TIGER SENIOR WILL Carpenter, seen here at Rikert Nordic Center in the classic championship race, earned Honorable Mention as a Division II Nordic All-Star after skiing to 10th- and 18th-place finishes at the two-day championship meet. Independent file photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — Four Nordic skiers from Middlebury Union High School and one from Mount Abraham were named Division II All-Stars, and another three Tigers and one Eagle earned honorable mention. Those named all-stars earned the 10 best combined times for the freestyle and classic state races over the two-day state championship competition, and honorable mentions went to those with the next best five combined times.  Three Tiger boys earned All-Star status: Jack Christner, Zach Wilkerson and Elvis McIntosh. Christner won the classic race and finished fourth in the freestyle, and also anchored...
MIDDLEBURY — Four members of the Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team received postseason honors. Junior defenseman Tucker Stearns was named a First Team Division I All-Star. Three Tigers, forwards Hale Hescock and Devon Kearns and goalie Zeke Hooper were named to the Rotary Senior All-Star Game. The game was not played this year.
MIDDLEBURY — A half-dozen members of the Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team received postseason honors.  Goalie Abby Hodsden was named a Tier II First Team All Star, and defender Audrey Schnoor and forward Bella Gale made the Tier II Second Team.  In addition, three seniors, forwards Merry Kimble and Taylor Moulton and Izzy Pistilli were selected for the Rotary Senior All-Star Game, although that game was not played. 
SOUTH BURLINGTON — No. 3 Rice on Wednesday eliminated the No. 6 seeded Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team from the Division I playoffs, 3-0, in a quarterfinal matchup. Rice improved to 17-4 with its third shutout victory of the winter over the MUHS. The Tigers, who were competitive all winter despite a series of injuries — including three of the season-ending variety to senior mainstays Kam Bartlett, Robbie Bicknell and Jeffrey Stearns — finished at 11-10. Connor Peet scored twice for the Green Knights and set up Sam Rubman’s goal, and goalie Cale Layman worked the shutout. The...
HARWOOD — Host No. 4 Harwood on Wednesday eliminated the Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team from the Division I tournament, 2-0, in a quarterfinal matchup. Harwood improved to 14-5-2, while a young Tiger team finished 12-7-2. The Tigers’ outshot the Highlanders, 32-24, but could not dent Harwood goalie Kaylee Thayer, who worked a 32-save shutout. Harwood took a 1-0 lead on a Kailie French goal, and Eva Joslin added an empty-netter in the final seconds. Abby Hodsden made 22 saves for the Tigers. Merry Kimble, Anna McIntosh, Taylor Moulton and Izzy Pistilli are the MUHS seniors.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ and boys’ hockey teams will both open Division I tournament play in road quarterfinals on Wednesday. The 12-6-2 Tiger girls were seeded fifth in D-I and will visit No. 4 Harwood (13-5-2) at 6 p.m. on Wednesday. Harwood and the Tigers skated to a 1-1 tie in Middlebury in their only meeting of the winter. The winner of that game will almost certainly face top seed Burlington-Colchester (18-1-1) in a semifinal to be played on March 6 or 7. The Sealakers handled the Tigers twice this winter, 8-1 and 5-0. The D-I girls’ final will be played at...
MONTPELIER — No. 3 Montpelier defeated the visiting No. 6 Middlebury Union High School boys’ basketball team, 72-59, in a Division II quarterfinal. The Solons improved to 18-3, while the Tigers completed another winning season at 12-10.   Jonah Cattaneo led Montpelier with 26 points, and Ben Gambill added 15 points.  Tyler Buxton excelled in his last game for the Tigers with 21 points, 15 rebounds, three steals and three assists. Karic Riche and Maxwell Alberts, the latter just back from an injury, contributed 10 points apiece. In a Wednesday first-round game the Tiger ousted No. 11 Lamoille...

TIGER SOPHOMORE PHOEBE Hussey bursts out of the starting gates at Rikert Nordic Center on the way to her team-best fifth-place finish in the Division II championship classic race this past Thursday. The Tigers finished second behind U-32 in Division II in the two-day competition. Independent photo/Steve James
RIPTON/JERICHO — Defending champion U-32 overcame a first-day relay-race disqualification and rallied on Monday past the Middlebury Union High School girls’ Nordic team to top the Tigers for the Division II state title, 132-153. The Raiders and Tigers outclassed the eight-team field in classic racing held on Feb. 20 at Ripton’s Rikert Nordic Center and freestyle racing at the Ethan Allen Range in Jericho on Monday. Lamoille was next with 194, followed by Harwood (203), Burr and Burton (214), Peoples (358), BFA-Fairfax (379) and Stowe (441). Sophomore Phoebe Hussey led the Tigers on both days...

MUHS SENIOR WILL Carpenter crests a rise during Division II classic racing on Feb. 20 at Rikert Nordic Center. He finished 18th and helped the Tigers win relay races at Rikert and during the second day of competition in Jericho. Independent photo/Steve James
RIPTON AND JERICHO — Over the two days of the Division II boys’ Nordic state championship, the margin between winner U-32 and second place Middlebury Union High School came down to less than one place per skier in the individual races — seven points. When the snow settled after the freestyle competition at Camp Ethan Allen in Jericho on Monday afternoon the Raiders had claimed their second straight D-II title, 72-79 over the Tigers. The Raiders and Tigers easily outpaced the rest of the eight-team field in the final standings: Lamoille (163) was third, followed by Burr and Burton (313), BFA-...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team celebrated its senior night on Tuesday by defeating visiting South Burlington, 3-2, before the season’s biggest crowd at the Memorial Sports Center. The victory moved the Tigers to 11-9 heading into the Division I playoffs, and they have earned the No. 6 seed for the upcoming postseason. The Vermont Principals’ Association is set to make pairings official on Thursday morning. MUHS will hit the road for a quarterfinal in the first half of next week, with the Tigers’ opponent unknown heading into games being played Wednesday night...


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