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THE VUHS GIRLS’ basketball team put their hands in — following safe no-touch COVID protocol — during an in-game huddle on Monday night. The Commodores improved to 2-0 by putting the clamps on overmatched Milton. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
VERGENNES — Visiting Milton posed no threat to the Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team on Monday night. The deep Commodores blitzed the Yellowjackets with full-court pressure in the first half and cruised to a 60-15 victory. The 2-0 Commodores, who for the second game put 11 different players on the floor, had limited a shorthanded Mount Abraham team to eight points in the second half of their opening victory the previous Friday. On Monday they forced the hapless Yellowjackets into 26 first-half turnovers and led at the break, 30-6, after which Coach Billy Waller mercifully...
ADDISON COUNTY — Vergennes topped rival Mount Abraham to highlight local girls’ high school basketball action in the past week. In other games, Mount Abe won on the road, Middlebury lost on the road, and Otter Valley dropped a pair of contests to tough competition. This was the first week of winter sports in Vermont. High school sports competitions at indoor venues have been on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Scott recently lifted the ban on all but wrestling as of Friday, Feb. 12. EAGLES-VUHS On Feb. 12 the host Commodores broke away from a 24-24 halftime tie to top the Eagles...
ADDISON COUNTY — As the local high school boys’ basketball season opened, Middlebury and Mount Abraham each split a pair of games, while Vergennes and Otter Valley came up short. Vermont high school sports competitions at indoor venues have been on hold because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Scott lifted the ban on all but wrestling as of Friday, Feb. 12. TIGERS On Saturday the Tigers got a big game from sophomore Max Alberts in outlasting visiting Missisquoi, 67-63. Alberts scored 27 points and grabbed 10 boards. Senior Karic Riche contributed 13 points and five steals. Patrick Walker...
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 Boys’ Hockey 2/13 MUHS vs. Mt. Mansfield............ 5-3 2/17 MUHS vs. Mt. Mansfield............ 4-2 Girls’ Hockey 2/13 MUHS vs. Missisquoi................. 4-0 2/17 MUHS vs. Rutland...................... 7-3 Girls’ Basketball 2/12 VUHS vs. Mt. Abe.................. 50-32 2/12 Rutland vs. OV....................... 51-21 2/12 Colchester vs. MUHS............. 40-32 2/15 VUHS vs. Milton..................... 60-15 2/15 Mt. Abe vs....

PITCHER DAVE DRAVECKY pitched eight years in the Majors for the Padres and the Giants. His career came to an end at Stade Olympique in a game in Montreal in August 1989.
I have attended, in person, thousands of baseball games, many thousands, but one stands out in high relief: This game was the most dramatic I have witnessed in any sport ever. As I mentioned in this space a couple months ago, my wife Brett worked for the San Francisco Giants for three-and-a-half seasons, 1983-86, when she was in graduate school — that’s over 300 games. She ran the message board in Candlestick Park, the only woman in the press box. She came to teach at Middlebury in ’86, and our mutual interest in baseball was not incidental to our relationship. Her Giants came to Montreal...
ADDISON COUNTY — The first full weekend of the high school winter sports season was highlighted by a Friday win for the Vergennes girls’ basketball team over visiting rival Mount Abraham. In a successful stretch, the Middlebury and Mount Abe boys’ basketball teams won their home openers, the Tiger dance team put in a strong performance in an earlier virtual competition, and the MUHS boys’ hockey team opened with a road win. The Tiger girls’ hockey squad also prevailed; see separate story here. Vermont high school sports competitions at indoor venues have been on hold because of the COVID-19...

TIGER DEFENDER AUDREY Schnoor (18), who scored two goals in the game, battles a Missisquoi player for the puck during Saturday’s 4-0 home win by the Middlebury Union High School girls hockey team. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — After a couple dozen practices in the past month, the Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team, like most high school athletes everywhere in Vermont, were thrilled just to compete this past weekend. It just made their return to action sweeter when the Tigers iced their Saturday-evening cake with a four-goal outburst that spanned the second and third periods to defeat visiting Missisquoi Valley Union, 4-0. Senior defender Audrey Schnoor, whose two goals bookended the decisive surge, described the Tigers’ feelings of finally skating in a real game — and then winning. “We...

TIGER BAXTER HARRINGTON digs in as he skis the hill by the Middlebury Union High School softball field behind the Recreation Center off Creek Road during a three-team Nordic ski competition this past Saturday morning. Harrington was third for the MUHS boys’ team, which won their first meet of the season. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Skiing on a loop laid out on Creek Road athletic fields usually used by Middlebury Union High School soccer, softball and lacrosse teams, the Tiger boys’ Nordic squad this past Saturday breezed to a win in a three-way meet vs. BFA-St. Albans and BFA-Fairfax. The Tiger girls were less successful in a closer competition, finishing third behind the two visiting teams. The MUHS boys, led by a 1-2-4 finish by Zach Wilkerson, Baxter Harrington and Ben Seaton, respectively, scored 15 points to outpace the St. Albans Bobwhites (25) and the Fairfax Bullets (41) Lia Robinson finished third...

MUHS AND MIDDLEBURY College graduate Craig Hanson, center, has led the Dickinson College baseball program for 14 years. A tip from his brother Matt, right, helped his career along. Support from his father, John, left, and his mother Ann was also vital in starting Hanson along the coaching path. Photo courtesy of Craig Hanson
CARLISLE, Penn. — Many former athletes — or for that matter members of musical groups, theatrical troupes or dance companies — talk about learning the value of teamwork, discipline and passion from those pursuits. Some also become coaches and instructors and teach those lessons to the next generation of athletes and performers. Middlebury Union High School Class of 1998 and Middlebury College Class of 2003 baseball and football player Craig Hanson followed that path, and he remembers well what started him on it. During summers between his first two Panther spring baseball and fall football...
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Boys’ Hockey 2/13 MUHS at Mt. Mansfield........... 1 PM 2/17 Mt. Mansfield at MUHS...... 4:30 PM 2/20 Burlington at MUHS........... 5:30 PM Girls’ Hockey 2/13 Missisquoi at MUHS.......... 5:30 PM 2/17 MUHS at Rutland............... 3:45 PM 2/20 MUHS at CVU.................... 3:30 PM Girls’ Basketball 2/12 Mt. Abe at VUHS.................... 7 PM 2/12 OV at Rutland.................... 6:30 PM 2/12 MUHS at Colchester.......... 7:30 PM 2/15 Milton at VUHS....................... 6 PM 2/15 Mt. Abe at Winooski................ 7 PM 2/16 Fair Haven at OV.................... 7 PM 2...

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