Guides Tyler, Connie and Mahaly discuss and plan a path through one of several class 4 rapids on day 1. Author Matthew Dickerson managed to stay in the boat but was thoroughly drenched by the tail end.
Photo by Matthew Dickerson
2nd in a series. Read the first installment here.
It’s the third morning of our four-day float trip with ROW Adventures down the Snake River along the Idaho-Oregon border. My wife Deborah and I sit in the shade of one of the rare clusters of trees near the bottom of Hell’s Canyon. Though at times during our float we’ve felt the impact of the “heat dome” that tortures most of the continent west of the Rockies, the morning air feels delightfully cool. I’m sure the previous night’s intense thunderstorm, which sent us running for shelter, helped bring in some of that cool air.
We finish a hearty...
ETHAN GOLDSMITH PULLS an “outhouse” and Emma Crum pushes during a heat of the Great Bristol Outhouse Race on Elm Street on July 4. Avery Eason, 10, of Bristol is the required rider in this heat, but she was replaced by Emma’s sister Charlotte in the final, which Team Crum (and Goldsmith) won over a team led by two-time champion Cam Perta.
Independent photo/William Haig
BRISTOL — “I am incredibly nervous,” Cam Perta, 27, said. “I would love to say it’s a casual fun run race, relaxing — not the case. I am a bundle of nerves. I’ve been up since 6 a.m. Pacing, hydrating, eating some oatmeal — you name it.”
Perta, an English teacher at Otter Valley Union High School, was talking about — of course — the 44th Annual Great Bristol Outhouse Race, where two racers push a helmeted teammate sitting in a decorated latrine in several one-on-one heats.
The race took place on Bristol’s Elm Street this past Sunday, the Fourth of July.
The competition, which in past years...
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Champs claimed a pair of victories to open their Champlain Valley Swim League season.
The Champs opened on Thursday, July 1, with a 243-202 victory over visiting Chittenden County team The Edge, a perennial CVSL title contender. Vergennes followed up on Tuesday with a 241-161 decision at Winooski in that community’s new pool.
Against The Edge on July 1, the Champs won 11 of 18 contested relays, received three wins from Aurora Foley and Paul Foley, and got two victories apiece from Juliette Angier and Connor Husk.
Champs scoring points with top-three finishes in...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Marlins opened their Champlain Valley Swim League season on July 1 by defeating a rebuilding Burlington Country Club Team, 253-135. Older swimmers Holly Staats and Oliver Poduschnick picked up three wins apiece to pace Middlebury.
Cassandra Bellman, Sadie Chance, Ava Schneider and Emma Morrissey on the girls’ side and Felix Poduschnick, Constantin Bellman, Daniel Power and Gabriel Schmitt on the boys’ side won two races apiece. The Marlins also prevailed in 10 of 15 relays.
The Marlins were were less fortunate at Chittenden County's The Edge on Tuesday, July 6, as...
ADDISON COUNTY — Eleven members of the Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Otter Valley union high school baseball teams earned postseason recognition from either the Lake Division or the Southern Vermont League’s B Division.
Four Eagles received First Team honors from the Lake Division: Neil Guy, Colby Lathrop, Adam Mansfield and Zeke Savage.
Commodores joining them on the Lake First team were Barret Barrows, Jarret Muzzy and Tucker Stearns.
Two Otters made the SVL B Division First Team: Fraser Pierpont and Alex Polli.
Ryan Whitcomb from Mount Abe and Elijah Duprey from VUHS received Honorable...
WEST HAVEN — Ripton’s Chris Sumner and Orwell’s Ray Hanson kept up their winning ways in undercard feature races on Sunday at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. Both entered as division leaders on the West Haven dirt oval track and added to their points advantage.
Sumner entered as the co-leader in the Mini-Stock division with Orwell’s Daryl Gebo and then won one of two 12-lap feature races. Devil’s Bowl officials divided the field because of a big turnout — 38 entrants were ready to go in the pits.
Sumner cruised to his fourth victory of the season in the first of the two Mini-Stock features and was...
MIDDLEBURY — The duos of Kirk Goodman and Kyle Goodman and Steve Nardell and Brian Dodds prevailed in last week’s Wednesday Evening 4 Ball at Ralph Myhre Golf Course.
The Goodmans were the First Place Gross winners, with Dale White and Robert Cameron finishing second.
Nardell and Dodds were the First Place Net winners on June 30, with PJ Larocque and Jeff Kelley the runners-up.
In Bill Davidson Thursday Men’s Golf the next day, the foursome of Jim Dayton, Jim Rubright, Matt Biette and Ken Roth prevailed, and Dayton posted the day’s low net score.
The quartet of Robert Kirkpatrick, David...
ADDISON COUNTY — Two Middlebury Union High School boys’ lacrosse players were named to the Division I All-State team, and two of their teammates joined them on the Metro Conference All-Star team.
Also, eight athletes from the Mount Abraham-Vergennes cooperative squad and two from Otter Valley received either First or Second Team Division III recognition.
Named to the Division I All-State First Team was Tiger goalie Jack Rizzo. MUHS defender Fynn Whitlock earned a spot on the D-I Second Team.
Both Rizzo and Whitlock were named to the Metro First Team.
Tiger midfielder Mason Kaufmann and...
RAY FISHER WAS manager in Vermont’s Northern League for Burlington in 1937 and Montpelier-Barre in 1946 and from 1948-50. A Middlebury native and graduate of Middlebury High School and Middlebury College, Fisher pitched in the Major Leagues from 1910-1920 and coached baseball at the University of Michigan for 38 years. He returned to Vermont each summer to his family camp on Lake Champlain in Ferrisburgh.
Courtesy of the Fisher Family Archives
In the last game of his sophomore year at Michigan State in 1946, Robin Roberts lost 2-0 to archrival Michigan, coached by a 58-year-old Ray Fisher.
At game’s end, Fisher asked the Michigan State ace if he would like to play summer ball in Vermont. After a four-year wartime hiatus, the Northern League, a fast independent league in Vermont and New York, was reviving and seeking fresh talent from the collegiate ranks. Fisher was coaching the Montpelier-Barre entry. Roberts immediately agreed, and thus began a productive and warm mentor-player relationship.
Roberts was 11-8 that first summer (“...
WOMEN RUSH INTO Lake Dunmore at the start of the Olympic-distance triathlon held in Salisbury on Saturday morning. They swam around a mile before completing a 28-mile bike race followed by a 6.2-mile run. The women’s race winner completed the course in about two and a half hours. Vermont Sun also hosted a shorter sprint triathlon that day.
Photo by Pat Hendrick Photography
SALISBURY — If the two triathlons held Saturday in and around Lake Dunmore are any indication, the summer racing season is back in a big way.
Race founder and director Steve Hare was pleased with the day, which saw nearly 250 triathletes from as far away as California and Florida taking part in the Vermont Sun-sponsored state championship races.
“This is the biggest and strongest June triathlon field we’ve had in our 36-year history,” Hare said. “The athletes and everyone involved with this event put in really great efforts today.”
The day’s events included the Lake Dunmore Triathlon, an...