TIGER DEFENDER LYDIA Deppman gets into the Eagles’ defensive zone to challenge goalie Kira Murray in the first half of the 1-1 tie between MUHS and Mount Abe at Middlebury on Thursday.
Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — After momentum swings, remarkable saves and fine plays at both ends by both teams, the final Mount Abraham shot of Thursday’s field hockey game at Middlebury Union High School trickled just wide with no time left on the clock.
The final horn had already sounded, and the defending Division II champion Eagles had one last chance on a penalty corner to break a tie in the overtime they had dominated.
But two Eagles out front couldn’t quite square up a shot, the ball rolled harmlessly past the left post, and the scoreboard read 1-1.
Although the Eagles earned a slight edge in...
ADDISON COUNTY — In this past weekend’s boys’ soccer action, Mount Abraham, Middlebury and Vergennes all picked up victories. Otter Valley was idle. The Otters will visit Woodstock this Monday and host Springfield on Wednesday.
The Eagles improved to 2-0 by outscoring host Mill River, 7-3. Branden Reynolds led the attack with three goals, Erick McKean contributed a goal and three assists, Silas Burgess scored one goal and set up another, and Eli Burgess and Tanner Harris also found the net. Eagle goalie Ethan DeWitt stopped one shot.
Tyler Corey scored all three MRU goals, and goalie...
ADDISON COUNTY — In high school football action this past weekend all three local teams picked up big wins: Middlebury and the Mount Abraham-Vergennes cooperative teams earned road victories, and Otter Valley cruised at home.
The Tigers will seek to move to 3-0 when they host Division I rival Rice at 7 p.m. this Friday. The D-II Eagles will host the now D-III Otters in their homecoming game under the lights on Friday at 7 p.m., with both teams entering with 1-1 marks.
At South Burlington the Tigers spotted the Burlington-South Burlington cooperative team an early touchdown, but took...
ADDISON COUNTY — In high school girls’ soccer play this past weekend, Otter Valley split two games, while Vergennes, Mount Abraham and Middlebury all came up short.
Visiting Rice rallied past the 1-1 Commodores in a 3-2 contest on Friday. Rice’s Alex Dostie scored twice and set up the late game-winner.
Maria Malaney scored for VUHS with an assist from Emily Rooney, and Rooney gave VUHS a 2-1 lead with a first-half penalty kick. VUHS goalie Kate Gosliga made three saves, and Rice goalie Emily McDonald stopped two shots.
Visiting U-32 topped the Eagles, 3-2, in overtime on...
BRATTLEBORO — The Otter Valley Union High School field hockey team opened on Friday with a 4-0 win over host Brattleboro.
Morgan LaPorte scored twice for the Otters, Alia Edmunds contributed a goal and set up both LaPorte strikes, and Brittney Jackson opened the scoring for OV.
OV goalie Ellie Ross made one save, while two Brattleboro keepers combined for 22 stops.
OV will host 2018 Division II finalist Burr & Burton on Tuesday.
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.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
9/5 Mt. Abe at MUHS................................ 1-1
9/6 OV vs. Brattleboro.............................. 4-0
9/6 Mt. Abe vs. Milton............................. 22-8
9/6 MUHS vs. BHS/SBHS.................... 49-20
9/7 OV vs. Woodstock......................... 49-14
9/6 Rice vs. VUHS.................................... 3-2
9/6 U-32 vs. Mt. Abe......................... 3-2 (OT)
TIGER DEFENSIVE END C.J. Bryant sacks Fair Haven quarterback Evan Reed for five-yard loss on the first play from scrimmage during Friday’s game in Middlebury. That set the tone for a game that ended with the home team winning, 34-14.
Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Friday’s season opener on Doc Collins Field for the Middlebury Union High School football team pitted the Tigers, a losing Division I semifinalist in 2018, against Fair Haven, a D-II finalist.
The game was expected to be a challenge, but it didn’t work out that way.
The Tigers romped to touchdowns on their first three, and four of their five, first-half possessions and held the Slaters to 48 first-half yards on the way to a 34-0 lead at the break.
They won, 34-14, after Coach Dennis Smith mixed subs in freely in the second half.
Smith would have liked to see a more consistent 48-...
TIM LADUC OF Orwell won the Casella Waste Management "Ron Casey Memorial" Sportsman Modified Shootout feature on Saturday to open the Interstate All Battery Center Vermont 200 Weekend at Devil's Bowl Speedway.
WEST HAVEN — Orwell’s Ken LaDuc provided the local highlights at Devil’s Bowl Speedway this past weekend, picking up his first win of the season on Saturday and then becoming the top area finisher in the dirt track’s Vermont 200 feature on Sunday.
LaDuc took fifth in that major Sunday 200-lap race, with Middlebury’s Justin Comes in sixth in a race won by New York driver Rocky Warner.
On Saturday Brandon’s Matt Bilodeau picked up a second-place finish, and Middlebury’s Jake Barrows nabbed a fourth.
LaDuc, no stranger to Victory Lane at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, has been mired in...
A SMALL CAMPFIRE burns on the gravel shore of Lake Kontrashibuna, where our columnist and his party enjoyed great fishing for lake trout and arctic char, but also spectacular views.
Photo by Matthew Dickerson
It was late morning. The fog drifting along the lake surface had mostly burned away, though a few patches still clung to the steep slopes. Replacing the fog was an eerie yellowish haze. The haze filled the bowl formed by the lines of rugged wilderness mountains that enclosed us on three sides. It took me some time — and a few deep breaths through my nostrils, picking up its particular smell — to realize that it was smoke from one (or more) of the numerous wildfires burning across parts of Alaska, the closest of which was only about 40 miles away.
I’d been awake since before dawn, and had...
ESSEX — In a major early high-school cross-country meet that drew many Division I teams, the D-II Middlebury boys’ and girls’ teams settled for mid-pack finishes in this past Saturday’s Essex Invitational.
The Tiger boys were seventh out of 14 teams, and the MUHS girls were sixth out of 12. Freshman Luke Klingensmith finished 25th to lead the MUHS boys’ team, and senior Isabel Olson took 30th to lead the Tiger girls.
Vergennes junior Ben Huston enjoyed the best individual day among local runners, taking 14th in the boys’ race on the 5,000-meter course. The Commodores were 11th. Junior Liam...