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STOWE — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team picked up a key road win on Saturday, defeating host Stowe, 3-1, as the Tigers evened their record at 4-4. Owen Austin scored for the Tigers as the teams finished the first period tied at 1-1. Tucker Stearns gave MUHS the lead in the second, with an assist from Ryan Nadeau, and Hale Hescock sealed the victory with an empty-net goal. Tiger goalie Jeff Stearns made 25 saves, and Stowe goalie Ethan Brown stopped 26 shots. The Tigers will host Colchester at 7 p.m. on Friday.
VERGENNES — At a wrestling meet this past Wednesday at Vergennes Union High School, visiting Spaulding defeated both VUHS and Middlebury, while the Commodores topped the Tigers. Spaulding bested MUHS, 60-18, and VUHS, 43-32, while VUHS outscored MUHS, 48-18. The match results were: VUHS 48, MUHS 18 For VUHS, Parker Kayhart, Aiden Gebo, Taylor Stearns, Gabe Kadric, Barret Barrows and Gabe Payne-Vinick won by forfeit, as did Nick Sheldrick for MUHS. In contested matches: •  At 106 Eli Bruce, V, pinned Layne Chant, M.  •  At 145 Brian Whitley, M, defeated Jeremiah Moulton, V, 2-1. •  At 152...
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball action late last week, Middlebury split two games, Mount Abraham won once, Vergennes lost a road contest, and Otter Valley dropped a pair of home games. The Eagles visited VUHS on Saturday afternoon; see story. TIGERS On Wednesday the Tigers took a 35-12 halftime lead in a 56-39 victory over host Milton. Tyler Buxton (12 points) and Karic Riche (11) led a balanced MUHS offense. On Friday visiting North Country edged the Tigers, 55-53. The Tigers had a chance to tie or win the game on their final possession after rallying as Wes Hirdler...
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 1/11 MUHS vs. Stowe........................ 3-1 Girls’ Hockey 1/11 St. Albans vs. MUHS.................. 4-0 Girls’ Basketball 1/10 Windsor vs. OV...................... 61-48 1/10 Mt. Abe vs. Lyndon................. 39-26 1/10 VUHS vs. MUHS..................... 56-34 Boys’ Basketball 1/8 MUHS vs. Milton....................... 56-39 1/8 Enosburg vs. VUHS.................. 50-41 1/8 Mt. Abe vs. Missisquoi...

MOUNT ABE JUNIOR guard Savannah Scrodin presses U-32 Raiders’ Shannon McGinley in the first half of the Eagles’ 45-34 home win on Tuesday. The Eagle defense forced 34 turnovers in the victory. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team started slowly against visiting U-32 on Tuesday, but the Eagles’ defensive pressure, depth, and free-throw shooting carried them to 45-34 victory. The win was the fourth straight for a young team that returned only one player who saw significant minutes a year ago, senior point guard Chloe Johnston, and it improved their record to 4-2 heading into Friday’s home game vs. Lyndon. Both Johnston and Coach Connie LaRose pointed to chemistry and work ethic as major factors in the Eagles’ good start despite returning only three...

MIDDLEBURY FORWARD OWEN Powers watches as a shot from Antoine Belisle beats the Manhattanville goalie for the fourth goal in Saturday’s 5-2 win in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers, seeking their first winning season in several years, improved to 7-3. They will host Wesleyan and Trinity this weekend. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — In their annual holiday tournament, the Middlebury College men’s hockey team suffered a disappointing, 4-3 overtime loss to St. Michael’s this past Friday. But the Panthers bounced back to defeat Manhattanville, 5-2, in Saturday’s consolation game. Saturday’s effort has been more typical of the season for the Panthers, who stand at 7-3 as they enter a challenging four-game stretch. This weekend the Middlebury men, tied for second in NESCAC play at 5-1, host two tough league teams, fourth-place Wesleyan on Friday at 7 p.m. and first-place Trinity on Saturday at 4 p.m. But after...
The first fish caught me by surprise. It was a landlocked salmon, and a fairly large one by the standards of that small Maine lake: about 18 inches long, with a visible kype identifying it as a male. Perhaps a frustrated male that hadn’t been able to spawn. Although brook trout and possibly landlocked salmon were once native to the lake, any native stock had long since been extirpated. The lake had seen a series of stockings of non-native fish including bass, brown trout and pickerel dating back decades. This was rectified by a “reclaiming” of the lake when I was a child — a poisoning of all...
BRANDON — The host Otter Valley Union High School girls’ basketball team took charge early on Tuesday and defeated Middlebury, 54-31. The Otters led by 10-4 after one period and by 24-12 at halftime on the way to improving to 2-3, with both wins over the Tigers. MUHS dropped to 2-3. Senior forward Livia Bernhardt led OV with 22 points, mostly in the paint. Julia Eastman and Alice Keith each scored seven for OV, and Mary Kingsley chipped in five. Freshman forward Elle Sellers tossed in 19 to pace the Tigers, and Ivy Doran added six points.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team outscored visiting Hartford on Tuesday, 5-3. The Tigers improved to 5-2 heading into a Saturday game at North Country/Lyndon. Avery Gale led the Tiger attack with two goals and an assist, and Izzy Pistilli, Hana Doria and Bella Gale added a goal apiece. Ella Tucker, Taylor Moulton, Erin Mulcahy and Camille Malhotra chipped in assists to the Tigers’ cause against the 0-7 Hurricanes.
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting BFA-St. Albans edged the Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team on Tuesday, 2-1. The Bobwhites improved to 5-2, while the Tigers fell to 3-4. BFA got second-period goals from Camden Piper and Sean Beauregard. Logan Pierson-Flagg answered for the Tigers, with an assist from Devon Kearns. Dan Ellis made 17 saves for BFA in the first two periods, and Seth Bushey stopped 10 shots in the third period. Tiger goalie Zeke Hooper made 33 saves. The Tigers will visit Stowe on Saturday.

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