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ADDISON COUNTY — In local field hockey play between Sept. 22 and 28, Mount Abraham split two games, including absorbing its first loss; Otter Valley won its only outing; and Middlebury came up short at home. The Tigers also hosted Essex on Saturday; see story on Page 1B. EAGLES On Sept. 23 visiting Division I power South Burlington dealt Mount Abe its first loss, 2-1. The Eagles earned a 12-7 margin in shots on goal over the Wolves, but SB goalie Izzy Redzic had 11 saves. Abby Guenther and Reese Barley tallied for the Wolves. Madison Gile, assisted by Molly Laurent, scored for Mount Abe,...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School placed second among four teams on Sept. 22 while hosting a nine-hole match at Ralph Myhre golf course. Colchester fired a collective 162 to win handily, with two Laker golfers tying for medalist honors at 39. Tiger Colin MacGuffie was not far off that pace, firing a 43 to lead MUHS, which finished second at 202. Milton (205) was third, and Vergennes (220) was fourth. Also competing for MUHS were Owen Hamilton (51), Ben Fuller and Riley Disorda (each scoring at 54), and Shannon Gillett. Benjamin Hale led the Commodores with a 43, Quinn LeBeau shot a 49...
ADDISON COUNTY — County rivalry games highlighted the high school boys’ soccer schedule between Sept. 22 and Sept. 28, as Mount Abraham edged Middlebury, and Vergennes and MUHS settled for a tie. In other games, the undefeated Commodores picked up two shutout wins, the Eagles split two games, the Tigers picked up a big win, and Otter Valley suffered two close losses. TIGERS-COMMODORES On Tuesday host VUHS and the Tigers battled to a 1-1 tie. Oakley Francis gave the Commodores the early lead on a feed from Shamus Rooney, while Eliot Schneider equalized for MUHS before halftime. Owen Lawton...
WOODSTOCK — The Otter Valley Union High School boys’ golf team was edged by Woodstock on Sept. 22 for the Southern Vermont Conference Championship, 176-180. The match was played at the Woodstock Country Club, the Wasps’ home course. Two Otters, Lucas Politano and Matt Bryant, earned All-Conference honors after pacing the Otters. Politano’s score of 40 was just two shots off the co-medalist scores submitted by Woodstock’s Ethan Dean and Joseph Barwood of the non-scoring Hartford squad, while Bryant fired a 42. Also scoring for OV were Jordan Beayon (47) and Thomas Politano (51). Long Trail (...
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School football team improved to 4-0 on Saturday by defeating visiting Mill River, 37-6, before a big crowd in the Otters’ homecoming game. The victory set up a key Division II clash this coming Saturday at Markowski Field: Windsor, also 4-0, will visit OV at 1 p.m. The Otters took control against the winless Minutemen by scoring on two early possessions. On the first drive quarterback Luca Polli completed passes to Keevon Parks and Isaac Whitney on the march to set up at two-yard Brady Diaz touchdown run. Whitney ran in the two-point conversion. Polli...
Here's what happened in Addison County sports recently. See below for the schedule of upcoming games and events.   *** SCOREBOARD HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Football 9/24 Spaulding vs. Mt. Abe..........  26-16 9/24 MUHS vs. Hartford................... 15-7 9/25 OV vs. Mill River....................... 37-6 Field Hockey 9/23 MMU vs. MUHS.......................... 3-0 9/23 SBHS vs. Mt. Abe ...................... 2-1 9/25 Essex vs. MUHS ....................... 5-1 9/25 OV vs. Springfield..................... 11-0 9/27 Mt. Abe vs. CVU ........................ 2-1 9/29 MUHS at Essex...

MIDDLEBURY PLACEKICKER ANDREW Haas adds the final point to Middlebury’s 24-0 defeat of Bates last Saturday before a packed house at Youngman Field. Our columnist discusses his shared loyalty to the two schools as reflected in experience of football.
Last Saturday, I ventured to the Middlebury-Bates football game, the first athletic event at the college I have attended in more than year and a half. I was exhilarated by the game, not so much because the Panthers won, though that is always gratifying — just by being there, so happy to be there, outside, released into God’s green acre on a beautiful early fall day, cloudless skies, temperatures in the 70s. I was hardly alone in that sense of exhilarating release. I had plenty of company, there with an estimated 2,650 other folks, all in a mood apparently as festive as mine, as large a crowd...
SCOREBOARD HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Football 9/24 Spaulding vs. Mt. Abe..........  26-16 9/24 MUHS vs. Hartford.................... 15-7 9/25 OV vs. Mill River...................... 37-6 Field Hockey 9/23 MMU vs. MUHS.......................... 3-0 9/23 SBHS vs. Mt. Abe ...................... 2-1 9/25 Essex vs. MUHS ....................... 5-1 9/25 OV vs. Springfield.................... 11-0 Girls’ Soccer 9/23 Mt. Abe vs. Milton....................... 1-0 9/24 Rice vs. MUHS........................... 2-1 9/25 MSJ vs. OV................................ 4-2 9/25 VUHS vs. GMVS...

THE TIGERS, INCLUDING junior defensive end Penn Riney (#10) swarm Hartford back Trenton Bird in the end zone for a crucial safety during their 15-7 home victory on Friday night. MUHS will host undefeated Rutland this Friday. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School football team thrust itself back into the middle of the Division I title discussion on Friday, when the Tigers knocked off previously unbeaten Hartford, 15-7. Both teams are now 3-1. Friday’s solid all-around effort, which was capped by a two-touchdown fourth quarter, followed a dispiriting loss at BFA-St. Albans the week before in which the Tigers turned the ball over six times. The Tigers also had to shrug off adversity during Friday’s game when they fumbled on the Hartford 1-yard line late in the first half while trailing, 7-0. And senior...

TIGER DEFENDER KASSIDY Brown leaps above Mount Abe's Louisa Painter in the second half of the Eagles’ 1-0 home loss to the Tigers on Tuesday. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — It often seems to be the case that records mean little when county teams collide. The Middlebury girls’ soccer team came to Bristol on Tuesday at 3-1-1 to face 0-4 Mount Abraham, but it didn’t take long for the Tigers to learn the feisty Eagles would give them all they could handle. Ultimately, MUHS prevailed in the Division II matchup, but it took 3:18 of overtime and a perfect penalty kick by senior Ivy Doran to produce the Tigers’ 1-0 victory. That came after the Eagles — whose losses had all come to strong D-I programs — for the most part relentlessly disrupted the Tigers’...

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