NBC ANNOUNCER AND Olympic medalist Doug Lewis interviews Mikaela Shiffrin in Killington. Lewis grew up in Middlebury, learned to ski at the Snow Bowl and raced for Middlebury College and on the downhill World Cup circuit in the 1980s. Photo by Steven Earl Photography
KILLINGTON — Before her first World Cup race at Killington, Mikaela Shiffrin was having anxiety attacks, crying and throwing up. That was in November 2016. At the time, Shiffrin was 20 years old, but she already had five years of World Cup racing under her belt. By the end of that season, she would have earned 31 wins and the overall championship. This past Saturday, things were very different. “I’m sort of from here and I just felt so much pressure to do well at Killington back then,” the Burke Mountain Academy grad said at a press conference, following her third-place finish in the giant...

MIDDLEBURY’S MADIE LEIDT blocks a shot in the third period on Sunday as Plattsburgh State launches an all-out attack to get an equalizer in the Panther/Cardinal Classic final. The Panthers held on to win the game 2-1. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — On March 15, 2013, the Middlebury College women’s hockey team defeated Plattsburgh, 4-1, in an NCAA Division III semifinal. Since then, the Cardinals ruled the rivalry between the two D-III powers, winning every meeting … until this past Sunday. On Sunday the tables finally turned. Coach Bill Mandigo’s talented young Panthers knocked off top-ranked and undefeated Plattsburgh, 2-1, in the final of the annual Panther/Cardinal Classic in Kenyon Arena. Plattsburgh (8-1) retained its No. 1 ranking, but the 4-0-2 Panthers climbed from No. 8 to No. 2. The Cardinals entered the game...

I was at a meeting of outdoor writers down in Arkansas at the start of the summer when I met the editor of Backcountry Journal. The journal is a publication of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, a national organization devoted to the conservation of public lands and traditional outdoor activities. The editor asked me for two pieces for upcoming issues: one on the Popo Agie Wilderness in the Wind River Range of Wyoming’s Shoshone National Forest (which I wrote about in this space back in 2016) and another on the Green Mountain National Forest of Vermont. Although the Wyoming piece was my first...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team won two road games last week to improve to 7-0. The Panthers, ranked No. 4 in this week’s NCAA Division III poll, will host New England College at 5 p.m. on Saturday before visiting currently undefeated Stevens Institute on Sunday. On Nov. 26 the Panthers led by as many as 20 points early in the second half before settling for an 87-77 win at Northern Vermont-Johnson (2-5). Middlebury led by 46-32 at the half, and stretched the advantage to 64-44 with 14:40 to go. Johnson cut the advantage to nine at one point, but came no closer. Max...
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team split a pair of games against previously undefeated teams in this past weekend’s 22nd Annual PrimeLink Great Northern ShootOut in Plattsburgh, N.Y., including a victory over Norwich in Friday’s opening round. Norwich, now 8-1, entered the game as the No. 1 team in NCAA Division III. The 4-2 Panthers (3-1 NESCAC) return to action this weekend with a pair of games at league foe Amherst (2-3-1, 1-2 NESCAC). The Panthers topped the Cadets, 2-1 in overtime, on Friday before falling to No. 3 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, 4-3, in...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s basketball team recently picked up three more victories to improve to 6-0. The Panthers will visit Colby-Sawyer on Saturday afternoon. On Nov. 26 the Panthers got past previously undefeated Castleton, 64-60, in overtime at home. After regulation ended in a 52-52 tie, The Panthers opened overtime with two Kira Waldman layups sandwiched around a three-point play from Betsy Knox for a 59-54 edge with 3:21 left. The Spartans (5-1) made it 62-60 on an Emilee Bose jumper with 1:20 remaining, but Knox nailed down the win with two free throws while the...
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 COLLEGE SPORTS Men’s Basketball 11/26 Midd. vs. Johnson................ 87-77 12/1 Midd. at Endicott..................... 98-78 Women’s Basketball 11/26 Midd. vs. Castleton...... 64-60 (OT) 11/30 Midd. vs. Cabrini................... 65-59 12/3 Midd vs. Sage......................... 73-54 Women’s Hockey 11/30 Midd. vs. Adrian........................ 1-1 12/1 Midd. vs. Plattsburgh.................. 2-1 Men’s Hockey 11/29 Midd. vs. Norwich...

CORNWALL’S BARNEY HODGES is the new assistant director of Middlebury College’s Rikert Nordic Center. Hodges brings a wealth of experience as a skier, coach, organizer and businessman — and passion for the sport — to his new position. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
RIPTON — In February 2013 work to install snowmaking at Middlebury College’s Rikert Nordic Center was completed. Before then, Mike Hussey, general manager of the two Middlebury College ski areas, said Rikert opened about 70 days a winter and attracted about 5,000 visitors a year. But by 2018 Hussey estimated about 15,000 skiers annually made use of the Nordic center’s 55 kilometers of Ripton trails, and those skiers enjoyed an average of 140 days of skiing. Rikert, at the college’s Bread Loaf Campus, also hosts major regional championships every year. And now Hussey said Rikert has made...

THE MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE field hockey team poses with its championship trophy after Sunday’s 1-0 NCAA Division III final victory over Franklin & Marshall. The Panthers won their third straight title and fourth in five years after controlling play in both of their Final Four games in Manheim, Pa. Photo Courtesy of Middlebury Athletics
MANHEIM, Pa. — In winning its third straight NCAA Division III field hockey title — and fourth in five years — this past weekend Middlebury College left no doubt which team was the class of the field.  The games were close: In Sunday’s final in Manheim, Pa. at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex, the 21-1 Panthers defeated Franklin & Marshall, 1-0, and they eliminated Salisbury by the same score on Saturday. But the scores don’t reveal that Middlebury dominated possession and allowed each team just one shot on goal.  During Sunday’s post-game press conference, senior defender/midfielder...

ABI JEWETT OF Ripton competes at the 2018 World Cup event at Killington. The 19-year-old member of the U.S. Ski Team’s Alpine C Team made her World Cup debut in Vermont last year, though she will not compete this season due to a long battle with injury. Jewett remains on the U.S. team and hopes to compete in the future. Photo by Alex Klein
KILLINGTON — From Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, some of the top ski racers in the world will head to Vermont to compete at the HomeLight Killington Cup, a stop on the FIS Ski Women’s World Cup tour. In 2018, the event drew 39,000 spectators and Killington Mountain Resort anticipates that this year’s event will bring millions of dollars of economic impact to the state of Vermont.  Action kicks off on Friday, with athletes being awarded their bibs for the giant slalom at 5:45 p.m. The first run for the giant slalom will commence at 9:45 a.m. on Saturday, with the second run at 1 p.m. Vermont singing...


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