RANDOLPH — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ basketball team on Saturday posted its first win since the 2017-2018 season, 41-37 at Randolph.
Freshman guard Cady Pitner scored 12 points to lead the Tigers in her varsity debut; she sat out the team’s opening home setback. Sophomore point guard Ivy Doran added eight points as MUHS evened its mark at 1-1.
Ella D’Avignon led the Ghosts with 13 points.
The Tigers will next visit Missisquoi on Jan. 1 and host the Ghosts at 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 4.
FAIR HAVEN — Burr & Burton on Saturday rallied to edge the Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team, 43-42, in the opening round of Fair Haven’s annual holiday tournament. Both teams were making their season’s debut.
The Eagles led by 24-15 at the half and 39-35 after three periods, but were slowed by foul trouble in the late going — senior point guard Chloe Johnston, who led Mount Abe with 13 points, fouled out with five minutes to go.
The Bulldogs scored the winning hoop with 18 seconds left. Carol Herbert scored 22 points to spark their rally.
Abby Reen added 10 points...
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.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
12/21 MUHS vs. Rutland.................... 4-1
12/21 MUHS vs. NCU/Lyndon............ 2-0
12/21 Harwood vs. VUHS...... 51-40 (OT)
12/21 MUHS vs. Randolph............. 41-37
12/21 Burr & Burton vs. Mt. Abe..... 43-42
12/20 Mt. Abe vs. OV..................... 72-56
12/20 Mt. Mansfield vs. VUHS....... 64-25
12/21 Colchester vs. MUHS........... 51-44
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MIDDLEBURY — An experienced Otter Valley Union High School girls’ basketball team used a big early run to take charge in the Otters’ 51-25 victory this past Wednesday over host Middlebury.
A young MUHS team starting one senior and four sophomores held its own early on, and four Tigers scored in the first four minutes as they took an 8-7 lead.
The Otters then showed why they hope to be a force in Division III this season. They combined inside scoring with long-range marksmanship in a 15-0 run that spanned the rest of the first period and 2:14 of the second quarter. The Tigers came no closer...
BARRE — Host Spaulding got past the Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team this past Wednesday, 3-1. The Tide improved to 2-0, while the Tigers dropped to 0-2 heading into a Saturday game at Rutland played after the early holiday deadline for this edition of the Independent.
Next up for the Tigers is their annual holiday tournament this coming Friday and Saturday. They will host Brookline, Mass., at 7 p.m. on Friday, and play at a time to be determined on Saturday. The Tiger girls are also hosting a tournament those two days, starting with a contest vs. Rutland at 5 p.m. on Friday.
Here's what happened in Addison County high school and college sports this past week.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
12/18 Spaulding vs. MUHS................ 3-1
12/18 OV vs. MUHS....................... 51-25
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
12/27 Brookline, Mass., at MUHS... 7 PM
12/28 TBD at MUHS......................... TBD
12/27 Rutland at MUHS................... 5 PM
12/28 Spaulding at MUHS............... 5 PM
12/23 Mt. Abe at Fair Haven........... 7 PM
12/23 Proctor at OV......................... 7 PM
MIDDLEBURY — This past winter new-look MUHS girls’ and boys’ Nordic teams each fared well at the two-day Division II state meet, each finishing second to U-32 despite the graduation of many of the skiers who had helped both of the program’s teams win titles the year before.
There’s little doubt the Tigers will excel again. The top four female skiers from the classic state meet race return — seniors Malia Hodges (a co-captain) and Isabel Olson, sophomores Astrid Olsen and Maddy Stowe — and five of the top seven from the freestyle race are back: Hodges, Stowe, Olson, Olsen and Mary Nagy-Benson...
MIDDLEBURY — This past winter the Middlebury Union boys’ basketball team played well enough to win 16 games and earn the No. 4 seed in Division I, only to be upset at home in the first round of the playoffs.
Two starters and a key role player graduated from that team, but Coach John Howe said plenty of talent returns as the Tigers aim for another winning season — and possible postseason success in their first season in D-II in many years.
“I think we look really good this year,” Howe said. “They’re all friends, which is fantastic. And they’ve accepted the youth into the fold really well … I...
MIDDLEBURY — With seven athletes in the fold this winter, Middlebury Union gymnastics coach Natalia Harthman will be emphasizing versatility to her team.
Harthman would like the Tigers to expand their horizons and test themselves in as many of the gymnastic disciplines as possible. She noted the teams’ top four scorers count in an event, but as many as six athletes per team can participate, and if athletes compete in all events they can score in the all-around competition.
“Having such a small team, we have to really work on having everybody being able to compete on everything, so if there’s...