KARL LINDHOLM APPEARS almost bigger than life on the jumbotron above the centerfield bleachers at Fenway Park this past Friday as he walks off the hallowed mound after throwing out a ceremonial first pitch before the Red Sox pummeled the Angels, 16-4.
Vermonter Bill Lee, the former Red Sox pitcher also known as “Spaceman,” told a story to my class at Middlebury College about throwing out a ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park.
Of course, Bill Lee threw 225 actual first pitches at Red Sox games in his major league career, some even in the World Series. He was elected to the Red Sox Hall of Fame in 2012 and was then asked to throw out a ceremonial first pitch at a game.
“I wasn’t just going to lob the ball to the catcher,” Lee explained. “I wanted to show everyone I still had it. I would throw my best fastball from 60 feet-six inches.
THIRTY-YEAR-OLD TIM RUSSELL cruises to the finish line at the end of Sunday morning’s Vermont Sun Sprint Triathlon at Branbury State Park, posting an impressive 1:00:38 for the swim-bike-run race.
Courtesy Pat Hendrick Photography
SALISBURY — At Vermont Sun Fitness Center’s final Sprint and Olympic triathlons of the season in Salisbury this past Sunday, both races saw New Yorkers lead their respective packs from start to finish. Around 350 athletes took part in the races.
Past champion Tim Russell, 30, of Balston Spa, N.Y., was the first sprint triathlete to hit Branbury State Park beach after the 600-yard swim in Lake Dunmore. He went on to post the day’s fastest 14-mile bike (33:07) and 3.1-mile run (18:22) splits to cruise to victory in 1:00:38.
Russell’s time was 2 minutes off the course record set in 2017 and over...
Rutland golfer Chloe Levins, a rising senior at Middlebury College, sinks a putt on No. 2 on her way to wining the state title.
Independent photo/John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — Rutland resident and Middlebury College women’s golf team captain Chloe Levins last week won the Vermont State Women’s Golf Association’s Amateur Championship at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course in Middlebury.
Levins, whose home course is the Rutland Country Club, led from start to finish by shooting 74-74-77 from Tuesday to Thursday for a total of 225, good for an eight-stroke win over defending champion Tiffany Maurycy of Killington. It was Levins’ first title. She was runner-up in 2014 when the event was held at the Orleans Country Club.
Levins led by seven strokes entering the...
WEST HAVEN — Local drivers made their presence known in only one event of Sunday’s stock car racing at Devil’s Bowl in West Haven: the 40-lap “Leon Gonyo Memorial” race for the King of Dirt Racing Crate Modified Series.
Kenny Tremont Jr. of West Sand Lake, N.Y., dominated the box score of the race, but his victory was never certain until the checkered flag waved. Joey Scarborough of Brandon had a stout drive from the 10th starting position and engaged Tremont in a thrilling battle until the final corner. Scarborough pulled even with Tremont with two laps to go before being trapped in lapped...
BRISTOL — Two members of the Sodbusters Horseshoe Pitching Club earned titles when the group hosted the Vermont State Championships at their Bristol courts this past Sunday.
Nick Preston won the Men’s Class A title and Debra Brown won the Women’s Class A crown.
Other champions were: Neil Kennedy, who went 6-0 to win the Elders title, and Dakota Santor and Karsen Yerry share the Junior Cadet title.
A total of 66 pitchers competed.
The results for Sodbusters pitchers were:
Elders A: 1. Neil Kennedy and 4. Ron Williamson.
Men’s A: 4. Michael Devino, 5. John Remy and 8. Michael Brown.
Men’s B: 2...
DANIEL WHITNEY’S 15D, Natalie Heustis’ 69x and Geoffrey Grant’s No. 10 have a meeting of the minds in a 4-cylinder heat in Thursday night’s Demo Derby at Field Days.
Independent photo/Steve James
NEW HAVEN — In addition to mangling already badly damaged remnants of formerly valuable vehicles, awarding cash prizes and trophies and entertaining and deafening a couple thousand fans of motorized mayhem, Thursday’s G. Stone Motors Demolition Derby at Addison County Fair and Field Days answered a few burning questions.
One question literally related to burning: How quickly can members of the Vergennes Fire Department put out a fire in an engine compartment?
Answer: Based on three incidents on Thursday, give them about 10 seconds and they’ll get it done.
Another question: Can there be true...
THE VERGENNES CHAMPS’ coaches and the team’s under-6, -8 and -10 swimmers on Sunday used Silly String to celebrate the team’s fourth-place finish out of 20 teams at the Vermont Swim Association Championships in White River Junction this past weekend.
Photo courtesy of Josh Romond
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Vergennes Champs and Middlebury Marlins capped their enjoyable summer swim team seasons in style this past weekend at Vermont Swim Association Championship meet, which was held at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction.
The Champs scored 1,715 points to become the only team based outside of Chittenden County to crack the top five at the 20-team competition. Coming off a 2018 season in which the Champs won Division II, Vergennes settled for fourth place in Division I, into which the Champs were placed this summer. The Vergennes team were coming off a...
MIDDLEBURY’S JUSTIN COMES scored his first Pepsi Sportsman Modified win of the season on Friend Construction Night at Devil’s Bowl Speedway this past Sunday.
Jeremy McGaffin/Showstopper photo
WEST HAVEN — Middlebury driver Justin Comes on Sunday reversed a recent run of bad luck at Devil’s Bowl Speedway by winning the evening’s main event, the 30-lap Sportsman Modified feature. A number of other local drivers also posted top-five efforts.
Comes was a championship contender before things fell apart in mid-July. In a string of three races to end the month, he crashed twice and blew an engine as he fell to ninth place in the series standings.
With a new (used) power plant on Sunday, Comes lived up to his “High Side Hustler” nickname and ran the top groove all night long. Benson’s...
MIDDLEBURY — Young Ralph Myhre Golf Course members fared well at the Vermont Junior Stroke Play Championship, which Ralph Myhre hosted on Aug. 2.
Lucas Politano won the 10-to-12-year-old division, Thomas Politano took fourth in the 13-15 division, and Hogan Beazley finished sixth in the 16-18 competition.
In this past weekend’s annual Ralph Myhre Hawaiian Open, the foursome of Bob Cameron, Beazley, Brent Raymond and Dave Campbell earned top honors.
The team of Jill Jesso-White, Dale White, Bert Phinney and Ric Wheeler took second, and the quartet of Steve Myhre, Ahleiyah Mason-Rivera, Kris...
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has announced the 2019-2020 migratory bird hunting season dates and bag limits.
A printable copy of the Migratory Bird Syllabus can be downloaded from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife website, vtfishandwildlife.com, under “Hunt” – “Hunting Regulations and Seasons.” A printed version also will be available from license agents and post offices by late August.
A statewide Vermont open hunting season for resident Canada geese will occur Sept. 1-25. The daily bag limit is five Canada geese in the Connecticut River Zone and eight in the rest of...