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ADDISON COUNTY — For the second straight summer, there will be no Addison County American Legion baseball. Bristol American Legion Post 19 officer Ron LaRose confirmed last week that not enough candidates showed up at two recent tryouts to allow Addison County to field a team. In his role in 2020 as Vermont American Legion Department Commander, LaRose had to make the decision that April to call off American Legion baseball statewide. Then LaRose cited both safety concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic and statewide restrictions on clubs and restaurants that limited Legion posts’ ability to...

CENTENNIAL FIELD IN Burlington, home this summer to the Vermont Lake Monsters of the Futures League, is a beautiful setting for a baseball game on a recent twilight evening. Photo by James Konrad/Vermont Lake Monsters
Centennial Field in Burlington is Vermont’s baseball shrine. Constructed from 1904 to 1906, Centennial has been the site of stirring baseball action for nearly a century and a quarter. The Catamounts of the University of Vermont played their first game there in April 1906, defeating the Black Bears of Maine, 10-4. Centennial is one of my two favorite baseball parks — the other is Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama. Like Centennial, Rickwood is venerable: The first game there was played in August 1910. It is now widely described as and generally considered “America’s Oldest Baseball Park.”...
MIDDLEBURY — The gross winners at the annual Ralph Myhre Golf Course Member-Member tournament, held on June 12 and 13, were Hogan Beazley and Brent Raymond in the top White Tee Flight on the men’s side and Madeline Cordeiro and Erika Nakagawa on the women’s side. The White Tee net winners on the men’s side were Brett Barrett and Robert Clark, and the net women’s winners were Eva Mastalos and Giselle Lafleche. The top three in each category were: •  Men’s Gross White Tee Flight: 1. Beazley and Raymond; 2. Kirk Goodman and Kyle Goodman; 3. Dale White and Robert Cameron. •  Men’s Net White Tee...

TROY AUDET OF Bridport was a first-time winner in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman division at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven on June 12. Photo credit: Barry Snelling
WEST HAVEN — Bridport’s Troy Audet and Middlebury’s Jake Barrows won features at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, while Brandon’s Joey Scarborough posted a second and a third in the evening’s twin main events, and Orwell’s Tim LaDuc took third in one of them. Track officials described a smooth, fast surface for the West Haven oval that led to exciting stock car racing, with a number of lead changes and a few dust-ups. Audet had to work hard to prevail in a 25-lap Limited Sportsman race extended an extra lap by a green and white checkered finish. It was Audet’s first Limited Sportsman win...
STOWE — Two Middlebury Union High School seniors and two MUHS coaches will represent Vermont at the annual Make-A-Wish All-Star Hockey Classic at Stowe Arena at the end of next week. Two seniors from the D-II champion Tiger girls’ team will lace up for the Vermont girls, goalie Abby Hodsden and defender Audrey Schnoor. The puck will drop for the 24th annual girls’ game vs. the New Hampshire senior all-stars at noon on Saturday, June 26. Tiger Boys’ Head Coach Derek Bartlett and Assistant Jim DeRosia will be two of the three-member coaching staff for the Vermont boys’ senior all-star team,...
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Softball Division II Semifinal 6/9 #1 Lyndon vs.#5 MUHS............. 10-0 Girls’ Lacrosse Division II Semifinal 6/9 #3 GMVS vs. VUHS/Mt. Abe... 13-10 Girls’ Tennis Division II Final 6/9 #3 Montpelier vs. #1 MUHS......... 4-3
It’s the day before my birthday. I stand on the bow of my brother’s new boat. Since he moved from Alaska back to coastal Maine a few years ago, he’s been looking for a motorboat for Casco Bay. Something he and his wife could use to hop among the bay’s numerous islands — there are 200 or so of them, depending on who you ask and how you count — when they want to get around faster than their tandem sea kayak will take them. I’m also hoping it’s something he and I could use to chase striped bass on Casco Bay. He finally found his boat over the winter. It’s a center console boat with 115 horse...

The Commodores show some defense Wednesday as they surround a hapless Gumby. Photo by Buzz Kuhns
VERGENNES — No. 3 seed Green Mountain Valley girls’ lacrosse took charge late in the first half and held on for a 13-10 victory over host No. 2 Vergennes-Mount Abraham on Wednesday, ending the Commodores’ hopes to repeat as Division II champions. The Commodores finished the season at 13-3, with two losses to GMVS, which improved to 10-2 and advanced to Saturday’s final vs. No. 4 St. Johnsbury, an upset winner at the same time over top-seeded Hartford. On Wednesday, the Commodores led, 5-2, with 4:19 to go in the first half, but the Gumbies suddenly began dominating draw controls and used that...

Middlebury Union High School's Julia Bartlett fires a backhand return on her way to beating Montpelier’s Kenzie Golonka on Wednesday, but the Tigers fell to the visitors in the Division I final. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The top-seeded Middlebury Union High School girls’ tennis team entered Wednesday’s home final against No. 3 Montpelier dreaming of an undefeated season and the program’s first championship in 25 years. The Tigers settled for an outstanding 12-1 record after a 4-3 loss in which the 12-2 Solons avenged their 4-3 midseason loss to the Tigers. Montpelier’s only other setback this spring came to undefeated D-I top seed Stowe. The Tigers won three of the top four matches on the singles ladder, thanks to sophomore No. 1 Scarlett Carrara, junior No. 2 Julia Bartlett and senior No. 4...

HANNAH TURNER RUNS away from the field in the 400 meter final to capture the title in Saturday’s Division-II state meet in South Burlington. The Middlebury Union High School junior also helped the Tiger girls place in a pair of relay races. The Tiger girls finished fifth out of 16 teams. Photo courtesy of Mary Heather Noble
SOUTH BURLINGTON — A state title by Middlebury junior Hannah Turner at 400 meters and a second- and two third-place finishes by Tiger senior distance runner Sofia Stefani provided the highlights in Saturday’s Division II championship meet at South Burlington High School. Also posting second-place finishes were Mount Abraham junior Eliza Bent and the MUHS girls four-by-800-meter relay team of senior Harper Sinclair, junior Ella Landis, sophomore Maddie Crowne and Turner. MUHS coach Ben Weir was particularly impressed by Turner’s strong finish in both events. “She did it after anchoring our...

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