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AMHERST, Mass. — The Middlebury College soccer team lost its No. 1 ranking in NCAA Division III after a NESCAC road loss and home tie this past weekend after failing to score in either game. The path for the Panthers (10-1-2, 5-1-2 NESCAC) does not get easier, as they visit first-place Tufts (10-1-2, 6-1-1) on Saturday before hosting defending NCAA champion Williams (8-3-1, 6-2) on Tuesday at 3 p.m. On this past Sunday, host Amherst (9-3-1, 4-2-1) dealt the Panthers their first loss, 2-0. Both Amherst goals came in the second half. At 16:01, Alexa Juarez redirected a shot home that snapped...
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 Field Hockey Division II Playoffs 10/22 #7 MUHS vs. #10 Bratt............. 3-1 Girls’ Soccer Division II Playoffs 10/23 #15 OV at #2 Mt. Abe............. Late Division III Playoffs 10/22 #3 VUHS vs. #15 B. Falls........ 2-0 Boys’ Soccer Division II Playoffs 10/22 #2 MUHS vs. #15 GMVS.......... 3-0 10/22 #10 Mt. Abe vs. #7 Mtpelier...... 2-0 Division III Playoffs 10/22 #4 GM Union vs. #13 OV......... 2-1 10/23 #12...

COLUMNIST KARL LINDHOLM and former Middlebury College Athletic Director and men’s basketball coach Russ Reilly first made each other’s acquaintance on a Maine basketball court in 1962. This photo from Fenway Park dates back to Game 1 of the 1986 American League Championship Series. Photo courtesy of Karl Lindholm
“Where so many of us are known for singular achievements or job titles, Russ was known for being Russ Reilly.” — Erin Quinn, Middlebury College Athletic Director Russ Reilly and I first met in 1962. Russ was an 18 year-old freshman at Bates College, playing on the jayvee basketball team, and I was a senior at Lewiston High School, right around the corner from Bates, playing on the basketball team there. The two teams always played an early season game, so Russ and I calculated, after the fact, that’s how our friendship began, with a perfunctory post game handshake: “Nice game.” “Thanks.” I...

TIGER FRESHMAN MIDFIELDER Oliver Anderson goes airborne as Mt. Abe defender Neil Guy clears the ball in the second half of Saturday’s clash of high school rivals in Bristol. The Tigers beat the Eagles 2-0. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — In a regular-season high school boys’ soccer finale in which both teams hoped to establish playoff momentum as well as nail down higher seeds, visiting Middlebury achieved those goals on Saturday with a 2-0 victory over rival Mount Abraham. The win allowed the Tigers to bounce back from Wednesday’s 3-1 loss at Milton, their first all season to a Division II team, — and it clinched the No. 2 seed for them in the D-II playoffs that begin this week. With that seed the 11-3 Tigers, if they can keep winning, can host games through the semifinal round. The Tigers also returned to their...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School took care of business at home on Friday, turning back BFA-St. Albans, 28-14, to complete an undefeated regular season. The 8-0 Tigers earned the No. 2 seed in Division 1 behind also unbeaten St. Johnsbury, and will host No. 7 St. Albans (4-4) again at 7 p.m. this Friday. A victory on Friday will mean a home semifinal on Nov. 1 against either No. 3 Burr & Burton (7-1) or No. 6 Hartford (4-4). BFA did not make it easy for MUHS this past Friday. The game was 13-6, MUHS, when the Bobwhites received the second-half kickoff. But the Tigers dominated the...
ADDISON COUNTY — In final regular-season high school girls’ soccer action last week, Mount Abraham topped Middlebury to get the No. 2 seed in Division II, idle Vergennes earned the No. 2 seed in D-III, and Otter Valley dropped its season finale. The Independent will update its Scoreboard/Schedule at addisonindependent.com when playoff pairings are made official on Monday. First-round games will be played on Tuesday or Wednesday. EAGLES-TIGERS The host Eagles defeated the Tigers, 3-0, on Friday. Addy Harris scored in the fifth minute. Becca Laurent, from Ellie Ginsberg, and Chloe Johnston,...
ADDISON COUNTY — In final regular-season high school boys’ soccer action late last week, Vergennes picked up a pair of wins to make a move in the Division III standings, Mount Abraham won a home game to keep its hopes alive of a first-round D-II home game, Middlebury lost on the road, and Otter Valley dropped a road game. Mount Abe also hosted MUHS on Saturday morning; see story. The Independent will update its Scoreboard/Schedule at addisonindependent.com when playoff pairings are made official on Monday. First-round games will be played on Tuesday or Wednesday. COMMODORES On Wednesday the...
ADDISON COUNTY — In final regular-season high school field hockey action late last week, Otter Valley and Mount Abraham won to nail down the top Division II seeds, while Middlebury lost. The Independent will update its Scoreboard/Schedule at addisonindependent.com when playoff pairings are made official on Monday. First-round games will be played on Tuesday or Wednesday. OTTERS On Saturday the Otters bested visiting Brattleboro, 7-1. Alia Edmunds (three goals, assist) and Brittney Jackson (two goals) led the attack, and Ryleigh LaPorte and Morgan LaPorte also scored. The Colonels finished 4-...
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 Field Hockey 10/18 Woodstock at OV........... Canceled 10/19 OV vs. Brattleboro.................... 7-1 10/19 CVU vs. MUHS......................... 5-0 10/19 Mt. Abe vs. Rice....................... 2-0 Football 10/18 MUHS vs. St. Albans............ 28-14 10/18 F. Haven vs. Mt. Abe/VUHS... 56-7 10/19 OV vs. Fairfax...................... 38-36 Girls’ Soccer 10/18 Mt. Abe vs. MUHS.................... 3-0 10/18 Spaulding at...

GOALIE KATE GOSLIGA and the rest of the Vergennes defense scramble to clear a corner kick as Eagles Juliette Snell (2) and Lucy Guy (8) wait to swoop in the first half of Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to Mount Abe in Bristol. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — It almost felt like Tuesday’s high school girls’ soccer game between host Mount Abraham and Vergennes was over before it started. The host Division II Eagles, smarting from a rough stretch the week before, jumped on the Commodores quickly. They launched three shots in the first 4:20, scored on their third, and added two more goals in the first 23:03 in their 3-0 victory, one that clinched their Lake Division crown. They outshot VUHS, 32-3, even though the Commodores had come in riding a four-game winning streak that had moved them into first place in D-III. As of Wednesday VUHS...

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