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ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team and the Vergennes girls’ hoop team are still standing after playoff games in the latter half of last week. The Tiger boys’ hockey team also won once before falling in a Division II semifinal, while other VUHS, MUHS, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley teams came up short — one in overtime. The VUHS girls’ basketball team also hosted Winooski in a quarterfinal on Saturday; see separate story here. TIGER GIRLS’ HOCKEY The sixth-seeded MUHS girls’ hockey team on Saturday pulled off its second straight road victory over a higher...

EFFA MANLEY, PRESIDENT of the Newark Eagles in the Negro American League in the 1930s and ’40s, was part of a “men’s club” in the world of professional sports. Here she is seen seated between Negro league star Josh Gibson (right) and Gus Greenlee (left), powerful owner of the Pittsburgh Crawfords. Photo Credit NoirTech Research Inc.
The first in a series. This has been a good year for women in baseball. That’s a sentence that could not have been written before this year. This year is different and may mark a turning point in women’s participation in the Grand Old Game. The hiring of Kim Ng (pronounced Ang) as the general manager of the Miami Marlins is a big deal and really does shatter a glass ceiling: She is the first woman in the long history of the game to serve in the crucial role of GM. Most Major League Baseball teams today have a woman, or two, in senior positions, but on the business side, in marketing,...
ADDISON COUNTY — The 8-1 Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team received the highest seed among local teams for postseason play that began this week, a No. 3 nod in Division III. The 3-5 Otter Valley girls earned the No. 8 seed in D-III and prevailed on Tuesday, while 1-7 Mount Abraham received the No. 12 seed in D-II and came up short on Tuesday. The 4-4 Middlebury girls were seeded No. 7 in D-II and hosted Burr & Burton; see story on addisonindependent.com. COMMODORES The Commodores on Wednesday jumped out to a  20-2 first-quarter lead and prevailed over No. 14 Randolph,...
MORETOWN — The No. 6 Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team pinned a 2-1 loss on No. 3 Harwood on Tuesday in a Division II quarterfinal. The Tigers got goals from McKenna Raymond and Ella Tucker, two assists from Channing Brush, and an assist apiece from Raymond and Audrey Schnoor as they took a 2-0 lead in the second period. Goalie Abby Hodsden made 24 saves as those two goals stood up for the victory. The Tigers improved their record to 4-4 and dropped the Highlanders to 4-5. The Tigers will next take on No. 2 Hartford at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in a semifinal. The D-II final will be...
MIDDLEBURY — Youth was served this winter, as a Middlebury Union High School girls’ basketball team without a senior on its roster put together the program’s best campaign since 2018. The Tigers finished the regular season at 4-4, played with pace and spirit, improved at both ends of the court, and earned the No. 7 seed in the Division II playoffs. But on Tuesday they faced a No. 10 seed, Burr & Burton, that started four seniors and came in with a misleading 3-5 record. Two of the Bulldogs’ losses came to undefeated teams and two more to 7-2 D-I teams. The Tigers led after 12 minutes, but...
ADDISON COUNTY — Only the Vergennes Union High School boys’ basketball team ended up receiving a playoffs seed with a home playoff game attached when the Vermont Principals’ Association announced post-season pairings Monday. Middlebury earned the distinction of being the only local boys’ team that finished the regular season with a winning record. The 3-4 Commodores won two overtime games late last week and received the No. 8 seed in Division III and prevailed easily in regulation in their first playoff game. The Tigers (5-4) were awarded the No. 9 seed in D-II, the division in which 3-6...
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 Boys’ Hockey 3/10 Harwood vs. MUHS.................... 4-1 D-II Playoffs 3/13 #5 MUHS vs. #12 Northfield...... 9-0 3/17 #5 MUHS vs. #4 Lyndon............ 3-1 Girls’ Hockey 3/10 S. Burlington vs. MUHS............. 4-3 D-II Playoffs 3/16 #6 MUHS vs. #3 Harwood......... 2-1 Girls’ Basketball 3/10 U-32 vs. Mt. Abe..................... 40-31 3/11 VUHS vs. MUHS.................... 53-27 3/11 OV vs. Springfield................... 31-25 3/...

Commodore guard Timothy Ashley scores on a breakaway in front of Mount Abraham Union High School senior Brett Sargent in the first quarter of Vergennes Union High School's 61-60 overtime victory in Bristol. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — During Saturday afternoon’s rivalry basketball game at Mount Abraham Union High School both the Eagle boys and visiting Vergennes led by 10 points during regulation and by two points during overtime. And the Eagles took a 60-59 lead with 10 seconds to go in OT when senior guard Miles Peterson swished an eight-foot floater in the lane. But the Commodores had the final answer. They inbounded to freshman forward Tyler Bergmans, who sliced through the Eagle press on a coast-to-coast run and attacked the basket, drawing a foul with 4.3 seconds left. Bergmans had already scored 22 points...

Northfield goalie Ethan Prentice Moorby stops Tiger Andy Giorgio in front as Middlebury’s Iain Olsen moves in. The Tigers notched a 9-0 shutout in Saturday’s home game. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — If there was any suspense in Saturday’s first-round Division II playoff game between host No. 5 Middlebury and No. 12 Northfield it evaporated early in the second period. MUHS held a 2-0 lead after one period, during which the Tigers outshot Northfield, 19-2, and senior center Bode Rubright whipped a pair of 15-foot wrist shots into the upper left corner, one from each circle and one on a power play. Theoretically, the Marauders were still in the game. The Tigers made sure they weren’t. MUHS improved its play, particularly passing in the offensive zone, and put four pucks behind...
ADDISON COUNTY — Local high school girls’ and boys’ basketball teams and the Middlebury girls’ hockey squad all wrapped up their regular seasons with games last week and will begin postseason action this week. See separate stories on the first-round playoff game played Saturday by the Tiger boys’ hockey team, and the final regular-season clash between the Mount Abraham and Vergennes boys’ basketball teams. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL The VUHS girls made a pre-playoff statement by rolling to a 53-27 victory on Thursday over a Tiger team that has been playing well. The Commodores led wire-to-wire and...

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