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VUHS VARSITY BOYS' Soccer
VERGENNES — COVID-19 shortened the seasons for the Vergennes Union High School teams in 2020, but it didn’t hurt their performances on the field. Both soccer teams excelled, and the boys’ cross-country squad finished a respectable fifth in Division II. While those teams look for more of the same or better, another two sports join the fall docket at VUHS. Golf has been revived, although there are more golfers at the middle school level than in high school. Still, a couple will compete for the varsity Commodore team. And bass fishing, an approved Vermont Principals’ Association varsity sport,...

EAGLE VARSITY GIRLS' Soccer
VERGENNES — Some change comes to Mount Abraham Union High School athletics this fall, with new coaches taking over two programs. Other things stay the same, as Coach Mary Stetson returns to lead a field hockey program that has won 10 Division II championships this millennium. Meanwhile Eagle soccer programs, traditionally strong, dipped a bit in COVID 2020 and will look to bounce back, one under a new, but familiar, coach. The Eagle-Commodore cooperative football team will look to build on positive momentum from its 2020 7v7 campaign. And a new coach with a strong running and track &...

OTTER VALLEY UNION High School Varsity Boys' Soccer
BRANDON –– School is back in session at Otter Valley Union High School, and so are fall sports. At OV, that includes girls’ and boys’ soccer, field hockey, football, cross-country running and golf. Coaches and athletes have set goals as they move forward in the season. Here’s a brief preview of the season ahead for OV athletes FIELD HOCKEY Field hockey won its first game this season –– 6-0 against Brattleboro in Brandon on Sept. 4, with Lily Morgan in goal for her second year starting. The Otters highlighted what should be a balanced attack this fall: Riley Keith and Brittney Jackson...
Here's what happened in Addison County sports this past week. See below for this week's schedule of games and events.   *** SCOREBOARD HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Football 9/10 MUHS vs. BHS/SBHS.............. 22-0 9/11 Rice vs. Mt. Abe....................... 32-0 9/11 OV vs. Poultney........................ 40-0 Field Hockey 9/8 OV vs. Woodstock........................ 3-2 9/9 Burlington vs. MUHS.................... 5-0 9/9 OV vs. Rutland............................. 2-1 9/13 Mt. Abe vs. Mt. Mansfield........... 3-0 9/13 Windsor vs. OV.......................... 2-2 9/15 Colchester vs. MUHS...

OUR INTREPID COLUMNIST navigates the mostly flat Lamoille Valley Rail Trail, which offers great views and no vehicular traffic. Can we get one of these in Addison County? Photo by Deborah Dickerson
The bike trip started with seven miles of continuous downhill—and quite a bit more if we’d had the time to continue all the way to St. Johnsbury. But we had to turn around. And that’s what made me a little nervous, because those seven miles of downhill also meant seven miles of continuous uphill to get back to the car, which is where we were hoping to be before the thunderstorm hit. My wife, Deborah, and I had been wanting to bike the Lamoille Valley Rail Trail (LVRT) for some time. We’d driven past the eastern end numerous times on our way along Route 2 through Danville and St. Johnsbury to...

Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Two games, two shutouts.  Granted, a road game at St. Albans on this coming Friday might pose more of a challenge for the Middlebury Union High School football team’s aggressive defense. But this past Friday’s victim, the Burlington-South Burlington cooperative team on Doc Collins Field, will be happy not to see the Tigers again after losing by 22-0.  The Seawolves managed just two first downs all night, both on their opening possession on completions by sophomore quarterback Nick Kelly. The rest of the night Kelly and Ahmed Diawara, with whom he shared time at QB, were sacked as...
SCOREBOARD HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Football 9/10 MUHS vs. BHS/SBHS 22-0 9/11 Rice vs. Mt. Abe 32-0 9/11 OV vs. Poultney 40-0 Field Hockey 9/8 OV vs. Woodstock 3-2  9/9 Burlington vs. MUHS 5-0 9/9 OV vs. Rutland 2-1 Girls’ Soccer 9/8 Woodstock vs. OV 5-0 9/10 MUHS vs. OV 6-0  9/10 S. Burlington vs. Mt. Abe 5-0  9/10 Missisquoi vs. VUHS 3-2 (OT) Boys’ Soccer 9/8 OV vs. Proctor 0-0 9/8 MUHS vs. Colchester 2-1 9/9 VUHS vs. Winooski 2-0 9/9 Mt. Abe vs. U-32 3-2 9/11 MUHS vs. MAU 4-1 COLLEGE SPORTS Field Hockey 9/11 Midd. vs. Wesleyan 6-0 Men’s Soccer 9/11 Midd. vs. Wesleyan 3-1 Women’s Soccer 9/11...

MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School junior Lily Lapiner beats Enosburg Falls defender Dana Elkins to a corner, but her shot slides narrowly past the post and goalie Zoe McGee in the second half of the Tigers’ 2-0 home victory on Tuesday. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — So far, so good for the Middlebury Union High School girls’ soccer team. Three days after rallying for a dramatic 2-1 victory at Montpelier, on Tuesday the Tigers dominated visiting Enosburg in a 2-0 victory. The Tigers outshot the Hornets, 23-5; controlled play at midfield behind the work of two central middies, junior Lia Robinson and senior Hannah Turner, and senior center backs Ivy Doran and Zoe Noble; and got a first-half goal from junior forward Lily Lapiner and a second-half pad strike from first year Meredith Horne in her varsity debut. Senior goalie Julia Bartlett made...
ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury and Otter Valley union high school football teams won their openers on the road this past weekend, but the Mount Abraham-Vergennes collective team came up short away from home in its season debut. All three teams will be back in action this weekend. TIGERS On Friday, the Division I Tigers pulled away in the second half to defeat D-II Fair Haven, 20-0, on the strength of tough defense and three rushing touchdowns. Nick Austin-Neil’s first-half score gave the Tigers the lead, and Brian Whitley and Gavin McNulty capped second-half drives. The Tigers host the...

MUHS SENIOR NAT MCVEIGH was the top Tiger finisher in Saturday's Essex Invitational, coming in 28th overall in a cross-country race that featured a dozen-and-a-half boys' scoring teams, many of them from D-I schools. The D-II Tiger boys finished eighth. Photo by Joe McVeigh
ESSEX — Middlebury Union High School runners posted a number of top-30 finishes at Saturday’s Essex Invitational cross-country meet, at which athletes from Mount Abraham and Vergennes also posted respectable results. In a field including many Division I schools and more than 500 runners, the top Tiger girls’ athletes finished in a bunch, with Ella Landis, Seina Dowgiewicz and Beth McIntosh finishing 21st, 22nd and 23rd, respectively. MUHS was seventh in a field that included 11 scoring teams. Abigail Johnson led a non-scoring Eagle group by finishing 57th. Nat McVeigh led the MUHS boys’ team...

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