So what does a sports column look like in an age of COVID-19?
In one sense, outdoor writing is quite different from more tradition sports media, because the outdoor sports themselves (fishing, canoeing, hunting, etc.) fall in a different category than competitive activities most folks associate with the word “sports.” Sure, there are competitive bass fishing tournaments, but only a small percentage of people who fish do so as part of an organized competition. The same could be said of hiking, canoeing and hunting. On the other hand, take away the competitive aspect of baseball, football or...
PANTHER NORDIC SKIER Sophia Laukli finished second in the women’s 5-kilometer race on March 12 to help the Panthers win the event at the NCAA championships in Montana. Middlebury stood in third place overall when the meet was called off.
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BOZEMAN, Mont. — The Middlebury College ski team stood in third place after two days of racing at the NCAA skiing championships in Bozeman, Mont., last week before NCAA officials canceled the final two days of the event due to the threat posed by the novel coronavirus.
Utah led the competition with 293 points, followed by Denver (261) and the Panthers (216) in events hosted by Montana State University.
In March 12 Nordic action the Middlebury women won the 5-kilometer freestyle event as Sophia Laukli and Alexandra Lawson earned All-American honors.
Laukli finished in second with a time of...
MUHS SENIOR MALIA Hodges placed well for the Tigers on both days of the Division II Nordic championship meet and skied on their second-place relay teams both days. The Tiger girls and boys’ teams both finished second.
Independent file photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — With the exception of a certain little track team that could, the local 2019-2020 high school sports season this winter did not end the season with teams holding trophies aloft, dreaming of banners to be hung on gym walls — when they re-open.
But athletes competed well, made clutch plays, supported their teammates, worked hard — did all the things that still made for a memorable season.
Let’s look back over the season here and next week. About half the teams from the schools play basketball; we’ll hold them until next Thursday’s issue. Here the spotlight is on the highlights...
MIDDLEBURY — Seven Panthers qualified to compete at the 2020 NCAA Division III Women’s Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 13 and 14 in Winston-Salem, N.C. Due to concerns with the novel coronavirus, however, the meet was cancelled.
The seven athletes selected to take part in the event were senior Meg Wilson; juniors Katie Glew, Gretchen McGrath and Ava O’Mara; sophomores Cassie Kearney and Nicole Johnson; and freshman Grace Desmond.
The distance medley relay quartet of Glew, McGrath, Wilson and Kearney were seeded seventh with a time of 11:54.85. McGrath and Kearney ran on the...
MIDDLEBURY — Due to the public health concerns related to the novel coronavirus, the Addison Community Athletics Foundation board has decided to close Middlebury Indoor Tennis (MIT) until May 1.
According to a board email, the foundation will consider re-opening MIT sooner if the situation warrants.
In the meantime, however, the decision means all events scheduled at MIT through May 1 have been cancelled or postponed. This includes USTA matches, youth tournaments, potluck socials, MIT and high school team practices, Sunday Family Play, private tennis lessons and group clinics.
Nor will the...
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Brew Professional Arena Football Team has cancelled its inaugural 2020 season due to the current COVID-19 outbreak.
According to a team press release, the team, which had arranged to play its home games in Middlebury’s Memorial Sports Center starting on March 28, “will look to return in 2021.”
The release stated the Brew “is acting in lock-step with other professional and collegiate sports leagues and teams.”
“It is with regret that we make this announcement,” said Head Coach and General Manager Claude Flynn. “We have an enormous responsibility to keep our fans and...
ON A PICTURESQUE late winter/early spring day — March 8 — the Middlebury men’s lacrosse team played against Connecticut College on Youngman Field. The Panthers defeated their NESCAC rival, 20-8, that day and three days later trounced Plattsburgh State in what ended up being the final Middlebury athletic event of the year. Many Middlebury seniors ended their athletic careers with a truncated season, including defending national champion women’s lax and baseball, which played a few games before shutting down. The competitive seasons of softball, tennis, and track and field never began.
Independent photo/Karl Lindholm
We “shelter in place,” practice “social distancing” hoping to “flatten the curve” of the “pandemic” afflicting the world. These are terms that were largely unfamiliar to us only a very short time ago but are now staples of our daily discourse.
We isolate ourselves from one another in this chilly and lovely late winter/early spring season in the hope that we can come together in the warm embrace of the season that follows.
But who knows when that will be? It could be a while. All is so uncertain.
Schools, from daycare to graduate school, have closed and sent their students home, wherever...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College athletes set to compete this weekend in NCAA championship events — including the Panther women’s hockey team — instead headed home after NCAA officials called off all such competitions as a measure to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus.
In addition the Vermont Brew Professional Arena Football Team, which had planned to host games in Middlebury’s Memorial Sports Center, announced it has cancelled its inaugural 2020 season due to the COVID-19 threat. Team officials said in a press release they “will look to return in 2021.”
The college cancellations...
PANTHER SOPHOMORE MIDDIE Andrew McGurrin races upfield as Connecticut’s Jack Venturelli tries to defend during Saturday’s men’s lacrosse game at Middlebury, won by the Panthers, 20-8. Middlebury improved to 3-0 with a pair of recent wins.
Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Before the announcement that all school activities were being suspended and students were being sent home, early indications looked positive for the Middlebury College men’s lacrosse team after three seasons in which the Panthers hovered around .500.
Home wins on Saturday over NESCAC foe Connecticut, 20-8, and on Tuesday over Plattsburgh, 30-8, moved the Panthers to 3-0, the program’s best start since 2015.
An explosive and balanced offense led the way. Ten Panthers scored vs. Connecticut, six in their opening 16-12 victory at Bowdoin the week before, and 13 in Tuesday’s rout of...
MIDDLEBURY — The decision announced by Middlebury College Tuesday to suspend most on-campus operations due to the threat posed by COVID-19 will apparently not end the NCAA Division III championship dreams of the school’s women’s hockey or ski teams, but it will almost certainly cancel the rest of the college’s spring sports season.
The college’s announcement included the following language:
“Spring Athletic Events and Practices: Effective 10 p.m. tonight, we are suspending all spring athletic activities, including practices and home and away games, until further notice.