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MADDIE DONALDSON MAKES a save during Eagles practice on Monday in Bristol as the Mount Abe field hockey team prepares to defend their Division II state title. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — A full schedule of high school sports arrives this Friday, and for the first time since 2019 it will start without COVID-induced delays. If Vermont stays the course vs. the delta variant the regular season will be followed by full playoffs. This fall also brings the return of golf, at least on a limited basis, to Middlebury and Vergennes union high schools, and the introduction of bass fishing as a sport at VUHS. Coach Joe Crodelle’s Tiger golf teams are large enough to compete. The boys’ team will host two events at Ralph Myhre Golf Course, the first this coming Wednesday,...

LIL’BOT, SAILED BY Benedek Erdos, heads downwind during the Diamond Island Regatta on Aug. 14. Lil’Bot, representing Diamond Island Yacht Club, finished first in the Spinnaker C Class in the DIR. Photo by Joe Gannon
CHARLOTTE/FERRISBURGH — Two days of blue skies and (mostly) fair breezes welcomed sailors from up and down Lake Champlain to Town Farm Bay for this year’s Diamond Island Regatta and its new partner, the Split Rock Race. Hosting the two-day event, with the Diamond Island Regatta (DIR) on Saturday, Aug. 14, and the Split Rock Race (SRR) on Sunday, Aug. 15, were the newly renamed Diamond Island Yacht Club and Point Bay Marina on Thompson’s Point in Charlotte. Twenty-six boats competed in Saturday’s 10-mile DIR, and 14 took part in the 13-mile SRR on Sunday. Sailors hailed from, among other...
MIDDLEBURY — Hogan Beazley, Thomas Politano, Dale White, Mia Politano, Sue Rand and Neil Mackey were the title winners at the 2021 Ralph Myhre Club Championships, held on Aug. 28 and 29. Beazley won the Men’s Championship Flight, Thomas Politano claimed the First Flight, and Dale White prevailed in the Senior Flight. Mackey was the Men’s Net Champion. Mia Politano won the Women’s Flight, and Rand became both the Women’s Senior Flight and Net Champion. In regular weekly action, the duo of Beazley and Dayton Contois shot the Low Gross score in Wednesday Evening 4 Ball on Aug. 25, with Brent...
WEST HAVEN — Shoreham’s Jimmy Ryan, Bridport’s Troy Audet, and Cody Greene of Vergennes picked up dirt-track wins at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday night. Ryan picked up his victory in the headline 30-lap Sportsman Modified race, his second in about a month after going two years without winning a race in the top series at Devil’s Bowl. Two major accidents in the first two laps took out a number of drivers, leaving just 15 in the running after two red flags. No one was injured. Ryan bolted into the lead shortly after the second restart and stretched out to a big advantage as the race went...

MCKENNA DICKERSON IS radiant with excitement as she shows off the fish she caught below a waterfall on Alaska’s Tanalian River last month while her father-in-law, Matthew Dickerson, stands by with a net. Photo by Peter Dickerson
I have a confession. Although all three of my sons have gone on fishing trips with me from time to time, none is especially interested in fly fishing. If I bring one of them with me somewhere wild and beautiful — a national park in Alaska or Wyoming, for example — and put a fishing rod in his hands, he may employ it for a little while in the pursuit of whatever fish happens to be in the river. They have all done so successfully from time to time. Two have even managed to catch a fish in a state in which I have not caught a fish. But none of them really has a passion for angling. In short, I...

CHRIS GEORGE, A former Green Mountain College soccer player, brings a wealth of coaching experience at a variety of levels, most recently at the Addison United club team, to the MUHS boys’ varsity program. George takes over the reins this fall from Reeves Livesay. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The soccer coaching carousel spun at Middlebury Union High School this summer, and when it came to rest one coach had made a graceful exit after 13 years, another had moved from one program to the other to replace her, and a third moved from the local club coaching ranks to fill that vacancy. Leaving was Wendy Leeds, who led the Tiger girls’ varsity to several successful seasons — including a No. 2 seed in Division II — during her nine-year tenure with the varsity. Leeds also coached the JV girls’ team from 2008-2011 before taking over the varsity in 2012, and also served a stint...
MIDDLEBURY — Members of the Ralph Myhre Golf Course last week continued to compete on a statewide basis. On Aug. 17 four members competed in a VSWGA State Day event at the Country Club of Barre. Eva Mastalos finished in a First Place Tie for Low Gross in Flight 3, Nicole LaBerge earned Third Place Gross in Flight 3, Giselle Lafleche took Second Place Gross in Flight 5, and Sue Rand finished Sixth Place Net in Flight 2. Two Ralph Myhre teams competed in a Vermont Senior Four Ball tournament at Neshobe Golf Club on Aug. 18. Dale White and Ray Kelton finished Fifth Place Gross in Flight A, and...

TED WILLIAMS, PERHAPS baseball’s greatest batter in the game’s century and a half history, batted left-handed and threw right-handed. Many of baseball’s greatest players demonstrated this mix-handedness (including Red Sox Yaz, Wade Boggs, Rafeal Devers). A medical study noted that 32% of the game’s greatest players, batted left and threw right.
You want your kid to be a major leaguer, and make a ton of money, so you can retire and live on Easy Street? Well, turn him around! Make sure he bats left-handed, from day one, from the day he first picks up that fat red plastic kid bat, or some other kiddie cudgel and attempts to bash something with it. It doesn’t matter if he appears to favor his right hand, eating, say, or scrawling primitive scribbles: just gently instruct him to put his left-hand on top of the right when he first picks up a cylindrical object and goes about smiting. The next thing you know he’ll be whacking the ball...
WEST HAVEN — Saturday was another big night for local racers on Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s dirt oval, as three Addison County and one Brandon driver prevailed during an eight-event card. Salisbury’s Mike Palmer pulled off the biggest win, taking one of two 25-lap features in the headline Sportsman Modified Division. Two Shoreham racers also finished strong, with Anthony Warren in second and Jimmy Ryan in fourth. Frank Hoard of Manchester Center prevailed in the second feature, edging Brandon’s Vince Quenneville in second. Orwell’s Tim LaDuc finished fifth. New York driver Demetrios Drellos...

A FIERCE COMPETITOR battles in the boys’ 6- and 7-year-old division at Field Days on Friday. Independent photo/Steve James
NEW HAVEN — Armwrestling once again proved to be popular at Addison County Fair and Field Days, as the sport drew about 200 competitors to the fair’s main show tent on this past Friday. Seventy-seven youths between the ages of 5 and 17 signed up for contests beginning at around 5 p.m., and 125 adults started dueling two hours later in pro and amateur male and female categories.  “We had an awesome turnout,” said organizer Bill  Sinks. The overall winners were Joshua Grant in lefthanded and Eric Preston in righthanded competition. Grant also won the men’s pro left and right 198-pound weight...

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