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02/20/2020
Several days ago my wife, Deborah, and I went snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on a thick blanket of lovely fresh snow. We weren’t alone. Joining us on the outing was our friend Felicia. Felicia had never been snowshoeing or skiing before. Felicia is in her third and final year living in Vermont thanks to a temporary job in town. Two and a half years in, and she still isn’t a big fan of the cold of Vermont winters. For that, she can be excused. Felicia grew up in Jamaica. The average January temperature in Montego Bay (near the cold northwest corner of the Caribbean island nation) is 74...

TIGER FORWARD BELLA Gale gets ready to launch a shot at the U-32 net during Friday’s home girls’ hockey game. Gale scored one of the Tigers’ four goals as they rallied to tie the visiting Raiders. Independent photo/Steve James
02/17/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team on Friday rallied late to overcome a slow start and salvage a 4-4 tie against visiting U-32. The Tigers are in the regular season’s final week and will host two games that could determine their playoff fate. MUHS (10-6-2) is battling with Harwood (11-4-1) and Missisquoi (8-5-1) for the top two spots in Tier II of the three-tier girls’ hockey structure. Tier II’s top two teams will join the Division I tournament, while the rest will compete in the D-II tournament along with Tier III. The Vermont Principals Association will...
02/17/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham defeated visiting Vergennes in double overtime to headline local high school girls’ basketball play late last week. In other action the Eagles picked up two wins, while the Commodores, Middlebury and Otter Valley lost road games. VUHS-EAGLES The Eagles finally shook off the Commodores at the end of the second overtime period, 43-47, when Chloe Johnston and Abby Reen sank clinching free throws. The Commodores led by 18-10 in the first half, but a 9-0 Eagle run put them up by 19-18 at the break, and the teams traded the lead the rest of the way. It was 31-31 at...

THE MIDDLEBURY AQUATIC Club had 35 qualified athletes competing in the New England Regional Swim Meet at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction on Feb. 7-9. The Addison County swimmers won 14 individual titles and one relay title.
02/17/2020
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Swimmers in the Middlebury Aquatic Club made a strong showing in the New England Regional Swim Meet. In the competition over the weekend of Feb. 7-9 at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, one MAC relay team and nine swimmers earned first-place finishes, including four for 8-year-old Connor Husk. Over the course of the three-day event, the Addison County team had 35 qualified athletes competing, ranging in age from 6 to 17 years old. Under the leadership of Coaches Mike Delaney and Colleen Rueppel, the swimmers competed very well with many top-10...
02/17/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team came up short twice late last week, including in a pivotal home loss on Friday that jeopardized the Tigers’ chances for a home quarterfinal with three games remaining. MUHS plays at Colchester and Essex this week and wraps up the regular season by hosting South Burlington on Feb. 25. In that game visiting Stowe (11-6) defeated the Tigers, 6-5, dropping MUHS to 9-8. A win would have moved the Tigers into fourth place in Division I, but instead they trail both the Raiders and fifth-place Spaulding (9-5-1) in sixth. The Tigers were...
02/17/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball play late last week, Middlebury picked up a road win, but the highway was unkind to Otter Valley, Mount Abraham and Vergennes. Teams enter their final week of play this week, and the Vermont Principals Association will release playoff pairings this coming Monday morning. TIGERS On Friday the Tigers defeated host Missisquoi, 61-48, as Gabe Dunn (20 points) and Tyler Buxton (14) paced the offense. The Tigers improved to 11-7 and clinched a winning season. They will wrap up by hosting Enosburg on Tuesday and visiting St. Albans on Thursday....
02/17/2020
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 HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Boys’ Hockey 2/12 St. Albans vs. MUHS.................. 3-1 2/14 Stowe vs. MUHS........................ 6-5 Girls’ Hockey 2/12 Essex vs. MUHS........................ 4-1 2/14 U-32 vs. MUHS........................... 4-4 Girls’ Basketball 2/12 Mt. Abe vs. Milton................... 47-14 2/12 Mt. Mansfield vs. VUHS......... 56-33 2/13 Fair Haven vs. OV.................. 51-33 2/14 Mt. Abe vs. VUHS....... 43-37 (2 OT) 2/15...

CVU GOALIE JASON Douglas stretches to make a pad save on Tiger forward Ryan Nadeau during the second period of Monday’s boys’ hockey game in Middlebury. Nadeau later scored in the Tigers’ 3-0 victory. Independent photo/Steve James
02/13/2020
MIDDLEBURY — It’s possible the Tigers’ two tougher games this week could tell a different tale for the Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team, but on Monday they looked like they were ready to take on all comers in Division I. Granted, visiting Champlain Valley (2-12-1) is not the cream of the D-I crop, but the Tigers excelled in all phases of the game in Monday’s 3-0 victory. They moved the puck, forechecked and back-checked carefully, won puck battles, allowed only six shots on goalie Zeke Hooper, and, most importantly according to Coach Derek Bartlett, skated hard and constantly. “...

EAGLE JUNIOR GRIFFIN Paradee attacks the paint as Tiger junior Gabe Dunn defends during Tuesday’s boys’ basketball game at Mount Abraham. The visiting Tigers prevailed in overtime to highlight high school basketball play earlier this week. Photo courtesy of Mark Bouvier
02/13/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury boys made it a season sweep of Mount Abraham in local high school basketball action early this week. Elsewhere, the MUHS girls split two games, a D-I visitor knocked off the Vergennes boys, and the Otter Valley girls lost on the road. TIGERS-EAGLES In a back-and-forth contest, the Tiger boys’ basketball team got two free throws apiece from Jeffrey Lokatys and Karic Riche late in overtime to nail down a 60-57 victory at Mount Abraham. The Eagles outscored the Tigers, 18-5, in the third period as Liam Kelliher scored seven of his 19 points. Mount Abe led, 41-36,...

MOOKIE BETTS
02/13/2020
One hundred years ago last month (Jan. 5, 1920), the Red Sox unloaded their best player for financial reasons. They sold the best left-handed pitcher in the American League, a versatile 25-year-old who had begun to play in the field on occasion because he could also hit: George Herman “Babe” Ruth.  How’d that work out? Will my children and their children be lamenting the Curse of Mookie after I’m gone? Mookie Betts is one of my favorite Red Sox players ever. I place him in the exalted company of Nomah and Pedro. I like him even better than Papi, and that’s a high bar. Mookie looks like a high...

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