A week or so ago, I met Mike, and he asked me (behind his mask) what I thought of the most recent plan to begin the Major League Baseball season. “I haven’t given it much thought,” I told him. “I don’t really care.” He was taken aback. After all, with the Addy Indy’s help, I have somewhat fashioned myself as “Doctor Baseball,” knowing more about baseball than the average bear, teaching classes at Middlebury College on baseball, and its literature, history, and cultural meaning, finding a home in the study of baseball’s Negro leagues.  I had to apologize to Mike for being so brusque. It was an...

JUSTIN COMES OF Middlebury dominated the Pepsi Sportsman Modified main event at Devil's Bowl Speedway. His brother, Austin Comes of Middlebury, made it a sibling sweep by winning the Limited Sportsman feature. Photo by Bill McGaffin
WEST HAVEN — Brothers and Middlebury residents Justin and Austin Comes cruised to big wins in the top two featured races at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, June 28, in front of the first grandstand crowd of the season.  The Comes’ sweep was the first at Devil’s Bowl for a pair of siblings since September 2001, when Joe and Vince Santoro turned the trick; the Santoros also doubled up on August of that year. The only other brothers to win on the same night at Devil’s Bowl were Bobby and Beaver Dragon in July 1973. Justin Comes struck first in the 30-lap Pepsi Sportsman Modified feature. Comes...

Tammi Blanchard will coach girls’ soccer at Otter Valley Union High School this fall.
BRANDON — Otter Valley Union High School has hired new coaches to lead two varsity girls’ programs this fall, both with coaching experience at the school, according to Athletic Director Steven Keith. Jodie Keith will lead the OV field hockey team, and Tammi Blanchard is taking over the girls’ soccer program, according to press releases Steven Keith sent out on Tuesday.  According to the OV AD, for the past four years Jodie Keith has coached multiple sports at multiple levels at OV and has a “vision for how the entire 7-12 program can run” at the school. “Her time as a 7th- and 8th-grade...
CASTLETON — The Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl Inc. Board of Governors on Wednesday announced the cancellation of the 67th all-star football game between recent Vermont and New Hampshire high school graduates. It had been scheduled for Aug. 1 at Castleton University. The board noted its members had remained hopeful since March, but had to make what a board press release described as a tough call. “This decision was heartbreaking and gut-wrenching and a difficult one to make from the heart. However, it has become obvious that this year’s game cannot be played as it had been in the past. We remained...

I walked out on the dock, set down my fly rod and my blue canvas boat bag with my boxes of flies and fly-fishing gear, and went back inside for a canoe paddle and seat cushion. When I returned to the dock, I found sitting on my bag a beautiful two-tailed mayfly. Though its wings were tan with just a hint of honey coloring, its head, legs, and underside sported patches of brighter yellow that stood out against my blue bag. It was at least the third species of mayfly I’d seen in the past day, rising off the water, fluttering past our porch, or landing on our outside windows and walls. Most of...

SHOREHAM’S ANTHONY WARREN displays the checkered flag and the trophy he earned for winning the O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman “Topless” feature in exciting fashion at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday. Photo by Bill McGaffin
WEST HAVEN — Shoreham’s Anthony Warren picked up the win in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman 20-lap race to provide the local highlight in Sunday racing at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, with racing again held without fans present due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Warren, driving on his 12th wedding anniversary, edged cousin Anthony Ryan of Benson by taking the lead on the final lap’s first turn. Warren slid under Ryan as they hit the curve and held on from there, and it was the only lap he led as they dueled to the finish. Polesitter Johnny Bruno took third, and Brandon’s Matt Bilodeau...
ADDISON COUNTY — Coaches and organizers for the Vergennes Champs and Middlebury Marlins are now planning to keep many of their young swimmers active this summer even though the Champlain Valley Swim League season was called off in mid-May. All were pleased pools in Middlebury and Vergennes opened, even on a limited basis, enough to allow young swimmers to hit the water this summer.  “I am very happy to say that the Vergennes pool will open and we will have a 2020 VST (Vergennes Swim Team) swim season,” said Champs President Amanda Crocker. By Sunday the Vergennes team had passed a minimum 50-...
MIDDLEBURY — The tandems of Diane Neuse and Mia Politano and Kirk and Kyle Goodman were the top winners this past Saturday and Sunday during the Ralph Myhre Golf Course’s annual Member-Member Weekend. Neuse and Politano were the women’s flight gross winners, followed by the duos of Eva Mastalos and Giselle Lafleche in second and Jane Beck and Marilyn O’Keefe in third.  The Goodmans prevailed in the men’s White Tee Flight gross competition, followed by Christopher Wilson and Joe Bartlett in second, Eric Bergland and Mike Adams in third, and Duncan Fitzgerald and Nick Bingaman in fourth. In the...

RACERS IN THE Pepsi Sportsman Modified division on Monday evening.
WEST HAVEN — A number of drivers from Addison County and Brandon posted top-five finishes on Monday evening as Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s dirt track saw its first action of 2020. The stock car races, which opened the track’s 54th season, were also Vermont’s first of the year.  Though spectators were not permitted due to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, track officials said more than 600 viewers watched at least some of the action through Facebook Live video.  Corinth racer Adam Pierson went flag-to-flag to win the main event, the 29-lap feature in the headline Pepsi Sportsman Modified division....
WEST HAVEN — Dirt track racing is coming back to the Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Monday night, June 15, but without fans in the grandstand. Devil’s Bowl will host “The COVID Crusher” event today at 7 p.m. to kick off the Vermont stock car racing season. The event will count for championship points for the Pepsi Sportsman Modified, O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock, and Friend Construction 500cc Mini Sprint divisions. The headline Sportsman Modifieds will race 29 laps for $1,200 to win and $125 to start, while the four support classes will each run “COVID-19” laps....


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