October 16th, 2014
HEALTH CARE: I believe that the state should enact a single payer health care system, providing universal health care for all. The legislature’s task is to provide a means of funding this through state revenues. I expect something in the form of a payroll tax would be the primary source, but other sources may be considered. This is the way Medicare is funded. This will be a priority task for the upcoming legislature.
MIDDLEBURY — On Tuesday, two of the top girls’ soccer teams in both Division II and the Lake Division met for the second time this fall, and for the second time Mount Abraham defeated Middlebury, 1-0, with the Eagles’ strong defense and a goal by senior midfielder Stephanie White making the difference.
BRISTOL — After 15 years with the Mount Abraham Union High School football program, almost seven years as its head coach, Ernie Senecal resigned this past week.
Both Senecal and Mount Abe Co-Athletic Director Jeff Stetson cited “personal reasons.” But Senecal acknowledged that some of those reasons came because of “some of the things that have been said about me,” citing complaints about his leadership and treatment of some athletes, complaints that he said were unfair.
ADDISON COUNTY — In high school soccer action earlier this week, the Mount Abraham and Otter Valley boys and Vergennes girls all lost close contests.
The Mount Abraham and Middlebury boys also were set to face each other on Wednesday after the deadline for this edition of the Independent, while the VUHS boys were scheduled to travel to Missisquoi and the OV girls to host Burr & Burton at the same time.
HINESBURG — Host Champlain Valley dealt the Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team a 2-0 setback on Tuesday.
The Eagles dropped to 6-7, while CVU improved to 9-3-1 despite a combined seven saves from Eagle goalies Danielle Morse and Samantha Bruce. The Redhawks, locked into second place in Division I, will visit Middlebury on Thursday as the regular season concludes for both teams.
VERMONT — The Vermont Sports Media Association has named Champlain Valley Union High School’s Autumn Eastman as its High School Female Athlete of the Year and Rochester High’s Pavin Parrish as its Male High School Athlete of the Year.
VERMONT — The Vermont Sports Media Association has chosen 16-year-old St. Albans swimmer Peter Mikheyev as its August Athlete of the Month.
Mikheyev outpolled six other nominees for the honor in statewide balloting of VSMA members. Each was first nominated by a VSMA member for his or her outstanding efforts in August.