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ADDISON COUNTY — The defending Division II champion Vergennes-Mount Abraham girls’ lacrosse team earned the highest postseason seed among local lax squads, while the Middlebury boys’ and girls’ teams will also host postseason games. The Mount Abe-VUHS boys’ team hosted Otter Valley this past Thursday, and the Eagles will also be at home for a playoff game — see story on Page 1B. COMMODORE GIRLS On Saturday the 12-2 Commodore girls’ lacrosse team coasted past Stowe, 19-4. Coupled with first-place Hartford’s victory over GMVS, the win allowed VUHS-Mt. Abe to move past the Gumbies in the D-II...

MUHS SENIOR SOFIA STEFANI ran an impressive triple at the Essex Invitational track and field meet Saturday, where she finished 2nd in the 3,000 meter (shown here in 2nd position), fifth in the 1,500 and sixth in the 800. Photo by Joe McVeigh
ESSEX — A small contingent of Middlebury Union High School runners exceled at the May 29 Essex Invitational Track Meet. Senior Sofia Stefani finished second in the girls’ 3,000 meter race in 10:56:89 and fifth in the 1,500 in 4:54.60. Stefani recently became the first female Tiger runner since Sabrina Petri 16 years ago to break 5:00 in the 1,500. She also took sixth at 800 meters in 2:26.43. An observer at the meet told us that Stefani “defeated previously faster runners in every race and ran consistent and determined races.” Junior Hannah Turner finished third in the 400 while setting a...
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 Softball 5/27 Enosburg vs. VUHS................. 16-3 5/27 Mt. Abe vs. Milton..................... 16-0 5/27 MUHS vs. Spaulding................ 13-1 5/27 Proctor vs. OV.......................... 19-7 5/29 OV vs. Hartford....................... 12-11 Division II Playoffs 6/2 #5 MUHS vs. #12 Spaulding........ 2-1 6/2 #9 OV vs. #8 Lamoille................ 13-6 Division III Playoffs 6/1 #10 Peoples vs. #7 VUHS......... 15-9 Baseball...
It was two years ago this month that the Outdoor Writers Association of America had its most recent in-person conference. We gathered in Little Rock, Ark., in a hotel on the banks of a flooded Arkansas River. I met representatives of tourist bureaus from Arkansas and Alabama, through whom I was able to plan my first guided fishing trip on Arkansas’s famous White River (at Bull Shoals) and my first trip of any kind to Alabama, where I was able to fish for trout (in the state’s only year-round trout fishery) and for redfish (in the Gulf of Mexico around the mouth of Mobile Bay). At the...

An Eagle defender lines up his long stick for a shot at the Otter goal in Thursday’s game in Bristol. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — It’s been rare in recent years that the words “winning streak” have applied to the Mount Abraham-Vergennes cooperative boys’ lacrosse team, but the Eagles are happy to say they do now. Thursday’s 12-3 victory over visiting Otter Valley made it three in a row for the program, and the success comes at a good time — the Division III playoffs begin this week, and it allows the 5-8 Eagles, who will be the No. 4 seed in a six-team tournament, to dream big. “I think we’re all feeling really strong about that,” said Eagle senior midfielder Griff Paradee, who racked up three goals and an...
ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury girls’ tennis team nailed down the No. 1 seed in Division II with a win late last week, while two defending champions — Mount Abraham softball and the Vergennes-Mount Abe girls’ lacrosse — earned No. 2 D-II seeds with road victories. Several other teams also earned first-round home playoff games as the regular season concluded, including the Eagle-Commodore boys’ lacrosse team; Tiger boy’ lacrosse, softball and boys’ tennis; Otter Valley baseball; and VUHS baseball and softball. TENNIS Nobody locally had a better regular season than the MUHS girls’ tennis team...

MOUNT ABE’S SARAH Heath crosses the plate for one of the Eagles’ four runs in the third inning of Tuesday’s 5-1 win over Middlebury. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — Two high school softball teams playing well collided on Tuesday, when Middlebury, winners of four of five, visited Mount Abraham, winners of eight straight. Make it nine for Mount Abe. The Eagles’ four-run rally in the bottom of the third and the three-hit pitching of sophomore Eve McCormick proved to be decisive in their 5-1 victory. Mount Abe, a team that on Tuesday started just one senior (center fielder Karissa Livingston), improved to 13-2 and closed in on the No. 2 seed in Division II as the team seeks its fourth straight title. Coach Donnie McCormick acknowledged he was not...
CHITTENDEN COUNTY — Members of the Middlebury, Vergennes and Mount Abraham union high school track & field teams won events on May 21 at meets hosted by Mount Mansfield and Burlington. At MMU, Tigers Greg Wilhelm, Nicholas Suchomel, and the girls’ four-by-800-meter relay team of Sofia Stefani, Seina Dowgiewicz, Ella Landis and Hannah Turner placed first. According to former MUHS track coach Ed Blechner, Stefani also became the first Tiger female runner to break 5:00 in the 1,500-meter run in 16 years. The MUHS senior earned second place in 4:56.52. At BHS, Commodore runner Ben Huston and...

TIGER FIRST BASE Riley Farrell, playing second for an inning because of a teammate’s injury, gets the out in Tuesday’s 5-1 Tiger loss at Mount Abraham Union High School. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent high school softball action, both Mount Abraham and Middlebury were on rolls, while Vergennes won two out of three and Otter Valley won once in four outings. The Eagles also hosted the Tigers on Tuesday; see story on Page 1B. EAGLES On May 19, Mount Abe cruised by visiting OV, 12-2, as Cami Willsey tossed a four-hitter and fanned 17. Willsey also contributed two hits and an RBI to the offense. Lucy Parker doubled twice, singled twice, scored twice and drove two runs home for the Eagles, who scored eight runs in the sixth to break the game open. Also for Mount Abe...
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent high school lacrosse action the Middlebury boys, Vergennes-Mount Abraham girls, and Mount Abe-VUHS boys all earned victories as they entered the final week of regular season play. TIGER BOYS On May 19, the MUHS boys’ team got past host St. Albans, 10-4, with multiple goals from Owen Lawton (four), Mason Kaufmann (three) and Jackson Gillette (two). On Saturday, the Tigers outlasted host Mount Mansfield, 8-7, despite another injury to one of the team’s three seniors. MUHS has been playing for the past three weeks without senior attacker and leading scorer Bode...

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