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MUHS RUNNERS BETH McIntosh, front left, and Ella Landis, front right, paced the Tiger girls to a 21st-place finish among 53 teams from around New England at Saturday’s Thetford Woods Trail Run. Both easily cracked the top 100 among 599 competitors. Photo by Joe McVeigh
THETFORD — Competitors from county schools fared respectably at Saturday’s Thetford Woods Trail Run, a major cross-country invitational meet that drew dozens of teams from all over Vermont and New England. The best individual performance again came from North Branch School ninth-grader Estelle Laird, who finished 16th among 599 runners in the girls’ race in 20:29.78. Tiger runners Beth McIntosh and Ella Landis finished 57th and 62nd, respectively, in that race as Middlebury, the only scoring girls’ team among local schools, took 21st among 53 teams that entered the minimum five runners. Eagle...
Here's what happened in Addison County sports recently. See below for the schedule of upcoming games and events.   *** SCOREBOARD HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Football 10/1 Rutland vs MUHS .................. 21-18 10/2 N. Country at Mt. Abe...... Canceled 10/2 Windsor vs OV......................... 49-8 Field Hockey 9/29 Essex vs MUHS......................... 2-1 9/29 OV vs Fair Haven....................... 3-0 9/29 Mt. Abe vs Rice.......................... 3-0 10/2 Mt. Abe vs MUHS....................... 7-0 10/5 Rice vs MUHS................... 1-0 (OT) 10/5 Mt. Abe vs Burlington................. 1-0...
Fear of missing out — FOMO for short — had a hook in me. The other anglers were meeting at the stream at 9:30 a.m. for our pre-conference outing. I wasn’t even able to start my two-and-a-half-hour drive to Newport until 11 a.m. Throughout my drive up from Addison County toward the Canadian border, I had keep my car on cruise control to make sure that FOMO didn’t lead to a speeding ticket. The conference we were all attending was the annual gathering of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, or OWAA. In recent years it had been held in Billings (Montana), Little Rock (Arkansas) and...
SCOREBOARD HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Football 10/1 Rutland vs MUHS     21-18 10/2 N. Country at Mt. Abe    Canceled  10/2 Windsor vs OV    49-8 Field Hockey 9/29 Essex vs MUHS    2-1 9/29 OV vs Fair Haven    3-0 9/29 Mt. Abe vs Rice    3-0 10/2 Mt. Abe vs MUHS    7-0 Girls’ Soccer 9/29 Rice vs Mt. Abe    4-0 9/29 Rutland vs MUHS    1-0 (2 OT) 9/29 Milton vs VUHS    3-2  10/1 Springfield  vs OV    6-1 10/2 Rutland vs Mt. Abe    1-0 10/2 MUHS vs VUHS    3-0  Boys’ Soccer 9/29 OV vs. Bellows Falls    8-1 10/1 VUHS vs Mt. Abe    3-0 10/1 Milton vs MUHS     4-2 10/1 MAU vs OV    5-0 COLLEGE SPORTS...

EAGLE GOALIE CHANCE Denecker dives in vain on Friday as a second-half penalty kick from Commodore Jack Wyman, far left, nestles into the corner. The visiting Commodores prevailed, 3-0, to remain undefeated heading into a Monday showdown vs. Milton. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ soccer team on Friday erupted for three second-half goals to knock off rival Mount Abraham, 3-0, on the Eagles’ home field.  The victory set up the 6-0-1 Commodores for a showdown of unbeaten teams on Monday, when they host Milton with first place in the Lake Division on the line. The Commodores got two goals from forward Shamus Rooney, a goal (on a penalty kick) and an assist from center midfielder Jack Wyman, and an assist from middie Alisdair Chauvin. And the defensive back line of Jonah Mahé in the middle (Oakley Francis filled in there when...

EAGLE RUNNER HUGH Ball is dappled with sunshine as he emerges from the woods during the boys’ varsity cross-country race in Bristol on Tuesday. Ball finished 18th to help the Eagle boys take second place. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams breezed to wins at a Tuesday meet hosted by Mount Abraham on a cool early-fall afternoon. North Branch ninth-grader Estella Laird, an independent runner who trains with the Eagles, claimed a 99-second win in the girls’ race, and Eagle Coach Eva Friend was also happy to see her boys’ team edge Spaulding for second place in the boys’ run. Ella Landis led the Tiger girls by finishing second behind Laird, with Beth McIntosh in third. Baxter Harrington and Haaken Olsen ran 2-3 behind boys’ winner John Viens of Richford...
MIDDLEBURY — In the past week of Middlebury College athletics action, the undefeated field hockey, men’s soccer and volleyball teams kept rolling, the football team won its home opener to even its record at 1-1, and women’s soccer split two weekend games. FIELD HOCKEY The Middlebury field hockey team, top-ranked in NCAA Division III, picked up three one-sided victories, two over the weekend and another at Skidmore on Tuesday. The Panthers are 8-0, 3-0 in NESCAC play. On Saturday the Panthers outshot host Hamilton, 23-2, in a 4-0 victory. Audrey Lazar scored twice, Erin Nicholas and Meg...

TIGER SENIOR GOALIE Cassie Bettis makes one of her 17 saves during the Tigers field hockey team’s 5-1 loss to visiting Essex on Saturday as teammates Kenene Otis and Alex Bonavita move in. Bettis has again played well for the Tigers this fall. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School field hockey program did not claim its first win since 2019 on Saturday vs. Essex, but the Tigers showed signs they are pointing in the right direction in a 5-1 loss to a strong Division I opponent. The game was tied heading into the fourth quarter, and the Tigers had chances to take the lead after ninth-grader McKenna Raymond knocked home a feed from sophomore Scarlet Carrara to tie the score early in the third period. More to the point, said Coach Brandi Whittemore, the Tigers were linking up better with each other and showing improved chemistry...
BARRE — The Mount Abraham-Vergennes football team couldn’t hold onto a first-half lead on Saturday at Spaulding and fell, 26-16. The 0-4 Eagles will look to break through when they host Division II rival North Country on Saturday at 3 p.m. After Tide QB Andrew Trottier tossed an early 40-yard TD pass to Grady Chase, the Eagles responded with 16 straight points to take the lead. Eagle QB Adam Mansfield rushed for a touchdown and kicked the point-after to tie the score early in the second quarter, and the Eagles took a 9-7 lead on a safety nine seconds later. Mansfield hit Carmelo Miceli for a...
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vergennes and Mount Abraham teams each broke through for their first wins to highlight high school girls’ soccer action between Sept. 22 and 28. Elsewhere, Middlebury suffered a close home loss, while Otter Valley remained in search of a breakthrough victory. EAGLES On Sept. 23 Mount Abe (1-5) picked up its first victory by blanking host Milton, 1-0. Halle Huizenga scored the game’s only goal in the 31st minute, with an assist from Anne Dufault, and the Eagle defense and goalie Jo Toy made it stand up. COMMODORES On Saturday the Commodores coasted past visiting Green...

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