RIPTON — More than 400 skiers took part in races on the first day of the two-day New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) Eastern Cup Opener at the Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton just before Christmas, and that many again competed the following day.
Indeed, the event not only drew large numbers of people to the area, but the racing was of a high caliber.
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting Division I power Champlain Valley defeated the Middlebury Union High School gymnastics team on Dec. 23, 122.8-106.75.
Redhawk gymnast Emma Lieberman won all four disciplines and the all-around, although Tiger Ida Mae Danforth made it close in the vault, where Lieberman scored 8.35 and Danforth was awarded an 8.3.
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — The Addison Otter swim team, under coach Peter Bicknell, kicked off its season with two December meets at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.
The team’s best finishes from the Super Splash on Dec. 6 are as follows:
Hadley Harris (age 9) placed 37th out of 47 in the girls’ 10-and-under 50 free, 46.36.
Katie Mayer (age 17) placed third out of 15 in the girls’ 15-and-over 100 breast, 1:16.76.
Shea McLaren (age 10) placed 13th out of 27 in the boys’ U10 50 free, 36.15.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
12/27 MUHS vs. Harwood........................ 4-1
12/29 Lake Placid vs. MUHS................... 4-0
12/30 Northeast Clinton vs. MUHS........... 3-2
12/29 Spaulding vs. MUHS...................... 6-3
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent high school girls’ basketball action, Otter Valley won to reach .500, Vergennes broke into the win column by taking two out of three games, Mount Abraham dropped a pair of games at Fair Haven’s holiday tournament, and Middlebury lost on the road.
On Dec. 23, the Otters defeated visiting Hartford, 34-26, as Laura Beth Roberts (12 points) and Sophie Bloomer (11) combined for 23 points.
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent high school boys’ basketball action, Vergennes posted a pair of wins to remain undefeated, Otter Valley won to move three games over .500, and Mount Abraham dropped a road contest.
Middlebury (3-2) was idle; the Tigers will host Rutland on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
VERGENNES — In a mostly quiet week between Dec. 22 and 28 Vergennes police handled relatively minor issues, including the theft of holiday decorations, traffic problems, and more violations of the city’s wintertime ban on overnight on-street parking.
In those seven days, Vergennes police:
• On Dec. 22 checked the welfare of a male John Graham Shelter resident, who had been reported to be depressed, and determined he was OK.
• On Dec. 22 helped a motorist get into a locked car.
BRISTOL — Bristol police made three arrests during Christmas week. Two were for driving-related offenses while one was related to domestic violence.
Police on Christmas Eve arrested Bristol resident Timothy Sousa, 27, on suspicion of second-degree aggravated domestic assault stemming from a dispute with his girlfriend on Dec. 22. Police said Sousa, who was previously convicted of domestic assault and also for violating an abuse prevention order, struck his girlfriend in the head during an argument.