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HARTFORD — The sixth-seeded Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team on Saturday pulled off its second straight road victory over a higher seed, this time blanking host Hartford, 3-0, in a Division II semifinal. The Tigers were scheduled to take on No. 4 South Burlington (6-4) in the final, which was set to be played in Barre’s municipal rink on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. after the print deadline for this edition. Head online to addisonindependent.com on Thursday for the Independent’s coverage of that game with photos. The Wolves defeated the Tigers this season, 4-3, on March 10, taking a...
ORLEANS — Top-seeded host Lake Region remained unbeaten by ousting the No. 8 Otter Valley Union High School girls’ basketball team, 60-32, in a Division III quarterfinal played on Saturday. Sakoya Sweeney (19) and Tia Martinez (13) combined for 32 points for the winning Rangers. Senior Mallory Lufkin (12 points) and junior Alice Keith (10) led the way in the scoring column for OV. The Otters finished 4-6 after winning three of their final five games, including a convincing first-round playoff victory.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vergennes, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley high school boys’ basketball teams all bowed out of the postseason in the latter half of last week — the Commodores in heartbreaking fashion in a quarterfinal matchup. COMMODORES The No. 8 Commodore boys on Saturday fell in overtime, 58-57, at Division III top seed Green Mountain Union (10-1) in Chester. The Commodores led by three late in regulation, but Chieftain Everett Mosher hit a game-tying three-pointer with 13 seconds left to force overtime. VUHS led by a point midway through OT, but GMU took the lead and then hit two...
WATERBURY — Undefeated top seed Harwood on Saturday defeated the No. 5 Middlebury Union High school boys’ hockey team, 3-0, in a Saturday semifinal. Harwood improved to 8-0 by topping the Tigers, the Highlanders’ second victory in two outings over MUHS this winter. Highlander Finn O’Hara scored a hat trick, including two shorthanded breakaway goals. His first shorthanded strike came early in the first period, and his second shorthanded goal came late in the third and made it 3-0. Harwood also got outstanding goaltending from Liam Guyette, who stopped 29 MUHS shots. Goalie Giles Heilman made...
MONTPELIER — Practices for high school interscholastic sports have been OK’d to begin April 5 and competitions are allowed to start April 17. That’s the word after the Vermont Principals’ Association recently released guidelines for a spring season that reflect official state approval for all interscholastic sports. The only exception to the April 5 practice rule is that baseball pitchers may begin supervised workouts on March 29.  Many of the same sort of COVID-19 protocols that applied during the fall and winter seasons will apply this spring, including that all “players, coaches, officials...
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 D-II Playoffs 3/17 #5 MUHS vs. #4 Lyndon............ 3-1 3/20 #1 Harwood vs. #5 MUHS......... 3-0 Girls’ Hockey D-II Playoffs 3/20 #6 MUHS vs. #2 Hartford........... 3-0 3/24 MUHS vs. #4 SBHS (Final)...... Late Girls’ Basketball D-III Playoffs 3/17 #3 VUHS vs. #14 Randolph... 64-13 3/20 #1 Lake Region vs. #8 OV..... 60-32 3/20 #3 VUHS vs. #6 Winooski...... 50-28 3/23 #3 VUHS vs. #2 Windsor....... 38-31 Boys’ Basketball...
Over the past few months, I’ve had the delight of getting to know a long-lost cousin. The reacquaintance has taken place by Zoom. It’s been virtual not only because of the pandemic, but also because my cousin lives in the Vancouver area, which happens to be on the other side of the continent and in a different country. An in-person meeting would have been unlikely even without the pandemic. Instead, we chat via a larger family video conference for an hour or so every weekend, with my father, three of my aunts, and (depending on the week) two or three of my cousins. One of them is always my...

Vergennes senior guard Sydney Jewell, who had six rebounds and four assists, is dwarfed by Winooski forward Kiara Mack, as she moves the ball in the third quarter of the Commodores’ 50-28 win on Saturday. Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — A Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team had not reached a playoff semifinal since 2008, and their last appearance in a final was 2006. That year the Commodores defeated Mount St. Joseph in Barre for a second straight Division II championship. On this past Saturday VUHS sailed past visiting No. 6 Winooski, 50-28, in a quarterfinal to check the reach-the-semi box. On Tuesday the Commodores, seeded third in D-III, improved to 11-1 by knocking off No. 2 seed — and previously undefeated — Windsor, 38-31. The Commodores held the potent Yellow Jacket offense to 25 points...
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,...

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