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Tiger striker Alex Bleich, who scored twice in Friday’s Division II quarterfinal game, battles with Woodstock defender Charles Greene in the first half. MUHS won the home game, 4-1. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The No. 4 Middlebury Union High School boys’ soccer team dominated No. 5 Woodstock in a quarterfinal game this past Friday, controlling the ball and outshooting the Wasps, 31-4, in a 4-1 victory. The 7-2-1 Tigers, reloading after heavy graduation losses from the group that reached the 2019 final, are happy to be gelling in the playoffs despite the team’s new identity and the pandemic-shortened season. Senior co-captain Alex Bleich, whose two goals late in Friday’s first half broke the ice, summed up. “This team is amazing. The way that we were able to rebound after losing all the...

MOUNT ABRAHAM’S CARLY Rougier loses her stick and goes flying in a clash with Hartford midfielder Jasmine Jenkins in the first half of Friday’s game in Bristol. Jenkins was called for a penalty and the Eagles went on to win, 2-1. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — After the Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team’s 8-2 victory over visiting Woodstock in Tuesday’s Division II semifinal, senior defensive midfielder Liz Porter took a moment to reflect on a season that began with uncertainty amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite a late start to the season, the doubt whether there would even be a season, and a short preseason for a young team — Porter, a co-captain, is essentially the team’s only senior starter — the fall is ending where it often does for Eagle field hockey, with a trip to the D-II final. They will face. No. 2 Burr &...
ADDISON COUNTY — As the high school football postseason opened on Tuesday, the season came to an end for both Middlebury and Otter Valley in Rutland Region play.  The 4-4 Mount Abraham-Vergennes cooperative team is scheduled to open the playoffs in the Burlington Region on Friday. The Eagles drew the No. 5 seed out of the hat and will visit No. 4 Essex at 4 p.m. TIGERS Host No. 4 Fair Haven made it a season sweep of the No. 5 Tigers with a 31-7 victory on Tuesday. The Slaters took a 24-0 halftime lead and picked off six passes, two each by Kohlby Murray and Sawyer Ramey. Ramey tossed three...

MOUNT ABE DEFENDER Elena Bronson heads the ball clear during the second half of Friday’s home loss to visiting Vergennes. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — Vergennes, the No. 4 seed in Division III, was the only winner as the girls’ soccer playoffs opened on Tuesday and Wednesday. COMMODORES VUHS got past visiting No. 13 Peoples, 2-1, on Tuesday. The 5-2-3 Commodores took a 2-0 lead on goals by Felicia Poirier and Sydney Weber, and Peoples scored with 12 minutes to go. Kate Gosliga made three saves for VUHS, and Josephine Simone made five for the 2-6 visitors. VUHS will host No. 5 Green Mountain Union (8-4) at 11 a.m. on Saturday in a quarterfinal. OTTERS In D-II No. 6 Milton (8-2) ousted No. 11 OV, 4-1. Mia Politano ...

MOUNT ABE’S AVA Konczal harries Hartford defender Grace Gardner in the second half of the Eagles’ 2-1 home win on Friday. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — As the Division II postseason got under way top-seeded Mount Abraham won its opener and No. 7 Otter Valley worked hard to oust No. 10 Middlebury before running into No. 2 Burr & Burton in a quarterfinal matchup.  Mount Abe also hosted No. 4 Woodstock on Tuesday; see story on Page 1B. EAGLES ADVANCE On this past Friday No. 1 Mount Abe survived a challenge from No. 8 Hartford to win, 2-1. The Hurricanes took the lead two minutes in on an Alice Piper goal. Maddie Gile equalized for the Eagles as they gradually asserted themselves, and Molly Laurent’s unassisted goal 2:20...
Here's what happened in Addison County high school sports this past week. See below for this week's schedule of games and events. *** SCOREBOARD HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Field Hockey Division II Playoffs 10/22 #7 OV vs. #10 MUHS.......... 1-0 (2OT) 10/23 #1 Mt. Abe vs. #8 Hartford............. 2-1 10/26 #2 BBA vs. #7 OV.......................... 4-0 10/26 #1 Mt. Abe vs. #4 Woodstock........ 8-2 10/27 #2 BBA vs. #3 U-32........................ 7-0 Football 10/21 Rutland vs. MUHS............. 23-20 (OT) 10/21 Fair Haven vs. OV...................... 35-19 10/23 Hartford vs. MUHS..................... ...

FRANK GRANT IS considered the best of the 19th-century Black ballplayers and was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2006. In 1887, while playing for Buffalo, he led the International League in batting with a .353 average. Grant played in Middlebury in 1893 and ’94 for the Cuban Giants against the college boys.
Editor’s note: This is the latest in a series inspired by the centennial this year of baseball’s Negro Leagues. Baseball, the American version of the British games of cricket and rounders, began in an organized fashion in the United States with actual contests in the 1840s. By the time of the Civil War, “base ball” (two words in those days) was a big deal in the U.S.  In the Civil War, both the Union and Confederate armies played the game in their ample downtime. It was a favorite pastime for Black soldiers too: 180,000 freed slaves fought for the North. After the war, these soldiers...

MT. ABE'S MADISON Gile’s shot beats Hartford High School goalie Bailey Cameron to tie Friday's game at 1-1 in the first half as Eagle teammates Sarah Heath (8) and Carly Rougier (4) watch. The Eagles scored again in the second half to win 2-1 in Bristol.
ADDISON COUNTY — Highlights in high school sports action late last week include the top-seeded Mount Abraham field hockey team advancing in the Division II playoffs and key wins for the Vergennes girls’ soccer and cooperative Eagle-Commodore football teams.  Sport by sport, here’s what happened: FIELD HOCKEY On Friday in the D-II field hockey playoffs No. 1 Mount Abe survived a challenge from No. 8 Hartford to win 2-1. The Hurricanes took the lead two minutes in on an Alice Piper goal. Maddie Gile equalized for the Eagles as they gradually asserted themselves, and Molly Laurent’s unassisted...

The Mount Abe and Vergennes Union High School girls' soccer teams faced each other this past Friday, when the Commodores came out on top, 1-0. Vergennes is the No. 4 seed in the playoffs and Mount Abe is No. 14. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ soccer team earned its first-ever No. 1 seed when the Vermont Principals’ Association released soccer pairings Monday morning, while the Commodore girls' and Middlebury boys' soccer programs also will host games after receiving No. 4 seeds. After getting a first-round bye, the 7-1-1 Commodore boys will begin their quest for a Division III title on Friday at 3 p.m. They will play either No. 8 Mill River (6-4) or No. 9 Hazen (4-3). Also in D-III the Otter Valley boys (3-5) received the No. 10 seed and will visit No. 7 Enosburg on Tuesday at...
BRISTOL — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ soccer team has boldly gone where no team in the program has gone before — to the top seed in a boys’ soccer postseason tournament. Host Mount Abraham on Saturday made sure the final steps on that journey didn’t come easily, scoring two goals 20 seconds apart in the game’s 69th minute to cut the Commodores’ lead to 3-2. But the Commodores righted the ship and controlled most of the final 10 minutes to finish the game with a 3-2 wing and finished the shortened season with a 7-1-1 record, good enough because of a tougher schedule to edge out No. 2...

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