MATTHEW DICKERSON, LEFT, his fishing guide Steve, and Deborah Dickerson pose at a pier in southern Alabama recently showing off their catch from Mobile Bay. Photo courtesy of Matt Dickerson
Standing on a rocky shore beneath the shadow of a massive dam, I drifted small nymphs in slow-moving water that looked chest deep. A couple fish rose sporadically some distance upriver, mostly against the wooded bank on the far shore. One trout with a scarred back cruised past and disappeared downstream. Nothing showed interest in my fly. After an hour, Brandon Jackson, my guide from Riverside Fly Shop, moved us downriver, around the next bend and out of sight of the dam. The river was much shallower here, flowing swiftly over riffles and through thigh-deep pools. To me, it looked much...

EAGLE AND TIGER players buzz around the Middlebury cage as Tiger midfielder Lois Alberts, right, moves to clear the ball during the first half of Thursday’s Division II quarterfinal in Bristol. Mount Abe won, 2-0, and will play No. 3 Hartford in a Wednesday semifinal in South Burlington. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — The defending Division II champion Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team on Thursday cleared its first playoff hurdle, but visiting No. 7 Middlebury set the bar high for the No. 2 Eagles. Ultimately, the Eagles created more pressure that translated into 23 penalty corners, and two of them paid off with Molly Laurent and Sydney Perlee goals as they came away with a 2-0 victory. The veteran Eagle defense of Maizy Shepard in the middle and Camille Lyons on the flanks also excelled in disrupting the Tigers’ transition attack as Mount Abe (9-3-2) posted its third shutout in...

MUHS SENIOR DEFENDER Devon Kearns heads away a first-half corner kick in front of Mount Abe’s Silas Burgess (10) and Tanner Harris (6) during the first half of the Tigers’ 3-0 win over the Eagles at Fucile Field in a Division II quarterfinal Friday. The second-seeded Tigers will host a semifinal on Tuesday at 3 p.m. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Friday’s Division II high school boys’ soccer quarterfinal saw No. 2 Middlebury host No. 10 Mount Abraham in the fall’s third meeting of the two teams. Like the first two times, the 13-3 Tigers prevailed, this time by 3-0. But it wasn’t easy against the 9-5-2 Eagles, who battled MUHS to a scoreless first-half stalemate. Statistically, Mount Abe had a slight edge in the first half: Shots (four apiece) and saves (one each) were even, while the Eagles earned more corners (3-1). But the ball rolled the Tigers’ way after the break. Pressure keyed by the Tiger midfield led to goals by...

SENIOR MIDFIELDER LEAH Croke moves in to block a pass from a Windsor player during a Division III quarterfinal on Wednesday. Croke scored a goal early in the 6-1 game. Courtesy of Bill Clark
VERGENNES — The No. 2 Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team dismissed visiting No. 10 Windsor, 6-1, in a Division III quarterfinal on Wednesday. The Commodores improved to 10-4-1 with the win over the 8-7-1 Jacks and will next host No. 3 Leland & Gray (14-2) on Wednesday at 3 p.m. VUHS did not meet Leland & Gray this season, but L&G twice faced Windsor, defeating the Jacks both times, 3-1. L&G also twice played the Commodores’ first-round playoff foe, Bellows Falls, defeating the Terriers by 10-0 at home and 2-0 on the road. The Commodores outshot the Terriers by 39-0...
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ soccer team began this season talking of realistic hopes of winning the Division II championship. The group included 10 seniors, many who helped the Eagles reach semifinals in 2017 and 2018. But the dream didn’t come true: On Saturday No. 7 seed Harwood (8-5) cashed in on its chances and upset the host No. 2 Eagles, 3-1, in a quarterfinal. The 13-4 Eagles outshot the Highlanders, 15-7, but Harwood scored twice on just three second-half shots to snap a 1-1 tie. Coach Dustin Corrigan afterward told a tale as old as soccer about certain...
BRANDON — The top-seeded Otter Valley Union High School field hockey team turned aside visiting No. 8 St. Johnsbury, 2-0, in a Division II quarterfinal. The Otters improved to 12-2 and will take on No. 4 Burr & Burton in a Wednesday semifinal. That game will be played at 5:15 p.m. on South Burlington’s turf field. The 9-6 Bulldogs should pose a challenge: They reached the 2018 final, defeated OV in overtime in Brandon this season, and also play their home games on a turf surface. St. Johnsbury (7-5-3) did not pose too tough a test for the Otters. The OV defense limited the Hilltoppers to...
MIDDLEBURY — The host No. 2 Middlebury Union High School football team turned back stubborn No. 4 BFA-St. Albans, 9-0, in a Division I quarterfinal on a wet Friday night. The Tigers improved to 9-0 and will host No. 3 Burr & Burton (8-1) this Friday at 7 p.m., while the Bobwhites dropped to 4-5. No. 1 St. Johnsbury (9-0) will host No. 5 Essex (6-3), a winner over No. 4 Rutland, in the other D-I semifinal. Rutland High School will host the final on Nov. 9 at a time to be announced. On this past Friday BFA controlled the ball in the first half, running 35 plays to the Tigers’ 18 and...
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.   *** SCOREBOARD HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Field Hockey Division II Playoffs 10/24 #2 Mt. Abe vs. #7 MUHS.......... 2-0 10/25 #1 OV vs. #8 St. J.................... 2-0 Football Division I Playoffs 10/25 #2 MUHS vs. #7 St. Albans...... 9-0 Division III Playoffs 10/26 #3 OV vs. #6 Oxbow........... 39-26 Girls’ Soccer Division II Playoffs 10/23 #2 Mt. Abe vs. #15 OV............. 6-0 10/26 #7 Harwood vs. #2 Mt. Abe...... 3-1 Division III Playoffs 10/26 #2 VUHS vs...

VERGENNES SENIOR CENTRAL defender Sophie Hatch controls the ball under pressure during the Commodores’ first-round home Division III playoff game on Tuesday. No. 2 VUHS defeated No. 15 Bellows Falls, 2-0. Hatch and her fellow defenders did not allow the Terriers to fire a shot at the Commodore goal. Photo by Holly Weber
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team, seeded No. 2 in Division II, had a little bit of trouble putting the ball in the net against visiting No. 15 Bellows Falls on Tuesday, but overall had little trouble with the 2-13 Terriers: VUHS outshot them by 39-0 in a 2-0 victory. The Commodores, seeking a return to the D-III final for the second straight season, improved to 9-4-1 and will host a quarterfinal on Saturday at 1 p.m. Their opponent will be No. 10 Windsor (8-6-1) an upset winner over defending champion and No. 7 seed Oxbow (9-5-1). EAGLES OVER OTTERS Two of the...

MUHS SENIOR FORWARD Phoebe Smith moves around Brattleboro goalie Brittney Wright during the Tiger field hockey team’s first-round Division II playoff victory on Thursday. Smith scored a goal as the No. 7 Tigers defeated the visiting No. 10 Colonels, 3-1. The Tigers are set to visit No. 2 Mount Abraham for a quarterfinal at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — As the Division II high school field hockey playoffs opened on Tuesday, No. 2 Middlebury turned back No. 10 Brattleboro, 3-1, in a first-round game. Meanwhile, as expected, the 11-2 Otter Valley and 9-3-2 Mount Abraham teams earned D-II’s Nos. 1 and 2 seeds, respectively. The defending champion Eagles will now host the Tigers at 3:30 p.m. on this Thursday in a quarterfinal. The winner of that game will probably face No. 3 Hartford (10-3-1) in a semifinal early next week. Semifinals will be played on neutral-site artificial turf fields; the sites and times have yet to be...


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