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February 11th, 2016
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ basketball team took an early lead against visiting Vergennes on Monday and then held off Commodore rallies to earn a 43-29 victory and a season sweep of their local rivals.
The Commodores fell behind by 12-3 late in the first quarter, but cut the lead to two in the second quarter. Then, after falling behind by 11 points in both the third and fourth quarters, VUHS sliced the lead to six in the third and then five in the fourth.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s hockey team swept two games from visiting NESCAC foe Wesleyan this past weekend to remain unbeaten in league play and hold onto first place.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team went a long way toward earning a home Division II quarterfinal game on Tuesday, when the fourth-place Tigers dominated visiting fifth-place Milton, 4-0.
MUHS is 12-4-2 with two games left in the regular season, vs. Harwood (8-8 as of Tuesday) at home on Saturday and at Mount Mansfield (8-9) next Wednesday. The Tigers will be trying to stretch a six-game unbeaten string (5-0-1) in those contests.
MIDDLEBURY — Longtime Middlebury College baseball coach Bob Smith will retire in May following the completion of the 2016 season, the college announced last week.
Smith, 65, is now in his 32nd year as the team’s head coach, with over 800 games under his belt. He also served as an assistant football coach at Middlebury from 1979 to 1994 and served as the track and field coach from 1980 to 1984.
COLCHESTER — Swimmers from the two local youth teams — the Middlebury Aquatic Club and the Addison Otters — finished their regular seasons competing in the GMA Vermont Invitational Meet on Feb. 7 at St. Michael’s College.
Many of the MAC team’s swimmers posted best times, and nine swimmers were event winners: Natalie Rockwell, Ciara Eagan and Archie Milligan each won one event; Mary Ann Eastman won two events; Meghan Denton, Anna Rakowski, Elinor Ross and Nathan Stone each won three events; and Thomas Denton won all five of his events.
JERICHO — Vergennes Union High School senior Ryan Paquin at 170 pounds, undefeated Commodore junior Brandon Cousino at 182 and Mount Abraham freshman Roman Mayer at 120 won titles at Mount Mansfield’s Jason Lowell Memorial Tournament this past Saturday to highlight local wrestlers’ efforts at the tournament.
Earning second-place finishes were Eagle Kevin Pearsall at 170 pounds, Otter Valley’s Tyson Cram at 138 and Commodore Jeb Hodsden at 152.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school basketball play this week, the Mount Abraham girls and Middlebury boys earned victories, while the Otter Valley girls and boys and the Mount Abraham and Vergennes boys came up short.
The Tiger girls also hosted Vergennes on Monday; see story on Page 1B.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Community Players present two one-act comedies, Peter Shaffer’s “Black Comedy” and Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Inspector Hound,” at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury from Feb. 11 to 14. Thursday through Saturday shows are at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.