VERGENNES — Following up on a tip about threatened violence at Vergennes Union High School Tuesday evening, Vergennes police identified the man who made the threat and determined that VUHS students and staff were not in danger. Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel said on Wednesday morning that his department issued a no-trespass order to a local adult male who made a threat. Police did not file any charges because the man “did not have an intention to carry the threat out, nor did he have the means to carry the threat out,” Merkel said in a press release. “There is no immediate threat to...

THE 60 CREWS that competed the Oct. 26 Head of the Weir rowing event in Hull, Mass., head toward the starting line for the 5.5-mile competition. Eight of the boats contained crews affiliated with Ferrisburgh’s Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Photo by Richard Green/Courtesy of the LCMM
HULL, Mass. — Vergennes Union High School, Rice Memorial High School and adult rowers in the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Champlain Longboats Program competed successfully on Saturday, Oct. 26, in the annual Head of the Weir event in Hull, Mass., a few miles south of Boston The crews rowed in boats built by high school students from Middlebury and VUHS in tandem with the LCMM longboats program. Program director Nick Patch describes building the boats as a five-month intensive project for which the students get credit from their sending school. The Head of the Weir features a challenging 5...

COMMODORE ALI CROKE, right, and Thetford’s Grace Davis race after the ball during Saturday’s Division III final at Hartford. Thetford prevailed, 6-1, over the Commodores for its second straight D-III crown. VUHS finished 11-5-1 and made its second straight title-game appearance. Photo by Holly Weber
WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — For the second straight season top-seeded Thetford Academy defeated the No. 2 Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team in a Division III final, this time on Saturday, 6-1, at Hartford Union High School. Thetford, a 20-minute bus ride from the site, scored three times in the first 25 minutes of the 10 a.m. game against the Commodores, who awoke early for a two-hour journey. Co-Coach Peter Maneen said the Commodores bounced back to gain the upper hand for the next 30 minutes. Fifteen minutes into the second half VUHS striker Sydney Weber stole the ball from a...

VERGENNES — Ben Curtis, a senior at Vergennes Union High School and recent Student of the Week, has been chosen for this year’s DAR Good Citizenship award. Each year a Vergennes Union High School senior is chosen for the award. Faculty members nominate three seniors and then the senior class elects one of those three as their Good Citizen. The award recognizes a student that possesses the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism to an outstanding degree. Curtis has a long history of excellent academic work, taking AP classes and college level courses. He has also been...

VUHS GIRLS’ SOCCER goalie Kate Gosliga made seven saves, two on second-half breakaways, in the Commodores’ 2-1 semifinal win over visiting Leland & Gray on Wednesday. No. 2 VUHS will face No. 1 Thetford for the D-III title on Saturday. Elsewhere the No. 1 Otter Valley and No. 2 Mount Abraham field hockey teams also won their semifinals — both in overtime — and will meet for the D-II crown on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Holly Weber
ADDISON COUNTY — Three local high school teams all won playoff semifinals in dramatic fashion on Wednesday and will play in championship games on Saturday. The No. 2 Vergennes Union girls’ soccer team hung on for a 2-1 victory over No. 3 Leland & Gray in a Wednesday afternoon Division III semifinal. The 11-4-1 Commodores advanced to the final for the second straight season. They will play No. 1 Thetford (14-2-1), the defending champion, at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Hartford High School. Later on Wednesday two local field hockey teams prevailed in overtime in separate D-II semifinal games...
CHESTER — Host No. 4 Green Mountain Union on Friday, Oct. 25, outlasted the Vergennes Union High School boys’ soccer team, 2-1, in a Division III quarterfinal. The loss snapped the Commodores’ four-game winning streak, during which they had outscored their opposition, 25-0. Coach Kevin Hayes said they had opportunities in a game in which they earned a 10-8 edge in shots on goal. “We did not capitalize on some great chances,” Hayes said. Jonah Mahé scored for VUHS, assisted by Jonathan Willis. Everett Mosher and James Anderson each recorded a goal and an assist for GMU (11-5). Anderson’s goal...

SENIOR MIDFIELDER LEAH Croke moves in to block a pass from a Windsor player during a Division III quarterfinal on Wednesday. Croke scored a goal early in the 6-1 game. Courtesy of Bill Clark
VERGENNES — The No. 2 Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team dismissed visiting No. 10 Windsor, 6-1, in a Division III quarterfinal on Wednesday. The Commodores improved to 10-4-1 with the win over the 8-7-1 Jacks and will next host No. 3 Leland & Gray (14-2) on Wednesday at 3 p.m. VUHS did not meet Leland & Gray this season, but L&G twice faced Windsor, defeating the Jacks both times, 3-1. L&G also twice played the Commodores’ first-round playoff foe, Bellows Falls, defeating the Terriers by 10-0 at home and 2-0 on the road. The Commodores outshot the Terriers by 39-0...

VERGENNES SENIOR CENTRAL defender Sophie Hatch controls the ball under pressure during the Commodores’ first-round home Division III playoff game on Tuesday. No. 2 VUHS defeated No. 15 Bellows Falls, 2-0. Hatch and her fellow defenders did not allow the Terriers to fire a shot at the Commodore goal. Photo by Holly Weber
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team, seeded No. 2 in Division II, had a little bit of trouble putting the ball in the net against visiting No. 15 Bellows Falls on Tuesday, but overall had little trouble with the 2-13 Terriers: VUHS outshot them by 39-0 in a 2-0 victory. The Commodores, seeking a return to the D-III final for the second straight season, improved to 9-4-1 and will host a quarterfinal on Saturday at 1 p.m. Their opponent will be No. 10 Windsor (8-6-1) an upset winner over defending champion and No. 7 seed Oxbow (9-5-1). EAGLES OVER OTTERS Two of the...

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...

VERGENNES UNION HIGH School seniors, shown along with a volunteer on Green Street during a walk-a-thon to Middlebury this past Wednesday morning, raised more than $100 per class member to donate to WomenSafe for its transitional housing project. Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — The annual walk for charity made by Vergennes Union High School seniors this past Wednesday netted $7,400 — and counting — toward the Class of 2020’s nonprofit of choice, WomenSafe. About 50 of the 73 members of the class walked on Wednesday morning from the school to the Middlebury town green (nearly 13 miles via Green Street and Morgan Horse Farm Road), accompanied by faculty advisers and three WomenSafe representatives. There they celebrated exceeding the class goal of raising $100 per senior for WomenSafe’s new transitional housing project. The class was still collecting...


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