BULLDOG DEFENDER MARK Cathy can’t stop Tiger senior Thatcher Trudeau from running into the end zone at the end of the first quarter of Friday’s Division I semifinal. Visiting Burr & Burton (9-1) dealt the Tigers their first loss, 54-39. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Entering Friday night’s Division I semifinal, the Middlebury Union High School football team had surrendered only 99 points in its nine games, all wins. The Tigers had allowed only one team to score as many as 20 points, and that was back on Sept. 6. They pitched a shutout in their quarterfinal home victory over St. Albans, and had held five straight foes to 14 points or fewer. But the second-seeded Tigers had not played No. 3 Burr & Burton (9-1) and quarterback Joey McCoy. At 9:52 of the second quarter the Bulldogs’ McCoy had already thrown three touchdown passes to John...
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 D-II Semifinals at S. Burlington 10/30 #1 OV vs. #4 B & Brton.... 3-2 (OT) 10/30 #2 Mt. Abe vs. #3 Hartford........ 2-1 (OT) Division II Final at UVM 11/2 #2 Mt. Abe vs. #1 OV................. 1-0 Football D-I Semifinal at MUHS 11/1 #3 Burr & Burton vs. #2 MUHS....... 54-39 D-III Semifinal at MUHS 11/1 #2 Fairfax vs. #3 OV................ 20-6 Girls’ Soccer Division III Semifinal 10/30 #2 VUHS vs...

MIDDLEBURY SENIOR EBEN Jackson shows trickery to beat a Harwood defender before laying off the ball to Alex Bleich whose cross was fired home by Andy Giorgio for the Tigers’ first goal in their 2-1 home win on Tuesday. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — It took 82 minutes and 54 seconds, a lot of gritty defense, and an accurate finish after a little bit of a lucky bounce for the Middlebury Union High School boys’ soccer team to make history on Tuesday afternoon with a 2-1 victory. That finish came from Tiger junior striker Alex Bleich with 2:54 gone in overtime in a Division II semifinal, and it sent MUHS to the program’s first-ever boys’ soccer final. The 14-3 Tigers, seeded No. 2, will take on No. 1 Stowe (16-0-1), the favorite since Raiders moved up to D-II this fall after winning seven straight D-III titles. The final will...

VUHS GIRLS’ SOCCER goalie Kate Gosliga made seven saves, two on second-half breakaways, in the Commodores’ 2-1 semifinal win over visiting Leland & Gray on Wednesday. No. 2 VUHS will face No. 1 Thetford for the D-III title on Saturday. Elsewhere the No. 1 Otter Valley and No. 2 Mount Abraham field hockey teams also won their semifinals — both in overtime — and will meet for the D-II crown on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Holly Weber
ADDISON COUNTY — Three local high school teams all won playoff semifinals in dramatic fashion on Wednesday and will play in championship games on Saturday. The No. 2 Vergennes Union girls’ soccer team hung on for a 2-1 victory over No. 3 Leland & Gray in a Wednesday afternoon Division III semifinal. The 11-4-1 Commodores advanced to the final for the second straight season. They will play No. 1 Thetford (14-2-1), the defending champion, at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Hartford High School. Later on Wednesday two local field hockey teams prevailed in overtime in separate D-II semifinal games...

VERGENNES UNION HIGH School’s Ben Huston, right, presses the pace during the 5K state championship race at Thetford Academy this past Saturday. The Commodore junior was the top local finisher, placing sixth in Division II. Photo by Joe McVeigh
THETFORD — The Middlebury boys’ and girls’ teams each finished third in Division II in Saturday’s high school cross-country championships hosted by Thetford Academy, while Vergennes junior Ben Huston’s sixth-place finish in the boys’ D-II race topped all local runners’ efforts. U-32 dominated the boys’ race to win with 20 points, followed by five teams that were tightly grouped: Woodstock (95), MUHS (106), Spaulding (122), Harwood (124), and VUHS in sixth with 128. The Mount Abraham boys, led by Liam Davison in 47th, were 11th (284) among 15 scoring teams. MUHS junior Jack Christner finished...
MIDDLEBURY — Because Friday night’s Middlebury Union High School football game is a Vermont Principals’ Association Division I semifinal, normal ticket prices and procedures are not in effect. The cost for general admission tickets to the 7 p.m. semifinal pitting the No. 2 Tigers (9-0) vs. 8-1 Burr & Burton will be $8, or $5 for students and seniors 65 or older. Lines are also expected to be long, and those wishing to shorten their wait may also purchase their tickets in advance online at No. 1 seed St. Johnsbury (9-0) and No. 5 Essex (6-3) are meeting in this...
MIDDLEBURY — In the next-to-last Bill Davidson Thursday Men’s Golf competition of 2019 at Ralph Myhre Golf Course, on Oct. 14, the team of Steve Maier, John Myhre, Mike Davis and Neil Mackey prevailed. Finishing second was the foursome of Matt Biette, Eric Bergland, John Davis and Tom McGinn. Jim Dayton fired the day’s best low net score. Good weather was expected for play this week, but no play will be allowed if frost has settled on the course. The course and pro shop will be open for regular hours through Sunday. After that the course will be open on nice days between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.,...
BRANDON — The No. 3 Otter Valley Union High School football team cruised past visiting No. 6 Oxbow, 39-26, on Saturday in a Division III quarterfinal. The 6-3 Otters will travel this Saturday for a rematch with No. 2 BFA-Fairfax, the team they upset on Oct. 19, 38-36, on the road. That was the 8-1 Bullets’ only loss and knocked them out of first place. OV for the second straight game got four touchdown passes from quarterback Alex Polli. Nate Blake rushed for more than 100 yards and a touchdown and surpassed 1,000 yards for the season during the game. After Oxbow (4-5) cut the score to 21-13...
BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Middlebury College football team rolled past host Bowdoin on Saturday, 47-29, to improve to 7-0 and remain alone on top of the NESCAC standings. With only a Nov. 9 game at Tufts remaining, the Panthers can clinch a share of the league title with a win over visiting Hamilton at 12:30 p.m. this Saturday. With the win at Bowdoin, Panther Coach Bob Ritter saw his record at Middlebury improve to 100-53. The Panthers led by 41-7 after three periods before taking the foot off the gas against the winless Polar Bears.  The Panthers took a 7-0 lead on their second possession,...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College field hockey team split its final two regular season games, with the loss being the defending NESCAC and NCAA Division III champions’ first in 21 outings. The Panthers (14-1, 9-1 NESCAC) will host a NESCAC quarterfinal at 1 p.m. on Saturday, with the opponent depending on the result of a Wednesday night game in which Tufts (8-1 NESCAC) hosts Bowdoin, also 8-1 in league play. If the Polar Bears prevailed the Panthers will be the league tournament’s top seed, while if Tufts won the Jumbos are the top seed and the Panthers are No. 2. On this past Saturday the...


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