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ADDISON COUNTY — Only Middlebury prevailed as the high school girls’ soccer season got under way over the weekend and earlier this week. TIGERS On Saturday the Tigers rallied with two goals in the final seven minutes to knock off host Montpelier, 2-1. Hannah Turner equalized on a breakaway with seven minutes to go, and Sophie Larocque knocked in the game-winner on a Turner corner kick with less than three minutes to go. The result made Coach Reeves Livesay a winner in his debut leading the Tiger girls’ program. The Tigers hosted Enosburg on Tuesday; see story on Page 1B.  OTTERS The...
BRISTOL — The Sodbusters Horseshoe Pitching Club drew 128 pitchers to their Bristol courts this past Saturday and Sunday for the New England Championship Tournament. More than half of the competitors came from outside Vermont, and all six New England States were represented. Dakota Santor was the only Vermont winner; he posted three wins and one loss to take the Junior Boys’ division title. Local residents Debra Brown (third in Women’s A division) and Brian Simmons (sixth in Men’s A) were other local standouts. The tournament saw 13 competitors from Massachusetts, 17 from New Hampshire, 28...
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School boys’ soccer team opened on Friday by coasting past visiting West Rutland, 5-1. Max Derby scored twice to pace the Otters, and Luca Cifone notched a goal and an assist. Drew Pelkey and Hayden Bernhardt also found the net for OV. Bernhardt played goalie for the first half, when OV took a 3-0 lead, and Brian Stanley took over for the second half. West Rutland’s Cayman Pratt broke up the shutout bid in the late going. The Otters were expecting a stiffer challenge from host Proctor on Wednesday.
WEST HAVEN — New York drivers Zach Sobotka and Marc Johnson ran 1-2 on Sunday in the biggest race of the season at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, the Vermont 200. Counting lap-leader bonuses and a Hard Charger Award, Sobotka pocketed $12,942 for leading the final 74 laps and then holding off Johnson in the stretch. Sobotka capped off a big weekend after clinching the Sportsman Modified championship at the Brewerton (N.Y.) Speedway on Friday. Johnson’s runner-up finish was worth $4,000, and Orwell veteran Tim LaDuc finished third and netted $3,075, an amount boosted by lap-leader money. Middlebury’s...
Here's what happened in Addison County sports this past week. See below for this week's schedule of games and events.   *** SCOREBOARD HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Football 9/3 MUHS vs. Fair Haven ................ 20-0 9/3 Mt. Anthony vs. Mt. Abe............. 37-0 9/4 OV vs. Missisquoi...................... 34-6 Field Hockey 9/3 Mt. Abe vs. Missisquoi................. 7-0 9/4 OV vs. Brattleboro........................ 6-0 9/7 Mt. Abe vs. Rice .......................... 2-0 9/8 OV vs. Woodstock....................... 2-1 Girls’ Soccer 9/3 Proctor vs. OV.............................. 7-1 9/4 GMUHS vs. OV...

DODGER GREATS ROY Campanella, left, and Don Newcombe spent their first year in (white) organized baseball in 1946 playing for the Nashua (N.H.) Dodgers, performing brilliantly and winning the New England League Championship. Jackie Robinson played that breakthrough year in Montreal, so the Nashua Dodgers were the first integrated U.S. baseball team in organized professional baseball. Courtesy of the Nashua Telegraph
I have wanted to go to a game in Holman Stadium in Nashua, N.H., for a long time because of the park’s historical significance. Finally, this summer I did, on Aug. 12, the very last day of the season for the Nashua Silver Knights of the Futures College Baseball League, the same league whose championship was won by the Vermont Lake Monsters (well-done, Monsters!). I traveled solo for an afternoon makeup game, watched the home team lose, 6-5, with about 100 other fans (at most) on a sultry day. I sat for an inning or two with the dad of the Knights DH, a Nashua boy, a senior at Emerson College...
ADDISON COUNTY — The Mount Abraham and Otter Valley union high school field hockey teams debuted with big home victories over the weekend, and the Eagles added a road win on Tuesday. Middlebury was idle. The Tigers will open the season at Burlington on Thursday. EAGLES On Friday, Sept. 3, the Eagles romped past visiting Missisquoi, 7-0. Olivia Campbell scored three times to lead the attack, Txuxa Konczal scored twice and set up a goal, and Sarah Heath added a pair of goals. Molly Laurent and Madison Gile picked up assists, and in goal Maddie Donaldson and Greta Jennison combined for two...

Commodore forward Xavier DeBlois notches the home team’s second goal, holding off Paine Mountain defender Hayden Sargent to fire home a left-foot shot after teammate Elijah Duprey’s blast rebounded from the crossbar in the second half of Friday’s win in Vergennes. Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — The boys’ soccer season at Vergennes Union High School got off to a promising start on Friday, when the Commodores dominated visiting Paine Mountain, a collective team from the Northfield-Williamstown area, in a 2-0 victory. The Commodores allowed just four shots at goal, only two of which junior goalie Abram Francis had to parry; launched 21 of their own, 10 on target; consistently won 50-50 challenges; and showed more than respectable amounts of creativity and purpose in their ball movement.  Coach Kevin Hayes had asked for more variety and patience on the attack, and at least...
SCOREBOARD HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Football 9/3 MUHS vs. Fair Haven 20-0 9/3 Mt. Anthony vs. Mt. Abe 37-0 9/4 OV vs. Missisquoi 34-6 Field Hockey 9/3 Mt. Abe vs. Missisquoi 7-0 9/4 OV vs. Brattleboro 6-0 Girls’ Soccer 9/3 Proctor vs. OV 7-1 9/4 GMUHS vs. OV 5-0  9/4 Burlington vs. Mt. Abe 4-0 9/4 MUHS vs. Montpelier 2-1  9/4 Randolph vs. VUHS 1-0 Boys’ Soccer 9/3 VUHS vs. Nfield/Wmtown 2-0  9/3 OV vs. West Rutland 5-1  SCHEDULE HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Football 9/10 BHS/SBHS at MUHS 7 PM 9/11 Mt. Abe at Rice 1 PM  9/11 Poultney at OV 1 PM 9/17 MUHS at St Albans 7 PM 9/18 Fair Haven at Mt. Abe 1 PM 9/18...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College will permit fans who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or have a valid medical or religious exemption to attend its home athletic events this fall. College officials are defining fully vaccinated people as those who have had full doses of approved vaccines, assuming two weeks have passed since they have received their final shots. Attendees at sporting events are asked to bring their vaccination cards or a photo of the document on their phones. Fans are also encouraged to wear face masks outdoors when in group settings where physical distancing cannot be...

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