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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team split a pair of NESCAC home games this past weekend. The Panthers’ record stands at 15-2, 2-2 in league play heading into a key 3 p.m. Saturday home game vs. Williams (8-8, 2-2 NESCAC). On this past Saturday Middlebury used a 31-12 second-half surge to defeat visiting Bowdoin, 93-71. The Polar Bears fell to 5-10, 1-3 NESCAC. The Panthers led, 40-34, at the half, and then went on their decisive run over the first 8:37 over the second half. During the stretch, Ryan Cahill hit three straight three-pointers, and Matt Folger and Griffin...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ basketball team broke open its Monday home game vs. Otter Valley in the third quarter on the way to a 55-40 victory. The Tigers were already up by 10 at the break and then outscored the Otters, 15-3, in the third period to assume command. Tyler Buxton (14 points) and Jeff Lokatys (11) led a balanced scoring effort as the Tigers improved to 6-4 heading into a Wednesday game at Enosburg. The Tigers’ Saturday home game vs. Missisquoi was postponed until Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. The Otters received 13 points from Dylan Gaboriault and eight from Ben...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School gymnastics team on Jan. 15 defeated visiting South Burlington, 102.25-96.6, with its best performance of the season, and followed that up with an even higher score in winning at Randolph on Monday, 106.7-104.95. Coach Natalia Harthman said the Tigers improved their score by seven points over their previous meets in picking up the victory at South Burlington.   In that meet Carly Burger earned two individual wins and Mary Johnson one for the Tigers. Fair Haven independent Julianna Williams tied or outpointed them and SBHS gymnasts in three events,...
CRAFTSBURY — The Middlebury College ski teams finished second overall at the opening carnival of the season this pat weekend, hosted by Harvard at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center and New Hampshire’s Waterville Valley Resort. The Panthers were just four points behind the University of Vermont. Vermont won the event with 867 points, followed by Middlebury (863) and Dartmouth (839). The Panthers return to action this weekend at the University of Vermont Carnival. The women’s Nordic team on Saturday placed three skiers in the top six in the 15-kilometer classic race. Alexandra Lawson took second in...
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting Plattsburgh dealt the Middlebury College men’s hockey team a 4-1 setback on Friday, Jan. 17. The loss was the fourth straight for the Panthers and dropped them to 7-7. Middlebury will look to bounce back on the road this weekend with games at Bowdoin and Colby. The Cardinals were 6-8-2 after earning a 2-2 tie at Williams the next day. Against the Panthers the Cardinals broke the game open with three goals in the second period after taking a 1-0 lead in the first period on an Adam Tretowicz strike. In the second Plattsburgh scored two mid-period goals a minute apart:...
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 1/21 Essex vs. MUHS........................ 1-0 Girls’ Hockey 1/22 Colch/Burlington vs. MUHS........ 5-0 Girls’ Basketball 1/21 MUHS vs. Milton..................... 46-13 1/21 VUHS vs. Colchester.............. 50-41 1/21 Mt. Mansfield vs. Mt. Abe....... 45-41 1/21 Springfield at OV............ Ppd. to 2/8 Boys’ Basketball 1/20 St. Albans vs. VUHS.............. 52-36 1/20 MUHS vs. OV...
The decade of the “Teens” has come to an end. I know that most writers penned their end-of-the-year columns, or best-of-the-decade stories in late December as the decade was winding down. I’m a bit behind, as you may have noticed. But it’s not because I haven’t been thinking about it. As I reflect on the past 10 years, three themes emerge. For me it was a decade of growing awareness of the importance of protected and threatened public lands, especially as I experienced, learned more about, and increased my appreciation for numerous national parks and national forests across the country. Hand...

OTTER VALLEY JUNIOR Parker Todd lays in two of his team-high 16 points during Friday’s boys’ basketball game at Mount Abraham. The host Eagles won in dramatic fashion even though the Otters rallied to tie the game in the final minute. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — After watching his young Otter Valley boys’ basketball team lose on Friday at Mount Abraham Union High School, 46-44, on a bucket with 3.2 seconds to go, Coach Mike Stark cited the Eagles’ senior leadership as the difference. Well, really, Stark was talking about Liam Kelliher, whose 12-foot baseline floater created the final score. And after the Otters went on a second-quarter run to take a 21-13 lead, it was Kelliher who scored 10 points and set up a hoop by sophomore Henry Cogswell to give the Eagles a 25-21 halftime advantage. “Kelliher is a ballplayer,” Stark said. “He’s good,...

TIGER GUARD CADY Pitner drives the baseline as forward Grace Harvey provides the defense for Mount Abraham during the Eagle girls’ basketball team’s 36-22 victory on Thursday at Middlebury. Photo Courtesy of Mark Bouvier
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham defeated Middlebury to highlight area girls’ basketball action late last week. Elsewhere, Vergennes came up just short at home to a Division I foe, and undefeated D-II power Fair Haven knocked off Otter Valley. EAGLES-TIGERS On Thursday the Eagles used a full-court press to bolt to a 20-4 first-quarter lead on the way to a 36-22 victory at MUHS. Chloe Johnston sparked the Eagles with 12 points, 10 in the first quarter, and added five steals and three assists. Grace Harvey contributed eight points, seven steals and seven rebounds as the Eagles improved to 6-2...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team swept two games last week to improve to 7-3. The Tigers are on the road this week at Burlington-Colchester on Wednesday and Woodstock on Saturday. On this past Wednesday the Tigers scored late to snap a 1-1 tie and defeat host Burr and Burton, 3-1. Bella Gale broke the deadlock with 3:30 remaining and added a pad goal 29 seconds later. Audrey Schnoor scored the first MUHS goal earlier in the third period, and goalie Lydia Deppman made 20 saves. Stella Turner scored for BBA, and goalie Lola Herzog made 45 saves. On Friday the...

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