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MUHS BOYS’ HOCKEY forward Owen Lawton challenges a defender behind the Northfield net during the Tigers’ 9-0 first-round playoff victory. The Tigers won two playoff games before falling in a semifinal to the top seed. Independent file photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — This winter’s high school sports mirrored the fall season. It began with uncertainty. Would the pandemic allow the athletes to play? A post-holiday surge of infections threatened athletes’ hopes, just as a late-summer peak in 2020 challenged the fall season. But state officials finally approved a shortened season, as they had in the fall. And again athletes were largely just happy to be back in action, regardless of the results. Along the way teams produced high drama, comebacks and overtime lead changes. Some teams maybe failed to meet expectations, while others took steps...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College softball team opened its season on Saturday by splitting a doubleheader against visiting Tufts (1-1). The Panthers walked off with a 3-2 victory in the opener, while the Jumbos rolled to a 10-4 win in the nightcap. The Panther softball team will host Williams for a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. and then visit the Ephs for a Sunday game. The Panther baseball team also swings into action this weekend with an away doubleheader at Williams on Saturday. Spectators are not allowed on the Middlebury campus due to the pandemic, but school officials said...
MIDDLEBURY — Spectators and members of the media will not be allowed to see any athletic events at Middlebury College this spring, per a policy adopted by the NESCAC conference to which the college belongs. Those interested in following the Panther teams that are seeing action this spring may view them online at athletics.middlebury.edu. Schedules are also available at that website. The college’s Sports Information Department confirmed last week that teams’ home events and games will be streamed, starting the weekend of April 10 and 11. Panther teams expected to see action this spring include...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Amateur Hockey Association, known as MAHA, recently wrapped up another successful, unique hockey season. Officials said 130 children, ranging from age 4-14 across eight teams, took to the ice to practice and play ice hockey this winter. MAHA officials thanked parents, players, coaches, referees and volunteers for their efforts during a season like no other — thanks to COVID-19. They noted special appreciation for the Friends of Middlebury Hockey group and Memorial Sports Center manager Rick Marshall, as well as Mike Turner, Mike Morgan and all the volunteers who...
Here's what happened in Addison County high school sports this past week. See below for this week's schedule of games and events. *** SCOREBOARD COLLEGE SPORTS Softball 4/3 Midd vs. Tufts............................... 3-2 4/3 Tufts vs. Midd............................. 10-4 SCHEDULE HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Softball 4/17 Missisquoi at Mt. Abe .......... 11 AM 4/17 VUHS at Lake Region.......... 11 AM 4/20 CVU at MUHS ................... 4:30 PM 4/20 Poultney at VUHS.............. 4:30 PM Baseball 4/17 VUHS at Rice........................ 11 AM 4/20 CVU at MUHS ................. Canceled 4/20...
I took my dog for a short walk this afternoon. As I circled back through the woods into my yard from the opposite side, a small patch of vibrant yellow drew my attention. The first two dandelions of the spring had popped up and were on full display. Directly above them, the intermingled branches of a pair of red maple trees created their own display of color with their rust-red blossom buds, making up in sheer numbers of blossoms for what they lacked in brightness. The colors of that part of our yard were particularly attention-grabbing because most everything else is brown. Mud season is...
Here's what happened in Addison County high school sports this past week. See below for this week's schedule of games and events. *** SCOREBOARD HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Girls’ Hockey D-II Final in Barre 3/24 #6 MUHS vs. #4 SBHS............. 2-1 Girls’ Basketball D-III Final in Barre 3/27 #1 Lk. Region vs. #3 VUHS... 53-37 SCHEDULE COLLEGE SPORTS Softball 4/10 Williams at Midd. (2) .............. 2 PM 4/11 Midd. at Williams..................... 2 PM Baseball 4/10 Midd. at Williams (2) ......... 1:30 PM Note: Schedules are subject to change. Please consult school websites for latest updates.

TONI STONE PLAYED second base in 1953 for the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League, replacing Henry Aaron who left for the Milwaukee Braves. She is the subject of an excellent biography, “Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone” by Martha Ackmann. Painting by Graig Kreindler from the archives of NegroLeaguesHistory.com
Second in a series Just a few weeks after Kim Ng was hired by the Miami Marlins to run their team as the general manager, the Red Sox hired Bianca Smith to be the first Black woman to coach in the major leagues and the second woman overall: Yes, those Red Sox, who for generations have had to live down the ignominy of being the last team to put a Black player on the field. Like Ng, Smith is eminently qualified for this position despite her youth (she’s 30). A graduate of Dartmouth, she played on both the softball team and the club baseball team there. She earned a dual M.A. degree in business...

Vergennes Union High School center Kate Gosliga attacks the Lake Region defense in the second quarter of Saturday’s state final loss to the Lady Rangers. Independent photo/Steve James
BARRE — After falling to Lake Region, 53-37, in the Division III championship game at the Barre Auditorium Saturday, the Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team finished the season with an 11-2 record. In percentage terms that is the program’s second-finest record since at least 1983. The 2021 edition’s winning percentage trailed only the 22-3 mark compiled by the 2007 Commodore girls.  The Commodores also went deeper in the playoffs than any VUHS girls’ hoop team since the 2006 squad.  And the Commodores, seeded third in Division III, caught the attention of the Vermont basketball...

South Burlington goaltender Taylor Tobrocke saves a shot from Tiger forward Channing Brush in the second period of Wednesday's Vermont Division II final in Barre. Independent photo/Steve James
BARRE — A lot of things go into a championship season. Skill, grit, chemistry, brains, and sometimes a dash of extra motivation and unforeseen circumstances. The 2021 Division II Champion Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team checked all those boxes. The score read: No. 6 seeded MUHS 2, No. 4 South Burlington 1, in a game played at Barre’s B.O.R. municipal rink last night, Wednesday, March, 24. The story read: The Tigers’ roster included only 13 athletes — four goalies, and nine skating up and down the ice. That means two forward lines of three skaters each, and three defenders...

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