ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school girls’ soccer action this past week Otter Valley won big at home in its opener, while Mount Abraham split a pair of games, and Vergennes lost a close road game.  Vergennes also visited Middlebury on Oct. 2; see story. Results from Wednesday games will be added to this story online on Thursday. All four local girls’ soccer teams were scheduled to see action on Wednesday, but most games were postponed due to the threat of thunderstorms.  OTTERS Elena Politano netted four goals in the OV girls’ soccer team’s 7-1 win against visiting Mill River on Friday....
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham bested Middlebury to highlight area high school field hockey action in the past week.  In other action the Tigers came up short on the road, and Otter Valley blanked visiting Fair Haven.  Several games scheduled for Wednesday were postponed due to the threat of thunderstorms. EAGLES VS. TIGERS On Monday the Eagles coasted to a 5-0 win over the host Tigers. Ava Konczal scored twice to lead the Mount Abe attack, and Molly Laurent,Madison Gile and Sarah Heath added a goal apiece.  MUHS goalies Cassie Bettis and Jolee Heffernan combined for 15 saves, but could not...
WEST HAVEN — Brandon’s Matt Bilodeau, Monkton’s Kaidin White, and Ferrisburgh’s Cody Greene won their races on Sunday, the final evening of the season on Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s dirt track, dubbed Foliage Fun Run night. Bilodeau dominated a 20-lap race in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman division. The Brandon racer led every lap and lapped all but the top five finishers. Castleton’s Johnny Bruno finished second. Likewise, White, an 11-year-old rookie, cruised to his win in a 20-lap Friend Construction 500cc Mini Sprint race. The Monkton youngster allowed only second-place finisher...
MIDDLEBURY — Christian Ostberg and Marilyn O’Keefe won in the championship flights of the 2020 Ralph Myhre Golf Course Match Play Championship. The tournament was contested in mid-August and results were reported this week. Ostberg defeated Hogan Beazley in the decisive match on the Championship Flight, and O’Keefe bested Eva Mastalos in the Women’s Flight final.  In the Men’s Flight final, Kyle Goodman defeated Steve Goodman, and in the Senior Men’s Flight Doug Biklen topped Donald Dayton. In more recent action Ralph Myhre hosted its Alternate Shot Open on Oct. 3 and 4.  The winners in the...
ADDISON COUNTY — In high school football action this past week the Middlebury, Mount Abraham/Vergennes and Otter Valley teams all won at least once.  Results from games played on Wednesday after the deadline for the print edition will be added to this story online on Thursday. TIGERS On Friday, the Tigers outlasted visiting Mill River, 20-12, scoring the final six points of the game in the fourth quarter to seal the win. Quarterbacks Zach Bean (16 of 26 for 118 yards) and Ryan Thomas-Danyow (eight 8 for 18, 125 yards) each tossed TD passes. Bode Rubright (6 catches, 47 yards), and lineman ...
ADDISON COUNTY — Among the high school sports highlights from the past few days were wins for all three local football teams, hard-fought ties between the Middlebury and Vergennes girls’ and boys’ soccer teams and strong starts for several soccer programs, and initial varsity victories for two new Otter Valley coaches. FOOTBALL On Wednesday the Mount Abraham-Vergennes football team topped defending Division I champion Mount Mansfield 47-28, as Eagle quarterback Adam Mansfield completed 36 of 62 attempts for 550 yards and seven touchdowns. His favorite targets were Carmelo Miceli (six catches...

MIDDLEBURY GOALKEEPER AUDREY Schnoor jumps to catch the ball from a corner kick in the second half of Friday’s 2-2 tie with the visiting Vergennes Commodores. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Friday’s high school girls’ soccer game between host Middlebury Union and Vergennes had almost everything except a winner — the Tigers and Commodores dueled to a 2-2 tie. Booming goals? Check. Late comeback? Of course. Momentum swings? Sure. Game-saving saves late in overtime? Why not? Rain and a lightning delay? Welcome to the 802. Even after all that drama, what MUHS Coach Wendy Leeds most wanted to reflect on was something assistant coach Katlyn Mastrantone said following the final horn. After months of COVID-induced inaction and anxiety, Leeds said it just felt like a good,...

TIGER JUNIOR VIVIANA Hammond moves the ball forward against Burlington High School’s Skylar Clarke in the first half of the Tigers’ 3-0 loss in Middlebury on Monday. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — An improved Burlington High School squad bested the host Middlebury Union High School field hockey team on Monday, 3-0, in the opener for both teams.  The Seahorses outshot the Tigers, 14-3, and broke the game open with two goals 1:18 apart late in the third quarter to take a 3-0 lead. There were good signs for the Tigers. The defense, led by senior Lydia Deppman and junior Kenene Otis and also getting solid work from senior Sarah Nicolai and ninth-grader Erin Mulcahy, for the most part held up under pressure. Junior goalie Cassie Bettis blocked 11 shots, and senior center mid...

MIDDLEBURY’S AUSTIN COMES, foreground, won on Saturday night in this Limited Sportsman race at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, but Castleton’s Johnny Bruno (22) nailed down the division championship. Jeremy McGaffin/Showstopper Photos
WEST HAVEN — New York’s Demetrios Drellos, Castleton’s Johnny Bruno, West Rutland’s Andrew FitzGerald, New Hampshire’s Chris Conroy and Springfield’s Cody O’Brien earned track championships on Saturday at Devil’s Bowl Speedway.  Middlebury’s Austin Comes provided the local highlight with a win in the 25-lap O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman Feature, three county drivers earned Rookie of the Year honors in their divisions, and several other Addison County and Brandon drivers picked up top-five finishes. Drellos earned his Sportsman Modified championship despite being penalized for driving...

VUHS MIDFIELDER TUCKER Stearns is sent flying in a tackle in the first half of Saturday's 1-0 Commodore victory. Independent photo/Steve James
This story has been updated since it was originally published on Sept. 28 to include games played on Tuesday and Wednesday. ADDISON COUNTY — In the first high school sports games of the COVID era on this past Saturday, the Middlebury football team outlasted Otter Valley, the Vergennes soccer teams swept visiting Missisquoi, and both the Mount Abraham-VUHS collective football and the OV field hockey teams came up short on the road.  Then on Tuesday the Mount Abe girls’ soccer team edged MUHS in the opener for both teams, VUHS girls’ soccer settled for a road tie, Mount Abe field hockey debuted...


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