MUHS MIDFIELDER OLIVER Poduschnick gets in front of a Stowe forward to clear the ball from danger in the first half of the Tigers’ 2-0 loss in the Division II final on Saturday in South Burlington. The Tigers reached the D-II final in the first year the program was allowed to compete in the division. Independent photo/Steve James
SOUTH BURLINGTON — For the scoreless first 50 minutes of Saturday’s Division II boys’ soccer final at South Burlington, No. 2 Middlebury Union High School was arguably the better team than No. 1 Stowe. The Tigers outshot the Raiders in the first half, 7-5; forced Stowe goalie Isaiah Shaefer-Geiger to make three of his four saves; and moved the ball purposefully. “I thought we played a really good first half,” said MUHS Coach Reeves Livesay. “We created three or four very dangerous opportunities. Unfortunately we weren’t able to capitalize on them.” The last half hour proved to be a different...

BULLDOG DEFENDER MARK Cathy can’t stop Tiger senior Thatcher Trudeau from running into the end zone at the end of the first quarter of Friday’s Division I semifinal. Visiting Burr & Burton (9-1) dealt the Tigers their first loss, 54-39. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Entering Friday night’s Division I semifinal, the Middlebury Union High School football team had surrendered only 99 points in its nine games, all wins. The Tigers had allowed only one team to score as many as 20 points, and that was back on Sept. 6. They pitched a shutout in their quarterfinal home victory over St. Albans, and had held five straight foes to 14 points or fewer. But the second-seeded Tigers had not played No. 3 Burr & Burton (9-1) and quarterback Joey McCoy. At 9:52 of the second quarter the Bulldogs’ McCoy had already thrown three touchdown passes to John...

MIDDLEBURY SENIOR EBEN Jackson shows trickery to beat a Harwood defender before laying off the ball to Alex Bleich whose cross was fired home by Andy Giorgio for the Tigers’ first goal in their 2-1 home win on Tuesday. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — It took 82 minutes and 54 seconds, a lot of gritty defense, and an accurate finish after a little bit of a lucky bounce for the Middlebury Union High School boys’ soccer team to make history on Tuesday afternoon with a 2-1 victory. That finish came from Tiger junior striker Alex Bleich with 2:54 gone in overtime in a Division II semifinal, and it sent MUHS to the program’s first-ever boys’ soccer final. The 14-3 Tigers, seeded No. 2, will take on No. 1 Stowe (16-0-1), the favorite since Raiders moved up to D-II this fall after winning seven straight D-III titles. The final will...

VERGENNES UNION HIGH School’s Ben Huston, right, presses the pace during the 5K state championship race at Thetford Academy this past Saturday. The Commodore junior was the top local finisher, placing sixth in Division II. Photo by Joe McVeigh
THETFORD — The Middlebury boys’ and girls’ teams each finished third in Division II in Saturday’s high school cross-country championships hosted by Thetford Academy, while Vergennes junior Ben Huston’s sixth-place finish in the boys’ D-II race topped all local runners’ efforts. U-32 dominated the boys’ race to win with 20 points, followed by five teams that were tightly grouped: Woodstock (95), MUHS (106), Spaulding (122), Harwood (124), and VUHS in sixth with 128. The Mount Abraham boys, led by Liam Davison in 47th, were 11th (284) among 15 scoring teams. MUHS junior Jack Christner finished...
MIDDLEBURY — Because Friday night’s Middlebury Union High School football game is a Vermont Principals’ Association Division I semifinal, normal ticket prices and procedures are not in effect. The cost for general admission tickets to the 7 p.m. semifinal pitting the No. 2 Tigers (9-0) vs. 8-1 Burr & Burton will be $8, or $5 for students and seniors 65 or older. Lines are also expected to be long, and those wishing to shorten their wait may also purchase their tickets in advance online at gofan.co/app/school/VT15095. No. 1 seed St. Johnsbury (9-0) and No. 5 Essex (6-3) are meeting in this...

