Sports

06/15/2020
WEST HAVEN — Dirt track racing is coming back to the Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Monday night, June 15, but without fans in the grandstand. Devil’s Bowl will host “The COVID Crusher” event today at 7 p.m. to kick off the Vermont stock car racing season. The event will count for championship points for the Pepsi Sportsman Modified, O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman, Super Stock, Mini Stock, and Friend Construction 500cc Mini Sprint divisions. The headline Sportsman Modifieds will race 29 laps for $1,200 to win and $125 to start, while the four support classes will each run “COVID-19” laps....

After a long closure due to the coronavirus, Middlebury Indoor Tennis will reopen on June 15 with restrictions. — file photo
06/12/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Indoor Tennis (MIT) will begin a limited and phased reopening of its tennis facilities on Monday, June 15. According to an MIT press release, the facility’s ownership will proceed slowly and cautiously while adhering to guidelines from the state and the tennis industry and “keeping the safety of our members, guests, and staff foremost in our minds.” On Monday the facility will reopen to MIT members only and for private, non-group lessons. Only singles play and pro lessons will be permitted. Play will be allowed by advance reservation only; there will be no drop-in...
06/11/2020
One of my heroes growing up was Joey O’Brien, a star athlete at Lewiston High School in Maine, three or four years older than I.  He was a gregarious Irish kid, full of bluster, who loved sports and was really good at them: All-State in football and basketball on state championship teams, and the league champion in the mile run in the spring.  His real name was not Joey O’Brien, but I’m writing about a real person. What was most appealing about Joey was the absolute joy he exhibited playing his games. He played with a smile on his face, exuberant. He was irresistible. After high school, he...

EACH FALL THE Trail Around Middlebury is the site of the TAM Trek, which draws racers like this youth last September. But you don’t have to compete to get good exercise on the TAM. Photo by Benjy Renton
06/11/2020
Editor’s note: The Trail Around Middlebury, or TAM, was created and in maintained to foster healthy people living in a healthy setting for native wildlife. The trails, stewarded by the Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT), are a great local place for staying active. Whether you run fast or walk slow, getting out, moving your body and getting fresh air on a regular basis is a terrific regimen for building and maintaining physical and psychological health. ———— In this strange new world of distancing, face masks and protecting those we love, it can be challenging to find joy. Laughs and shared...
06/11/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Ralph Myhre golfers posted impressive results on their home links on May 25, when Ralph Myhre Golf Course hosted a Men’s State Day.  Hogan Beazley shot 74 to win First Place Gross in Flight A, while Robert Cameron fired an 84 to become the First Place Gross winner in Flight B. Then, on May 26 in Stowe, Sue Dula finished Third Place Net in Flight 3 in the Women’s State Day competition. In regular Bill Davidson Thursday Men’s Golf at Ralph Myhre last week the quartet of  Eric Bergland, Matt Biette, Tom McGinn and John Myhre prevailed. Taking second were Mike Adams, Don Dayton, Dave...

A MAYFLY
06/04/2020
Ephemeroptera. That is the scientific name of the family of insects known more commonly as mayflies. The word is made up of two roots that come to us from Greek, through Latin. The first root is related to the modern word ephemeral. Though ephemeral has come to mean something more general, like “fleeting” or “short-lived,” in its origins it literally meant “lasting one day.”  The other root is ptera, which comes from the word for wings. This root appears in words like helicopter (a flying machine with helix wings) and pterodactyl (having winged fingers). When we put them together we get...
06/04/2020
MONTPELIER — Vermont’s muzzleloader season antlerless deer permit applications are now available on Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s website, vtfishandwildlife.com. A link to the information and online applications is on the home page.  The Fish and Wildlife Board met on May 20 and set antlerless deer permit numbers for the fall deer hunting seasons.  Hunting for antlerless deer will be allowed statewide during the archery season. One deer of either sex will be allowed during the October 24-25 youth and novice weekend hunt.  The muzzleloader seasons on Oct. 29-Nov. 1 and Dec. 5-13 will have...

EXCEPT FOR HER time in college, when she was a successful sprinter on the track, Tracey Thompson Turner has always been a passionate horsewoman, and still competes at a high level in an equestrian event called “Combined Driving.”
05/28/2020
In the new (2015) field house at Middlebury College, against the north wall (nearest the main entrance), down on the actual playing surface, large boards behind glass list the individual record holders in track and field — men and women, indoors and outdoors. It’s hard not to take special note of the first name among the women’s outdoor records, right at the top: the record-holder in the 100 meter dash — “Tracey Thompson, 11.9, 1979.” That’s a record that has stood for over 40 years, and withstood the challenge of hundreds and hundreds of runners in this exciting event that often culminates a...

VERMONT’S SUMMER FREE Fishing Day will be on Saturday, June 13 this year, which is also opening day of Vermont’s regular bass fishing season. Photo/Vermont Fish & Wildlife
05/28/2020
MONTPELIER — Vermont’s annual, statewide Summer Free Fishing Day is Saturday, June 13 this year, which will also be opening day of the regular bass fishing season. “Vermont’s Free Fishing Day gives anglers the opportunity to go fishing without a license for the day in Vermont lakes and streams,” said Fish and Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter. “Fishing is an activity that can be shared with family or easily taught to newcomers while enjoying quality time together.”   Vermont’s regular bass season also opens on June 13, marking the start of some of the hottest bass fishing action in the...
05/28/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College recently honored nine seniors at its annual Athletic Awards Ceremony, which took place via Zoom this year.  The following members of the class of 2020 were recognized: •  A. Bayard Russ ’66 Memorial Athletic Awards went to hockey player and golfer Anna Zumwinkle and football and lacrosse player Frank Cosolito. The award honors, when merited, seniors who are most outstanding in two intercollegiate sports by best exemplifying the excellence of performance, aggressiveness, leadership, tremendous desire and team spirit of A. Bayard Russ. •  The Deborah Parton ’76...

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