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WEST HAVEN — Rain wiped out dirt-track racing this past weekend at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, leaving unchanged tight standings in many series standings as the race track’s season passes its midway point — including two led by Addison County drivers. The closest of the weekly divisions is the Mini Stocks, where Ripton’s Chris Sumner (506 points) holds a six-point edge over Craig Kirby, with Orwell’s Daryl Gebo 24 points off the lead. Gebo holds a big lead in the series’ Rookie of the Year standings. The Limited Sportsman division has even more drivers bunched up in the point standings going into...

FORMER BOSTON RED Sox and Montreal Expo pitcher Bill Lee, a longtime Craftsbury resident, smiles with Jane Lindholm, daughter of Lee’s friend and Independent columnist Karl Lindholm.
This week’s column is written in a similar spirit to those of the other sports columnist, the angler, who takes us to lakes, ponds, and streams through sylvan glades to his favorite fishing spots. He describes with precise detail the bliss he feels casting his line in the water, surrounded as he is by the austere beauty of the natural world. I don’t fish but I know his bliss: I get mine at baseball games. I go to a lot of games and watch the Red Sox on TV, but in my dotage I find attending major league games kinda wears me out — the crowds, the hassle, the noise, the expense.  I have been to...

RIDER MACCRELLISH, A member of a state champion boys’ soccer team during his time as an Eagle, returns to Mount Abe this fall as the new head coach of the team.
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School did not have to look far for a new boys’ soccer coach after Bob Russell stepped down after the fall season, just as the search that picked Russell to succeed longtime Coach Mike Corey three years ago did not cast a wide net. Russell, a teacher at Mount Abe, had moved up from a successful stint as the Eagle junior varsity coach, and now 2014 Mount Abe alumnus Rider MacCrellish — a member of the 2013 Eagle championship team — is doing the same. MacCrellish had signed on as a middle school coach in 2016, and then took over the boys’ JV team when Russell...
MIDDLEBURY — The pairings of Colleen Ringquist/Danielle Tomasi and Sarah Lee/Sheila Cameron were the winners of Ralph Myhre Golf Course’s 39th Middlebury Women’s Invitational on July 10. Ringquist and Tomasi won with the best gross score, edging the runner-up team of Mia Politano and Jillian Miles. Kristen Shaeffer and Jojo Lawrence posted the third-best gross score. Lee and Cameron shot the best net score, besting the second-place team of Giselle LaFleche and Eva Mastalos, with Cindy Paquet and Sheila Darrah taking third. In regular weekly play, the duo of Kirk Goodman and Kyle Goodman...
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Champs picked off two more victories in recent Champlain Valley Swim League meets and improved to 4-0 with three regular-season meets to come. The Champs are scheduled to visit Essex on this Thursday; host Middlebury on this coming Tuesday, July 20; and travel to Burlington Country Club on Thursday, July 22. Any weather postponements will be made up on the following week. St. Albans will host a league invitational meet on the weekend of July 30 to Aug. 1. On Thursday, July 8, the Champs prevailed at home, 266-220, over the Burlington Tennis Club. The Champs won 11 of...
BURLINGTON — The Middlebury Marlins swim team was swamped by The Edge swim team, 302-110, in a July 6 Champlain Valley Swim League meet in Burlington. On Tuesday host Burlington Tennis Club topped the Marlins, 253-158. Those setbacks dropped Middlebury to 1-3. The Marlins’ July 8 meet at Essex was moved to July 27 in Middlebury due to safety questions at the Essex pool. Against The Edge, Sadie Chance, Cassandra Bellman and Oliver Poduschnick each won two races to pace Middlebury. Felix Poduschnick and Constantin Bellman also claimed victories for the Marlins. Versus Burlington Tennis Club,...
WEST HAVEN — Saturday proved to be a rare evening that saw no local drivers win a race on Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s dirt oval, although a half-dozen Addison County and Brandon drivers recorded top-five finishes. Three of those strong results came in the evening’s main event, the 30-lap feature in the Sportsman Modified Division. New Hampshire driver Tanner Siemons prevailed in a three-way duel over the final laps with series points leader Demetrios Drellos of Queensbury, N.Y., and Orwell’s Tim LaDuc. Drellos took second, with LaDuc taking third. Brandon’s Joey Scarborough and Shoreham’s Anthony...
BRISTOL — The Sodbusters Horseshoe Pitching Club hosted the World Champions Classic 2021 competition on Sunday. It drew 46 participants to the club’s Bristol courts, including three from out of state. Gale Greene won the Class A competition with a 7-0 record, pitching ringers more than 69% of the time. Former world champ Brian Simmons pitched 71% ringers but settled for 2nd place with a 5-2 record. The winners and others placing (including win-loss record and ringer percentage), were: Class A: 1. Gale Greene, 7-0, 69.55; 2. Brian Simmons, 5-2, 71.80; 3. Brandyn Lebarron, 4-3, 47.57; 4. Patty...

Guides Tyler, Connie and Mahaly discuss and plan a path through one of several class 4 rapids on day 1. Author Matthew Dickerson managed to stay in the boat but was thoroughly drenched by the tail end. Photo by Matthew Dickerson
2nd in a series. Read the first installment here. It’s the third morning of our four-day float trip with ROW Adventures down the Snake River along the Idaho-Oregon border. My wife Deborah and I sit in the shade of one of the rare clusters of trees near the bottom of Hell’s Canyon. Though at times during our float we’ve felt the impact of the “heat dome” that tortures most of the continent west of the Rockies, the morning air feels delightfully cool. I’m sure the previous night’s intense thunderstorm, which sent us running for shelter, helped bring in some of that cool air. We finish a hearty...

ETHAN GOLDSMITH PULLS an “outhouse” and Emma Crum pushes during a heat of the Great Bristol Outhouse Race on Elm Street on July 4. Avery Eason, 10, of Bristol is the required rider in this heat, but she was replaced by Emma’s sister Charlotte in the final, which Team Crum (and Goldsmith) won over a team led by two-time champion Cam Perta. Independent photo/William Haig
BRISTOL — “I am incredibly nervous,” Cam Perta, 27, said. “I would love to say it’s a casual fun run race, relaxing — not the case. I am a bundle of nerves. I’ve been up since 6 a.m. Pacing, hydrating, eating some oatmeal — you name it.” Perta, an English teacher at Otter Valley Union High School, was talking about — of course — the 44th Annual Great Bristol Outhouse Race, where two racers push a helmeted teammate sitting in a decorated latrine in several one-on-one heats. The race took place on Bristol’s Elm Street this past Sunday, the Fourth of July. The competition, which in past years...

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