Sports

02/20/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — The competition proved to be too tough for the Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Otter Valley boys’ basketball teams earlier this week. Teams are in their final week of play. The Vermont Principals’ Association will release playoff pairings on Monday morning. EAGLES On Tuesday host BFA-St. Albans edged Mount Abe, 50-46, in a game that was close throughout. The Eagles led, 44-41, when Bobwhite Nick Voyer tied the game with a three-point play. BFA’s Tyler Yates hit a three-pointer to put his team on top. Eagle Liam Kelliher scored to make it 47-46, then the Bobwhites iced the game...
02/20/2020
VERGENNES — The Middlebury Union High School dance team took third in the Hip Hop discipline at this past Saturday evening’s championship competition, which was staged at Vergennes Union High School. The judges placed the Tigers behind only first-place Mount Mansfield and runner-up Lamoille. All three teams qualified to attend the New England Dance Championships on Saturday, March 14, in Enfield, Conn. Mount Mansfield also won the Jazz discipline followed by Lamoille, and South Burlington. South Burlington prevailed in Pom, with Colchester second and Mount Anthony in third.

THE ADDISON COUNTY District Free-Throw Champions are, from left: Zoey Johnston, Ashtin Stearns, Adrienne Smits, Dustin Abbott, Bowen Lutz, Oliver Cogswell, Hayden Lutz, Safi Camara and Mike Sayre. Photos/Dave Lathrop
02/20/2020
BRISTOL — This past Saturday, the Mount Abraham Union High School gym was filled with the sounds of bouncing balls and swooshing nets. The cause for all the noise? The Knights of Columbus held the Addison County District Free-Throw Championship. Ten free-throwers left the event as district champions in their age groups. Each qualified to compete in the state-wide free-throw competition at Winooski High School on March 15. The girls and boys district champs were: •  9-year-old division: Dustin Abbott. •  10-year-old: Zoey Johnston and Bowen Lutz. •  11-year-old: Adrienne Smits and Oliver...
02/20/2020
Here's what happened in Addison County high school and college sports this past week. See below for this week's schedule of games and events. *** SCOREBOARD HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS Boys’ Hockey 2/19 MUHS vs. Colchester......... 4-3 (OT) Girls’ Hockey 2/18 MUHS vs. Missisquoi................. 8-1 Girls’ Basketball 2/17 VUHS vs. Milton..................... 53-26 2/17 Enosburg vs. MUHS............... 39-26 2/17 Mt. Abe vs. Winooski............. 52-26 2/18 Rutland vs. OV....................... 52-35 Boys’ Basketball 2/17 Burr & Burton vs. OV.............. 56-50 2/18 Missisquoi vs. VUHS...
02/20/2020
Several days ago my wife, Deborah, and I went snowshoeing and cross-country skiing on a thick blanket of lovely fresh snow. We weren’t alone. Joining us on the outing was our friend Felicia. Felicia had never been snowshoeing or skiing before. Felicia is in her third and final year living in Vermont thanks to a temporary job in town. Two and a half years in, and she still isn’t a big fan of the cold of Vermont winters. For that, she can be excused. Felicia grew up in Jamaica. The average January temperature in Montego Bay (near the cold northwest corner of the Caribbean island nation) is 74...

TIGER FORWARD BELLA Gale gets ready to launch a shot at the U-32 net during Friday’s home girls’ hockey game. Gale scored one of the Tigers’ four goals as they rallied to tie the visiting Raiders. Independent photo/Steve James
02/17/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team on Friday rallied late to overcome a slow start and salvage a 4-4 tie against visiting U-32. The Tigers are in the regular season’s final week and will host two games that could determine their playoff fate. MUHS (10-6-2) is battling with Harwood (11-4-1) and Missisquoi (8-5-1) for the top two spots in Tier II of the three-tier girls’ hockey structure. Tier II’s top two teams will join the Division I tournament, while the rest will compete in the D-II tournament along with Tier III. The Vermont Principals Association will...
02/17/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham defeated visiting Vergennes in double overtime to headline local high school girls’ basketball play late last week. In other action the Eagles picked up two wins, while the Commodores, Middlebury and Otter Valley lost road games. VUHS-EAGLES The Eagles finally shook off the Commodores at the end of the second overtime period, 43-47, when Chloe Johnston and Abby Reen sank clinching free throws. The Commodores led by 18-10 in the first half, but a 9-0 Eagle run put them up by 19-18 at the break, and the teams traded the lead the rest of the way. It was 31-31 at...

THE MIDDLEBURY AQUATIC Club had 35 qualified athletes competing in the New England Regional Swim Meet at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction on Feb. 7-9. The Addison County swimmers won 14 individual titles and one relay title.
02/17/2020
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — Swimmers in the Middlebury Aquatic Club made a strong showing in the New England Regional Swim Meet. In the competition over the weekend of Feb. 7-9 at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, one MAC relay team and nine swimmers earned first-place finishes, including four for 8-year-old Connor Husk. Over the course of the three-day event, the Addison County team had 35 qualified athletes competing, ranging in age from 6 to 17 years old. Under the leadership of Coaches Mike Delaney and Colleen Rueppel, the swimmers competed very well with many top-10...
02/17/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team came up short twice late last week, including in a pivotal home loss on Friday that jeopardized the Tigers’ chances for a home quarterfinal with three games remaining. MUHS plays at Colchester and Essex this week and wraps up the regular season by hosting South Burlington on Feb. 25. In that game visiting Stowe (11-6) defeated the Tigers, 6-5, dropping MUHS to 9-8. A win would have moved the Tigers into fourth place in Division I, but instead they trail both the Raiders and fifth-place Spaulding (9-5-1) in sixth. The Tigers were...
02/17/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball play late last week, Middlebury picked up a road win, but the highway was unkind to Otter Valley, Mount Abraham and Vergennes. Teams enter their final week of play this week, and the Vermont Principals Association will release playoff pairings this coming Monday morning. TIGERS On Friday the Tigers defeated host Missisquoi, 61-48, as Gabe Dunn (20 points) and Tyler Buxton (14) paced the offense. The Tigers improved to 11-7 and clinched a winning season. They will wrap up by hosting Enosburg on Tuesday and visiting St. Albans on Thursday....

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