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KELSEY ADAMS, PICTURED here in Wednesday’s Division II championship meet in Craftsbury, competed as an independent at the event along with teammate Sarah Calvin. Adams’ better effort came in the freestyle race, in which she finished 39th. Photo by Austin Danforth/Burlington Free Press
CRAFTSBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ team prevailed in a tight three-way duel for third place in Wednesday’s Division II championship meet at the Craftsbury Nordic Center. The U-32 girls joined the Raider boys, who won on Monday, also at Craftsbury, as D-II champions. They scored a combined 61 points in the classic and freestyle races, edging second-place Harwood at 71. The Tigers finished third in the classic and fourth in the freestyle — with Phoebe Hussey pacing the team by taking seventh in both disciplines — to score 141 points. Their finish matched that of the MUHS boys...
SCOREBOARD HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Boys’ Hockey 3/6 Burr & Burton at MUHS..... Canceled 3/10 Harwood vs. MUHS................... 4-1 Girls’ Hockey 3/3 Stowe at MUHS................. Canceled 3/6 Lyndon/NCU vs. MUHS............... 5-1 3/10 S. Burlington vs. MUHS............. 4-3 Girls’ Basketball 3/5 Burlington vs. VUHS................ 59-38 3/5 MUHS vs. Missisquoi............... 54-40 3/5 OV vs. Mill River....................... 70-33 3/5 Colchester vs. Mt. Abe............. 52-43 3/8 MUHS vs. OV........................... 53-32 3/8 VUHS vs. Missisquoi................ 44-36 3/10 U-32 vs. Mt....

Elvis McIntosh powers along the Craftsbury Nordic Center course in this past Monday's state meet. Photo courtesy of Keith Wilkerson
CRAFTSBURY — Despite top-10 finishes by skiers Elvis McIntosh, Jack Christner and Lucas Palcsik on Monday, the Middlebury Union High School boys’ Nordic ski team finished third in the Division II championship meet behind defending champion U-32 and runner-up Craftsbury Academy, the host team at Craftsbury Nordic Center. U-32 cruised to its third-straight D-II title, winning both the skate and classic races to finish with 41 points. Craftsbury, sparked by Aiden Casey’s individual wins in both events, edged the Tigers for second place, 62-63. Those three teams were head and shoulders above the...

IVY DORAN OF Middlebury Union High School notches two points in the first quarter against the visiting Otters on Monday. The Tiger junior scored 14 on the night. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ basketball team has done something that has been rare in recent seasons — gone on a winning streak. On Monday, the Tigers shrugged off an eight-point first-period deficit and knocked off visiting Otter Valley, 53-32, for their third straight win. They also improved to 4-3, cresting .500 for the first time since 2018. And they have a shot at a home Division II playoff game. The Tigers can earn at least a No. 6 seed with a home win over D-III contender Vergennes (7-1) on Thursday in the final regular season game. They could still lose and get...
MIDDLEBURY — COVID-19 protocols limited the Middlebury Union High School hockey schedule last week to only one game played by either the tiger girls’ or boys’ teams. In that Saturday contest visiting North Country/Lyndon remained unbeaten by defeating the Tiger girls’ hockey team, 5-1. Four Falcons scored, led by Clara Andre with two goals, and goalie Courtney Lewis blocked 19 Tiger shots. Channing Brush found the net for the 3-3 Tigers, and goalies Lydia Deppman and Abby Hodsden combined for 31 saves. The Tiger girls’ hockey game scheduled for March 3 and the Tiger boys’ hockey games set for...
ADDISON COUNTY — Vergennes, Middlebury and Otter Valley all posted wins in high school girls’ basketball play during the past week. The Tigers also hosted OV, and Mount Abraham entertained Colchester (see stories in this section). The Eagles were also set to take on U-32 on Wednesday after deadline for this edition. The regular season concludes this week, and the Vermont Principals’ Association will announce playoff pairings early next week. COMMODORES Visiting Division I Burlington on March 5 dealt the VUHS girls their first loss, 59-38. The score was tied at 10-10 after one period, but...
ADDISON COUNTY — Middlebury got past Vergennes, while Mount Abraham split two games and Otter Valley broke into the win column in recent high school boys’ basketball action. MUHS, VUHS and Mount Abe all were set to play on Wednesday night after the deadline for this edition of the Independent. TIGERS-VUHS On March 4 host MUHS overcame a slow start and defeated the visiting Commodores, 60-47. The Tigers got back in the game with a 16-0 run in the second quarter and iced the win with a 14-0 surge in the fourth period. Gabe Dunn led three Tigers in double figures with 17 points, Karic Riche...
I’d seen signs of it for years. One Christmas morning early this millennium when our kids were young, we arrived at the family cabin in Maine for our annual gathering with relatives to find that the lake had not yet frozen over. That being the first time in my life with open water so late in the year, we decided to make it memorable by diving into that open water. And not being real polar bears, we then got out as quickly as we could, ran into the cottage, and warmed up by the fire with hot cocoa. The next morning, a thin layer of ice coated the surface of the lake. New England weather has...

EAGLE SENIOR GUARD Savannah Scrodin (4) drives past two Colchester defenders as another senior, Marley Keith (31), takes position under the basket in the fourth quarter of Mount Abe’s 52-43 home loss on Friday. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team did a lot right vs. visiting Division I Colchester on Friday. Counting team rebounds, the Eagles earned a 39-29 edge on the boards. They had one fewer turnover than the Lakers (20-21), and sank one more free throw (9-8). But the Eagles didn’t shoot well. They hit just 14 shots, compared to the 3-4 Lakers’ 21. The result was a 52-43 Laker victory. Colchester led most of the way, but did not shake the Eagles until late in the fourth quarter. Two free throws from Eagle senior forward Marley Keith followed by a layup from junior...

PANTHER ERIK ARVIDSSON, shown at the 2019 Middlebury Carnival, earned his first World Cup points this weekend when he earned eighth place in a race in Austria. File photo by Benjy Renton
SAALBACH, Austria — Middlebury College skier Erik Arvidsson — the 2016 World Junior Downhill Champion — finished eighth in Saturday’s FIS Ski World Cup downhill race in Saalbach, Austria, scoring his first-ever World Cup points, according to a U.S. Ski Team press release. According to the release, Arvidsson had just earned his second Europa Cup downhill victory, but started from the 34th position in the World Cup event. The U.S. Team press release noted Arvidsson, a junior at Middlebury this past winter, earned his first top-20, first top-15, and first top-10 finishes. According to the press...

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