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MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School sophomore Cady Pitner drives past Mount Mansfield’s Jada Diamond to set up a Tiger attack in the first quarter of Thursday’s game won by the visiting Cougars, 51-46. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — In the past week in high school girls’ basketball actions, Vergennes, Middlebury and Otter Valley all won at least once, but Mount Abraham came up short in its only game. COMMODORES On Feb. 25 the VUHS girls edged visiting Colchester, 49-45. Key in the VUHS win was an 18-for-25 performance from the free-throw line, led by Kate Gosliga, who sank 12 of 14. Gosliga scored 18 in all, while Felicia Poirier added eight and Hannah Kelly chipped in seven. The Division I Lakers, led by Nicole Norse’s 13 points, fell to 2-3.  On Tuesday the Commodores improved to 6-0 with a 50-39...

EAGLE SENIOR FORWARD Koby LaRose defends against MUHS sophomore center Penn Riney during Friday night’s boys’ basketball game at Mount Abe. LaRose led the Eagles with 15 points. Photo by Mark Bouvier
ADDISON COUNTY — Middlebury won to highlight recent local high school boys’ basketball play. In games the Independent covered with full write-ups, the Vergennes boys hosted Harwood on Monday, and MUHS visited Mount Abraham on Feb. 26; see stories in this section.  OTTERS-TIGERS On Monday, the Tigers bolted to an 18-4 lead on the way to a 56-41 victory over the host Otters. Max Alberts paced MUHS with 19 as the Tigers evened their record at 3-3. Hayden Bernhardt led the 0-5 Otters with 15 points and added 10 rebounds. On  Feb. 25, visiting Mount St. Joseph took a 10-0 lead en route to a 55-...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team split a pair of games last week and stood at 3-2 heading into a Wednesday visit from Stowe. The Tigers will host South Burlington at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. On Feb. 24, the Tigers spotted visiting U-32 two goals in the first 3:04, but roared back for an 8-2 victory. The Tigers tied the game at 2-2 after one period, went ahead on an Ella Tucker goal in the second period, and then scored five times in the third period. Tucker led the way with three goals and an assist, and other scoring contributors were Hana Doria and Channing...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team split a pair of games last week and stood at 4-1 heading into a scheduled Wednesday game at Rutland. The Tigers are set to visit Burlington on Saturday. In a Feb. 24 battle of the unbeaten, host Burr & Burton edged the Tigers, 2-1. Joey Niemo, assisted by Tucker Stearns, gave the Tigers the lead in the second period, but Bulldog Dominick Micelli equalized later in the period. BBA’s Max Brownlee netted the game-winner midway through the third. Tiger goalie Giles Heilman made 24 saves, while BBA goalie Michael Hornby made 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 Boys’ Hockey 2/24 Burr & Burton vs. MUHS...Canceled 2/27 MUHS at Mt. Mansfield.............. 3-1 3/3 MUHS at Rutland............... Canceled Girls’ Hockey 2/24 MUHS vs. U-32.......................... 8-2 2/27 Harwood/Nfield vs. MUHS......... 4-3 3/3 Stowe at MUHS................. Canceled Girls’ Basketball 2/25 Enosburg at Mt. Abe........ Canceled 2/25 Mt. Mansfield at MUHS.......... 51-46 2/25 VUHS vs. Colchester...

THE RINK IN the center of the Middlebury College campus was set up in 1980 as an antidote to a winter of bad skiing conditions. Photo courtesy of Middlebury College Archives
Driving down Route 125, College Street, as I do most days, I noticed a temporary structure had gone up in the middle of the Middlebury College campus. It’s a “winterized tent” where “students can hang out” in this pandemic-compromised winter, with an adjacent skating rink. As President Laurie Patton explained in the Independent on Feb. 18: “We are embracing cold weather and everything wonderful about Vermont.” Do the students making use of this space for social and recreational purposes understand they are on historic, if not hallowed, college ground? The scene transports me back to the...

TIGER SOPHOMORE MAX Alberts takes it to the hoop for two of his 19 points in the Tiger boys’ 64-59 victory over the host Eagles on Friday night. The Tigers avenged a 14-point home loss to Mount Abe three days earlier. Photo by Mark Bouvier
BRISTOL — On Feb. 23 the Middlebury Union High School boys’ basketball team struggled offensively in a 58-44 home loss to Mount Abraham. Three days later — this past Friday — the Tigers scored 20 points more at Mount Abe in a hard-fought, 64-59 victory over those same Eagles. The secret? MUHS Coach John Howe said there was better team chemistry, and on Friday the Tigers moved the ball better and finished with assists on about half of their 23 buckets. As they snapped a three-game skid and moved to 2-3, Howe was also pleased the Tigers showed good effort, had fun playing, and didn’t hang their...

Middlebury Union High School’s Fairley Olson (32) and Ivy Doran (12) guard the home basket in the first quarter on Thursday. The visiting Cougars from Mount Mansfield Union High School outlasted the Tigers to win the game, 51-46. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school sports late last week the Vergennes girls’ basketball team kept rolling and the Middlebury hockey teams each split a pair of games while maintaining winning records. But Tiger girls’ hoop, and Commodore and Otter Valley boys’ basketball came up short.GIRLS’ BASKETBALL The Vergennes Union High School girls moved to 5-0 by edging visiting Colchester, 49-45, in a game played in the Little City this past Thursday, Feb. 25. Key in the VUHS win was an 18-for-25 performance from the free-throw line, led by Kate Gosliga, who sank 12 of 14. Gosliga scored 18 in...

TIGER GUARD GABE Dunn tips the ball away from Mount Abe forward Lucas Jensen in the second quarter of Tuesday’s game in Middlebury, won 58-44 by the visitors from Bristol. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The visiting Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ basketball team used tough defense, transition offense and ball movement to surprise host Middlebury on Tuesday, 58-44. The 2-2 Eagles forced 20 turnovers in both man defense and a 1-2-2 press they turned into a dozen fast-break points. Mount Abe received at least four points from seven players, led by senior forward Quincy Cook’s game-high 16, including a breakaway dunk. Most importantly, said Coach Martin Clark, they bounced back from two vacation-week losses by moving their feet and playing hard. “That’s the biggest thing. We...
ADDISON COUNTY — Local high school boys’ basketball teams hit a tough stretch in recent action, as Middlebury, Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Otter Valley all came up short.  The Tigers hosted the Eagles on Tuesday; see story on Page 1B. TIGERS Visiting Division-I BFA-St. Albans picked up a big win on Saturday vs. the Tiger boys, 69-47. Justin Brown led the Bobwhites with 18 points. Karic Riche (16 points) and Max Alberts (11) hit double figures for the Tigers, who dropped to 1-2 heading into Tuesday vs. the Eagles. EAGLES On Friday, Feb. 19, host North Country ran away from the Eagle boys...

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