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OBERWISENTHAL, Germany — Middlebury College freshman Nordic skier Sophia Laukli helped the U.S. women’s junior women win a silver medal at the Nordic world championships last week in Germany. Laukli, a Maine resident, joined Kendall Kramer, Novie McCabe and Sydney Palmer-Leger to help the U.S. finish second behind Sweden, 4.9 seconds back, in the junior women’s four-by-3.3-kilometer relay. It was the best-ever finish for U.S. women in the event.  Laukli has excelled this season for the Panther Nordic team, which has helped the Middlebury ski team win two carnivals this winter. The Panthers...
MIDDLEBURY — Despite Sunday’s upset loss to Amherst in the NESCAC playoff final, the 21-3-3 Middlebury College women’s hockey team will host an NCAA Division III quarterfinal game this Saturday. The Panthers will entertain Endicott (25-2) at 3 p.m. in Kenyon Arena. The two teams met earlier this season at Endicott, with Middlebury coming away with a 3-0 victory. Since then the Gulls have won 13 straight. Due to the college decision to send students home early because of the coronavirus, the status of this game is up in the air as of press time and fans may not be allowed to attend if it is...
BROCKPORT, N.Y. — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team won its first-round NCAA Division III tournament game on Friday, March 6, but fell the next day in a Regional final to host Brockport, N.Y., 84-81. The Panthers, who entered the tournament ranked No. 19, finished their season 21-6. Their loss to No. 18 Brockport (26-3) was their first to a team outside of NESCAC competition. Brockport will take on NESCAC champion Tufts this weekend. Brockport led throughout most of the first half on Saturday and survived a late Panther run to remain on top at the break, 39-37. The teams traded...
GEORGETOWN, Texas — The Middlebury College baseball team opened its season by taking two out of three games this past Saturday and Sunday from Southwestern University in Texas. The Panthers return to action this weekend with three games in Pennsylvania, one on Saturday at Muhlenberg, followed by two at Swarthmore on Sunday. On this past Sunday the Panthers edged Southwestern, 9-8, in 11 innings. In the decisive 11th, Andrew Gough doubled, Justin Han was hit by a pitch and Henry Strmecki reached on an error to load the bases with nobody out. An error on a ball hit by Andrew Hennings scored...
Here's what happened in local sports this past week. Middlebury College has canceled its spring sports season until futher notice due to coronavirus concerns. *** SCOREBOARD COLLEGE SPORTS Men’s Lacrosse 3/10 Midd. vs. Plattsburgh................ 30-8 SCHEDULE COLLEGE SPORTS Women’s Hockey NCAA D-III Tournament 3/14 Endicott at Midd...................... 2 PM 3/20&21 Final Four.......................... TBA Women’s Lacrosse 3/14 Trinity at Midd.................. Canceled Men’s Lacrosse 3/14 Midd. at Trinity................. Canceled Baseball 3/14 Midd. at Muhlenberg......... Canceled...

RUBE FOSTER, THE “Father of Black Baseball,” founded the Negro National League of teams from Chicago, Dayton, Detroit, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Kansas City in 1920.
I grew up a baseball-obsessed boy at a time when there were lots of boys who shared my obsession. I was born in Boston and raised in Maine, a suburb of Boston, so I was a Red Sox fan. It was unavoidable, a birthright. The 1950s was an era of excellence for the Red Sox — unfortunately, that excellence was exclusive to one player, Ted Williams, a prickly hero. The team itself was mediocre at best, year after year. I was thrilled by the excitement of baseball’s integration, of the breakthrough and careers of Jackie Robinson and other early black players for the Dodgers, Giants, Indians, and,...

PANTHER SOPHOMORE FORWARD Katie Hargrave skates away from two Hamilton players during host Middlebury’s 2-1 NESCAC semifinal women’s hockey win on Saturday. Amherst upset the Panthers for the league’s playoff championship on Sunday. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Third-seeded Amherst upset host No. 1 Middlebury in Sunday’s NESCAC women’s hockey playoff final, 2-1, by scoring the winning goal in the third period 13 seconds after the Panthers had tied the game. Amherst (17-5-5) claimed the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. Middlebury (21-3-3), last week ranked No. 2 in NCAA D-III, was awarded an at-large bid when the field was announced on Monday and will host Endicott (25-2) on Saturday at 3 p.m. However, on Tuesday the college's decision to send students home early and cancel sports and travel due to the COVID-19...
ADDISON COUNTY — The local girls’ basketball season came to an end last week with quarterfinal setbacks for Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Otter Valley and a first-round loss for Middlebury. EAGLES In Division II on Saturday No. 3 seed Harwood (18-3) defeated the No. 6 Eagles, 57-31. Mia Cooper led the Highlanders, who led at the half by nine points, with 16 points and nine rebounds. Chloe Johnston paced the Eagles with 16 points. The Eagles finished 15-7 despite losing second-leading scorer and leading rebounder Grace Harvey to injury halfway through the season. On Wednesday the Eagles...
SOUTH BURLINGTON — No. 3 Rice on Wednesday eliminated the No. 6 seeded Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team from the Division I playoffs, 3-0, in a quarterfinal matchup. Rice improved to 17-4 with its third shutout victory of the winter over the MUHS. The Tigers, who were competitive all winter despite a series of injuries — including three of the season-ending variety to senior mainstays Kam Bartlett, Robbie Bicknell and Jeffrey Stearns — finished at 11-10. Connor Peet scored twice for the Green Knights and set up Sam Rubman’s goal, and goalie Cale Layman worked the shutout. The...
HARWOOD — Host No. 4 Harwood on Wednesday eliminated the Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team from the Division I tournament, 2-0, in a quarterfinal matchup. Harwood improved to 14-5-2, while a young Tiger team finished 12-7-2. The Tigers’ outshot the Highlanders, 32-24, but could not dent Harwood goalie Kaylee Thayer, who worked a 32-save shutout. Harwood took a 1-0 lead on a Kailie French goal, and Eva Joslin added an empty-netter in the final seconds. Abby Hodsden made 22 saves for the Tigers. Merry Kimble, Anna McIntosh, Taylor Moulton and Izzy Pistilli are the MUHS seniors.

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