Sports

03/05/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — The No. 9 Otter Valley Union School girls’ basketball team defeated host No. 8 White River Valley on Tuesday, in a Division III first-round playoff game. Also in D-III on Tuesday, No. 7 Vergennes hosted No. 10 Fairfax; see separate story. In D-II on Wednesday No. 6 Mount Abraham defeated No. 10 Lamoille, 52-30, while No. 13 Middlebury fell to host No. 4 Enosburg, 58-33.   Details of the Otters’ game at White River on Tuesday were not available. OV improved to 10-11, while White River, which played a less challenging schedule, finished at 13-8. The Otters will take on No. 1...
03/05/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s basketball on Monday earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament after compiling a 20-5 mark through the regular season and the first round of the NESCAC tournament. The program will be making its 11th NCAA appearance in the past 13 years. The Panthers will compete this weekend in an NCAA Regional hosted by SUNY-Brockport (24-3). At 4 p.m. on Friday Middlebury will take on Westfield State (20-7), followed by host Brockport taking on Coast Guard (14-13) at 6:30 p.m. The winners will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Middlebury’s record...
03/05/2020
SOUTH BURLINGTON — Longtime former Clemson University Baseball Coach and American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame Member Jack Leggett will be speaking at South Burlington High School clinic on Saturday morning on behalf of the Vermont Baseball Coaches Association.  Vermont coaches association member Jeff Stetson said coaches at all levels are welcome to attend, registration at the door is welcome and the cost for youth coaches is $15. Leggett, who Stetson said recently spoke to thousands of guests at a national baseball convention, will present from 9 a.m. to noon.  Stetson...
03/05/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s hockey team defeated visiting Trinity, 4-1, on Saturday in a NESCAC quarterfinal. The 20-2-3 Panthers — 14-1-1 NESCAC and ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division III — will host the league’s final four this weekend. This Saturday at 1 p.m. the Panthers will take on No. 4 seed Hamilton (16-8-1, 9-6-1 NESCAC), and at 4 p.m. No. 2 Colby (15-5-5, 9-3-4) and No. 3 Amherst (15-5-5, 8-4-4) square off. The winners will meet for the title and the league’s automatic berth to the NCAA tournament at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets for the weekend games are $6 for adults and $3...
03/05/2020
BRUNSWICK, Maine — The Middlebury College men’s lacrosse team bolted to a 6-0 lead on the way to a season-opening 16-12 victory at Bowdoin on Saturday. The Panthers return to action this coming Saturday, when they host Connecticut College at 1 p.m. Tyler Forbes scored twice and assisted on two goals in the opening surge. The Polar Bears cut the lead to 6-5 early in the second quarter, but two Danny Jacobs goals helped push the lead to 9-5 at the break. Bowdoin cut the lead to two goals once in the third period and to three twice in the third, but the Panthers answered every time. Jacobs paced...
03/05/2020
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 D-I Playoffs 3/4 #3 Rice vs. #6 MUHS................... 3-0 Girls’ Hockey D-I Playoffs 3/4 #4 Harwood vs. #5 MUHS............ 2-0 Girls’ Basketball D-II Playoffs 3/4 #6 Mt. Abe vs. #11 Lamoille..... 52-30 3/4 #4 Enosburg  vs. #13 MUHS.... 58-33 D-III Playoffs 3/3 #7 VUHS vs. #10 Fairfax......... 52-37 3/3 #9 OV vs. #8 White River......... 47-29 COLLEGE SPORTS Women’s Hockey NESCAC Quarterfinal 2/29 Midd....
03/05/2020
Anglers like to tell stories. I’ll admit that’s not always a good thing. Some anglers may tend to ramble a little bit. Some of their fish stories may even involve an exaggeration or two. I’ve even been accused myself of sometimes rambling, and perhaps stretching the facts a little. Because, after all, a 22-and-a-half-inch trout is basically a 23-inch fish. And it really matters how I started the morning with coffee, which thermos I put the coffee in, why I decided to go with my felt-soled wading shoes rather than cleats, and how I carefully and with great anguish of mind selected that one...

PANTHER SENIOR GOALIE Brian Ketchabaw and defenders Brett Dineen, left, and Tyler Capello watch as Wesleyan’s Emmet Powell rings the right post with a shot during Saturday’s NESCAC men’s quarterfinal at Kenyon Arena. Independent photo/Steve James
03/02/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team took a step forward this year, knocking off two teams higher in the standings in the final weekend of the regular season to earn the right to host a home NESCAC playoff game for the first time since 2014. But on Saturday the Panthers’ journey came to an end in that playoff game, when visiting No. 5 seed Wesleyan rallied in the third period to oust No. 4 Middlebury, 4-2. The Panthers scored twice in the second period to erase a Cardinal lead, but Wesleyan (13-11-1) found the net twice in the first 7:01 of the third period and added a late...
03/02/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — As the regular season wrapped up late last week for local high school girls’ basketball teams, Vergennes and Otter Valley extended winning streaks, Mount Abraham saw a winning run halted, and Middlebury lost on the road. The Vermont Principals’ Association announced playoff pairings on Monday morning, and first-round games will be played on Tuesday or Wednesday. COMMODORES On Thursday the Commodores defeated Division I host Colchester, 37-23, improving their winning streak to five games and their record to 12-8. They earned the No. 7 seed in D-III and will apparently host No...
03/02/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ and boys’ hockey teams will both open Division I tournament play in road quarterfinals on Wednesday. The 12-6-2 Tiger girls were seeded fifth in D-I and will visit No. 4 Harwood (13-5-2) at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Harwood and the Tigers skated to a 1-1 tie in Middlebury in their only meeting of the winter. The winner of that game will almost certainly face top seed Burlington-Colchester (18-1-1) in a semifinal to be played on March 6 or 7. The Sealakers handled the Tigers twice this winter, 8-1 and 5-0. The D-I girls’ final will be played at...

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