EAGLE AND TIGER players buzz around the Middlebury cage as Tiger midfielder Lois Alberts, right, moves to clear the ball during the first half of Thursday’s Division II quarterfinal in Bristol. Mount Abe won, 2-0, and will play No. 3 Hartford in a Wednesday semifinal in South Burlington. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — The defending Division II champion Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team on Thursday cleared its first playoff hurdle, but visiting No. 7 Middlebury set the bar high for the No. 2 Eagles. Ultimately, the Eagles created more pressure that translated into 23 penalty corners, and two of them paid off with Molly Laurent and Sydney Perlee goals as they came away with a 2-0 victory. The veteran Eagle defense of Maizy Shepard in the middle and Camille Lyons on the flanks also excelled in disrupting the Tigers’ transition attack as Mount Abe (9-3-2) posted its third shutout in...

MUHS SENIOR DEFENDER Devon Kearns heads away a first-half corner kick in front of Mount Abe’s Silas Burgess (10) and Tanner Harris (6) during the first half of the Tigers’ 3-0 win over the Eagles at Fucile Field in a Division II quarterfinal Friday. The second-seeded Tigers will host a semifinal on Tuesday at 3 p.m. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Friday’s Division II high school boys’ soccer quarterfinal saw No. 2 Middlebury host No. 10 Mount Abraham in the fall’s third meeting of the two teams. Like the first two times, the 13-3 Tigers prevailed, this time by 3-0. But it wasn’t easy against the 9-5-2 Eagles, who battled MUHS to a scoreless first-half stalemate. Statistically, Mount Abe had a slight edge in the first half: Shots (four apiece) and saves (one each) were even, while the Eagles earned more corners (3-1). But the ball rolled the Tigers’ way after the break. Pressure keyed by the Tiger midfield led to goals by...
MIDDLEBURY — The host No. 2 Middlebury Union High School football team turned back stubborn No. 4 BFA-St. Albans, 9-0, in a Division I quarterfinal on a wet Friday night. The Tigers improved to 9-0 and will host No. 3 Burr & Burton (8-1) this Friday at 7 p.m., while the Bobwhites dropped to 4-5. No. 1 St. Johnsbury (9-0) will host No. 5 Essex (6-3), a winner over No. 4 Rutland, in the other D-I semifinal. Rutland High School will host the final on Nov. 9 at a time to be announced. On this past Friday BFA controlled the ball in the first half, running 35 plays to the Tigers’ 18 and...

MUHS SENIOR FORWARD Phoebe Smith moves around Brattleboro goalie Brittney Wright during the Tiger field hockey team’s first-round Division II playoff victory on Thursday. Smith scored a goal as the No. 7 Tigers defeated the visiting No. 10 Colonels, 3-1. The Tigers are set to visit No. 2 Mount Abraham for a quarterfinal at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — As the Division II high school field hockey playoffs opened on Tuesday, No. 2 Middlebury turned back No. 10 Brattleboro, 3-1, in a first-round game. Meanwhile, as expected, the 11-2 Otter Valley and 9-3-2 Mount Abraham teams earned D-II’s Nos. 1 and 2 seeds, respectively. The defending champion Eagles will now host the Tigers at 3:30 p.m. on this Thursday in a quarterfinal. The winner of that game will probably face No. 3 Hartford (10-3-1) in a semifinal early next week. Semifinals will be played on neutral-site artificial turf fields; the sites and times have yet to be...

COMMODORE BEN HUSTON finished ninth overall among all boys’ runners, and was the top runner in the small-school division. Courtesy of Chris Huston
ST. ALBANS — The Middlebury Union High School girls and the Vergennes boys posted the best local results at Saturday’s NVAC Championship meet, which brought together 13 girls’ and 15 boys’ teams from all three divisions at the Hard‘ack Recreation Area in St. Albans. The Tiger girls, led by Isabel Olson in 15th, took fifth among the girls’ teams with 156 points. Champlain Valley (22) prevailed, with Essex (55) in second. The VUHS boys took eighth with 187 points, edging the rival Tigers, who were ninth (221). The Commodores were also the top team in the small-school division. Mount Abraham was...


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