?MONTPELIER — Vermont hunting, fishing and trapping licenses for the new year will be available on the Fish & Wildlife Department’s website, www.vtfishandwildlife.com, on Dec. 15.
Online license purchasers of 2015 licenses will automatically be entered to win an angler’s kayak and other prizes. The winner of the kayak will be drawn on May 14, while the winner of a rifle in the 2014 contest will be drawn at the Yankee Sportsmen’s Classic in January.
• I’m not a big fan of bullet point presentations. But it’s approaching the end of another year, which is the time when writers are expected to wrap up an entire 12 months in a single column. Which is to say, the time of year when we have an excuse to throw together a bunch of random thoughts that have at most a vague connection and call them a column. (It will get worse in four weeks. Trust me.) That’s what bullet points are for.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school basketball action earlier this week, the Otter Valley boys won on the road and the Middlebury boys lost at home, but Tuesday’s bad weather wiped out the rest of the slate, including games for the Vergennes boys and girls, MUHS boys, and Mount Abraham boys.
Tuesday’s VUHS girls’ game at Montpelier was postponed until Dec. 29, while the VUHS boys’ game at BFA-Fairfax was moved to Wednesday at VUHS, weather permitting.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s basketball team won a pair of home games this past weekend to close first-semester play with a 6-2 record. The Panthers will return to action after the holiday break with a Jan. 3 game at Anna Maria. Their NESCAC schedule begins with home games on Jan. 9 and 11 vs. Bates and Tufts, respectively.
12/8 OV vs. Poultney........................... 59-39
12/9 Burr & Burton at MUHS................... Ppd.
12/9 Randolph at Mt. Abe....................... Ppd.
12/9 VUHS at Fairfax............... Ppd. to 12/10
SARANAC, N.Y. — The Vergennes and Middlebury union high school wrestling teams fared well at the Saranac Early Bird Tournament this past Saturday, taking fourth and fifth places, respectively.
One Commodore, sophomore Brandon Cousino at 170 pounds, and one Tiger, 195-pound junior Nick Beauchamp, won their weight classes.
WALPOLE, Mass. — Thirteen-year-old Lacey Greenamyre of Middlebury recently opened her speedskating season with a bronze-medal performance in Massachusetts.
Skating as a member of the Saratoga (N.Y.) Winter Club, Greenamyre placed third at the Bay State Short Track Speedskating Championships at the Rodman Arena in Walpole, Mass., on Nov. 22.
CASTLETON — The Middlebury women’s hockey team on Saturday wrapped up its first semester with a 5-2 win at Castleton (6-4-1). The Panthers, ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division III, improved to 5-2 and return to action at Elmira on Jan. 3.
Middlebury outshot the Spartans, 46-20, and struck 3:48 into the opening period when Emily Fluke notched her fifth goal of the year by converting Jessica Young’s feed from behind the net.