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Identifying and naming creatures. It started many years ago for me with species of trout, but it has since spread — to birds, to trees, to flowers, and even to insects. Not that I’m particularly good at it. Several years ago I was selected as artist-in-residence at Glacier National Park in Montana. On the first morning of my month-long residence in the park, an extravagantly colored duck swam past me just a few feet away while I sat in a camping chair along the riverbank awaiting the sunrise. The duck had a head of black with white markings and a rust-red crown (sometimes described as...

COMMODORE SENIOR MIDDIE Hannah Kelly beats a South Burlington counterpart down the field during the VUHS-Mount Abe girls’ lacrosse team's opening win on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Holly Weber
ADDISON COUNTY — Most local teams made the best of the opening day of spring sports, as the Vergennes-Mount Abraham cooperative girls’ and Middlebury boys’ and girls’ lacrosse teams all prevailed, as did the Otter Valley baseball team. The Division II Commodore lax and OV baseball squads pulled off notable victories over Division I foes. Eagle-VUHS cooperative boys’ lacrosse hosted Hartford — see separate story here.  Saturday’s softball games and tennis matches were postponed. LACROSSE On Saturday the defending Division II champion Commodore girls’ lax team knocked off defending D-I champ...

Eagle midfield Griff Paradee, who scored a goal in the game, carries the ball past a Hartford defender in front of teammate Billy Lyons in the first quarter of Saturday’s season opener in Bristol. Mount Abraham Union High School rallied from a halftime deficit of 6-0, but ended up losing, 8-3. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham-Vergennes cooperative boys’ lacrosse Coach Ed Cook found things to like about the Eagles’ home opener on Saturday: strong defense, decent goaltending, and a high compete level that led to a strong second half. Cook also listed a few problems: Rust, a slow start, an inexperienced team (many athletes saw their first varsity action after COVID-19 canceled the 2020 season), two key players missing, and too many penalties taken. The balance sheet ended up on Saturday with a loss, 8-3 to visiting Hartford, although the Eagles scored the first three goals of the second half...

RILEY KEITH WINDS up on the Otter Valley softball mound in a recent practice. Otter softball looks to have a deep pitching rotation this year. Independent photo/William Haig
ADDISON COUNTY — Whether hope springs eternal is exactly the point for high school athletes this season. Their greatest wish has probably already been granted: They are playing this spring after having no season at all a year ago and then pandemic-shortened campaigns this past fall and winter. And not only that, sunny weather and temperatures in the 60s and 70s greeted them in their first week of practice, which began on April 5. Competitions for all four local high schools start on Saturday, with Mount Abe hosting softball and boys’ lacrosse action, Middlebury hosting girls’ lacrosse, and...
ADDISON COUNTY — Two members of the Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team and one Middlebury player have received postseason honors from the Lake Division. VUHS senior Kate Gosliga was the only county player named as a First Team Lake All-Star. VUHS junior Felicia Poirier and MUHS sophomore Ele Sellers both earned Second Team nods. In addition, the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association recognized Gosliga and Poirier, plus Eagle senior Savannah Scrodin, Otter Valley junior Alice Keith and VUHS Coach Billy Waller. Scrodin was named to one of the Division I & II teams that...

JUNIOR SARA TOBIAS is an outfielder on the Middlebury College softball team. As shown here playing in the 2016 World Cup competition, she is also a baseball pitcher who has played on the USA National Women’s Baseball Team in international competitions. Photo courtesy of Sara Tobias
This three-part series on Women in Baseball was supposed to be just a two-parter: one on women in the front offices of Major League Baseball and another on women actually on the field playing baseball. In the baseball course I taught at Middlebury College (“Baseball, Literature, and American Culture”), we always had a two-week segment on women in the game in which we read some wonderful writing by women on baseball and were introduced to the history of females playing the sport. Retired now, I haven’t taught that course for a long time and have realized I am not up to date. Opportunities for...
MIDDLEBURY — Three members of the Division II champion Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team were named D-II all-stars, as was one member of the MUHS boys’ hockey team. From the girls’ team, senior goalie Abby Hodsden, senior defender Audrey Schnoor, freshman forward Ella Tucker, and 8th-grade forward Channing Brush were named D-II all-stars. No distinction was made between first- and second-team players. From the Tiger boys’ team, senior defender Tucker Stearns was named a D-II first-team all-star. In addition, Stearns, Hodsden and Schnoor were all named to teams for the annual...
ADDISON COUNTY — Eight members of the Middlebury, Vergennes and Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ basketball teams received postseason honors from the Lake Division. Earning first-team nods were Eagle senior Griffin Paradee, Tiger senior Karic Riche, and Commodore freshman Tyler Bergmans. Making the Lake second team were Eagle junior Henry Cogswell, VUHS junior Hayden Bowen and Tiger sophomore Max Alberts. Receiving Honorable Mention were Eagle senior Koby LaRose and Tiger sophomore Penn Riney. In addition, although the game was not played this season due to the pandemic, Riche was picked...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College softball team dropped a three-game set to NESCAC West rival Williams this past weekend and dropped to 1-4 for the season. The Ephs improved to 6-0. The Panthers will look to bounce back this weekend, when they visit Wesleyan for two games on Saturday and then host the Cardinals on Sunday for a 2 p.m. game. The closest game of this past weekend came at Williams on Sunday, when the Ephs rallied with two runs in each of the sixth and seventh innings to edge the Panthers, 4-3 Middlebury scored twice in the first inning. Sophie Bolinger and Sophia Marlino walked...
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Middlebury College baseball debuted on Saturday with a doubleheader loss at Williams, 17-6 and 20-7. Williams improved to 5-0. The Panthers will look to bounce back this Saturday, when they host Wesleyan in a twin bill that starts at 1:30 p.m. Henry Gustavson took the loss on the mound for the Panthers in the opener. Sammy Smith doubled and tripled for the Panthers, while Lucas Fleming drove in three runs with a homer and a single, In the nightcap for the Panthers, Andrew Ashley slugged a three-run homer and drove in four runs, Fleming singled twice and drove in a run,...

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