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...
MIDDLEBURY — The Tier II Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team wrapped up its regular season on Friday with a 5-2 victory over visiting Tier I team Rice. The Tigers went 5-1-1 in their final seven games to enter the playoff with a 12-6-2 record. Depending on how Tier II competitor Harwood (12-5-1) fares in its home stretch the Tigers will finished in either first or second place in Tier II. Regardless, MUHS will apparently qualify to play in the Division I tournament. The Vermont Principals’ Association will announce playoff pairings on Thursday, and the Tigers should play in a...
ESSEX — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team won one of two road games last week. The 10-9 Tigers will wrap up their regular season by hosting South Burlington on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Vermont Principals Association will announce playoff seeds on Thursday. It appears the Tigers will be seeded either No. 5 or 6 and face either No. 4 Stowe or No. 3 Rice in a quarterfinal early next week. On this past Wednesday Jordan Martin scored with 1:06 left in overtime to complete a Tiger rally as MUHS defeated host Colchester, 4-3. The Tigers trailed, 3-1, entering the third period. Joey...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team blitzed visiting Missisquoi on Tuesday, 8-1, in a key Tier II matchup. The win moved the Tigers to 11-6-2 with one game left in their regular season. They remained in second place in Tier II, right behind Harwood (11-5-1). Missisquoi dropped to 9-7-1 in Tier II, but remained in third place. The top two teams in Tier II will compete in the Division I tournament, while the remaining Tier II teams and all Tier III teams will compete in the D-II tournament. The Tigers will conclude their regular season by hosting Rice on Friday at 7...
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.

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
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...
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...

CVU GOALIE JASON Douglas stretches to make a pad save on Tiger forward Ryan Nadeau during the second period of Monday’s boys’ hockey game in Middlebury. Nadeau later scored in the Tigers’ 3-0 victory. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — It’s possible the Tigers’ two tougher games this week could tell a different tale for the Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team, but on Monday they looked like they were ready to take on all comers in Division I. Granted, visiting Champlain Valley (2-12-1) is not the cream of the D-I crop, but the Tigers excelled in all phases of the game in Monday’s 3-0 victory. They moved the puck, forechecked and back-checked carefully, won puck battles, allowed only six shots on goalie Zeke Hooper, and, most importantly according to Coach Derek Bartlett, skated hard and constantly. “...


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