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Middlebury Union High School's Julia Bartlett fires a backhand return on her way to beating Montpelier’s Kenzie Golonka on Wednesday, but the Tigers fell to the visitors in the Division I final. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The top-seeded Middlebury Union High School girls’ tennis team entered Wednesday’s home final against No. 3 Montpelier dreaming of an undefeated season and the program’s first championship in 25 years. The Tigers settled for an outstanding 12-1 record after a 4-3 loss in which the 12-2 Solons avenged their 4-3 midseason loss to the Tigers. Montpelier’s only other setback this spring came to undefeated D-I top seed Stowe. The Tigers won three of the top four matches on the singles ladder, thanks to sophomore No. 1 Scarlett Carrara, junior No. 2 Julia Bartlett and senior No. 4...

HANNAH TURNER RUNS away from the field in the 400 meter final to capture the title in Saturday’s Division-II state meet in South Burlington. The Middlebury Union High School junior also helped the Tiger girls place in a pair of relay races. The Tiger girls finished fifth out of 16 teams. Photo courtesy of Mary Heather Noble
SOUTH BURLINGTON — A state title by Middlebury junior Hannah Turner at 400 meters and a second- and two third-place finishes by Tiger senior distance runner Sofia Stefani provided the highlights in Saturday’s Division II championship meet at South Burlington High School. Also posting second-place finishes were Mount Abraham junior Eliza Bent and the MUHS girls four-by-800-meter relay team of senior Harper Sinclair, junior Ella Landis, sophomore Maddie Crowne and Turner. MUHS coach Ben Weir was particularly impressed by Turner’s strong finish in both events. “She did it after anchoring our...

MOUNT ABE JUNIOR Cami Willsey belts a long high fly ball to bring in a run in the sixth inning as the Eagles scored four times to tie the game and eventually win it, 6-5 in the eighth. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School softball team’s long reign over Division II came to an end in a Tuesday semifinal, when visiting No. 3 Enosburg rode the three-hit, six-strikeout pitching of Dana Elkins past the Eagles, 7-0. As well as winning three straight D-III titles, Mount Abe had won 10 straight games this spring since losing, 6-5, at home to Enosburg, on May 10. That winning streak included an 8-7 win at Enosburg on May 18. Each team entered Tuesday’s game with just two losses. Enosburg, which has a 14-2 record, advanced to the final against the winner of a Wednesday game...
LYNDONVILLE — On Wednesday top-seeded host Lyndon defeated the No. 5 Middlebury Union High School softball team, 10-0, in a Division II semifinal. The Vikings improved to 14-1, while the Tigers finished at 11-7, a record that included two playoff wins. Lyndon pitcher Kelleigh Simpson tossed a complete-game three-hitter, striking out 14, while Tiger ace Olivia Audet took the pitching loss. Emily Tanner led the Vikings with three hits, and Emma Newland and Jaydin Royer each had two hits. Lyndon broke the game open with six runs in the third inning in a game that had been postponed from Tuesday...

POLAR PARK, THE beautiful new home of the Worcester Red Sox, is just about complete in Worcester, Mass. Our columnist and Middlebury friends took in a game there on Sunday. Here, Jeter Downs, one of the Red Sox’s top prospects, takes his cuts against a Rochester Red Wings pitcher. Photo by Karl Lindholm
OK, baseball fans, if you could build a ballpark, the perfect ballpark, and you had the money and the clout to make it happen, what would it look like? How would it reflect contemporary architectural amenities and still maintain an appreciation for baseball’s unique character and history? Who would you select to plan the park and negotiate all the political and economic thickets that would inevitably arise and ensure that the fan experience was central, the community fully engaged? Well, there’s only one person, really, who has the experience and wherewithal to make that happen, whose track...

ORWELL’S TIM LADUC points to the sky in remembrance of his late mother, Barbara, following his emotional win in the Sportsman Modified feature at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday night. Photo credit: Barry Snelling
WEST HAVEN — Orwell driver Tim LaDuc won the Sportsman Modified main event at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday night, while fellow Orwell racer Ray Hanson took a Mini Sprint feature, and three other county drivers claimed second- or third-place finishes. Tim LaDuc drove to his win in a 19-year-old backup car borrowed from fellow competitor Brian Whittemore (who finished ninth) to notch his first victory in two years. In order to score the 54th win of his career at Devil’s Bowl, LaDuc dueled longtime rival Vince Quenneville of Brandon for the lead in the second half of the race. Quenneville’s...

VUHS SENIOR HANNAH Kelly battles for a jump ball with a Woodstock player in a Friday game in Vergennes. Kelly scored twice in the 13-2 Commodore victory. Photo by Buzz Kuhns
ADDISON COUNTY — The cooperative Mount Abraham-Vergennes boys’ lacrosse team saw its championship hopes dashed in a Monday semifinal, while the VUHS-Mount Abe girls were ready to continue their repeat title quest in a Wednesday semifinal. Click here to see the results of that game. But the Middlebury boys’ and girls’ teams saw their seasons end in quarterfinals late last week. EAGLE BOYS The Mount Abe-VUHS boys won their quarterfinal, defeating visiting OV for the third time this spring, this time by 11-6 in a June 2 D-III matchup. It was the Eagles’ fourth straight win and their first...
BRISTOL — Longtime Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball coach Connie LaRose is offering basketball camps for both elementary and high school youths during the first full week of July. Morning sessions for Grades 3 through 6 will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and afternoon sessions for grades 7 through 12 will run from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. All sessions will be held in the Mount Abraham gymnasium. Those interesting in registering or learning more about the Eagle Basketball Camp may reach LaRose at connielarose@gmail.com, or 453-7663.  
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School softball team won one Division II playoff game before bowing out of the tournament with a road loss to the top seed. In the No. 9 Otters’ first-round win on June 2, they scored seven runs in the seventh inning to oust host No. 8 Lamoille, 13-6. Josie Cone belted a three-run homer to highlight the OV rally, and Riley Keith, Bryn Blanchard and Grace O’Connell also chipped in offensively for OV. Keith tossed the first five innings for OV, striking out 12, and MacKenzie McKay tossed two shutout innings to wrap up the win. On Saturday, top-seeded Lyndon...

MEMBERS OF THE Tiger boys’ tennis team jump to their feet and cheer when teammate Abel Anderson wins the decisive point in the clinching match in Friday’s home quarterfinal vs. South Burlington. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ tennis team enjoyed one of the program’s best seasons this spring, but on Monday failed to accomplish what no other team has also been able to do — knock off undefeated top seed Burlington. In a Division I semifinal, the Seahorses prevailed, 7-0, ending the No. 4 Tigers’ season with an 11-3 record that included two playoff victories. It can’t be called a surprise: The host Seahorses, who improved to 12-0, have won half of their team matches without dropping a set and have lost only eight individual matches all spring. After the Tigers’...

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