THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD Connor McNamara concentrates in the backstroke leg of the 200-yard medley relay on Thursday at the Middlebury Town Pool.
Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Marlins swim team opened its season last week with sunny, warm weather and a pair of setbacks to Champlain Valley Swim League powers, 293-152 to host Burlington Country Club on June 25 and 289-177 to visiting defending champion Edge on Thursday.
The Marlins will visit Essex this Tuesday before hosting Burlington Tennis Club on July 9.
HOST BCC WINS
Three Marlins won three races apiece to pace the team vs. BCC on this past Tuesday: Aurora Foley, Natalie Rockwell and Oliver Poduschnick. Holly Staats added a pair of victories for Middlebury.
Marlins earning top-...
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Champs swim team opened last week with good weather, a roster of 111, and a split of two meets, falling on the road to defending Champlain Valley Swim League champion Edge, 280-209, on June 25, and returning home on June 27 to coast past Winooski, 275-133.
The Champs will swim at the Burlington Tennis Club on Tuesday and next head to St. Albans on July 9.
Will Clark led the Champs with three victories on June 25, and Annika Smits and Flint Crary each won twice. Champs posting top-three finishes in individual events vs. BCC were:
TONI POALINO, LEFT, and Kelly Trayah both bring years of softball coaching experience to Otter Valley, where they are the new co-coaches replacing the legendary Pattie Candon.
Brandon Reporter photo/Russell Jones
BRANDON — For the first time in more than three decades, Otter Valley Union High School will have a new coach heading up its softball program.
Actually it will have two.
Legendary OV softball coach Pattie Candon retired at the end of last season after 33 years, racking up 347 wins and four state championships. Two coaches were brought in to replace the Hall-of-Famer, and this year a new era of Otter softball begins under the guidance of Kelly Trayah and Toni Poalino.
Trayah, who also coaches the OV girls’ basketball team, is a former head coach of the Mount Abraham Union High School softball...
MOUNT ABE SENIOR Jalen Cook tries to dribble past Tiger Ashley Sunderland in the first half of Friday’s game in Middlebury. The Eagles won, 52-17.
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham outpaced Middlebury on Friday to highlight local high school girls’ basketball play last week. In other action, the Eagles and Tigers each dropped games earlier in the week, while Vergennes and Otter Valley each split two games.
EAGLES VS. TIGERS
On Friday the Eagles took charge with a 15-2 advantage in the first quarter in a 50-16 victory over the host Tigers.
Mount Abe Coach Connie LaRose praised the young Tiger team for playing hard, and said she got quality minutes from her bench players.
Chloe Johnston led the 5-2 Eagles with 17 points and three steals....
MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School junior Carly Burger swings through a move on the uneven bars during Thursday’s gymnastics meet at MUMS. Burger placed in all five events.
Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School gymnastics team picked up its first win of the season on Thursday, 94.0-87.25 over Randolph in a meet held in the Middlebury Union Middle School gymnasium.
The Tigers were buoyed by five top-six finishes by senior Lian McGarry, including one first-place effort and two second-place efforts behind non-scoring Fair Haven independent Julianna Williams, and by MUHS junior Carly Burger, who also scored in all five events.
Tiger freshman Alyza Alger finished in the top six in four events, including a second on the bars. Freshman Kylee Ellis picked up a...
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham knocked off Otter Valley to highlight local high school boys’ basketball action last week. Elsewhere, Vergennes dropped a pair of contests, OV lost another road game, and Middlebury picked up a tight home win.
EAGLES OVER OTTERS
On Wednesday Mount Abe outlasted visiting Otter Valley, 61-51, as four Eagles reached double figures. Liam Kelliher notched 13 of his game-high 20 points in the second quarter to help Mount Abe take a 28-20 halftime lead, and Shain Sargent tossed in 13 of his 15 in the second half to help the Eagles hold off the Otters.
MIDDLEBURY — The Division II Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team last week dropped a pair of games to D-I competition and fell back to .500 for the campaign at 4-4.
On Wednesday visiting Essex improved to 5-1 with an 8-1 victory over the Tigers.
Abby Robbins and Maddy Young led the Hornet attack with two goals, Ashley Stempek recorded a goal and three assists, and goalie Isabelle Seguin made nine saves.
Merry Kimble scored for the Tigers, and goalie Lydia Deppman stopped 30 shots.
On Saturday host Colchester-Burlington moved to 5-1-1 by defeating MUHS, 6-1. The SeaLakers broke...
SOUTH BURLINGTON — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team last week split a pair of Division I road games. The Tigers are 6-2 heading into two 7 p.m. home games this week, vs. South Burlington on Wednesday and St. Albans on Saturday.
On Wednesday host Rice improved to 4-1-1 by hanging on for a 3-2 victory over the Tigers. The Green Knights scored three times in the first 3:00 of the second period to take the lead, with two of the goals scored by Kieran Connolly.
The Tigers got on the board with a Cooper O’Brien goal with 2:27 left in regulation, assisted by Aaron Larocque and...
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
1/2 Essex vs. MUHS........................... 8-1
1/5 Colch/Burlington vs. MUHS........... 6-1
1/2 Rice vs. MUHS............................... 3-2
1/5 MUHS vs. Rutland.......................... 7-1
1/2 VUHS vs. Harwood.................... 39-25
1/2 Mt. Abe vs. South Burlington..... 36-25
1/2 Mt. Mansfield vs. MUHS............ 47-15
1/2 OV vs. Mill River........................ 52-29
1/4 Springfield vs. OV...................... 62-52
1/4 Mt. Abe vs. MUHS...................... 50-16
1/5 Mt. Mansfield vs. VUHS...
VUHS JUNIOR JOSIAS Salomao, shown keeping a Fairfax ballhandler at bay Thursday, helped spark a strong VUHS defensive effort in the game in Vergennes with seven steals.
Photo by Kristine Kirkaldy
VERGENNES — Thursday’s Vergennes Union High School boys’ basketball game began and ended with standing ovations.
The first ovation came at the request of Ben Epstein, a member of the Commodores’ 2001 Division I championship team for which Peter Quinn, who had died five days before, had served as an assistant coach.
With Quinn’s wife, Marian Greenberg, and sons Liam and Sam Quinn on hand, Epstein spoke in front of the packed house in memory of the beloved VUHS coach and school-based clinician.
After talking about Quinn’s coaching, basketball, mentorship and “trademark intensity,” Epstein said...