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TIGER SOPHOMORE PHOEBE Hussey bursts out of the starting gates at Rikert Nordic Center on the way to her team-best fifth-place finish in the Division II championship classic race this past Thursday. The Tigers finished second behind U-32 in Division II in the two-day competition. Independent photo/Steve James
02/27/2020
RIPTON/JERICHO — Defending champion U-32 overcame a first-day relay-race disqualification and rallied on Monday past the Middlebury Union High School girls’ Nordic team to top the Tigers for the Division II state title, 132-153. The Raiders and Tigers outclassed the eight-team field in classic racing held on Feb. 20 at Ripton’s Rikert Nordic Center and freestyle racing at the Ethan Allen Range in Jericho on Monday. Lamoille was next with 194, followed by Harwood (203), Burr and Burton (214), Peoples (358), BFA-Fairfax (379) and Stowe (441). Sophomore Phoebe Hussey led the Tigers on both days...

MUHS SENIOR WILL Carpenter crests a rise during Division II classic racing on Feb. 20 at Rikert Nordic Center. He finished 18th and helped the Tigers win relay races at Rikert and during the second day of competition in Jericho. Independent photo/Steve James
02/27/2020
RIPTON AND JERICHO — Over the two days of the Division II boys’ Nordic state championship, the margin between winner U-32 and second place Middlebury Union High School came down to less than one place per skier in the individual races — seven points. When the snow settled after the freestyle competition at Camp Ethan Allen in Jericho on Monday afternoon the Raiders had claimed their second straight D-II title, 72-79 over the Tigers. The Raiders and Tigers easily outpaced the rest of the eight-team field in the final standings: Lamoille (163) was third, followed by Burr and Burton (313), BFA-...
02/27/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team celebrated its senior night on Tuesday by defeating visiting South Burlington, 3-2, before the season’s biggest crowd at the Memorial Sports Center. The victory moved the Tigers to 11-9 heading into the Division I playoffs, and they have earned the No. 6 seed for the upcoming postseason. The Vermont Principals’ Association is set to make pairings official on Thursday morning. MUHS will hit the road for a quarterfinal in the first half of next week, with the Tigers’ opponent unknown heading into games being played Wednesday night...
02/27/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school girls’ basketball action earlier this week, Middlebury, Vergennes and Mount Abraham all picked up victories. Otter Valley (7-11) was scheduled to play at Springfield on Tuesday. No information was available on that game. OV will wrap up by hosting Woodstock on Thursday, and it looks like the Otters will be the No. 10 seed in Division III. The teams will play their final regular season games this week, and the Vermont Principals’ Association will announce playoff pairings on Monday morning. TIGERS On Monday the Tigers defeated host Milton, 44-27. Two...
02/27/2020
NEWPORT — In first-round high school boys’ basketball playoff action this week, Middlebury advanced, but Mount Abraham and Vergennes were eliminated. The Tigers, seeded No. 6 in Division II, ousted No. 11 Lamoille, 66-58 on Wednesday. The 10-11 Lancers erased the Tigers’ 35-26 halftime advantage to take a one-point lead entering the fourth quarter, but Coach John Howe said “strong defense and a few heads-up plays” allowed the Tigers to prevail. Senior Tyler Buxton sparked MUHS with 31 points, 15 rebounds, four steals, and three assists, and classmate Tim Goettelmann added 10 points and five...
02/27/2020
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Principals’ Association’s 2020 Hall of Fame class includes three members with strong local ties: longtime Middlebury Union High School soccer and baseball coach and teacher Richard “Doc” Seubert, former Otter Valley Union debate team advisor David Gale and former Middlebury College basketball standout and Missisquoi Valley Union three-sport star Matt St. Amour. They were among a dozen new members announced earlier in February. The group will be formally inducted on May 1 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Montpelier. Richard “Doc” Seubert taught and...
02/27/2020
BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Middlebury College women’s ice hockey team completed its regular season this past Friday and Saturday by sweeping host Bowdoin to finish with a 19-2-3 record, 14-1-1 in NESCAC play. The Panthers earned the top seed for the NESCAC tournament and on Saturday at 1 p.m. will host No. 8 Trinity (8-12-4, 3-11-2 NESCAC). The Panthers on Feb. 8 and 9 at Kenyon Arena defeated Trinity by scores of 4-1 and 1-0. If the Panthers, ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division III, make it three in a row over the Bantams they will host the league’s final four on March 6 and 7. On this past Saturday...
02/27/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team swept two visiting league foes on the final weekend of the regular season to claim the No. 4 seed for the NESCAC playoffs. The Panthers (10-11-3, 8-7-3) at 4 p.m. on Saturday will host No. 5 seed Wesleyan (12-11-1, 8-9-1 NESCAC). It will be the program’s first home playoff game since 2014. Middlebury recently won at Wesleyan, 4-1, while earlier the Cardinals won at Kenyon Arena, 3-1. Middlebury nailed down the No. 4 seed on this past Saturday by erupting for a season-high in goals in a 6-0 victory over Hamilton (11-9-4, 10-6-2), the NESCAC...
02/27/2020
HARTFORD — Fourth-seeded Trinity on Saturday eliminated the No. 5 Middlebury College men’s basketball team from the NESCAC tournament, 100-82. The 20-5 Panthers, who have spent much of the season ranked in the top 10 in NCAA Division III polls and are undefeated in non-league competition, will hope for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament when the field is announced this coming Monday afternoon. On this past Saturday the Bantams (17-8) used an early 12-2 run to take a 12-7 lead and never trailed again. The Panthers were still within five at 21-16 when Trinity went on an 11-3 run to push its...
02/27/2020
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 Boys’ Hockey 2/25 MUHS vs. South Burlington........ 3-2 Girls’ Basketball 2/24 MUHS vs. Milton..................... 44-27 2/24 VUHS vs. Winooski................ 48-42 2/24 Mt. Abe vs. Missisquoi........... 48-41 2/25 OV vs. Springfield.................. 59-45 2/26 Mt. Mansfield vs. MUHS......... 54-27 Boys’ Basketball Division II Playoffs 2/25 #4 N. Cntry vs. #13 Mt. Abe.... 68-49 2/26 #6 MUHS vs. #11 Lamoille..... 66-...

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