MUHS SENIOR STRIKER Alex Bleich, seen here celebrating one of his goals in the Tigers' playoff win over Woodstock, was one of several local boys' soccer players named as a Division II or III All-State players.
Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — Boys’ soccer players from Middlebury, Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Otter Valley union high schools have received Division II or III All-State honors and have been recognized by either the Lake Division or Southern Vermont League B Division for their efforts this fall.
Three Tiger seniors earned D-II All-State honors, forwards Alex Bleich and Owen Connelly and midfielder/defender Oliver Poduschnick.
Eagle forward Branden Reynolds joined them on the D-II All-State Team.
Commodore defenders Aidan Gebo and Tucker Stearns and Otter forward Cole Letourneau were named to the D-...
VUHS SENIOR MIDFIELDER Hannah Kelly, left, making a play in the D-III final, was among the girls' soccer players who earned D-II or D-III All-State honors. Also shown are teammates Sydney Weber (#8) and Allie Croke, who received league recognition.
Photo courtesy of Holly Weber
ADDISON COUNTY — Athletes from the Middlebury, Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Otter Valley union high school girls’ soccer team have received All-State honors from Division II or III or earned First or Second Team All-Star recognition from either the Lake Division or the Southern Vermont League B Division.
Earning D-II All-State honors were Tiger midfielder Ivy Doran, Eagle striker/defender Savannah Scrodin, and Otter forward Mia Politano.
From the Commodores, midfielder Hannah Kelly and defender Ema Gernander made the D-III All-State Team.
Receiving Lake Division First-Team Honors from MUHS...
A HAPPY TIM Lathrop brought this nice 180-pound, 8-point buck to be weighed on Nov. 19 at Green Mountain Trails End in Bristol. Many hunters tracked down trophy deer as the 16-day rifle season got under way.
Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
ADDISON COUNTY — Many hunters got their wishes answered and skills rewarded in the first few days of Vermont’s rifle deer season, which opened on Nov. 14.
No local hunter was happier than Chris Hanson on Wednesday, Nov. 18.
According to Andy Buxton owner of Buxton’s Store, where Hanson weighed his buck, Hanson was on an Orwell job site that day when he received an alert on a phone app and received permission to leave and pursue his prey.
The result? Hanson shot a 262-pound, 10-point buck not far from Lake Champlain in Orwell, the largest deer the Independent has reported killed in at last...
LIKE THE CLASSIC column by Karl Lindholm, this image made by the inimitable Trent Campbell in 2013 is also a classic around the Addison Independent newsroom. It shows Lincoln Community School student Eli Burgess getting tagged by classmates Creed Stilwell and Neil Guy while Dustin Lavigne looks on during a game of touch football at recess seven years ago.
Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
Editor’s note: This Thanksgiving column by popular columnist Karl Lindholm is an oldie but a goodie. Originally published in 2001 (all the ages are almost two decades out of date) and then again in 2007. It evokes what is in some ways a bygone era, and yet we feel it is also timeless in its appeal to memories of childhood, family and home.
Over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go.
Driving to Maine for Thanksgiving, I’m thinking about the “Turkey Day Classic,” the annual two-hand touch football game that was played in my neighborhood on Thanksgiving mornings when I...
SEVEN-YEAR-OLD FOOTBALL FAN Dylan Hicks of Monkton watches the Middlebury College big boys practice on a beautiful late afternoon day earlier this month. Panther football and sports at the college in general provided unexpected experiences for students athletes this fall.
Photo by Karl Lindholm
Katharine DeLorenzo’s Middlebury College field hockey team has won three NCAA Division III championships in a row with an overall won-loss record in that time of 62-4. This fall season, however, they didn’t win a single game!
The Middlebury football team, under Bobby Ritter, was the NESCAC champion last year with an unprecedented 9-0 record (the league went from a schedule of eight to nine games just three years ago), only the third undefeated team in the last 120 years of Middlebury football history.
The Panther football team likewise didn’t win a game this fall, though Ritter said he...
MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott today announced that the start of winter high school sports practices — which had been set for Nov. 30 by the most recently released guidelines — has been indefinitely postponed.
The announcement, made at Scott’s regular Tuesday COVID-19 media conference, aligns school sports guidelines with adult and youth league guidelines.
“Like recreational sports, (school sports) are paused until further notice. We will review it again each week,” Scott said.
However, with competition for winter school sports not set to begin until Jan. 11, there remains a chance games and...
ADDISON COUNTY / BRANDON — Fifteen athletes from the Mount Abraham, Middlebury and Otter Valley union high school field hockey teams received postseason accolades from either the Metro Division or the Southern Valley League B Division.
Two members of the Division II champion Mount Abe squad earned First Team Metro honors, midfielders Madison Gile and Elizabeth Porter.
Joining them on the First Team was MUHS goalie Cassie Bettis.
Two Otter Valley players made the SVL B Division First Team, Alice Keith and Jadynn Pope.
Names to the Metro Division second team were Eagle forwards Ava Konczal and...
MOUNT ABE MIDFIELDER Madison Giles scored this shootout goal to help the Eagles win their third straight D-II field hockey title. Goalie Maddie Donaldson stopped four shots in the shootout, in which forward Txuxa Konczal netted the game-winner over No. 2 Burr & Burton.
Independent file photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — In the end high school fall sports in 2020 looked more normal than not.
That can be said even though there weren’t crowds at games or meets, and there were masks.
There weren’t post-game handshakes, and there were pre-game temperature checks and COVID questionnaires.
But once the events started, athletes were just out there competing. It wasn’t hard to forget about a pandemic and just admire good plays and make note of miscues, celebrate the achievements and wonder what could have gone better.
Normalcy? Why not start with the Mount Abe field hockey team?
My father, on “good” years when his work permitted it, would get away in the autumn on short deer-hunting trips to Western Maine, about a four-hour drive away from our house in Massachusetts. “He’s out harassing wildlife,” my mother would say when he was gone. Her disdain for hunting was evident in her voice.
My late mother grew up in Indiana and Michigan in a family that hunted. During the depression, wild game was an important part of how her father fed the family. My grandfather brought home deer, rabbits, squirrels, and an occasional bear to provide for his wife and five children. Later...
NEW SNOW DUSTS the ground around the 18th hole at Ralph Myhre Golf Course in Middlebury on Tuesday, Nov. 3 — Election Day. Although temps sank to 28 degrees that day, a reprise of 60s and sun visited Addison County in the following days extending the 2020 golf season.
Photo by Karl Lindholm
I was hoping to get my pals together for one last round of golf before we shut it down for the winter.
Monday night last week, Election Eve, was cold with snow on the way, and, sure enough, the next morning, we were greeted with three inches of heavy snow.
I felt some slim hope as warm weather was predicted for the weekend. I checked the tee times page at the website of our local course (Ralph Myhre) and found no times listed for Saturday and Sunday. I figured the course must have closed for the year on Nov. 1, a reasonable end date, most years.
I called the golf shop nonetheless, expecting a...