay hoping for a rebound, and Eagles Carly Rougier (No. 4) and Abigail Hoff moving in to help. Independent file photo/Steve James
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In reviewing notes from high school football and field hockey games this fall it struck me how many times the most memorable plays came on defense. In looking back at soccer highlights last week more often goals stood out, possibly because scoring is rare in the sport, but also because so many games were close and decided by moments of offensive brilliance amidst the steady defense by the several strong local teams. In football, before the Tigers’ Division I semifinal, the Middlebury Union High School football team allowed only 11 points per game. Obviously defense was a strength. In field...

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