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November 8th, 2012
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College field hockey program will begin its quest for its first NCAA Division III title since 1998 by hosting a four-team regional tournament on Saturday and Sunday.
The 17-0 Panthers, ranked No. 1 in the final regular season poll, earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament by winning the NESCAC tourney on their home turf this past weekend. They claimed a 3-2 shootout victory over second-seeded Bowdoin in Sunday’s final after edging fifth seed Amherst in overtime on Saturday, also by 3-2.
MIDDLEBURY — A member of the 2004 Division I championship Middlebury Union High School girls’ basketball team has been hired as the new head coach of the program.
Mary Nienow, a 2005 MUHS and 2009 Castleton State College graduate who scored 1,000 points for the Spartan women’s hoop team, is taking over from MUHS chemistry teacher Cindy Atkins.
This past winter, Nienow assisted Atkins, who was Nienow’s coach for three years at MUHS.
BRANDON — New Otter Valley Union Activities Director Steven Keith will be doing double duty this winter: He was chosen in late October as the school’s new girls’ basketball coach.
Keith, a 2003 OVUHS graduate, has basketball coaching experience: He has run camps at OV and in Massachusetts; coached AAU basketball, including U-15 girls’ teams; and assisted at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
OV Co-Principal Jim Avery said he hopes Keith will be a long-term answer for a program that has seen some turnover at the coaching position.
“Squirrels are way too loud!” That’s was the comment from 13-yearold Jake Pyne. It wasn’t really a complaint. Merely one of many observations he made while hunting with his father.
“When I’m in the woods hunting deer it’s hard not to notice other things. Just sitting quietly you get to see how the wildlife acts when they think no one is around,” was another.
NCAA D-III Regional at Midd.
11/10 TBD at Midd. ........................... 11 a.m.
11/10 TBD vs. DePauw ................ 1:30 p.m.
11/11 Final ......................................... 1 p.m.
11/17&18 .............. Final Four at Wm. Smith
NCAA D-III Regional at Midd.
It will take weeks to digest the political implications of Tuesday’s stunning national elections, but if you had to sum it up in a word, that word might be “inclusive.”
I was driving into work on the morning after the election and I heard a Republican strategist on the radio asked about how the GOP needs to change to build a coalition that can win a presidential election. The guy stammered about Republican governors and the House of Representatives for a few minutes, then admitted that he didn’t know.
A pundit admitting that he didn’t know! I let out a big sigh; what a relief.
When you ask people, “What’s this winter going to be like?” the respondents fall into two camps: Those who believe it’s going to be super-snowy, and those who believe it’s going to be a lot like last year. In other words, Camp A really wants to go skiing and Camp B hates to shovel.
But who’s right?