April 14th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — It was in 2005 that a handful of volunteers, largely from Middlebury’s religious community, formed the Charter House Coalition to tend to the needs of the area’s hungry and homeless.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ tennis team opened its season at home on Saturday afternoon with a tight, 4-3, loss to BFA-St. Albans.
Three individual matches featured tiebreakers, and the Tigers, all of whom are underclassmen, won two out of the three. But the final tiebreaker — at No. 5 singles by a score of 13-11 — went to the Bobwhites and swung the match their way.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Mount Abraham boys’ lacrosse team won a nailbiter in its season opener to highlight weekend lacrosse action, while the Middlebury Union boys’ and girls’ teams both won on the road.
The Vergennes boys’ game at Milton originally set for Friday was moved to May 5, as was the Eagles’ home game vs. Stowe scheduled for Friday. The Commodores are scheduled to host Mount Abe on Tuesday at 4, weather and field conditions permitting.
ESSEX — Vergennes Union High School track and field athletes won five events on Thursday at a three-way meet against Division I foes Essex and Burlington hosted by Essex.
Junior Chris Castillo won both the long and triple jumps, and the Commodores also excelled in the throwing events. Senior Kris Brooks won the boys’ javelin, with senior Jordan Stearns second, while Stearns won the shot put, with Brooks second.
Junior Ally Stearns won the girls’ shot put to give VUHS its fifth victory.
ST. ALBANS — In a competition that saw most individual matches tightly contested, host BFA-St. Albans edged the Middlebury Union High School girls’ tennis team, 4-3, on Saturday.
The Tigers saw their record even at 1-1 with the setback.
The individual results were:
• No. 1 singles: Marvie Avery, M, defeated Ciara Bannister, B, 7-5, 6-2.
• No. 2 singles: Summer Averill, B, defeated Madeline Ganey, M, 6-4, 2-6, 12-10.
BRATTLEBORO — Host Brattleboro defeated the Otter Valley Union High School softball team on Thursday, 7-1, dropping the Otters to 0-2 heading into their spring break.
Both of the Division II Otters’ setbacks have come to D-I teams on the road. They are now off until April 22, when they are scheduled to travel to Windsor.
WESTMINSTER — The Otter Valley Union High School baseball opened its Division II title defense on Friday by defeating host Bellows Falls, 6-1.
C.J. McCullough tossed a complete-game three-hitter for OV, striking out six and walking two.
Mike Winslow led the Otters with three hits, and John Winslow chipped in a pair of safeties.
OV returns to action on Monday at 4:30 at home vs. Windsor.
This week’s writer is Gail Conley, a Huntington resident who is retired after 40 years as an educator in public schools, including serving as interim superintendent of the Addison Central Supervisory Union from 2011 to 2013. He delivered these remarks to the Vermont House Ways and Means and Education committees on April 9.