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MIDDLEBURY — The Tiger boys’ tennis team won three recent matches to improve to 8-2. They are dueling with U-32 and Woodstock for the No. 3, 4 and 5 seeds in Division I as the regular season reaches its final week. On May 19, the Tiger boys blanked visiting Harwood, 7-0. At No. 1 singles, Clyde Malhotra, M, defeated Cole Baitz, H, 5-7, 6-4, 11-9. At No. 2 singles, Andy Giorgio, M, defeated  Eric Dessureau, H, 6-0, 6-0. At No. 3 singles, Kellan Bartlett, M, defeated Dylan Silveria, H, 6-1, 6-0. At No. 4 singles, Aidan Chance, M, defeated Rohin Jordan, H, 6-2, 6-0. At No. 5 singles, Abel...
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vergennes, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley union high school baseball teams all won at least once during the past week to remain in the top eight in their respective divisions and stay in position for a first-round home game when the postseason begins next week. COMMODORES The VUHS baseball team made it four wins in six outings by winning two times in three tries. At 6-8, the Commodores look to have locked up a D-III home playoff game. On May 20, the Commodores overwhelmed host Milton, 16-2. Tucker Stearns tossed a six-inning four-hitter, fanning 10 and walking three....
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 5/19 Mt. Abe vs. OV......................... 12-2 5/20 Springfield vs. OV....................... 7-4 5/20 Mt. Abe vs. Fairfax..................... 3-2 5/20 Milton vs. VUHS......................... 7-0 5/20 MUHS vs. Enosburg................... 7-2 5/22 MUHS vs. Fairfax....................... 6-1 5/22 VUHS vs. Rice............................ 9-8 5/22 Mt. Abe vs. Spaulding.............. 11-3 5/22 Brattleboro vs. OV...
Second of two parts; read the first part here. A week ago last Sunday, the brilliant Shohei Ohtani of the Angels hit a game-winning homer with two outs in the 9th against ace Red Sox closer Matt Barnes. The Angels won 6-5. Exciting game. It took 3 hours 19 minutes to play, too long but only slightly above average time. In this nine-inning game, the teams combined to use 12 pitchers, and 23 of the 54 outs were strikeouts. Twelve pitchers! One game. And it happens all the time. A quick look at the box scores from last Sunday’s MLB games (Monday noon is the deadline for this piece) reveals that...

MUHS SENIOR EMMA Franklin lines up a backhand in her doubles victory (partnered by Lois Alberts) over North Country on Friday. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — When the six seniors on the Middlebury Union High School girls’ tennis team were ninth-graders they were new to a varsity program that went 1-11 and opted to sit out the Division II postseason. Those six now start for a team that won twice last week — 4-3 at a talented Montpelier team and 7-0 over North Country at home on Friday — to improve to 8-0. The Tigers stand in second place in D-II behind also undefeated Burr & Burton. Four years ago was also Coach Jill Dunn’s first year with the program. She remembers setting modest goals for the team — winning more games while...

Independent photos/Steve James
VERGENNES — On Saturday the defending Division II high school girls’ lacrosse champion Vergennes-Mount Abraham team served notice it was not ready to surrender the crown just yet. First-place Hartford was at VUHS to take on the Commodores, and the unbeaten Hurricanes were the only team to defeat them since 2018 — Hartford won at home, 8-6, on May 5. But the Commodores won Saturday’s rematch, 11-9, bolting to a 5-0 lead in the first 16:06 and then withstanding a Hurricane rally. Hartford left town still in first place with a 12-1 record, while the Commodores improved to 11-1. The top seed...
ADDISON COUNTY — Wins for several contending teams — Middlebury boys’ lacrosse, Mount Abraham-Vergennes girls’ lacrosse and Eagle softball — highlighted high school sports actions in the latter half of last week. Other teams that made a move as they headed into this week, the last in the regular season, included Tiger softball, Tiger boys’ tennis, and Commodore baseball. Local track and field teams all traveled to Chittendent County for meets this past Saturday.   LACROSSE On this past Wednesday the MUHS boys’ lax team got past host St. Albans, 10-4, with multiple goals from Owen Lawton (...
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School baseball team came into a Tuesday game having pulled out two dramatic wins late last week over top-eight Division II teams. The D-III Commodores couldn’t make it three in a row against visiting Spaulding that afternoon, however: The 10-1 Crimson Tide knocked out 13 hits and scored in five out of seven innings to leave town with an 8-4 victory. The Commodores dropped to 4-7, but are still in position for a D-III home playoff game thanks to their recent wins, the points they pick up for playing a strong schedule, and what Coach Dwight Burkett called a...

TIGER ATTACKER ALANNA Trudeau, who scored twice in the game, looks for a way through the massed Essex defense in the first half of Friday’s game in Middlebury. Essex prevailed, 11-5. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vergennes-Mount Abraham girls’ and Middlebury Union boys’ teams provided the high school lacrosse highlights in the past week, as the Commodores picked up three more victories while the Tigers won three times in four outings. Elsewhere, the Tiger girls split two games, and the Mount Abe-VUHS boys’ and Otter Valley boys’ teams each came up short twice. TIGER BOYS On May 12 the Tiger boys coasted to a 16-2 victory over visiting Burlington. Owen Lawton sparked the offense with six goals, and Mason Kaufman scored once and assisted three goals. Goalie Jack Rizzo made one...

BETHANY MORRISSEY, A teacher at Salisbury Community School, organized a contingent of runners from Salisbury to take part in this past Sunday’s Vermont Sun 5K race at Branbury State Park. More than 50 children and adults from Salisbury took part. Courtesy photo
SALISBURY — At the season kick-off to the Vt. Sun Run and Triathlon Series around Lake Dunmore this past Sunday morning, Michaela Young of Addison set a new half marathon course record of 1:30:35. Her time was more than 13 minutes ahead of her closest rival, Heidi Underwood of Catskill Bay, N.Y. In the men’s division, Waylon Kurtz of Montpelier ran a 5:37 pace over the 13.1-mile course to shatter the men’s half marathon record with 1:13:37 finish, nearly 12 minutes faster than the old mark. David McHarrie of Circleville, N.Y., was second in 1:15:22. Organizers said that 300 racers signed up...

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