October 28th, 2013
BRISTOL — On paper, Saturday’s Division III football quarterfinal looked like it should be a close game. The host No. 4 Eagles were 6-2, visiting Otter Valley was 5-2, and both had similar results vs. common foes.
Instead, the Otters played what Coach Jim Hill said might have been their best game of the season, and left Bristol with a 49-0 victory.
“They just played outstanding, and they’re getting better every game,” Hill said.
BRISTOL — The No. 3 Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team did not necessarily have a better record than No. 6 Spaulding entering Friday’s Division II quarterfinal: The Eagles were 7-3-3, compared to the Tide’s 9-5.
But the Eagles earned their record in what is easily Vermont’s toughest field hockey league, the Metro Conference, of which the Eagles are the only D-II member.
On Friday, it showed: Mount Abe welcomed Spaulding to the Metro with a 5-0 win.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School football team scored six first-half touchdowns on just 22 plays on Friday, when the top-seeded Tigers thumped No. 8 St. Johnsbury, 48-6, in a Division I quarterfinal.
The 9-0 Tigers will host three-time defending champion Hartford — at 6-2 the No. 4 seed — on Friday at 7 p.m. The Hurricanes defeated No. 5 Essex on Friday, 46-14.
The Tigers blanked Hartford on Sept. 6, 23-0, at MUHS, and Coach Dennis Smith expects a battle on Friday.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local Division II high school boys’ soccer playoff action last week, top-seeded Mount Abraham reached the semifinal round, Vergennes pulled off one upset and nearly came up with another, and Otter Valley lost its opener.
BRANDON — The No. 2 Otter Valley Union High School field hockey team lost a heartbreaker to visiting No. 7 Harwood on Saturday by the slimmest of margins, 1-0, in a Division II upset.
MIDDLEBURY — The No. 8 Middlebury Union High School field hockey team rallied to win a first-round Division I playoff game on Wednesday before falling to No. 1 Essex on Saturday.
On, Wednesday, the Tigers topped visiting No. 9 Mount Mansfield, 3-2. The victory was the Tigers’ first at home this fall, and it avenged a 6-1 loss at MMU when the Tigers were without two injured starters. MUHS improved to 4-7-3, while MMU fell to 4-7-1. The Tigers held edges of 8-5 in shots on goal and 12-7 in penalty corners.
ADDISON COUNTY — In Division II girls’ soccer playoff action late last week, No. 15 Middlebury pulled off a pair of upsets to reach the semifinal round, No. 5 Mount Abraham fell just short in a quarterfinal, and No. 9 Vergennes bowed out in the first round.
When I first read about the plans for the new town office building and gymnasium, I thought, “How exciting!” I never thought there would be any opposition to such wonderful additions to the town and to the elimination of that outdated eyesore. That is why I have found the negativity to this project to be mind-boggling.
And now, to make matters worse, it has turned into a vicious attack against Selectman Victor Nuovo. To insinuate that he is somehow in collusion with the college is an insult.