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THE VUHS BOYS’ team on Sunday won four events and finished third in the Division II track and field championship at UVM despite fielding just eight athletes, all of them runners. Pictured are front, Jarret Muzzy; middle, l-to-r, Chris Therrien, Kai Williams and Julio Quiles; and rear, l-to-r, Coach Brad Castillo, Xander DeBlois, Gabe Praamsma, Ben Huston and Erich Reitz. Photo courtesy of Bill Clark
BURLINGTON — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ indoor track team won four events and placed third in Division II at Sunday’s championship meet, hosted by the University of Vermont. The performances by Coach Brad Castillo’s Commodores represented the program’s best finish at a state meet since 2004, when a larger VUHS team that included field events athletes as well as runners captured second place. Junior Ben Huston and senior Julio Quiles sparked the team. Huston won at 1,000 meters and ran on the Commodores’ winning 4-by-400 and 4-by-800-meter relay teams. Quiles won the 300, finished...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team blitzed visiting Missisquoi on Tuesday, 8-1, in a key Tier II matchup. The win moved the Tigers to 11-6-2 with one game left in their regular season. They remained in second place in Tier II, right behind Harwood (11-5-1). Missisquoi dropped to 9-7-1 in Tier II, but remained in third place. The top two teams in Tier II will compete in the Division I tournament, while the remaining Tier II teams and all Tier III teams will compete in the D-II tournament. The Tigers will conclude their regular season by hosting Rice on Friday at 7...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team split two NESCAC games this past weekend as the Panthers’ regular season concluded with a satisfying victory over the league’s first-place team on Friday followed by a stunning, last-second upset on Saturday that cost Middlebury a first-round home playoff game. The Panthers (20-4 overall, 6-4 in NESCAC) finished in a three-way tie for third place with Trinity (16-8, 6-4) and Williams (13-11, 6-4), but lost out on tiebreakers because Trinity swept both teams in the regular season, including the Bantams’ 82-76 home win on Jan. 31. As a...
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Middlebury College ski team this past weekend won its second straight carnival, this time taking home the crown at Williams. The Panthers finished with 855 points, followed by Vermont (843) and Dartmouth (752). Justin Alkier, Tim Gavett and Erik Arvidsson picked up alpine wins, and the Panther women’s Nordic team posted victories on both days. Nordic competitions were held in Lake Placid, N.Y., while the alpine events took place at Jiminy Peak in Hancock, Mass. Middlebury is off until hosting its own carnival on Feb. 28 and 29. On Saturday Alkier won the slalom for...
ADDISON COUNTY — The competition proved to be too tough for the Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Otter Valley boys’ basketball teams earlier this week. Teams are in their final week of play. The Vermont Principals’ Association will release playoff pairings on Monday morning. EAGLES On Tuesday host BFA-St. Albans edged Mount Abe, 50-46, in a game that was close throughout. The Eagles led, 44-41, when Bobwhite Nick Voyer tied the game with a three-point play. BFA’s Tyler Yates hit a three-pointer to put his team on top. Eagle Liam Kelliher scored to make it 47-46, then the Bobwhites iced the game...
VERGENNES — The Middlebury Union High School dance team took third in the Hip Hop discipline at this past Saturday evening’s championship competition, which was staged at Vergennes Union High School. The judges placed the Tigers behind only first-place Mount Mansfield and runner-up Lamoille. All three teams qualified to attend the New England Dance Championships on Saturday, March 14, in Enfield, Conn. Mount Mansfield also won the Jazz discipline followed by Lamoille, and South Burlington. South Burlington prevailed in Pom, with Colchester second and Mount Anthony in third.

THE ADDISON COUNTY District Free-Throw Champions are, from left: Zoey Johnston, Ashtin Stearns, Adrienne Smits, Dustin Abbott, Bowen Lutz, Oliver Cogswell, Hayden Lutz, Safi Camara and Mike Sayre. Photos/Dave Lathrop
BRISTOL — This past Saturday, the Mount Abraham Union High School gym was filled with the sounds of bouncing balls and swooshing nets. The cause for all the noise? The Knights of Columbus held the Addison County District Free-Throw Championship. Ten free-throwers left the event as district champions in their age groups. Each qualified to compete in the state-wide free-throw competition at Winooski High School on March 15. The girls and boys district champs were: •  9-year-old division: Dustin Abbott. •  10-year-old: Zoey Johnston and Bowen Lutz. •  11-year-old: Adrienne Smits and Oliver...
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 2/19 MUHS vs. Colchester......... 4-3 (OT) Girls’ Hockey 2/18 MUHS vs. Missisquoi................. 8-1 Girls’ Basketball 2/17 VUHS vs. Milton..................... 53-26 2/17 Enosburg vs. MUHS............... 39-26 2/17 Mt. Abe vs. Winooski............. 52-26 2/18 Rutland vs. OV....................... 52-35 Boys’ Basketball 2/17 Burr & Burton vs. OV.............. 56-50 2/18 Missisquoi vs. VUHS...
Several days ago my wife, Deborah, and I went snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on a thick blanket of lovely fresh snow. We weren’t alone. Joining us on the outing was our friend Felicia. Felicia had never been snowshoeing or skiing before. Felicia is in her third and final year living in Vermont thanks to a temporary job in town. Two and a half years in, and she still isn’t a big fan of the cold of Vermont winters. For that, she can be excused. Felicia grew up in Jamaica. The average January temperature in Montego Bay (near the cold northwest corner of the Caribbean island nation) is 74...

TIGER FORWARD BELLA Gale gets ready to launch a shot at the U-32 net during Friday’s home girls’ hockey game. Gale scored one of the Tigers’ four goals as they rallied to tie the visiting Raiders. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team on Friday rallied late to overcome a slow start and salvage a 4-4 tie against visiting U-32. The Tigers are in the regular season’s final week and will host two games that could determine their playoff fate. MUHS (10-6-2) is battling with Harwood (11-4-1) and Missisquoi (8-5-1) for the top two spots in Tier II of the three-tier girls’ hockey structure. Tier II’s top two teams will join the Division I tournament, while the rest will compete in the D-II tournament along with Tier III. The Vermont Principals Association will...

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