Here's what happened in Addison County high school and college sports this past week. See below for this week's schedule of games and events. *** SCOREBOARD SCHEDULE COLLEGE SPORTS Field Hockey NESCAC Final Four at Midd. 11/9 Midd. vs. Hamilton................ 11 AM 11/9 Tufts vs. Williams.............. 1:30 PM 11/10 Final...................................... Noon 11/11.................. NCAA D-III Tourney Set Men’s Soccer NESCAC Final Four at Amherst 11/9 Midd. vs. Amherst................. 11 AM 11/9 Williams vs. Tufts.............. 1:30 PM 11/10 Final.........................................
Saturday brought the curtain down on the 2019 fall high school sports season, which ended with an admirable Mount Abraham field hockey team winning its second straight Division II title on UVM’s slick turf surface. This year the second-seeded Eagles defeated another local team that came up just short, top-seeded Otter Valley. Although OV earned the only No. 1 seed among programs from the four local schools, there were plenty of legitimate title contenders: Middlebury football and boys’ soccer and Mount Abe and Vergennes girls’ soccer all joined Eagle field hockey in earning No. 2 seeds, and...

THE ATHLETES OF the Mount Abe field hockey team take wing to celebrate their victory vs. Otter Valley in Saturday’s D-II field hockey final at UVM. The Eagles won their second straight title and the program’s ninth. Independent photo/Steve James
BURLINGTON — As Saturday’s scoreless Division II high school field hockey final between No. 1 Otter Valley and No. 2 Mount Abraham at the University of Vermont moved later into the second half, two things became clear: That one great play could make the difference, and that it would probably take a great play to beat either senior goalie. Ultimately, that’s what happened. Three young Eagles combined for the game-winner, with the youngest, freshman center midfielder Madison Gile, providing the finishing touch on a set-up from sophomores Txuxa Konczal and Abby Reen.   Gile’s strike came with 11...

MUHS MIDFIELDER OLIVER Poduschnick gets in front of a Stowe forward to clear the ball from danger in the first half of the Tigers’ 2-0 loss in the Division II final on Saturday in South Burlington. The Tigers reached the D-II final in the first year the program was allowed to compete in the division. Independent photo/Steve James
SOUTH BURLINGTON — For the scoreless first 50 minutes of Saturday’s Division II boys’ soccer final at South Burlington, No. 2 Middlebury Union High School was arguably the better team than No. 1 Stowe. The Tigers outshot the Raiders in the first half, 7-5; forced Stowe goalie Isaiah Shaefer-Geiger to make three of his four saves; and moved the ball purposefully. “I thought we played a really good first half,” said MUHS Coach Reeves Livesay. “We created three or four very dangerous opportunities. Unfortunately we weren’t able to capitalize on them.” The last half hour proved to be a different...

COMMODORE ALI CROKE, right, and Thetford’s Grace Davis race after the ball during Saturday’s Division III final at Hartford. Thetford prevailed, 6-1, over the Commodores for its second straight D-III crown. VUHS finished 11-5-1 and made its second straight title-game appearance. Photo by Holly Weber
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — For the second straight season top-seeded Thetford Academy defeated the No. 2 Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team in a Division III final, this time on Saturday, 6-1, at Hartford Union High School. Thetford, a 20-minute bus ride from the site, scored three times in the first 25 minutes of the 10 a.m. game against the Commodores, who awoke early for a two-hour journey. Co-Coach Peter Maneen said the Commodores bounced back to gain the upper hand for the next 30 minutes. Fifteen minutes into the second half VUHS striker Sydney Weber stole the ball from a...

