Here's what happened in local sports this past week. Middlebury College has canceled its spring sports season until futher notice due to coronavirus concerns. *** SCOREBOARD COLLEGE SPORTS Men’s Lacrosse 3/10 Midd. vs. Plattsburgh................ 30-8 SCHEDULE COLLEGE SPORTS Women’s Hockey NCAA D-III Tournament 3/14 Endicott at Midd...................... 2 PM 3/20&21 Final Four.......................... TBA Women’s Lacrosse 3/14 Trinity at Midd.................. Canceled Men’s Lacrosse 3/14 Midd. at Trinity................. Canceled Baseball 3/14 Midd. at Muhlenberg......... Canceled...

RUBE FOSTER, THE “Father of Black Baseball,” founded the Negro National League of teams from Chicago, Dayton, Detroit, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Kansas City in 1920.
I grew up a baseball-obsessed boy at a time when there were lots of boys who shared my obsession. I was born in Boston and raised in Maine, a suburb of Boston, so I was a Red Sox fan. It was unavoidable, a birthright. The 1950s was an era of excellence for the Red Sox — unfortunately, that excellence was exclusive to one player, Ted Williams, a prickly hero. The team itself was mediocre at best, year after year. I was thrilled by the excitement of baseball’s integration, of the breakthrough and careers of Jackie Robinson and other early black players for the Dodgers, Giants, Indians, and,...

PANTHER SOPHOMORE FORWARD Katie Hargrave skates away from two Hamilton players during host Middlebury’s 2-1 NESCAC semifinal women’s hockey win on Saturday. Amherst upset the Panthers for the league’s playoff championship on Sunday. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Third-seeded Amherst upset host No. 1 Middlebury in Sunday’s NESCAC women’s hockey playoff final, 2-1, by scoring the winning goal in the third period 13 seconds after the Panthers had tied the game. Amherst (17-5-5) claimed the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. Middlebury (21-3-3), last week ranked No. 2 in NCAA D-III, was awarded an at-large bid when the field was announced on Monday and will host Endicott (25-2) on Saturday at 3 p.m. However, on Tuesday the college's decision to send students home early and cancel sports and travel due to the COVID-19...
ADDISON COUNTY — The local girls’ basketball season came to an end last week with quarterfinal setbacks for Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Otter Valley and a first-round loss for Middlebury. EAGLES In Division II on Saturday No. 3 seed Harwood (18-3) defeated the No. 6 Eagles, 57-31. Mia Cooper led the Highlanders, who led at the half by nine points, with 16 points and nine rebounds. Chloe Johnston paced the Eagles with 16 points. The Eagles finished 15-7 despite losing second-leading scorer and leading rebounder Grace Harvey to injury halfway through the season. On Wednesday the Eagles...
SOUTH BURLINGTON — No. 3 Rice on Wednesday eliminated the No. 6 seeded Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team from the Division I playoffs, 3-0, in a quarterfinal matchup. Rice improved to 17-4 with its third shutout victory of the winter over the MUHS. The Tigers, who were competitive all winter despite a series of injuries — including three of the season-ending variety to senior mainstays Kam Bartlett, Robbie Bicknell and Jeffrey Stearns — finished at 11-10. Connor Peet scored twice for the Green Knights and set up Sam Rubman’s goal, and goalie Cale Layman worked the shutout. The...
HARWOOD — Host No. 4 Harwood on Wednesday eliminated the Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team from the Division I tournament, 2-0, in a quarterfinal matchup. Harwood improved to 14-5-2, while a young Tiger team finished 12-7-2. The Tigers’ outshot the Highlanders, 32-24, but could not dent Harwood goalie Kaylee Thayer, who worked a 32-save shutout. Harwood took a 1-0 lead on a Kailie French goal, and Eva Joslin added an empty-netter in the final seconds. Abby Hodsden made 22 saves for the Tigers. Merry Kimble, Anna McIntosh, Taylor Moulton and Izzy Pistilli are the MUHS seniors.
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 D-I Playoffs 3/4 #3 Rice vs. #6 MUHS................... 3-0 Girls’ Hockey D-I Playoffs 3/4 #4 Harwood vs. #5 MUHS............ 2-0 Girls’ Basketball D-II Playoffs 3/4 #6 Mt. Abe vs. #11 Lamoille..... 52-30 3/4 #4 Enosburg  vs. #13 MUHS.... 58-33 3/6 #3 Harwood vs. #6 Mt. Abe...... 57-31 D-III Playoffs 3/6 #2 Windsor vs. #7 VUHS.......... 58-43 3/6 #1 Lake Region vs. #9 OV....... 57-45 COLLEGE SPORTS Women’s...

VUHS JUNIOR BARRET Barrows looks for the pin signal from the referee during one of his 182-pound matches at this past weekend’s state wrestling tournament at Mount Anthony. Barrows finished third in the weight class to help the Commodores take fifth place. Photo courtesy of Lisa Brace
BENNINGTON — The Vergennes Union High School wrestling team took fifth place and placed three wrestlers in the top three in their weight classes to submit the best performance among local teams at this past weekend’s state championship meet at Mount Anthony. Host MAU (278 points) topped Essex (254) and Spaulding (201) for the Patriots’ 32nd straight Vermont title. VUHS was fifth with 116 points, Mount Abraham took eighth with 82, and Otter Valley was ninth among 21 scoring teams with 80. Middlebury did not place a wrestler on the podium and scored seven points, good for 18th. Commodore Aiden...

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE JUNIOR Peter Wolter, shown skiing to fourth place in the 10K freestyle at Rikert on Friday, won the 15K classic race on Saturday. Photo by Benjy Renton
RIPTON/HANCOCK — Middlebury College alpine and Nordic ski racers placed first in several individual and team events during the Panthers’ own Winter Carnival this past weekend, but the University of Vermont edged Middlebury for the crown and the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association Championship by a single point, 868-867. Dartmouth was third (778) and New Hampshire placed fourth (660). Middlebury’s carnival, staged at Rikert Nordic Center and the Middlebury College Snow Bowl, also served as the EISA championships and the NCAA East Regional. Many Middlebury skiers qualified to compete in the...
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team dreamed all season of hosting the program’s first playoff game in more than a decade. And the Commodores made it happen, winning their final five regular season games to finish 12-8 to earn the No. 7 seed in Division III and the right to host No. 10 BFA-Fairfax, also 12-8, on Tuesday. Then Tuesday’s first half was a nightmare of 10 VUHS turnovers, Bullet offensive rebounds, and four threes and 14 points from Fairfax guard Jaycee Douglas. But a glimmer of hope for the home team came in half’s final minute, when a hoop in the...


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