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10/31/2019
CHESTER — Host No. 4 Green Mountain Union on Friday, Oct. 25, outlasted the Vergennes Union High School boys’ soccer team, 2-1, in a Division III quarterfinal. The loss snapped the Commodores’ four-game winning streak, during which they had outscored their opposition, 25-0. Coach Kevin Hayes said they had opportunities in a game in which they earned a 10-8 edge in shots on goal. “We did not capitalize on some great chances,” Hayes said. Jonah Mahé scored for VUHS, assisted by Jonathan Willis. Everett Mosher and James Anderson each recorded a goal and an assist for GMU (11-5). Anderson’s goal...
10/31/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s soccer team picked up a road win and a home tie in recent action and finished in second place in NESCAC with a 6-1-3 league mark, a point behind first-place Tufts. The Panthers are 11-1-3 overall. Middlebury will host the No. 7 seed in the NESCAC playoffs on Saturday at noon, with that team to be determined in games played after the deadline for this issue. On Saturday, Oct. 26, Virginia Charman scored with 2:16 left in regulation to give the Panthers a 1-0 victory over host Tufts (10-2-2, 6-2-1). Both teams had chances throughout, for the Panthers...
10/31/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s soccer team concluded its regular season with a road loss and a home tie in recent action. The Panthers (7-2-6, 3-2-5 NESCAC) earned the No. 6 seed for the league playoffs and will open on the road on Saturday vs. third-seeded Connecticut (10-3-2, 6-2-2 NESCAC). On this past Saturday host Tufts (10-2-2, 6-1-2 NESCAC) topped the Panthers in overtime, 2-1. Jumbo Joe Braun knocked in a corner kick in overtime for the game-winner.  After a scoreless first half, Middlebury went on top in the 13th minute of the second half when Drew Goulart netted a free...
10/31/2019
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) Girls’ Soccer Division III Playoffs 10/30 #2 VUHS vs. #3 L. & Gray........ 2-1 Boys’ Soccer Division II Playoffs 10/29 #2 MUHS  vs. #3 Harwood.......... 2-1 (OT) COLLEGE SPORTS Field Hockey 10/29 Midd. vs. Williams.................... 2-1 Men’s Soccer 10/29 Midd. vs....

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
10/31/2019
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
10/28/2019
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
10/28/2019
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
10/28/2019
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...
10/28/2019
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...
10/28/2019
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...

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