Sports

MIDDLEBURY — Spectators and members of the media will not be allowed to see any athletic events at Middlebury College this spring, per a policy adopted by the NESCAC conference to which the college belongs. Those interested in following the Panther teams that are seeing action this spring may view them online at athletics.middlebury.edu. Schedules are also available at that website. The college’s Sports Information Department confirmed last week that teams’ home events and games will be streamed, starting the weekend of April 10 and 11. Panther teams expected to see action this spring include...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Amateur Hockey Association, known as MAHA, recently wrapped up another successful, unique hockey season. Officials said 130 children, ranging from age 4-14 across eight teams, took to the ice to practice and play ice hockey this winter. MAHA officials thanked parents, players, coaches, referees and volunteers for their efforts during a season like no other — thanks to COVID-19. They noted special appreciation for the Friends of Middlebury Hockey group and Memorial Sports Center manager Rick Marshall, as well as Mike Turner, Mike Morgan and all the volunteers who...
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 4/3 Midd vs. Tufts............................... 3-2 4/3 Tufts vs. Midd............................. 10-4 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 4/20 Poultney at VUHS.............. 4:30 PM Baseball 4/17 VUHS at Rice........................ 11 AM 4/20 CVU at MUHS ................. Canceled 4/20...
I took my dog for a short walk this afternoon. As I circled back through the woods into my yard from the opposite side, a small patch of vibrant yellow drew my attention. The first two dandelions of the spring had popped up and were on full display. Directly above them, the intermingled branches of a pair of red maple trees created their own display of color with their rust-red blossom buds, making up in sheer numbers of blossoms for what they lacked in brightness. The colors of that part of our yard were particularly attention-grabbing because most everything else is brown. Mud season is...
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 HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Girls’ Hockey D-II Final in Barre 3/24 #6 MUHS vs. #4 SBHS............. 2-1 Girls’ Basketball D-III Final in Barre 3/27 #1 Lk. Region vs. #3 VUHS... 53-37 SCHEDULE COLLEGE SPORTS Softball 4/10 Williams at Midd. (2) .............. 2 PM 4/11 Midd. at Williams..................... 2 PM Baseball 4/10 Midd. at Williams (2) ......... 1:30 PM Note: Schedules are subject to change. Please consult school websites for latest updates.

TONI STONE PLAYED second base in 1953 for the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League, replacing Henry Aaron who left for the Milwaukee Braves. She is the subject of an excellent biography, “Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone” by Martha Ackmann. Painting by Graig Kreindler from the archives of NegroLeaguesHistory.com
Second in a series Just a few weeks after Kim Ng was hired by the Miami Marlins to run their team as the general manager, the Red Sox hired Bianca Smith to be the first Black woman to coach in the major leagues and the second woman overall: Yes, those Red Sox, who for generations have had to live down the ignominy of being the last team to put a Black player on the field. Like Ng, Smith is eminently qualified for this position despite her youth (she’s 30). A graduate of Dartmouth, she played on both the softball team and the club baseball team there. She earned a dual M.A. degree in business...

Vergennes Union High School center Kate Gosliga attacks the Lake Region defense in the second quarter of Saturday’s state final loss to the Lady Rangers. Independent photo/Steve James
BARRE — After falling to Lake Region, 53-37, in the Division III championship game at the Barre Auditorium Saturday, the Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team finished the season with an 11-2 record. In percentage terms that is the program’s second-finest record since at least 1983. The 2021 edition’s winning percentage trailed only the 22-3 mark compiled by the 2007 Commodore girls.  The Commodores also went deeper in the playoffs than any VUHS girls’ hoop team since the 2006 squad.  And the Commodores, seeded third in Division III, caught the attention of the Vermont basketball...

South Burlington goaltender Taylor Tobrocke saves a shot from Tiger forward Channing Brush in the second period of Wednesday's Vermont Division II final in Barre. Independent photo/Steve James
BARRE — A lot of things go into a championship season. Skill, grit, chemistry, brains, and sometimes a dash of extra motivation and unforeseen circumstances. The 2021 Division II Champion Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team checked all those boxes. The score read: No. 6 seeded MUHS 2, No. 4 South Burlington 1, in a game played at Barre’s B.O.R. municipal rink last night, Wednesday, March, 24. The story read: The Tigers’ roster included only 13 athletes — four goalies, and nine skating up and down the ice. That means two forward lines of three skaters each, and three defenders...

JUNIOR AMANDA KEARNS fronts a group of Middlebury Union High School dance team members on Saturday during a taping of their Hip-Hop routine. Judges reviewed video recordings of Vermont teams and awarded the Tigers third place. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School dance team finished third in the Hip-Hop discipline in this past Saturday’s virtual state championship competition. Teams performed in their home gymnasiums, and videos of their efforts were sent to be evaluated by a three-judge panel who met that day at Mount Mansfield. The Tigers first finished in a second-place tie in Hip-Hop with Lamoille behind winner Mount Mansfield. The Cougar team earned first-place nods from two out of the three judges, and a second-place evaluation from the third judge, thus scoring four points (1+1+2). The Tigers earned...
MIDDLEBURY — A recent agreement by NESCAC college presidents to allow limited athletic competition this spring means some Middlebury College sports teams will see action during the coming weeks. Middlebury College Director of Athletics Erin Quinn confirmed a half-dozen Panther teams will compete, starting in mid-April. Other teams, he said, lack enough athletes to take the field due to students’ decisions to take a gap year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “With student decisions about whether or not to be on campus this spring we have enough competitors for women’s tennis, softball, baseball, m...

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