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MIDDLEBURY FORWARD OWEN Powers watches as a shot from Antoine Belisle beats the Manhattanville goalie for the fourth goal in Saturday’s 5-2 win in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers, seeking their first winning season in several years, improved to 7-3. They will host Wesleyan and Trinity this weekend. Independent photo/Steve James
01/09/2020
MIDDLEBURY — In their annual holiday tournament, the Middlebury College men’s hockey team suffered a disappointing, 4-3 overtime loss to St. Michael’s this past Friday. But the Panthers bounced back to defeat Manhattanville, 5-2, in Saturday’s consolation game. Saturday’s effort has been more typical of the season for the Panthers, who stand at 7-3 as they enter a challenging four-game stretch. This weekend the Middlebury men, tied for second in NESCAC play at 5-1, host two tough league teams, fourth-place Wesleyan on Friday at 7 p.m. and first-place Trinity on Saturday at 4 p.m. But after...
01/09/2020
The first fish caught me by surprise. It was a landlocked salmon, and a fairly large one by the standards of that small Maine lake: about 18 inches long, with a visible kype identifying it as a male. Perhaps a frustrated male that hadn’t been able to spawn. Although brook trout and possibly landlocked salmon were once native to the lake, any native stock had long since been extirpated. The lake had seen a series of stockings of non-native fish including bass, brown trout and pickerel dating back decades. This was rectified by a “reclaiming” of the lake when I was a child — a poisoning of all...
01/09/2020
BRANDON — The host Otter Valley Union High School girls’ basketball team took charge early on Tuesday and defeated Middlebury, 54-31. The Otters led by 10-4 after one period and by 24-12 at halftime on the way to improving to 2-3, with both wins over the Tigers. MUHS dropped to 2-3. Senior forward Livia Bernhardt led OV with 22 points, mostly in the paint. Julia Eastman and Alice Keith each scored seven for OV, and Mary Kingsley chipped in five. Freshman forward Elle Sellers tossed in 19 to pace the Tigers, and Ivy Doran added six points.
01/09/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team outscored visiting Hartford on Tuesday, 5-3. The Tigers improved to 5-2 heading into a Saturday game at North Country/Lyndon. Avery Gale led the Tiger attack with two goals and an assist, and Izzy Pistilli, Hana Doria and Bella Gale added a goal apiece. Ella Tucker, Taylor Moulton, Erin Mulcahy and Camille Malhotra chipped in assists to the Tigers’ cause against the 0-7 Hurricanes.
01/09/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting BFA-St. Albans edged the Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team on Tuesday, 2-1. The Bobwhites improved to 5-2, while the Tigers fell to 3-4. BFA got second-period goals from Camden Piper and Sean Beauregard. Logan Pierson-Flagg answered for the Tigers, with an assist from Devon Kearns. Dan Ellis made 17 saves for BFA in the first two periods, and Seth Bushey stopped 10 shots in the third period. Tiger goalie Zeke Hooper made 33 saves. The Tigers will visit Stowe on Saturday.
01/09/2020
NORTH CLARENDON — Host Mill River fended off the Middlebury Union High School boys’ basketball team on Monday, 59-52. The Minutemen moved to 5-1, while the Tigers dropped to 3-2. They were set to visit Milton on Wednesday night, and will entertain North Country on Friday. On Monday MRU led by 30-20 at the half, but the Tigers came within three points twice early in the fourth quarter on hoops by Tyler Buxton and Gabe Dunn before the Minutemen were able to get enough hoops and free throws to hold on. Aidan Botti led MRU with 16 points, and Tyler Shelvey added 13. Buxton (16) and Dunn (11)...
01/09/2020
SWANTON — Host Missisquoi outlasted the Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team on Tuesday, 39-32. The Commodores fell behind by 14-2 in the early going, but cut the lead to two points with three minutes to go before their rally fell short. Felicia Poirier paced VUHS with eight points and eight rebounds. Jordan Jewell added five points as VUHS fell to 0-3, all in close games. The Commodores will seek to break through when they host Middlebury on Friday.
01/09/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team defeated Plattsburgh on Tuesday, 99-60, to remain undefeated. The result followed two wins in Springfield’s annual holiday tournament over the weekend. The 13-0 Panthers, ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division III, open NESCAC play this weekend by visiting Amherst (9-3) and Hamilton (10-2). On Saturday Middlebury won Springfield’s holiday tournament by outlasting the host, 74-71. Springfield suffered its second loss. Springfield led by 15 in the first half before the Panthers cut it to 38-37 at the break. A 9-0 second-half run put the Panthers...
01/09/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Four of the nation’s most respected basketball observers will gather at Middlebury College on Wednesday evening, Jan. 15, to talk about their favorite sport in an event that is free to the public.  A panel discussion in Room 216 of McCardell Bicentennial Hall will feature Jackie MacMullan of ESPN, Bob Ryan of The Boston Globe, and longtime Sports Illustrated writers Jack McCallum and Alexander Wolff, the latter of whom is also known as a Cornwall resident.  Billed as a “A Night of Hall of Fame Hoops,” the panel discussion offers four winners of the Basketball Hall of Fame’s Curt...
01/09/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s basketball team opened second-semester play by winning three of four non-league games between Dec. 31 and Tuesday. The 10-2 Panthers open NESCAC play this weekend by hosting Amherst at 7 p.m. on Friday and Hamilton at 3 p.m. on Saturday. On Dec. 31 the Panthers outscored visiting Mount Saint Mary College, 26-7, in the fourth quarter to rally for a 58-47 victory. Betsy Knox recorded 14 points and career-high 16 rebounds. Alyna Baharozian scored 14 points, while Kira Waldman recorded 13 points and three steals. Maya Davis contributed nine points,...

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