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THE TIGERS' RUNNING back, Tyler Buxton, catches a pass from quarterback Tim Goettelmann and runs in for a touchdown in the first quarter of the home team’s 34-14 win over Fair Haven in Middlebury last fall. Independent file photo/Steve James
05/21/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School senior Tyler Buxton was one of six seniors honored this month by the Vermont Chapter of the National Football Foundation as Vermont High School Scholar Athlete “Inductees” for their football talent, academic prowess and leadership. The winners receive a $500 scholarship from the National Football Foundation, and their names are recorded in that organization’s archives. Normally the inductees and other award winners are honored at the Vermont organization’s annual banquet, but that 27th annual yearly event was called off due to COVID-19 concerns. The...

JULES TYGIEL’S HISTORY of the integration of baseball is among columnist Karl Lindholm’s favorite non-fiction books on the sport because of it’s first-class scholarship and narrative appeal.
05/14/2020
SABR, the Society of American Baseball Research, is in its 50th year. Begun in 1971 by 16 serious baseball fans, the organization today has over 6,000 members. To celebrate it 50th anniversary, SABR is publishing a book of 50 essays, “SABR 50 at 50: The Society for American Baseball Research’s Fifty Most Essential Contributions to the Game,” one for each year. One of those essays, (“The Book”) from SABR’s research journal, The National Pastime, (1996) is by our sports columnist Karl Lindholm and is included in this volume. Here is a condensed version of that piece.   “I never play by the book...

Middlebury's Ralph Myhre Golf Course opened last Thursday after Gov. Scott loosened restrictions on outdoor recreation and projections show the spread of coronavirus lessening. Photo by Karl Lindholm
05/11/2020
VERMONT — Golf courses, parks and other outdoor recreation spots opened up to some degree late last week after Gov. Phil Scott announced limited social interactions might resume at such places under strict health and safety precautions. In his Wednesday press conference Scott noted that modeling of the spread of coronavirus continues the COVID-19 disease is being slowed in the Green Mountain State. The Stay Home, Stay Safe order remains in effect, if able to comply with outlined safety measures, the governor’s latest order allows the following social activities to resume: • Gatherings of 10...

A TIGER LACROSSE game last year.
05/07/2020
Sports writers like to call their sections the “Toy Department.” Most recently I came across that reference in a Boston Globe piece by longtime columnist Dan Shaughnessy. In many ways it’s hard to argue with that description.  There are days — on the sidelines of a game on a sunny fall day at Mount Abraham with foliage at its peak, in a packed Vergennes gym for a rivalry hoop game, listening to the Otter Valley pep band rock the House of Noise, or hearing the Doc Collins Field crowd roar as a Middlebury running back breaks into the open — when it’s hard to believe this is work. But the...
05/07/2020
My alarm went off at 4 a.m. I bolted upright, fumbled for my iPhone on the nightstand, and shut it off as quickly as I could, hoping to avoid waking my wife. Before I could even stand up, I heard a high wind whipping through the trees outside. The turkeys were not going to be out and about much this morning, I thought. They certainly won’t be very vocal in these conditions. They will cautious, not likely to respond to any call I made. I almost abandoned my plans and put my head back down. I’d be asleep again moments after I pulled the covers back up. But I knew it might be the only morning of...

EXTREMELY SUCCESSFUL PANTHER lacrosse and field hockey coach Missy Foote, shown on the job in her penultimate season, will be inducted into the Middlebury College Athletics Hall of Fame. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
04/30/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The recently announced eight members of the Middlebury College Athletics Hall of Fame 2020 class include local resident Missy Foote, whose 38-year career at the school including coaching teams to six NCAA Division III championships. This year’s class will be the seventh to be inducted. The induction ceremony and dinner will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7. Foote worked from 1977 to 2015 at Middlebury as a coach and an administrator. In her 34 years as the women’s lacrosse coach, the Panthers won five national titles and compiled four undefeated seasons. Her 422 career wins (422-114-1...

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE FOOTBALL players line up for the traditional handshake at the end of a recent game with Amherst College, signifying respect for one another’s mutual efforts. Photo courtesy of Middlebury College
04/30/2020
“Shake hands and come out fighting.” When I was a kid watching the Friday Night Fights with my dad (brought to you by Gillette — “to look sharp and to feel sharp too ...”), that’s what the referee instructed in the ring center before the boxing match began. The combatants touched gloves and commenced to beat each other up, respectfully: after all, they had shaken hands, more or less. Whenever there was contretemps in the school yard or playing field when I was growing up, the adult who broke up the fight commanded, “OK, shake hands now.” That meant it was over and there would be no further...
04/30/2020
VERMONT — Vermont American Legion officials last week called off this summer’s Legion baseball season, citing both health concerns and financial issues.  The final decision was announced this past Thursday and followed the cancellation earlier this month of Legion baseball regional tournaments and its national championship American Legion World Series. Other states had also reportedly canceled summer play. Addison County’s team had been slated to move to the Southern Division this summer to better balance the number of teams in the state’s Northern and Southern divisions.  The state Legion...
04/30/2020
Imagine hiking through some of the most magnificent scenery or in remote canyons. Indeed that is all we can do at this time is imagine while under the stay at home requirement. Therefore we at the Green Mountain Club thought the next best thing is to let you come along on some virtual hikes with us. We have assembled a number of videos for your enjoyment and amusement that you can watch at your leisure — even in your pajamas if you want. So no need to get your backpack, hiking poles and boots out for these journeys, just an armchair, popcorn and a suitable beverage. Serious viewers are...
04/30/2020
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board recently voted to award 55 moose hunting permits this year. Moose permit applications are now available on the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s website, vtfishandwildlife.com, for the hunt limited to Vermont’s Wildlife Management Unit (WMU) E in the northeastern corner of the state. “Moose density in WMU E is more than one moose per square mile, significantly higher than any other part of the state,” said Nick Fortin, Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s biologist in charge of the moose project. “Moose densities greater than one per square mile...

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