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NEW LONDON, Conn. — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team picked up two NESCAC road wins this past weekend to improve to 3-1, the Panthers’ best start in recent years.  Next up for Middlebury is the annual Great Northern PrimeLink Shootout at Plattsburgh State. The Panthers will take on Norwich in the opening game at 4 p.m. on Friday, and will play either the Cardinals or Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Saturday. The tournament consolation is set for 4 p.m. and the final for 7 p.m.  On this past Saturday the Panthers scored twice in the first period on the way to a 5-2 win at Connecticut College (...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s ice hockey team earned a win and a tie against visiting NESCAC foe this past weekend and stands at 3-0-1, good for second place in the league behind 4-0 Colby. This weekend the Panthers will host the annual Panther-Cardinal Classic at Kenyon Arena. Middlebury, ranked No. 8 in NCAA Division III last week, will take on No. 2 Adrian at 3 p.m. on Saturday, while No. 1 Plattsburgh and No. 4 Wisconsin-River Falls face off at 6 p.m. The consolation and final are set for Sunday at 1 and 4 p.m., respectively. On this past Saturday the Panthers got two third-...
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — The Middlebury College women’s basketball team pulled away in the third quarter on Saturday in a 74-59 victory over host Skidmore (2-3).  The Panthers were looking to improve on a 3-0 record when they hosted Castleton on Tuesday after the early holiday deadline for this edition of the Independent. Next up is a game at Cabrini on Saturday. On this past Saturday Betsy Knox scored a career-high 23 points for the Panthers and added a dozen rebounds. Middlebury outscored the Thoroughbreds, 26-16, in the third quarter after taking a 31-28 lead into the break.  Middlebury...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Middlebury College women’s cross-country team finished 15th at the NCAA Division III championship meet hosted by Spaulding University in Louisville on Saturday, while the Panther men were 29th in the 32-team field.  Johns Hopkins captured the women’s NCAA crown with 125 points, followed by Washington University (138) and Williams (168). Parley Hannan of Ithaca won the 6-kilometer race in 20:53. Cassie Kearney was the first Panther to finish, taking 26th in 22:01. Next up for the Panthers was Talia Ruxin in 60th place in 22:30, followed by Meg Wilson in 125th (23:01),...
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 COLLEGE SPORTS Field Hockey NCAA Final Four In Manheim, PA 11/23 Midd. vs. Salisbury................... 1-0 11/23 Franklin & Marshall vs. Johns Hopkins........... 3-1 11/24 Midd. vs. F&M.......................... 1-0 Men’s Basketball 11/21 Midd. vs. SUNY Canton........ 89-68 11/23 Midd. at Skidmore................. 73-56 11/26 Midd. at Johnson.................... Late Women’s Basketball 11/23 Midd. at Skidmore................. 74-...

A BON SECOUR Green-Backed Heron. Photo courtesy of Matt Dickerson
My wife Deborah and I stood in shorts and t-shirts on a wildlife viewing platform in the midst of Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge near Gulf Shores, Ala. The platform roof shielded us from the heat of mid-afternoon sun on an October day with temps in the 80s, but allowed a refreshing salt breeze to blow across us. A kilometer to our south, fine white sand beaches stretched out of sight in both directions along the Gulf of Mexico, and pelicans sailed low over the waves, occasionally dropping into the water for a snack. (Keep that mental picture in mind if the early onset of single-digit...

OLIVA WHITE, CENTER, with her parents John and Lori White, at her Nov. 13 media event announcing her intent to play soccer for UVM on a full athletic scholarship next fall. The Otter Valley senior is the first student from the school to be offered a full athletic scholarship to UVM in any sport. Independent photo/Angelo Lynn
Believe the hype.  That’s what most people say after watching Olivia White play soccer.  White, 17, is the only Otter Valley Union High School student to be offered a full ride to the University of Vermont on an athletic scholarship. In any sport, boy or girl.  White announced her decision to play soccer for UVM at a press conference on Nov. 13. The news came two years after White verbally committed to the school as a sophomore and was courted by the likes of Middlebury, Princeton, Ohio State and Northeastern.  So, after years of being a standout player on every team she’s been on, and being...
ADDISON COUNTY — Due to an apparent computer glitch at New Haven wildlife reporting station Rack ’N Reel, more than two-dozen successful bow hunters were not initially reported to the Addison Independent in early November. The exclusions do not appear to be operator error: The dates of the missing deer range from the Oct. 5 opening day of the archery season through Oct. 26, close to its Nov. 1 conclusion, and weights range from a fawn to the largest deer reported in the county during the season, a 199-pound, 7-pointer Paul Deering brought down in Bridport and brought to Rack ’N Reel on Oct....
ADDISON COUNTY — Many members of the Middlebury, Mount Abraham/Vergennes, and Otter Valley high school football teams earned postseason recognition from Division I, II and III coaches. Three Tigers earned First Team D-I recognition, two of them on both offense and defense, Tyler Buxton and Trysten Quesnel. Buxton was honored both as a running back and defensive back, and Quesnel as an offensive and defensive lineman. Thatcher Trudeau joined them on the first team as a linebacker. Three Otters earned First Team D-III honors. Jared Denis was recognized as both an offensive and defensive lineman...
MONTPELIER — On Jan. 1, 2020, new baitfish regulations will go into effect aimed at providing anglers with additional opportunities to use and harvest baitfish. “We spent the last two years listening to the public and working with the Fish and Wildlife Board to improve regulations while limiting the spread of fish diseases and invasive species,” said Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department Fisheries Biologist Shawn Good. “I think anglers will be pleasantly surprised by these new regulations.” Some changes include: •  Baitfish transportation receipts will be valid for 10 days instead of 4 days...

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