Sports

02/02/2020
Modern-day fans of the National Football League, which is one of the most popular and most-watched sports leagues in the world, may aspire to one day see their favorite teams play in-person in the Super Bowl. While there may be nothing stopping fans’ favorite teams from making the big game, fans themselves might be priced out. According to Ticketmaster, the average price for a Super Bowl ticket in 2019 was $3,295. But even that figure is something of a low estimate, as tickets to Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams were only sold in pairs, meaning tickets...

VERGENNES WRESTLER TAYLOR Stearns makes a move on his way to victory over Michael O’Callaghan of Colchester in a 132-pound match in the Commodore Invitational on Saturday. Stearns took sixth in the weight class. Independent photo/Steve James
01/30/2020
VERGENNES — Wrestlers from Otter Valley, Vergennes and Mount Abraham placed in the top six in their weight classes at a Saturday tournament hosted by the Commodores that drew competitors from 21 high schools in Vermont, New York and New Hampshire. Faring best were Commodore Gabe Payne-Vinick and Otter Jared Denis, who were second at 195 and 285 pounds, respectively. OV’s David Williams took third at 152 pounds, as did Commodore Eli Brace at 99. Mount Abe’s Keaton Rayborn finished fourth at 220, and Commodore Aiden Gebo earned fourth at 126. Several wrestlers took sixths: Taylor Stearns for...

MUHS SENIOR MARTINE Limoge (front) boogies down with other varsity dance team members, Lyndsey Champine, Lili Boe and Abigail Sunderland in the hip-hop category of the Dance Trance contest at MUHS on Saturday. Independent photo/Steve James
01/30/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School dance team posted a second-place finish in Hip Hop and a third in Jazz on Saturday, when the Tigers hosted their only home competition of the season. Teams from seven schools competed in three categories. Lamoille swept Hip Hop and Jazz, and South Burlington, one of two teams to participate in Pom, won that category. Panels of three judges rate teams on 10 elements of each of their presentations: Execution of Movement, Execution of Skills, Synchronization/Uniformity, Spacing, Communication/Projection, Creativity/Musicality, Routine Staging,...

A VERITABLE MOUNT Rushmore of sports writers on a panel at Middlebury College earlier this month. Shown from left are Alex Wolff, Bob Ryan, Jackie MacMullan and Jack McCallum, who all worked for either Sports Illustrated or the Boston Globe. Photo by Karl Lindholm
01/30/2020
Stories! An hour and a half of great stories by four of America’s most highly respected sportswriters — verily, a Mount Rushmore: Alex Wolff, Bob Ryan, Jackie MacMullan, and Jack McCallum, all in one place at Middlebury College. These four terrific writers have been intimately affiliated with either Sports Illustrated or the Boston Globe, publications of Biblical import and authority in my life and for many other American sports fans. To list their awards would take up much of this column space. A few years back I was lucky enough to attend the Basketball Hall of Fame weekend festivities in...
01/30/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Tuesday’s battle of the top two girls’ hockey teams in Vermont’s Division II left the question of which team is better unsettled, as Middlebury Union High School and visiting Harwood skated to a 1-1 tie. The 7-5-1 Tigers probably possessed the puck more, but the 7-3-1 Highlanders were more aggressive in the offensive zone and outshot MUHS, 34-31. Both goalies were outstanding. The Tigers’ Abby Hodsden stopped 33 shots, and Harwood’s Kaylee Thayer denied 30 Tiger bids. Although a couple of teams could catch the top two in D-II, it looks like based on the quality of these teams’...
01/30/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team pulled away in the second half on Saturday to post an 84-66 victory over visiting NESCAC rival Williams. The Panthers, ranked No. 12 in last week’s NCAA Division III poll, improved to 17-3, 3-2 in league play, good for a third-place tie heading into weekend games at Trinity and Connecticut. Williams dropped to 9-9, 2-3 NESCAC. Middlebury closed the first half of Saturday’s game with an 8-2 run capped by a Perry DeLorenzo three to lead by six at the break, 39-33. The Panthers slowly increased the lead to 48-38 as Jack Farrell scored...
01/30/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team on Tuesday defeated visiting Rutland, 4-1, in a Division I matchup. The Tigers improved to 7-5, good for sixth-place in the 10-team league, just behind Stowe (6-4) as of early on Wednesday. Rutland dropped to 2-8-2. The Tigers will next host third-place Spaulding on Friday at 7 p.m. On Tuesday the Tigers took a 2-0 first-period lead on goals by Ryan Nadeau and Joey Niemo. Raider Ethan Coarse made it 2-1 early in the second, but Tucker Stearns answered for MUHS soon afterward. Bode Rubright added an insurance goal midway through...
01/30/2020
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team on Monday rolled to a 52-34 victory over visiting Hazen. The Commodores improved to 5-4 with their fifth win in six games. VUHS outscored Hazen, 15-6, in the second quarter to take control of Monday’s game. Kate Gosliga led the attack with 19 points, and Felicia Poirier added seven. Alleigh Gaboree led Hazen with nine points. The Commodores were set to visit Otter Valley on Wednesday evening and will visit Middlebury on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
01/30/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Middlebury topped Vergennes and Mount Abraham picked up a big road win to highlight local high school boys’ basketball earlier this week, when also Otter Valley lost at home. MUHS VS. VUHS The Tigers used pressure defense and a big night from junior Karic Riche to sink the Commodores, 78-53, on Tuesday. Riche nailed six three-pointers on the way to a career-high 31 points; Tyler Buxton and Gabe Dunn added 20 and 10, respectively; and, according to Coach John Howe, Drew Gill and Mason Kaufmann rebounded well. The Tigers improved to 7-5 headed into a Friday home game with St....
01/30/2020
STOWE — The Middlebury College ski team won several events and finished second to host University of Vermont this past weekend at the annual UVM carnival. The Panthers are back in action this coming weekend at the Colby Carnival. UVM won with 903 points, followed by the Panthers (875), Dartmouth (833) and New Hampshire (643). Nordic races were held at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, while the alpine races took place at Stowe. Middlebury athletes won three of the four individual events on Saturday, with a second-place finish in the fourth race. On Saturday the Middlebury women’s Nordic team won...

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