January 7th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School basketball team came up just short of its first win on Monday, when visiting Missisquoi held the Tigers to 11 second-half points and hung on for a 31-26 victory.
The Tigers, playing without injured leading scorer Keagan Dunbar, a freshman guard, took a 15-11 lead with 1:01 to go in the second quarter, but struggled to score the rest of the way after MVU called off its full-court press.
She professes, “hockey is a big part of my identity,” so when she was looking at colleges, the quality of their women’s ice hockey programs was paramount.
She considered Bowdoin, Amherst, Hamilton — and Middlebury, all excellent programs with coaches she respected.
Not the least of her considerations was the coach. She chose to play for the most successful Division 3 women’s ice hockey coach in the country:
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting Division I power Champlain Valley defeated the Middlebury Union High School gymnastics team on Dec. 23, 122.8-106.75.
St. Johnsbury will visit the Tigers this Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Middlebury Union Middle School gym.
On the 23rd, Redhawk gymnast Emma Lieberman won all four disciplines and the all-around, although Tiger Ida Mae Danforth made it close in the vault, where Lieberman scored 8.35 and Danforth was awarded an 8.3.
BURLINGTON — Vergennes Union High School senior Chris Castillo won the Division II triple jump, classmate Sebby Crowell placed in two events, and a Commodore boys’ relay team finished second to highlight the efforts of VUHS athletes at a Jan. 3 indoor track at the University of Vermont.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team won twice recently as second-semester play opened to improve to 9-0 entering NESCAC play this weekend.
The Panthers will play at Bates on Friday and at Tufts on Sunday. Despite their record, the Panthers remain unranked, although they received votes in the Jan. 6 NCAA Division III poll.
On Jan. 2, the Panthers thumped visiting Salve Regina, 94-66. A 30-12 run in the final 10 minutes of the first half decided matters as the Seahawks dropped to 3-7.
PLATTSBURGH — The Middlebury College women’s basketball team won once in three recent outings as its second semester play opened. The Panthers are 7-4 heading into league play, which begins this weekend with home games vs. Bates at 7 p.m. on Friday and Tufts at 3 p.m. on Sunday.
On Tuesday, host Plattsburgh took control with a 15-2 first-half run on the way to a 79-58 win over the Panthers. The Cardinals led at the break, 40-22, and led by at least 20 for most of the second half.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
1/5 Randolph vs. Mt. Abe..................... 73-26
1/6 MUHS vs. OV................................. 69-51
1/6 VUHS vs. Fair Haven..................... 52-42
1/5 Missisquoi vs. MUHS..................... 31-26
ADDISON COUNTY — In high school basketball action earlier this week, the Mount Abraham girls and Vergennes boys won on the road, but the Eagle boys and Vergennes and Otter Valley girls dropped home games.
The Middlebury girls’ and boys’ teams hosted games; see stories, Page 1B.