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THE ESSEX GOALIE knocked the ball loose from MUHS senior attacker Bode Rubright on this play, but Rubright scored from the top of the box in the waning seconds of regulation to force overtime. The young Tigers lost despite a stirring comeback in what was their opener, but showed they would be a force to be reckoned with and earned the No. 4 seed in Division I. Independent file photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — Every time our photographers and I go out to cover a game, a match or a meet we never know what we’ll see. OK, some games are duds. Once I covered a softball game at VUHS against Mount Abraham 20 years ago. Both programs have excelled since and have produced many entertaining, well-played contests (one to be discussed here), but this was a down year. The pitchers combined for three dozen walks, 18 in one particularly gruesome half-inning. The scorebook evidence remains in a desk drawer in the Independent office. It was one of the most painful high school athletic events I’ve...
MIDDLBURY — The Vermont State Women’s Golf Association sponsored a “State Day” competition at Ralph Myhre Golf Course in Middlebury on June 22. Local standouts in that competition were: Flight 2 - 2nd Place Gross: Susan Rand. Flight 3 - 1st Place Gross: Nicole Laberge. Flight 4 - 4th Place Gross: Giselle Lafleche. Flight 3 - 1st Place Net: Eva Mastalos. Flight 3 - 1st Place Net: Marilyn O’Keefe.
WEST HAVEN — Justin Stone added a piece to his family’s motorsports history on Saturday at Devil’s Bowl Speedway. The third-generation Middlebury driver picked up his first Sportsman Modified victory at the annual Brown’s Quarried Slate/Brown’s Orchard & Farm Stand Night event. The night’s highlights also included a feature win by Chuck Bradford of Addison. Stone was the star, but only in the final 10 circuits of the 30-lap main event. Bristol’s Josh Masterson, who had suffered through three straight races with electrical problems, started on the pole position and led the first 20 laps in...
MONTPELIER — Vermont’s muzzleloader season antlerless deer permit applications are still available online for a while longer at Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s website and from license agents. Hunting for antlerless deer will be allowed statewide during the archery season. One deer of either sex will be allowed during the October 23-24 youth and novice weekend hunt. The muzzleloader seasons on October 28-31 and December 4-12 will have antlerless permits available for 19 of Vermont’s 21 Wildlife Management Units. Landowners who post their land may not apply for a landowner priority muzzleloader...

ROW ADVENTURE RAFTS wait to be loaded for the start of Day 3 of our columnist’s float down the Snake River this summer. Photo by Matthew Dickerson
Hell’s Canyon. With 8,000 feet of elevation difference between river level and the highest peaks of the enclosing ridgelines, it’s the deepest river gorge in North America — even deeper (and wider at the brim) than the Grand Canyon. It’s also the terminus of the Salmon River, the longest undammed river in the Lower 48. Cutting through the heart of this majestic and awe-inspiring canyon is the Snake River. After leaving Wyoming, where it has gathered waters from the mountains of Grand Teton National Park and Bridger-Teton National Forest, the Snake briefly turns northwest and picks up...

SENIOR ATTACKER SYDNEY Weber led the VUHS-Mount Abe cooperative girls’ team in goals this season and played a major role in their midfield transition. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — There were titles won — notably by two Vergennes senior runners — but the best part of the 2021 high school sports spring season was, well, that there was a season. The spreading COVID-19 pandemic wiped out high school sports in spring 2020, but starting in mid-April this year, high school athletes hit homers, struck out batters, saved shots, flung discuses and Frisbees, ran races and passed batons, and struck volleys for winners. OK, let’s be real: Sometimes they struck out with the bases loaded, booted grounders, shot wide and missed catches, dropped Frisbees or batons, and...
WESTMINSTER — A big inning in each game in a Friday doubleheader propelled the North to a doubleheader sweep of the South in the 2021 Vermont Baseball Coaches Association North-South Senior Classic Friday night at Bellows Falls Union High’s Hadley Field. The North won the opener, 11-3, and the second game, 12-1. In the opener, the North scored two in the first, six in the second, two in the third, and one in the fourth. Justis Orton of Enosburg and Shreyas Parikh of Mount Mansfield each hit a pair of RBI singles, and doubles by Ryan Eaton of Champlain Valley, and Spaulding’s Zack Stabell and...
BRISTOL — The Sodbusters Horseshoe Pitching Club’s annual Father’s Day Open this past Sunday drew 50 participants to the club’s Bristol courts. Gale Greene held off a challenge from Brian Simmons to win the Class A competition with a 7-0 record. Greene pitched ringers more than 69% of the time, and Simmons pitched 67% ringers in compiling a 6-1 record. The winners and others placing (including won-loss record and ringer percentage), were: CLASS A: 1. Gale Greene, 7-0, 69.77; 2. Brian Simmons, 6-1, 67.18; 3. Kevin Fisher, 5-2, 52.40; 4. Brandyn Lebarron, 4-3, 47.59; 5. Nate Pelletier, 3-4, 49....
MIDDLBURY — The quartet of Chuck Beazley, Michael Schoenfeld, Chris Prickitt and Larry Duffany prevailed in a well-attended afternoon of Thursday Bill Davidson Men’s Golf on June 17. In all 40 participants showed up. Taking second was the foursome of Doc Seubert, Jim Johnston, Dayton Wakefield and Fred Belanger. The team of Jim Dayton, Mike Davis, Jim Hadeka and John Illick finished third. Prickitt shot the day’s best net score.
HANOVER, N.H. — Despite the efforts of 10 local senior high school lacrosse athletes selected for the matches, New Hampshire senior lacrosse all-stars swept their Vermont counterparts in Saturday’s Byrne Cup Twin State All-Star Lacrosse Games. The New Hampshire boys prevailed, 15-10, and the Granite State girls won, 19-5. A major reason the boys’ game was closer was the work of Middlebury Union goalie Jack Rizzo, who made 28 saves for Vermont and was awarded a game ball by Coach Ryan Fitzpatrick of Colchester. Essex midfielder Christopher Davis, who scored twice, also earned a game ball....

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