Tigers

MIDDLEBURY — Three members of the Division II champion Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team were named D-II all-stars, as was one member of the MUHS boys’ hockey team. From the girls’ team, senior goalie Abby Hodsden, senior defender Audrey Schnoor, freshman forward Ella Tucker, and 8th-grade forward Channing Brush were named D-II all-stars. No distinction was made between first- and second-team players. From the Tiger boys’ team, senior defender Tucker Stearns was named a D-II first-team all-star. In addition, Stearns, Hodsden and Schnoor were all named to teams for the annual...

South Burlington goaltender Taylor Tobrocke saves a shot from Tiger forward Channing Brush in the second period of Wednesday's Vermont Division II final in Barre. Independent photo/Steve James
BARRE — A lot of things go into a championship season. Skill, grit, chemistry, brains, and sometimes a dash of extra motivation and unforeseen circumstances. The 2021 Division II Champion Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team checked all those boxes. The score read: No. 6 seeded MUHS 2, No. 4 South Burlington 1, in a game played at Barre’s B.O.R. municipal rink last night, Wednesday, March, 24. The story read: The Tigers’ roster included only 13 athletes — four goalies, and nine skating up and down the ice. That means two forward lines of three skaters each, and three defenders...

JUNIOR AMANDA KEARNS fronts a group of Middlebury Union High School dance team members on Saturday during a taping of their Hip-Hop routine. Judges reviewed video recordings of Vermont teams and awarded the Tigers third place. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School dance team finished third in the Hip-Hop discipline in this past Saturday’s virtual state championship competition. Teams performed in their home gymnasiums, and videos of their efforts were sent to be evaluated by a three-judge panel who met that day at Mount Mansfield. The Tigers first finished in a second-place tie in Hip-Hop with Lamoille behind winner Mount Mansfield. The Cougar team earned first-place nods from two out of the three judges, and a second-place evaluation from the third judge, thus scoring four points (1+1+2). The Tigers earned...
HARTFORD — The sixth-seeded Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team on Saturday pulled off its second straight road victory over a higher seed, this time blanking host Hartford, 3-0, in a Division II semifinal. The Tigers were scheduled to take on No. 4 South Burlington (6-4) in the final, which was set to be played in Barre’s municipal rink on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. after the print deadline for this edition. Head online to addisonindependent.com on Thursday for the Independent’s coverage of that game with photos. The Wolves defeated the Tigers this season, 4-3, on March 10, taking a...
WATERBURY — Undefeated top seed Harwood on Saturday defeated the No. 5 Middlebury Union High school boys’ hockey team, 3-0, in a Saturday semifinal. Harwood improved to 8-0 by topping the Tigers, the Highlanders’ second victory in two outings over MUHS this winter. Highlander Finn O’Hara scored a hat trick, including two shorthanded breakaway goals. His first shorthanded strike came early in the first period, and his second shorthanded goal came late in the third and made it 3-0. Harwood also got outstanding goaltending from Liam Guyette, who stopped 29 MUHS shots. Goalie Giles Heilman made...
MORETOWN — The No. 6 Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team pinned a 2-1 loss on No. 3 Harwood on Tuesday in a Division II quarterfinal. The Tigers got goals from McKenna Raymond and Ella Tucker, two assists from Channing Brush, and an assist apiece from Raymond and Audrey Schnoor as they took a 2-0 lead in the second period. Goalie Abby Hodsden made 24 saves as those two goals stood up for the victory. The Tigers improved their record to 4-4 and dropped the Highlanders to 4-5. The Tigers will next take on No. 2 Hartford at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday in a semifinal. The D-II final will be...
MIDDLEBURY — Youth was served this winter, as a Middlebury Union High School girls’ basketball team without a senior on its roster put together the program’s best campaign since 2018. The Tigers finished the regular season at 4-4, played with pace and spirit, improved at both ends of the court, and earned the No. 7 seed in the Division II playoffs. But on Tuesday they faced a No. 10 seed, Burr & Burton, that started four seniors and came in with a misleading 3-5 record. Two of the Bulldogs’ losses came to undefeated teams and two more to 7-2 D-I teams. The Tigers led after 12 minutes, but...

KELSEY ADAMS, PICTURED here in Wednesday’s Division II championship meet in Craftsbury, competed as an independent at the event along with teammate Sarah Calvin. Adams’ better effort came in the freestyle race, in which she finished 39th. Photo by Austin Danforth/Burlington Free Press
CRAFTSBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ team prevailed in a tight three-way duel for third place in Wednesday’s Division II championship meet at the Craftsbury Nordic Center. The U-32 girls joined the Raider boys, who won on Monday, also at Craftsbury, as D-II champions. They scored a combined 61 points in the classic and freestyle races, edging second-place Harwood at 71. The Tigers finished third in the classic and fourth in the freestyle — with Phoebe Hussey pacing the team by taking seventh in both disciplines — to score 141 points. Their finish matched that of the MUHS boys...

Elvis McIntosh powers along the Craftsbury Nordic Center course in this past Monday's state meet. Photo courtesy of Keith Wilkerson
CRAFTSBURY — Despite top-10 finishes by skiers Elvis McIntosh, Jack Christner and Lucas Palcsik on Monday, the Middlebury Union High School boys’ Nordic ski team finished third in the Division II championship meet behind defending champion U-32 and runner-up Craftsbury Academy, the host team at Craftsbury Nordic Center. U-32 cruised to its third-straight D-II title, winning both the skate and classic races to finish with 41 points. Craftsbury, sparked by Aiden Casey’s individual wins in both events, edged the Tigers for second place, 62-63. Those three teams were head and shoulders above the...

IVY DORAN OF Middlebury Union High School notches two points in the first quarter against the visiting Otters on Monday. The Tiger junior scored 14 on the night. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ basketball team has done something that has been rare in recent seasons — gone on a winning streak. On Monday, the Tigers shrugged off an eight-point first-period deficit and knocked off visiting Otter Valley, 53-32, for their third straight win. They also improved to 4-3, cresting .500 for the first time since 2018. And they have a shot at a home Division II playoff game. The Tigers can earn at least a No. 6 seed with a home win over D-III contender Vergennes (7-1) on Thursday in the final regular season game. They could still lose and get...

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