BULLDOG DEFENDER MARK Cathy can’t stop Tiger senior Thatcher Trudeau from running into the end zone at the end of the first quarter of Friday’s Division I semifinal. Visiting Burr & Burton (9-1) dealt the Tigers their first loss, 54-39. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Entering Friday night’s Division I semifinal, the Middlebury Union High School football team had surrendered only 99 points in its nine games, all wins. The Tigers had allowed only one team to score as many as 20 points, and that was back on Sept. 6. They pitched a shutout in their quarterfinal home victory over St. Albans, and had held five straight foes to 14 points or fewer. But the second-seeded Tigers had not played No. 3 Burr & Burton (9-1) and quarterback Joey McCoy. At 9:52 of the second quarter the Bulldogs’ McCoy had already thrown three touchdown passes to John...
Here's what happened in Addison County high school and college sports this past week. See below for this week's schedule of games and events.   ***  SCOREBOARD HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Field Hockey D-II Semifinals at S. Burlington 10/30 #1 OV vs. #4 B & Brton.... 3-2 (OT) 10/30 #2 Mt. Abe vs. #3 Hartford........ 2-1 (OT) Division II Final at UVM 11/2 #2 Mt. Abe vs. #1 OV................. 1-0 Football D-I Semifinal at MUHS 11/1 #3 Burr & Burton vs. #2 MUHS....... 54-39 D-III Semifinal at MUHS 11/1 #2 Fairfax vs. #3 OV................ 20-6 Girls’ Soccer Division III Semifinal 10/30 #2 VUHS vs...

MIDDLEBURY SENIOR EBEN Jackson shows trickery to beat a Harwood defender before laying off the ball to Alex Bleich whose cross was fired home by Andy Giorgio for the Tigers’ first goal in their 2-1 home win on Tuesday. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — It took 82 minutes and 54 seconds, a lot of gritty defense, and an accurate finish after a little bit of a lucky bounce for the Middlebury Union High School boys’ soccer team to make history on Tuesday afternoon with a 2-1 victory. That finish came from Tiger junior striker Alex Bleich with 2:54 gone in overtime in a Division II semifinal, and it sent MUHS to the program’s first-ever boys’ soccer final. The 14-3 Tigers, seeded No. 2, will take on No. 1 Stowe (16-0-1), the favorite since Raiders moved up to D-II this fall after winning seven straight D-III titles. The final will...

VUHS GIRLS’ SOCCER goalie Kate Gosliga made seven saves, two on second-half breakaways, in the Commodores’ 2-1 semifinal win over visiting Leland & Gray on Wednesday. No. 2 VUHS will face No. 1 Thetford for the D-III title on Saturday. Elsewhere the No. 1 Otter Valley and No. 2 Mount Abraham field hockey teams also won their semifinals — both in overtime — and will meet for the D-II crown on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Holly Weber
ADDISON COUNTY — Three local high school teams all won playoff semifinals in dramatic fashion on Wednesday and will play in championship games on Saturday. The No. 2 Vergennes Union girls’ soccer team hung on for a 2-1 victory over No. 3 Leland & Gray in a Wednesday afternoon Division III semifinal. The 11-4-1 Commodores advanced to the final for the second straight season. They will play No. 1 Thetford (14-2-1), the defending champion, at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Hartford High School. Later on Wednesday two local field hockey teams prevailed in overtime in separate D-II semifinal games...

VERGENNES UNION HIGH School’s Ben Huston, right, presses the pace during the 5K state championship race at Thetford Academy this past Saturday. The Commodore junior was the top local finisher, placing sixth in Division II. Photo by Joe McVeigh
THETFORD — The Middlebury boys’ and girls’ teams each finished third in Division II in Saturday’s high school cross-country championships hosted by Thetford Academy, while Vergennes junior Ben Huston’s sixth-place finish in the boys’ D-II race topped all local runners’ efforts. U-32 dominated the boys’ race to win with 20 points, followed by five teams that were tightly grouped: Woodstock (95), MUHS (106), Spaulding (122), Harwood (124), and VUHS in sixth with 128. The Mount Abraham boys, led by Liam Davison in 47th, were 11th (284) among 15 scoring teams. MUHS junior Jack Christner finished...


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