RISING SENIOR MIDFIELDER Marissa Baker, seen here during 2018 NCAA Division III tournament play vs. The College of New Jersey, has helped the Middlebury College field hockey win two NCAA titles and has volunteered at New Haven’s Beeman Elementary School. Photo by Will Costello
This story courtesy of the Middlebury College Sports Information Department. MIDDLEBURY — Marissa Baker, a rising senior midfielder on the Middlebury College field hockey team, shoots for the stars both on and off the field at Middlebury. The computer science major from Darien, Conn., who minors in Russian Literature and Culture, helped the Panthers win back-to-back NCAA Division III championships, has volunteered at Beeman Elementary School in New Haven, and has worked throughout her Middlebury career at the college’s Mittelman Observatory. Baker recently sat down with the college’s Sports...
SCHEDULE HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Field Hockey 8/30 Mt. Abe at U-32............. 4 PM 8/30 MUHS at Burlington..... 4 PM 8/31 Brattleboro at OV....... 11 AM 9/3 Colchester at MUHS...... 4 PM 9/5 Mt. Abe at MUHS............. 4 PM 9/6 OV at Brattleboro...... 6:30 PM Football 8/30 Fair Haven at MUHS... 7 PM 8/31 Poultney at OV.............. 1 PM 8/31 Oxbow at Mt. Abe......... 1 PM 9/6 Mt. Abe at Milton.............. 7 PM 9/6 MUHS at BHS/SBHS....... 7 PM 9/7 Woodstock at OV............ 1 PM Girls’ Soccer 9/3 Randolph at VUHS . 4:30 PM 9/6 Rice at VUHS............. 4:30 PM 9/6 U-32 at Mt. Abe......... 4:...

JEFFREY STEIN BRINGS an impressive football resume to his new role as head coach of the Mount Abraham-Vergennes high school football team. After a career as an all-state linebacker at his North Carolina high school and a four-year starter on a Virginia college team, Stein coached linebackers at Champlain Valley Union, which included a stint as a Shrine Bowl coach. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — When administrators needed to find a new leader for the cooperative Mount Abraham-Vergennes high school football program they did not have to cast a wide net. Mount Abraham Union High and Bristol Elementary school physical education teacher Jeffrey Stein stepped forward. And although Stein lacked head-coaching experience, his résumé included a year of assisting at his college alma mater and nine years of high school coaching, the past four as Champlain Valley’s defensive coordinator. A decade after his four years of starting at linebacker for Virginia’s Averett College, the North...

KJELL DAHLEN’S ODINN heads downwind during the 2019 Diamond Island this past Saturday. The 37-foot-long Odinn finished the 15 nautical-mile course in less than two hours and was the first boat to finish and won the Spinnaker A fleet. Photo by Ramsey Hazbun
FERRISBURGH/CHARLOTTE — Over the past seven years, the Diamond Island Regatta, co-sponsored by Royal Savage Yacht Club and Point Bay Marina, has become a weekend-long celebration of sailing and lake-wide camaraderie unlike any other event on the Lake Champlain Championship Series schedule. Twenty-six sailboats competed in the seventh annual Diamond Island Regatta this past Saturday, Aug. 17, at Point Bay Marina. The day started with a breakfast for sailors under the Royal Savage Yacht Club (RSYC) tent, where there was a buzz of anticipation as competitors looked out at Town Farm Bay, where a...
CORRECTION: Our Aug. 8 article on the Vermont Swim Association state championship meet in White River Junction omitted a championship swimmer from the Vergennes Champs. Adrienne Smits, 10, prevailed in the 25-yard freestyle race for 9- and 10-year-old girls with a winning time of 13.87. We apologize for the omission, and congratulations to Adrienne, who also finished fourth in the 50-yard freestyle race.
MIDDLEBURY — In an otherwise relatively quiet week at Ralph Myhre Golf Course the regular weekly competitions for members were staged between Aug. 14 and 16. On Wednesday the 14th the foursome of Griffin Gillman, Caleb Burkle, Luther Tenny and Bryon Emilo won the Wednesday Men’s Scramble. Taking second was the team of Dayton Contois, Bill Nillson, Steve Cooper and Hogan Beazley; the foursome of Dale White, Josh Newton, Bert Phinney and Ric Wheeler was third. On Thursday the 15th in Bill Davidson Men’s Golf the quartet of Jeff Stetson, Eric Bergland, John Davis and Doug Biklin prevailed. Deem...
WEST HAVEN — Second-place finishes by Brandon’s Joey Scarborough and Matt Bilodeau and Orwell’s Garrett Given highlighted local drivers’ efforts at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, a night that saw four first-time winners at the dirt track. One first-time winner was New York driver Jack Speshock in the main event, the 30-lap Sportsman Modified feature. Speshock races full-time at Albany-Saratoga and Plattsburgh Airborne speedways, while also racing part-time at Devil’s Bowl. On Sunday he led every lap that he ran. Scarborough broke out of traffic late but was unable to track Speshock down and...

Two bears at Katmai. Photo by Mark Dickerson
My son Mark and his wife, Ellie, both Middlebury residents and Middlebury College alumni, walked alongside me up the gravelly river shoreline in Katmai National Park and Preserve in Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershed. Our guide and pilot, Glen Alsworth Jr. of the Farm Lodge, walked with us or a few steps ahead. Glen was the one familiar with the small river we were following. More importantly, he was the one most familiar with brown bears. Though I had been to the same spot a year earlier with my wife, Deborah, it was Mark’s first trip to the park and Ellie’s first trip to Alaska. I had enticed...

ALYZA MCKEIGHAN, 17, of Brandon, is a rookie driver in the 500cc Mini Sprint Division at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.
BRANDON — For most teenagers, the summer before their senior year of high school is a time for hanging out with friends, enjoying time without worrying about their studies and relaxing in the warm weather. For Alyza McKeighan, a rising senior at Otter Valley Union High School, relaxing has been the furthest thing from her mind this summer. McKeighan is a rookie driver in the 500cc Mini Sprint division at Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven. Racing is not only a family affair for the 17-year-old, but also a way of building confidence in her skills behind the wheel and as a person. “It started...

BRANDON’S CARTER BUZZELL gets his competition face on in an age 5-and-younger bout during the armwrestling competition at Addison County Fair an Field Days on Friday. A total of 84 kids competed; Buzzell was third in his division. Independent photo/Steve James
NEW HAVEN — After several years competing in the armwrestling competition at the Addison County Fair an Field Days, Shawn Webber found his groove at the annual show of strength last week. After earning a couple third-place finishes in 2017 and a couple seconds last year; this past Friday evening Webber pulled to four victories at the main show tent. He earned victories in the men’s right-handed 198-pound and 220-pound divisions, plus the men’s left-handed 198- and 220-pound divisions. On the women’s card, two women dominated their weight classes. One of them was a familiar face: Jessalyn “...


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