Sports

SOUTH DUXBURY — Middlebury Union High School girls’ and boys’ cross-country teams ran well at the Harwood Invitational on this past Saturday and at Mount Abraham on Oct. 8, with Vergennes nipping at the Tiger boys’ heels in both events. Eagle runners posted several good individual efforts. The Tiger girls were second to host Harwood on Saturday and topped the Eagles on Oct. 8. The Tiger boys were in third on Saturday, two points behind Harwood and Spaulding, who tied for first, with the win going to Harwood on a tiebreaker.  The Commodore boys were just seven points behind the winning Tigers...
ADDISON COUNTY — In a busy stretch of high school sports late last week, the winners were Mount Abraham field hockey, Middlebury football, Vergennes girls’ soccer and MUHS boys’ soccer.  FIELD HOCKEY On Oct. 9 Mound Abe topped visiting Mount Mansfield, 1-0. Txuxa Konczal’s first-period goal, set up by Molly Laurent, held up as the game-winner as the Eagles outshot the Cougars, 15-3. Goalie Maddie Donaldson earned the three-save shutout as the Eagles improved to 3-0.   On Friday host Colchester topped the Tigers, 3-0, despite 10 saves from goalie Cassie Bettis. MUHS is 0-4. Also on Friday,...
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 Field Hockey 10/1 Rice vs. MUHS................................. 3-0 10/1 OV vs. Fair Haven............................ 3-0 10/5 Mt. Abe vs. MUHS............................ 5-0 10/7 OV at Fair Haven........................... Ppd. 10/7 Colchester at Mt. Abe.................... Ppd. 10/7 MUHS at Essex............................. Ppd. Football 9/30 Mt. Abe/VU vs. Mt. Mansfield...... 47-28 10/2 Essex vs. Mt. Abe/VUHS............. 50...

SPAULDING HIGH SCHOOL goalkeeper Kent Barcomb lunges to clear the ball from Mount Abe midfielder Tanner Harris (7), as Eagle teammates Branden Reynolds (3), Joe Graziadei (2) and Henry Cogswell (14) look on in the first half of Tuesday’s game in Bristol. Harris later scored one of the Eagles’ four goals in the half. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — After a slow start in Tuesday’s home game, the Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ soccer team took wing and soared to a 7-2 victory over winless Spaulding. The Eagles spotted the Tide an early goal on a wind-aided, but well-struck corner kick, but then settled into their possession game and scored four times in 20 minutes to take command and improve to 2-1.  Coach Bobby Russell said he appreciated the variety of the ways the Eagles scored and their goal-scorers, but most of all he enjoyed watching his team apply the principles he and the Eagles had been practicing — moving the...

EAGLE RUNNERS BREWER Atocha and George Collette, above, surge ahead of a Vergennes runner on the 5K course at Mount Abe this past Thursday in a meet that featured teams from all three county high schools. Photo by Joe McVeigh
BRISTOL — Middlebury Union High School runners ruled the afternoon overall at an Oct. 1 meet at Mount Abraham, but Vergennes senior Ben Huston submitted the most dominant individual performance.  The Tiger boys’ team rolled to victory in the three-way meet among the three Addison County schools, scoring 29 points to 52 for the Commodores and 61 for the Eagles. Huston won the boys’ race in 17:29, a 42-second margin over runner-up Jack Christner, a Tiger senior. Commodore Gabe Praamsma, Tiger Lucas Palcsik and Eagle Noah Engvall rounded out the top five.  On the girls’ side only the Tigers had...
SWANTON — Otter Valley Union senior golfer Mia Politano on Tuesday came up short in her quest for a three-peat as the Vermont high school Division II girls’ golf medalist. Politano’s score of 88 at the Champlain Country Club left her in second place behind Lake Region’s Tia Martinez, who fired an 82. Politano had defeated Martinez in each of the past two years.  Politano and her younger sister Elena Politano also finished second behind Martinez’ Lake Region team for the D-II title.  Martinez (82) and teammate Madeleine Racine (108) combined for a score of 190, while Mia Politano (88) and...
ADDISON COUNTY — In high school soccer action in the past week all local teams picked up at least on victory, while in local rivalry games Middlebury defeated Mount Abraham, and Vergennes rallied late to tie the Tigers. TIGERS TOP EAGLES On Sept. 30 the Tiger boys debuted with a 7-1 win at Mount Abe. Alex Bleich and Owen Connelly led MUHS with two goals and an assist each, while Edward Fallis, Wesley Hirdler and Andrew Lee each found the net, and Benjamin Seaton set up a pair of goals.  Eli Burgess converted a second-half penalty kick for Mount Abe after a foul drawn by Judah Jackson....
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school girls’ soccer action this past week Otter Valley won big at home in its opener, while Mount Abraham split a pair of games, and Vergennes lost a close road game.  Vergennes also visited Middlebury on Oct. 2; see story. Results from Wednesday games will be added to this story online on Thursday. All four local girls’ soccer teams were scheduled to see action on Wednesday, but most games were postponed due to the threat of thunderstorms.  OTTERS Elena Politano netted four goals in the OV girls’ soccer team’s 7-1 win against visiting Mill River on Friday....
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham bested Middlebury to highlight area high school field hockey action in the past week.  In other action the Tigers came up short on the road, and Otter Valley blanked visiting Fair Haven.  Several games scheduled for Wednesday were postponed due to the threat of thunderstorms. EAGLES VS. TIGERS On Monday the Eagles coasted to a 5-0 win over the host Tigers. Ava Konczal scored twice to lead the Mount Abe attack, and Molly Laurent,Madison Gile and Sarah Heath added a goal apiece.  MUHS goalies Cassie Bettis and Jolee Heffernan combined for 15 saves, but could not...
WEST HAVEN — Brandon’s Matt Bilodeau, Monkton’s Kaidin White, and Ferrisburgh’s Cody Greene won their races on Sunday, the final evening of the season on Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s dirt track, dubbed Foliage Fun Run night. Bilodeau dominated a 20-lap race in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman division. The Brandon racer led every lap and lapped all but the top five finishers. Castleton’s Johnny Bruno finished second. Likewise, White, an 11-year-old rookie, cruised to his win in a 20-lap Friend Construction 500cc Mini Sprint race. The Monkton youngster allowed only second-place finisher...

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