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January 30th, 2014
ESSEX JUNCTION — Francis Bronson of Bridport has been a regular at the annual Vermont Farm Show for 30 years, and this week attended the 82nd annual fair at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction even though he has left dairy farming.
While looking over some of the show’s more than 150 agricultural exhibits, Bronson said he was impressed by some of the technological advances on display.
“There’s some innovative thought processes on some of this stuff,” he said. “I wish some of it was around when I was still going.”
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School dance team swept both of its disciplines on Saturday, when it hosted its annual Midd Winters Night Dream Dance Competition.
The Tigers prevailed in the Hip Hop and Jazz categories, while South Burlington cruised in the Pom competition. Teams can compete in up to two disciplines, and the Tigers won both of theirs. The Rebel team chose to contest only the Pom category, and won big in it.
VERGENNES — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team kept rolling on Tuesday night, this time soaring past host Vergennes, 45-10.
The Eagles improved to 11-3 and extended their lead in Division II over second-place Fair Haven (10-3). Mount Abe already held a slim advantage in quality points in the Vermont Principals’ Association standings before Tuesday, but the road win widened the gap.
BRISTOL — The Vermont Basketball Coaches Association (VBCA) has chosen longtime Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball coach Connie LaRose as a member of its Vermont Basketball Hall of Fame.
LaRose, who has won more than 300 games as a high school varsity basketball coach, will be officially inducted on March 15 in Windsor, while the VBCA gathers for its annual North-South All-Star Games.
LaRose said she knows and highly respects many of the coaches who are already in the Vermont Basketball Hall of Fame.
BOSTON — Shoreham native and former Middlebury Union High School athletic standout Alyssa Trudel has been chosen as one of Boston University’s latest class of inductees for its Athletic Hall of Fame, as recently announced by Assistant Vice President and Director of Athletics Mike Lynch.
Trudel, a 2005 BU graduate and former America East women’s lacrosse player of the year, and five other former Terrier standouts will be officially introduced on May 31 as the 50th class of BU hall inductees.
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent high school boys’ basketball action, Vergennes, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley picked up wins, but Middlebury lost twice on the road.
On Jan. 24, the Commodores clipped host Milton, 56-36, behind the scoring of Josh Benning (21 points) and Wesley Miedema (14). VUHS improved to 5-7 as the Yellowjackets dropped to 1-11.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School gymnastics team earned only one first-place finish when it hosted the powerful squad from Essex High School at the Middlebury Union Middle School gym on Wednesday evening.
Hannah Stoll’s 26.25 score earned her the top spot in the all-around competition.
Essex won the team competition, 132.15-104.05, over the Tigers.
The top-four finishers in each of the disciplines was as follows:
1st 8.65 Kylie Svarczkopf (Essex)
BRISTOL — The Addison Otters swim team, which practices at the Mount Abe pool, competed at the Thoroughbred Splash Invitational at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on Sunday.
This was a very busy meet with some events hosting more than 70 swimmers.
Some of the best races for the Otters included the following:
•Emma Beauchemin, 12, girls’ 12-and-under 50 fly, placed 25 out of 58 racers.
•Leslie Donlin, 15, girls’ 13-and-older 50 free, 61/81.