A BEAUTIFUL FALL day on a Vermont lake was marred by toxic blue-green algae that sat in a thick smear on top of the water.
Photo courtesy of Matt Dickerson
The end of our hundred-yard walk carrying our canoe from the parking lot to the lake ended in something between disgust and dismay when we looked down into the water. The surface of the lake looked nothing like water. It appeared more like green paint — like a bucket of latex ready to be spread on the side of a house. We couldn’t have seen a rock half an inch below the surface, it was so thick and opaque.
Neither my wife nor I had any interest in setting our canoe down on top of it, risking getting whatever it was on our sandals or skin or even on our beautiful golden canoe. But neither did...
MUHS SENIOR FORWARD Merry Kimble, foreground, waves for the ball as sophomore midfielder Ivy Doran controls it during the Tigers’ Thursday home game vs. Rutland. In the background sophomore midfielder Sophie Larocque, who scored in the Tigers’ 4-2 setback, looks on.
Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
ADDISON COUNTY — In midweek high school girls’ soccer action last week, three local teams — Vergennes, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley — all picked up victories, while Middlebury dropped a pair of contests.
Friday and Saturday games in all sports were played after the early deadline for this edition; the Independent’s press was closed this past weekend.
The Commodores on Wednesday defeated defending Division II champion Milton, 3-1, picking up valuable points in their efforts to remain on top of the D-III standings in the process. VUHS scored the game’s first three goals before...
FAIR HAVEN — On this past Wednesday host Fair Haven defeated the Otter Valley Union High School boys’ soccer team in double overtime, 3-2. Slater Tyler McClure netted the game-winner on a cross from Kaylo Stevenson.
The Slaters took a 2-0 first-half lead on goals from Jake Hochberg and Nick Carrabino.
Hayden Bernhardt broke the ice for OV in the second half, and Otter Jeremy Coan tied the game late in regulation.
The Otters fell to 1-10. They were set to host Bellows Falls on Friday after the early deadline for this edition; the Independent’s press was closed this past weekend. The 4-8...
JERICHO — On this past Wednesday, host Mount Mansfield defeated the Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team, 1-0, in overtime.
The 6-5-1 Cougars got a goal with 2:20 left in overtime from Jenna Simon to come away with the victory and avenge an earlier overtime loss to the Eagles. MMU received seven saves from two goalies, while Eagle goalie Kira Murray stopped six shots.
The defending Division II champion Eagles dropped to 6-3-2 with their third straight one-goal setback to a D-I team with a winning record, with two of those losses coming in overtime.
Mount Abe was looking to bounce...
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.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
10/9 Mt. Mansfield vs. Mt. Abe.. 1-0 (OT)
10/11 Essex vs. MUHS...................... 6-2
10/11 Mt. Abe vs. Colchester............. 2-0
10/12 OV vs. Windsor........................ 3-2
10/11 MUHS vs. Rutland.................. 42-7
10/12 U-32 vs. Mt. Abe/VUHS........ 32-10
10/12 Windsor vs. OV.................... 32-13
10/9 OV vs. Woodstock..................... 2-1
10/9 Mt. Abe vs....
THE COMMODORE EXPERIENCED Six-Oar team in the Golden Oak lines up for the start of its race at the annual James Wakefield Rescue Row in Burlington harbor on Saturday, which drew 206 rowers from nine Vermont and Maine schools. The VUHS crew was edged out by Belfast, Maine, in the race, but Commodore rowers won two races on the day.
Photo by Holly Weber
BURLINGTON — Middle- and high-school rowers from Vergennes and Mount Abraham union high school club teams participated in a major competition in Burlington harbor this past Saturday that drew three teams from Maine as well from four schools in Chittenden County.
In all, 206 youth rowers from the nine schools gathered at Perkins Pier on the Burlington waterfront to participate in the LCMM’s annual “James Wakefield Rescue Row.”
This race day is named in honor of James Wakefield, who along with his son Jack on Dec. 9, 1876, rescued the crew of the 85-foot canal schooner General Butler.
MOUNT ABE JUNIOR Liam Davison glides through the 5K Woods Trail Run in Thetford this past Saturday. He earned 266th place out of 735 runners.
Photo courtesy of Karyn Norwood
THETFORD — Local high school cross-country runners posted solid results at Saturday’s Woods Trails Run at Thetford Academy, a major meet that drew more than 1,300 varsity athletes and 96 boys’ and girls’ scoring teams from around New England.
Among local squads, the Middlebury boys fared best overall with 524 points, taking 15th out of 52 scoring teams and finishing third among the Vermont Division II teams competing. D-II’s U-32 won the boys’ race with 76, and D-II Woodstock was 10th (460). Out of more than 700 competitors overall Tigers juniors Jack Christner and Thomas Nevins were 34th and...
OVUHS JUNIOR MIA Politano won her second straight individual girls’ Division II championship on Tuesday at the Proctor-Pittsford Country Club. Her round of 84 was the best of all competitors in all divisions by four strokes.
Photo by Austin Danforth/Burlington Free Press
PITTSFORD — Otter Valley Union High School junior Mia Politano fired an 84 on Tuesday at the Proctor-Pittsford Country Club to become the Division II girls’ medalist for the second straight year.
Her total was four strokes clear of the second-place finisher in D-II, Lake Region’s Tia Martinez, and five strokes better than the D-I medalist, Rutland’s Jillian Miles.
Politano has not played golf full-time this fall because she is a member of Coach John White’s Otter Valley girls’ soccer team, and she said she was happy with her game considering that factor.
“I am pleased with the results from...
COLCHESTER — The Middlebury Union High School field hockey team knocked off host Colchester on Tuesday, 1-0, avenging a 3-0 home loss earlier this season. Colchester had been in fourth place in Division I with a 6-4 record before falling to MUHS on Tuesday.
The Tigers improved to 4-5-1, easily the improved program’s best record over the past four years.
Lexi Bartlett scored in the game’s ninth minute and goalie Ileigh Aube (eight saves) and the Tiger defense made it stand up in the shutout. Laker goalie Ciera Morse stopped three shots.
BRANDON — The host Otter Valley Union High School field hockey team crunched winless Fair Haven on Tuesday, 14-0, to improve to 7-2.
The Otters remained in second place in Division II, but face tougher competition down the stretch, with games vs. Windsor, D-III’s top team; D-I Rutland; and a scrappy Woodstock squad.
On Tuesday Alia Edmunds led the Otters with six goals, Brittney Jackson contributed four, Riley Keith scored two, and Ryleigh LaPorte and Isabella Falco each added one. OV starting goalie Ellie Ross was untested, and backup Madison Colburn made one stop for the Otters. Goalie...