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Vergennes Union High School center Kate Gosliga attacks the Lake Region defense in the second quarter of Saturday’s state final loss to the Lady Rangers. Independent photo/Steve James
BARRE — After falling to Lake Region, 53-37, in the Division III championship game at the Barre Auditorium Saturday, the Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team finished the season with an 11-2 record. In percentage terms that is the program’s second-finest record since at least 1983. The 2021 edition’s winning percentage trailed only the 22-3 mark compiled by the 2007 Commodore girls.  The Commodores also went deeper in the playoffs than any VUHS girls’ hoop team since the 2006 squad.  And the Commodores, seeded third in Division III, caught the attention of the Vermont basketball...

Vergennes senior guard Sydney Jewell, who had six rebounds and four assists, is dwarfed by Winooski forward Kiara Mack, as she moves the ball in the third quarter of the Commodores’ 50-28 win on Saturday. Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — A Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team had not reached a playoff semifinal since 2008, and their last appearance in a final was 2006. That year the Commodores defeated Mount St. Joseph in Barre for a second straight Division II championship. On this past Saturday VUHS sailed past visiting No. 6 Winooski, 50-28, in a quarterfinal to check the reach-the-semi box. On Tuesday the Commodores, seeded third in D-III, improved to 11-1 by knocking off No. 2 seed — and previously undefeated — Windsor, 38-31. The Commodores held the potent Yellow Jacket offense to 25 points...
ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team and the Vergennes girls’ hoop team are still standing after playoff games in the latter half of last week. The Tiger boys’ hockey team also won once before falling in a Division II semifinal, while other VUHS, MUHS, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley teams came up short — one in overtime. The VUHS girls’ basketball team also hosted Winooski in a quarterfinal on Saturday; see separate story here. TIGER GIRLS’ HOCKEY The sixth-seeded MUHS girls’ hockey team on Saturday pulled off its second straight road victory over a higher...
ADDISON COUNTY — The 8-1 Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team received the highest seed among local teams for postseason play that began this week, a No. 3 nod in Division III. The 3-5 Otter Valley girls earned the No. 8 seed in D-III and prevailed on Tuesday, while 1-7 Mount Abraham received the No. 12 seed in D-II and came up short on Tuesday. The 4-4 Middlebury girls were seeded No. 7 in D-II and hosted Burr & Burton; see story on addisonindependent.com. COMMODORES The Commodores on Wednesday jumped out to a  20-2 first-quarter lead and prevailed over No. 14 Randolph,...
ADDISON COUNTY — Only the Vergennes Union High School boys’ basketball team ended up receiving a playoffs seed with a home playoff game attached when the Vermont Principals’ Association announced post-season pairings Monday. Middlebury earned the distinction of being the only local boys’ team that finished the regular season with a winning record. The 3-4 Commodores won two overtime games late last week and received the No. 8 seed in Division III and prevailed easily in regulation in their first playoff game. The Tigers (5-4) were awarded the No. 9 seed in D-II, the division in which 3-6...

Commodore guard Timothy Ashley scores on a breakaway in front of Mount Abraham Union High School senior Brett Sargent in the first quarter of Vergennes Union High School's 61-60 overtime victory in Bristol. Independent photo/Steve James
BRISTOL — During Saturday afternoon’s rivalry basketball game at Mount Abraham Union High School both the Eagle boys and visiting Vergennes led by 10 points during regulation and by two points during overtime. And the Eagles took a 60-59 lead with 10 seconds to go in OT when senior guard Miles Peterson swished an eight-foot floater in the lane. But the Commodores had the final answer. They inbounded to freshman forward Tyler Bergmans, who sliced through the Eagle press on a coast-to-coast run and attacked the basket, drawing a foul with 4.3 seconds left. Bergmans had already scored 22 points...
ADDISON COUNTY — Local high school girls’ and boys’ basketball teams and the Middlebury girls’ hockey squad all wrapped up their regular seasons with games last week and will begin postseason action this week. See separate stories on the first-round playoff game played Saturday by the Tiger boys’ hockey team, and the final regular-season clash between the Mount Abraham and Vergennes boys’ basketball teams. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL The VUHS girls made a pre-playoff statement by rolling to a 53-27 victory on Thursday over a Tiger team that has been playing well. The Commodores led wire-to-wire and...
ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury boys’ basketball team won its third straight game, this one at the expense of rival Vergennes, to highlight high school sports action late last week. Other winners included the Eagle boys’ and Otter Valley and Tiger girls’ basketball teams. Meanwhile COVID protocols limited last week’s local hockey schedule to one game, a setback for the MUHS girls, as the sport’s postseason looms. BOYS’ HOOP On Thursday host the MUHS boys overcame a slow start and defeated the visiting Commodores, 60-47. The Tigers got back in the game with a 16-0 run in the second quarter and...

VERGENNES GUARD ADAM Sausville (11) holds off two defenders to attack the basket in the second quarter of Monday’s home game. The Commodores beat the visiting Harwood Union High school, 61-45. Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ basketball team defeated visiting Harwood on Monday, 61-45. Statements like that once were not unusual, and based on Monday’s effort it looks like over the rest of this season and into the next they should become routine once again. Still, it has to be said: The victory was the first since sometime late in the winter of 2019. No one in the VUHS gym on Monday could say exactly how long it has been since the Commodores won a game. The losing streak had stretched at least since a playoff loss in 2019. It included 21 games in the 2019-2020 season...

Middlebury Union High School’s Fairley Olson (32) and Ivy Doran (12) guard the home basket in the first quarter on Thursday. The visiting Cougars from Mount Mansfield Union High School outlasted the Tigers to win the game, 51-46. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school sports late last week the Vergennes girls’ basketball team kept rolling and the Middlebury hockey teams each split a pair of games while maintaining winning records. But Tiger girls’ hoop, and Commodore and Otter Valley boys’ basketball came up short.GIRLS’ BASKETBALL The Vergennes Union High School girls moved to 5-0 by edging visiting Colchester, 49-45, in a game played in the Little City this past Thursday, Feb. 25. Key in the VUHS win was an 18-for-25 performance from the free-throw line, led by Kate Gosliga, who sank 12 of 14. Gosliga scored 18 in...

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