OV FORWARD RYLEIGH Laporte hits full stride down the left side as Tiger defender Lila Cook Yoder tries to slow her down in Thursday’s game at MUHS. LaPorte scored twice in the first half in the Otters’ 5-0 victory.
Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — When the Middlebury and Otter Valley union high school field hockey teams met in the 2020 Division II playoffs the Otters prevailed in double overtime.
That was the last time the programs had squared off before the Otters’ visit to MUHS on Thursday. Unfortunately for the Tigers, this more recent game lacked that kind of suspense.
The Otters scored twice in the first quarter and added another goal in the first minute of the second quarter, junior forward Ryleigh LaPorte’s second of the game, on the way to their 5-0 victory.
That fast start set the tone for the afternoon.
MOUNT ABE MIDFIELDER Natalie Atkins shields Vergennes defender Anna Carr in the first half of the Eagles’ 2-0 home win on Tuesday. Mount Abe came on strong in the second half.
Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — In a Tuesday battle of rebuilding high school girls’ soccer programs, host Mount Abraham defeated Vergennes, 2-0, after taking charge and scoring twice in the second half.
The Division II Eagles improved to 2-7, a record that includes five losses against D-I opposition. The Commodores, who faced heavy graduation losses from the 2020 team that made the program’s fourth straight appearance in a D-III final, dropped to 1-8.
The Eagles controlled play for the first 20 minutes, but generated few chances. VUHS goalie Carlyn Rapoport made one of her two first-half saves by denying Nell...
OV QUARTERBACK CALEB Whitney came in for the second half of play against the top-ranked Windsor Jacks this past Saturday and was constantly on the run from the Jacks’ defensive front.
Independent photo/Angelo Lynn
BRANDON — Visiting Windsor cruised past the Otter Valley Union High School football team on Saturday, 49-8, in a battle of previously unbeaten Division III squads.
The 5-0 Jacks bolted to a 35-0 halftime lead as running back Ben Gilbert rushed for 114 yards and two TDs in the first half alone.
Quarterback Maison Fortin added a score on a keeper and tossed a first-half TD pass to Austin Gauld. Gauld returned an interception of OV QB Luca Polli for another score, one of his two first-half picks.
Caleb Whitney took over at quarterback for OV in the second half and tossed a 25-yard TD pass to...
ADDISON COUNTY — In high school field hockey between Sept. 29 and Oct. 5, Mount Abraham kept rolling with three victories, including one over Middlebury; the Tigers lost three times, but came close twice to their first win; and Otter Valley prevailed in its only outing.
EAGLES VS. TIGERS
On Saturday visiting Mount Abe rolled past the Tigers, 8-0. Txuxa Konczal (three goals) and Madison Gile (two goals) led the Eagle attack.
Tiger goalie Cassie Bettis excelled with 28 saves.
On Sept. 29 the Eagles blanked visiting Rice, 3-0. Olivia Campbell led the attack with two scores, Konczal...
MIDDLEBURY — In Middlebury College sports action over the weekend, the field hockey and volleyball teams remained unbeaten, the men’s and women’s soccer teams failed to win in two tries apiece, and football came up short on the road.
The Middlebury field hockey team, ranked No. 1 in NCAA Division III, rolled to a 7-2 win at Connecticut College (1-6, 0-5 NESCAC) on Saturday, breaking the game open with a three-goal third quarter.
Katie George scored twice to lead the Panthers, and Isabel Chandler, Sadie Lestage, Meg Fearey, Meg Sherburne and Ellie Hughes added a goal apiece....
DEVIL’S BOWL SPEEDWAY Sportsman Modified series champion Tim LaDuc of Orwell, left, and Saturday’s race winner Justin Stone of Middlebury whoop it up in victory lane.
Photo credit Alan Ward
WEST HAVEN — Saturday was a big night for Addison County drivers on the dirt track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, as three Addison County drivers clinched 2021 series championship, one by a single point, in the season’s final races.
That drama came in the headline Sportsman Modified Division, in which Orwell’s Tim LaDuc erased Middlebury driver Justin Comes’s 18-point lead to claim the series title, 967-966.
Comes struggled in both qualifying and the feature event due to an engine problem. LaDuc picked up a point in the qualifying heats and then placing sixth in the feature, nine positions ahead...
ADDISON COUNTY — In boys’ soccer action between Sept. 29 and Oct. 5, undefeated Milton knocked off both Middlebury and Vergennes, including dealing the Commodores’ first loss, and Otter Valley split a pair of games.
Mount Abraham hosted the Commodores on Oct. 1 (see story on Page 2B).
On Oct. 1, visiting Milton rallied past the Tigers, 4-2. Caden Button’s two goals early in the second half erased the Tigers’ 2-1 halftime lead, and Milton goalie Braeden Caragher made six saves as the Yellowjackets improved to 7-0.
Ben Seaton scored twice in the first half to give the 5-3-1 Tigers the...
OTTER VALLEY SOPHOMORE Linnea Faulkner, No. 26, and OV senior Faith Scarborough, No. 1, created a few offensive opportunities in the second half of Monday’s girls’ soccer game vs. Fair Haven. The Slaters won the game.
Independent photo/Angelo Lynn
ADDISON COUNTY — In a rivalry game Middlebury topped host Vergennes on Saturday to highlight girls’ soccer play between Sept. 29 and Oct. 5.
In other action, the Tigers split two games, VUHS dropped a tough home contest, and Mount Abraham and Otter Valley each fell twice.
The Eagles also hosted the Commodores on Tuesday; see story on Page 1B.
On Saturday the Tigers outscored the host Commodores, 3-0. The Tigers got a goal apiece from Cadyn Pitner, Ivy Doran and Lily Dame, and Lily Lapiner assisted a strike. Commodore goalie Carlyn Rapoport made two saves as VUHS dropped to 1-7...
MIDDLEBURY — A missed assignment as time wound down. Untimely penalties and a call that Coach Dennis Smith questioned. Kicks that sailed just wide or hit an upright. And a miraculous 44-yard Rutland touchdown catch on a ball that bounced off one receiver and into the hands of another.
All of that went wrong for the 3-2 Middlebury Union High School football team this past Friday, and conversely all went right for visiting Rutland (5-0), which had to feel fortunate to leave town with a 21-18 victory and its perfect record intact.
The Ravens scored the decisive touchdown with 1:14 left in the...
MONTPELIER — Vermont hunters will be able to report turkeys and some deer they harvest this fall online through the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s website www.vtfishandwildlife. com.
Turkeys may be reported online or in-person at a regional big game reporting station.
Deer may be reported online or in-person during the archery and muzzleloader seasons, but deer must be reported in-person during the youth and novice weekend Oct. 23-24 and during the regular deer season on Nov. 13-28 season. This in-person reporting requirement harvest during the hunting seasons allows biologists to...