MIDDLEBURY — The larger St. Albans Sharks team topped the host Middlebury Marlins, 254.5-202.5, on Thursday, July 18, as the Champlain Valley Swim League regular season wrapped up. The Marlins will host the CVSL championship meet in the Middlebury town pool this Friday and Saturday. The Vermont Swim Association championship meet will follow on Aug. 3 and 4 at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction. On this past Thursday in Middlebury, St. Albans’ depth in the relay races proved decisive, as the Sharks won 12 out of 18 contested relays, good for a 42-point advantage. The teams...

KATE LIVESAY IN action. Courtesy photo
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College women’s lacrosse coach and Middlebury native Kate Livesay has been named both the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division III National and Pilgrim Region Coach of the Year. Livesay, a 2003 Panther alum and lacrosse all-American defender and also a former Middlebury Union High School three-sport standout, this past spring led the Panthers to their second NCAA Division III championship in the past four seasons. Livesay won the national award for the second time during her Middlebury tenure after first earning the honor in 2016. She...

2019 VERGENNES GRADUATE Ezekiel Palmer, left, and Middlebury grad Ben Turner hold the team trophy they won as part of the Vermont men’s all-star team that defeated the New Hampshire all-stars in the Annual Lions Cup All-Star Men’s Soccer Game in Castleton this past Saturday. Photo courtesy of Kim Palmer
CASTLETON — Local recent high school graduates made their presence known as Vermont and New Hampshire split the Annual Lions Cup All-Star Soccer Games at Castleton University on Saturday. Middlebury’s Ben Turner and Vergennes’ Ezekiel Palmer suited up for the boys’ team that defeated New Hampshire, 2-0, while Commodore Ciara McClay took the field for the Vermont side that saw New Hampshire pull away late for a 3-1 victory. Turner, a defender, earned Vermont’s 12th Player Award after helping the team shut out New Hampshire. Goalies Adam Johnson of Champlain Valley (four saves in the first half...
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Swim Team edged visiting Burlington Country Club, 235-214, on Thursday, July 18, as the Champs’ successful Champlain Valley Swim League regular season wrapped up. The Champs finished 5-2, historically one of the best records posted by an Addison County team in a league typically dominated by larger Chittenden County teams. The team always celebrates the end of the regular season with a night swim at the Vergennes city pool, but might have enjoyed this summer’s event on that Thursday even more than usual. Next up for the Champs is the CVSL league championship meet,...
MIDDLEBURY — Ralph Myhre Golf Course members recently prevailed in the first leg of this summer’s local club championships by winning the Forbes Cup, doing so by defeating their peers from the Neshobe Golf Club in Brandon. Ralph Myhre will go for a 2019 sweep on Aug. 24, when they will face members of the Basin Harbor Club with the Addison Cup at stake. Ralph Myhre women members continued their competitive summers at VSWGA Women’s State Days around Vermont, this time on July 16 at the Proctor Pittsford Country Club. In Flight 1 Erika Politano recorded a Third Place Gross finish, in Flight 2...

SECOND BASEMAN LANDON Hunt fields a ball for the Addison County 8-to-10-year-old Little League All-Star team during the state championship tournament this past weekend. AC split two games and will return to action this weekend. Photo courtesy of Michael McAuliffe
BENNINGTON — The District 1 champion Addison County 8-to-10-year-old Little League All-Star team split two games this past weekend at the state championship tournament and will return to action this Friday in Bennington in an elimination game vs. Essex. Host Bennington is 2-0, having defeated Connecticut Valley and Essex. AC opened this past Saturday with a 6-3 loss to Essex in which a rally from an early 5-0 deficit came up short. The team then bounced back to knock off Connecticut Valley, 15-4. On Saturday Levi Nuceder doubled twice and drove in two runs to key the comeback, and Cam...

SHOREHAM’S ANTHONY WARREN was a first-time O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman winner at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway Mid-Season Championships on Sunday, and celebrated his victory with Community College of Vermont President Joyce Judy. Credit Bill McGaffin Photo
WEST HAVEN — At Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, Shoreham’s Anthony Warren became the Limited Sportsman Division’s sixth first-time winner of 2019 in a race dominated by Addison County drivers. Using the outside lane with the hard-charging style that has become his signature, Warren’s power move around leader Adam Piper of Leicester came with two laps left in the scheduled 20-lap distance. A last-minute caution re-racked the field for the finish, but Warren drove off into the sunset. In an evening sponsored by the Community College of Vermont in which double points were awarded for each...
This is an article about paddling and fishing. Or, to be more alliterative, casting and canoeing. I’ve done much less of both these activities in 2019 than in 2018. So it might also be an article about fires and floods. Last month (as I mentioned in one of my June columns) I attended the annual conference of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. The conference met in Little Rock, Ark., on the banks of the Arkansas River — a river that was running exceptionally high, and contributing to the floods on the Mississippi River. Although the Arkansas roared through its confined channels in the...

ADDISON’S PETER MACFARLANE in 2018 starts his 740-mile paddling journey from Fort Kent, Maine, to Old Forge, N.Y. Macfarlane paddled a canoe he built from his own design. Photo courtesy of Peter Macfarlane and Viveka Fox
This is Part One of a story that first appeared in Vermont Sports magazine. ADDISON — Peter Macfarlane is not someone who does things the easy way. Stepping into his Addison barn workshop, where two chairs and a book of fiddle tunes sit out, left over from the Scottish fiddle lesson Macfarlane taught the night before, you see this right away. In the workshop center, Macfarlane, 56, bends over a 16-foot custom cedar-strip canoe, polishing its exterior to be impossibly smooth. It has cherry gunnels, and the boat builder’s insignia and company name, Otter Creek Smallcraft, is imprinted under a...

OLIVER PODUSCHNICK, OF the Middlebury Marlins, gets a flying start in the U-18 boys’ backstroke race against Vergennes on Tuesday. Poduschnick won three races, but the Champs won the meet. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Tuesday’s scoresheets show the visiting Vergennes Champs defeated the Middlebury Marlins, 275-203, in the annual duel between the friendly Champlain Valley Swim League rivals. Many swimmers had big days. Under-10 Champs swimmer Will Clark won another three races, as did U-8 Marlin Aurora Foley, U-14 Marlin Aiden Chance and U-18 Marlin Oliver Poduschnick.  Three Champs won two races apiece: Grey Fearon, Gavin Conrad and Jordan Jewell. Three Marlins joined them as double winners: Constantin Bellman, Ava Schneider and Natalie Rockwell. The Champs are a deeper, more balanced team,...


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