The decade of the “Teens” has come to an end. I know that most writers penned their end-of-the-year columns, or best-of-the-decade stories in late December as the decade was winding down. I’m a bit behind, as you may have noticed. But it’s not because I haven’t been thinking about it. As I reflect on the past 10 years, three themes emerge. For me it was a decade of growing awareness of the importance of protected and threatened public lands, especially as I experienced, learned more about, and increased my appreciation for numerous national parks and national forests across the country. Hand...

OTTER VALLEY JUNIOR Parker Todd lays in two of his team-high 16 points during Friday’s boys’ basketball game at Mount Abraham. The host Eagles won in dramatic fashion even though the Otters rallied to tie the game in the final minute. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — After watching his young Otter Valley boys’ basketball team lose on Friday at Mount Abraham Union High School, 46-44, on a bucket with 3.2 seconds to go, Coach Mike Stark cited the Eagles’ senior leadership as the difference. Well, really, Stark was talking about Liam Kelliher, whose 12-foot baseline floater created the final score. And after the Otters went on a second-quarter run to take a 21-13 lead, it was Kelliher who scored 10 points and set up a hoop by sophomore Henry Cogswell to give the Eagles a 25-21 halftime advantage. “Kelliher is a ballplayer,” Stark said. “He’s good,...

TIGER GUARD CADY Pitner drives the baseline as forward Grace Harvey provides the defense for Mount Abraham during the Eagle girls’ basketball team’s 36-22 victory on Thursday at Middlebury. Photo Courtesy of Mark Bouvier
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham defeated Middlebury to highlight area girls’ basketball action late last week. Elsewhere, Vergennes came up just short at home to a Division I foe, and undefeated D-II power Fair Haven knocked off Otter Valley. EAGLES-TIGERS On Thursday the Eagles used a full-court press to bolt to a 20-4 first-quarter lead on the way to a 36-22 victory at MUHS. Chloe Johnston sparked the Eagles with 12 points, 10 in the first quarter, and added five steals and three assists. Grace Harvey contributed eight points, seven steals and seven rebounds as the Eagles improved to 6-2...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team swept two games last week to improve to 7-3. The Tigers are on the road this week at Burlington-Colchester on Wednesday and Woodstock on Saturday. On this past Wednesday the Tigers scored late to snap a 1-1 tie and defeat host Burr and Burton, 3-1. Bella Gale broke the deadlock with 3:30 remaining and added a pad goal 29 seconds later. Audrey Schnoor scored the first MUHS goal earlier in the third period, and goalie Lydia Deppman made 20 saves. Stella Turner scored for BBA, and goalie Lola Herzog made 45 saves. On Friday the...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team on Saturday picked up its fourth win in five outings, 3-1 over visiting Colchester. The 5-4 Tigers will host Essex (5-1-1) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The Tigers took a 2-0 first-period lead on power-play goals by Bode Rubright, assisted by Ryan Nadeau, and Andy Giorgio, set up by Hale Hescock and Robbie Bicknell. Colchester’s Jake Corman made it 2-1 at 12:17 of the second period, but with 16 seconds left in the period Daniel Hodsden netted an insurance goal, from Rubright. Tiger goalie Zeke Hooper made 15 saves, and Colchester goalie...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ basketball team split a pair of games late last week and stood at 5-4 entering play this week. On Wednesday undefeated Fair Haven outlasted the Tigers, 44-41. In a back-and-forth game, the Tigers took a three-point lead entering the fourth period after a 26-26 halftime tie, but the 10-0 Slaters earned the six-point edge in the fourth. Kohlby Murray (13 points) led Fair Haven, followed by Joey Gannon with 11. Mason Kaufmann and Tyler Buxton paced the Tigers with 13 and 11 points, respectively. On Friday the Tigers avenged an earlier loss at...
Here's what happened in Addison County high school and college sports this past week. See below for this week's schedule of games and events. *** SCOREBOARD HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Boys’ Hockey 1/17 MUHS vs. Colchester................. 3-1 Girls’ Hockey 1/15 MUHS vs. Burr & Burton............. 3-1 1/17 MUHS vs. CVU........................... 3-2 Girls’ Basketball 1/16 Mt. Abe vs. MUHS.................. 36-22 1/18 Mt. Mansfield vs. VUHS......... 35-34 1/18 Fair Haven vs. OV.................. 43-32 Boys’ Basketball 1/15 Fair Haven vs. MUHS............. 44-41 1/17 MUHS vs. Colchester...

PANTHER POINT GUARD Jack Farrell pushes the ball up the court during the Middlebury men’s basketball team’s game vs. visiting Albertus Magnus. The Panthers won, 84-76, to improve to 15-1 heading into weekend home games vs. Colby and Bowdoin. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team bounced back from its first loss — on the road this past Friday — to win a pair of games, one in dramatic fashion on Saturday and another with a strong defensive performance at home on Tuesday. All three games came against tough competition. Middlebury lost at Amherst, No. 22 in NCAA Division III, on Friday, 81-69; edged host Hamilton (a team with an 11-3 record) on Saturday, 77-76; and defeated visiting No. 18 Albertus Magnus, 84-76 on Tuesday. The Panthers improved to 15-1 and are ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division III heading into home...
CHITTENDEN COUNTY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ Nordic ski team on Monday clinched the annual three-stage Tour de Chittenden race, edging Division II rival U-32, 28-34. Both teams easily defeated D-I competition. Champlain Valley (65) was third, with Mount Mansfield (109) and Burlington (124) next in 10-team scoring field. Tiger skier Jack Christner won individual events on Thursday at Colchester High School, a short freestyle race, and Saturday, a longer classic-style race at the Ethan Allen Firing Range, and finished first overall with a cumulative time of 28:04. Tiger Elvis...

Whenever I go to a Lake Monsters game in Burlington, I find an occasion to declare casually to my companions that I played at historic Centennial Field for the Middlebury College nine, many years ago. If pressed, I have to admit that it was just one game and I was the starting pitcher, and only lasted three innings. We lost 13-5 to the University of Vermont. I always add: “They were really good!” Nonetheless, only a few years after my dismal performance, the decision was made to drop baseball as an intercollegiate sport at UVM, or more accurately to suspend the program. It left in 1971 for “...


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