February 18th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team split a home-and-home series with Williams (14-6-2 and 10-5-1 NESCAC) this past weekend, and the Panthers will enter their final weekend of regular season play with a 9-10-3 record, 6-7-3 in NESCAC play.
Middlebury stands in seventh place and has clinched a NESCAC playoff berth. The Panthers will hope to move up in the standings when they play at second-place Amherst on Friday and at sixth-place Hamilton on Saturday.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s hockey team defeated NESCAC foe Williams twice this past weekend to clinch first place in the league, earn the top seed for the upcoming NESCAC tournament, and push its unbeaten streak to 15-0-3.
The 18-2-3 Panthers finished 13-1-2 in NESCAC play, are ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division III, and have one game left in their regular season — a visit from No. 2 Plattsburgh this Saturday at 3 p.m.
AMHERST, Mass. — The Middlebury College women’s basketball team dropped a pair of road NESCAC games this past weekend to finish its regular season at 11-13, 3-7 in league play, but still earned a NESCAC playoff berth with a No. 7 seed.
The Panthers will visit No. 2 seed Bowdoin (21-3, 9-1 NESCAC) on Saturday for a quarterfinal matchup. The Polar Bears defeated the Panthers, 55-43, in Middlebury on Feb. 8.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team split a pair of home games this past weekend to finish with a 17-7 record overall, but the Panthers’ 4-6 NESCAC mark left them short of qualifying for the league tournament, and their season came to a close.
On Sunday, the Panthers knocked off visiting Amherst, 82-69. Amherst finished its regular season at 18-6, 6-4 NESCAC, and will enter the league tournament as the No. 5 seed.
HARTFORD — Swimmers from Middlebury Aquatic Club competed successfully at The Upper Valley Aquatic Center in Hartford over this past weekend at the New England Regional Championship Meet.
Mary Ann Eastman won five of her events, while Anna Rakowski, Ellie Ross, Aidan Chance, Fraser Milligan, Ivy Kate Doran and Archie Milligan each placed first in one event. Also, the MAC 11- and 12-year-old girls’ relay teams won twice, while the MAC 11-12 boys won one relay.
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department reports that bear hunters in Vermont had a safe and successful hunting season in 2014. Hunters took 567 black bears during the 84 days of the two-part “early bear season” and “late bear season.” There were also no hunting-related shooting incidents.
BRISTOL — Bristol police on Feb. 14 arrested a Waitsfield man on suspicion of committing multiple offenses.
Police pulled over Erik P. Lundblad, 35, just before 1 a.m. for driving an unregistered vehicle on Stoney Hill Road. Police found that his driver’s license had been suspended for life for previous DUI convictions, and that he had a pending third DUI charge. Police said Lundblad was under conditions set by a judge that he not drive nor buy or possess alcohol. Police suspected Lundblad was intoxicated, and found an open can of beer in the vehicle.
VERGENNES — Vergennes and Vermont State police, with some help from a number of upset motorists, on Feb. 13 issued a number of citations to the driver of an empty southbound log truck that Vergennes police said ran two vehicles off Route 7 and nearly struck three more.
City police said VSP cited Kenneth Willard, 67, of Leicester, for careless and negligent operation of a motor vehicle. Vergennes police cited Willard for 13 violations of federal trucking laws, most notably, they said, for fatigue and failure to maintain driving logs properly.