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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team split a pair of games last week and held a 2-1 record heading into this week’s action. The Tigers were set to host U-32 on Wednesday evening after the deadline for the Independent and are scheduled to visit Harwood/Northfield on Saturday. On Feb. 17 the Tigers for the second straight game scored three unanswered second-period goals to snap a tie, this time at Rutland on the way to a 7-3 victory. The teams were tied at 1-1 after one period and goals by McKenna Raymond, Lily Finn and Audrey Schnoor broke the game open in the...
ADDISON COUNTY — In local girls’ high school basketball play in the past week Vergennes won twice to remain unbeaten, Middlebury broke into the win column, Otter Valley split two games, and Mount Abraham dropped a pair of contests. COMMODORES The Commodores’ two victories moved them to 4-0 at the halfway point of the COVID-shortened season. As of midweek they were tied with Lake Region for the Division III lead. On Feb. 18 the Commodores topped host Missisquoi, 34-20, behind what Coach Billy Waller called another strong defensive effort. VUHS led at the half, 17-4. Kate Gosliga paced the...
HUNTINGTON — In a six-team meet hosted by Burlington High School at Sleepy Hollow Ski and Bike Center on Feb. 17 the Middlebury Union High School boys coasted to victory, while the Tiger girls’ team was fourth. Mount Abraham independents also excelled in the race, which combined 2.3 kilometers on classic skis and another 2.5K on skate skis. The Tiger boys won with 19 points, followed by Mount Mansfield, 38; Champlain Valley, 46; BHS, 97; Colchester, 120; and South Burlington, 177. BHS (18 points) won the girls’ race trailed by MMU (31), CVU (34), MUHS (75), CHS (135) and SB (161). Local...
Here's what happened in Addison County high school sports this past week. See below for this week's schedule of games and events. ***  SCOREBOARD HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Boys’ Hockey 2/17 MUHS vs. Mt. Mansfield............ 4-2 2/20 MUHS vs. Burlington.................. 4-3 2/24 Burr & Burton vs. MUHS............ 2-1 Girls’ Hockey 2/17 MUHS vs. Rutland...................... 7-3 2/20 CVU vs. MUHS........................... 2-1 2//24 MUHS vs. U-32......................... 8-2 Girls’ Basketball 2/18 Colchester vs. Mt. Abe........... 43-28 2/18 VUHS vs. Missisquoi.............. 34-20 2/19 OV vs. Mt...

BURLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL goalie Steve Labombard stops Tiger forward Timothy Hunsdorfer on the doorstep in the second period of Saturday’s 4-3 come-from-behind victory over the Seahorses by Middlebury Union High School. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team so far is making the best of its COVID-shortened season — on Saturday the host Tigers moved to 3-0 by rallying past overmatched, but stubborn, Burlington, 4-3. The Seahorses led, 3-1, with 5:26 left in the second period after making the most of their few chances — they scored on three of their first five shots on goal, twice on power plays. But despite the heroics of Burlington’s freshman goalie, Steven Labombard, who made 45 saves, a Tiger comeback seemed inevitable. After Burlington took that two-goal lead, Tiger senior Andy...
ADDISON COUNTY — In high school sports in the latter half of last week the Vergennes and Otter Valley girls’ hoop and Middlebury girls’ hockey and boys’ Nordic teams picked up wins, while local boys’ basketball teams hit a rough patch. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL On Thursday the Commodore girls moved to 3-0 by topping host Missisquoi, 34-20, behind what Coach Billy Waller called another strong defensive effort. VUHS led at the half, 17-4. Kate Gosliga paced the Commodores with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Felicia Poirier recorded six points, three assists, six steals and seven rebounds. Also on...
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School junior varsity boys’ basketball team has canceled practices and games this week after one of its players allegedly tested positive for COVID-19. The school’s varsity and JV boys’ teams opened their season last Friday, Feb. 12, by hosting Enosburg Falls High School, which is located in Franklin County. A couple of days later, Mount Abe Athletic Director Devin Wendel notified Enosburg Athletic Director Anthony Sorrentino that a Mount Abe JV player had tested positive for the disease, and likely had been positive during the Feb. 12 game, Sorrentino...

DENNISE CASEY, AN all-star field hockey midfielder at Mount Abraham Union High School, follows her shot on goal. The 1999 Mount Abe graduate, who later played key roles in Gov. Jim Douglas’s administration, also played in a Junior Olympic tournament. Photo courtesy Dennise Casey
Editor’s note: This is the latest in a series catching up with student athletes from area high schools. SOUTH BURLINGTON — Over the years being the youngest in a group has not held back Starksboro native Dennise Casey. As a 13-year-old freshman at Mount Abraham Union High School Casey started at midfield for the Eagle field hockey team. After her second year at Mount Abe she was chosen as a Junior Olympian and played in a national tournament in North Carolina. As a sophomore Political Science major at the University of Vermont she volunteered for Gov. James Douglas’s first campaign for...

TIGER GOALIE ABBY Hodsden makes a glove save in the first period of Middlebury Union High School’s 4-0 win over the visiting Missisquoi Valley Thunderbirds on Saturday. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — After a couple dozen practices in the past month, the Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team, like most high school athletes everywhere in Vermont, were thrilled just to compete this past weekend. It just made their return to action sweeter when the Tigers iced their Saturday-evening cake with a four-goal outburst that spanned the second and third periods to defeat visiting Missisquoi Valley Union, 4-0. Senior defender Audrey Schnoor, whose two goals bookended the decisive surge, described the Tigers’ feelings of finally skating in a real game — and then winning. “We...
MIDDLEBURY — Before a homestand this week, the Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team opened on Saturday with a 5-3 victory over host Mount Mansfield. The Tigers snapped a 2-2 second-period tie with three straight goals on the way to the win. Five Tigers scored, and they took the lead on unassisted strikes in the middle period by Tucker Stearns and Abel Anderson. Andy Giorgio made it 5-2 early in the third period with another unassisted score. Before the Cougars knotted the game at 2-2, the Tigers took a 2-0 first period lead on Iain Olsen’s unassisted shorthanded goal, the first of...

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