A MEMBER OF the New Haven River Anglers Association successfully casts a cotton ball fly into a hula-hoop during a competition at the group’s annual picnic recently. Our columnist was the first loser.
Photo courtesy of Matt Dickerson
It began as just some light-hearted Sunday afternoon relaxation and enjoyment. It ended in the painful crush of defeat.
OK, actually the defeat wasn’t that painful or crushing. In fact, it was about as relaxing and light-hearted as the rest of the afternoon. And I’m tempted to say it wasn’t even a defeat. I came in second place. When I pointed that out at the dinner table, my son Mark replied that coming in second is just another way of losing; “The second place finish is just the first loser,” he said. I think he only holds that view because he is a baseball player.
The activity was the...
OTTER VALLEY'S NATHANIEL Blake (7) and Aiden Blier (51) combine to bring down Mt Abe junior Joey Hemingway in the first quarter of Friday’s game between the high school rivals. The Otters defeated the Eagles 27-18.
Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — In a Friday game not decided until the final horn the Division III Otter Valley Union High School football team left Bristol with a 27-18 victory over D-II Mount Abraham-Vergennes.
In the fourth quarter Eagles twice stopped the Otters, who were up by 21-18 and threatening to ice a victory, deep in Eagle territory.
And Mount Abe was driving toward a potential tying or go-ahead score when a holding call nullified a gain that would have put them within the range of sophomore kicker/quarterback Adam Mansfield.
But they still had a chance before OV sophomore safety Brady Diaz stepped in...
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting Otter Valley fairly earned a 2-1 halftime lead over the Middlebury Union High School girls’ soccer team on Saturday, but the Tigers took the game over in the second half to roll to a 4-2 victory.
OV senior striker Julia Eastman buried two feeds from senior midfielder Olivia White before the Tigers dominated the second half with strong midfield play.
Sophomore Sophia Larocque scored once in each half for MUHS, and senior Isadora Luksch and sophomore Ivy Doran knocked in a goal apiece. Sophomore middie Hannah Turner, senior middie Alice Ganey and senior striker Isabella...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School football team rolled over visiting Rice on Friday night, 48-8, after taking leads of 28-0 in the first quarter and 42-0 at the half.
The Tigers improved to 3-0 and along with St. Johnsbury and Burr & Burton are the remaining undefeated teams in Division I. They are expected to face a stiffer test than they have so far this season in their three one-sided victories on this coming Friday, when they travel to meet Hartford (2-1).
Against Rice, Tyler Buxton rushed three times for 75 yards and one touchdown and returned a punt 42 yards for another...
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School won one soccer game and tied another in action late last week. The Commodores will carry a 2-1-1 record into a Tuesday game at MUHS.
On Wednesday the Commodores topped host Missisquoi, 4-1. Elsa Makelainen scored twice for VUHS, and Emily Rooney and Felicia Poirier added a goal apiece.
On Saturday visiting Fair Haven settled for a 1-1 tie. Rooney scored on a second-half direct kick to tie the game after Megan Ezzo gave the Slaters the first-half lead. VUHS goalie Kate Gosliga stopped six shots, and Emma Ezzo made five saves for the 4-0-1 Slaters.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ soccer in the latter half of last week, Middlebury and Otter Valley prevailed, but Vergennes and Mount Abraham came up short.
On Friday the 2-1 Tigers spotted visiting Rutland a first-half lead, but scored twice in the second half to win, 2-1. Alex Bleich, from Eben Jackson, tied the game, and Spencer Doran netted the game-winner. Tiger goalie Owen Lawton stopped two shots, and Raider goalie Jaden Kelly made four saves.
OV defeated visiting Springfield, 2-0, on Wednesday. OV took a 1-0 first-half lead on an own goal on a Sawyer...
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ soccer team won twice last week to improve to 2-1.
On Wednesday the Eagles blanked host Stowe, 2-0. Addy Harris and Ellie Ginsburg scored, and goalie Justice Green stopped three shots. Stowe goalie Anika Wagner made 15 saves.
On Saturday the Eagles routed visiting Fairfax, 9-1. Becca Laurent’s hat trick paced Mount Abe; Mae Peterson, Juliettte Snell and Harris each contributed a goal and an assist; and Sydney Minnerly, Chloe Johnston and Jessica Colbeth scored a goal apiece. Green made two saves, and two Fairfax goalies combined for 19...
ADDISON COUNTY — In area high school field hockey in the latter half of last week, Mount Abraham remained unbeaten, Middlebury split two games, and Otter Valley edged a county rival.
On Wednesday Molly Laurent and Sydney Perlee scored for the Eagles in a 2-2 tie against visiting Missisquoi. Goalie Kira Murray stopped four shots.
On Saturday the 3-0-2 Eagles bested visiting Mt. Mansfield, 3-2 in overtime. Madison Gile knocked home the OT game-winner, and Perlee notched both regulation goals for Mount Abe. Murray made seven saves for the 3-0-2 Eagles.
On Wednesday the 2-2-1 Tigers...
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
9/11 Missisquoi vs. Mt. Abe..................... 2-2
9/11 MUHS vs. Fair Haven..................... 11-0
9/13 Essex vs. MUHS.............................. 1-0
9/14 Mt. Abe vs. Mt. Mansfield................. 3-2
9/14 OV vs. Rutland................................. 3-1
9/13 OV vs. Mt. Abe............................. 27-18
9/13 MUHS vs. Rice............................... 48-8
9/11 VUHS vs. Missisquoi....................... 4-1
9/11 Mt. Abe vs. Stowe............................ 2-0
9/14 Mt. Abe vs. Fairfax...
MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School girls start the cross-country race at Mount Abraham in Bristol on Tuesday. Eventual winner Mary Ann Eastman, on the right, checks her watch.
Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — Middlebury girls and boys runners cruised to wins in a three-team cross-country meet hosted in pleasant fall weather by the Mount Abraham Union High School team on Tuesday.
Tiger senior Mary Ann Eastman won the girls’ race and she and her teammates took five of the six top places to score 18 points to cruise to the win.
The host Eagles, led by Ruby Jean Hall and Ruby Markowski in seventh and eight places, respectively, edged Missisquoi for second place, 57-58.
Sophomore Nat McVeigh paced the Tiger boys, who finished 1-2-3 and scored 27 points to hold off the second-place Eagles (41...