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January 19th, 2015
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union Elementary School this month was honored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service with a HealthierUS School Challenge Bronze award, which the school received for its multi-year efforts to support and improve the health of its students.
According to the School Challenge press release, VUES earned its honor, which comes with a $500 cash prize, for featuring healthy items on its menus and emphasizing physical education and activity. A USDA representative will visit VUES to make an official presentation.
MIDDLEBURY — Yes, agreed Middlebury College women’s hockey coach Bill Mandigo on Saturday after his team rallied for the second time in two days to tie visiting NESCAC foe Amherst, 1-1, half a loaf is better than none.
That result followed Friday’s 2-2 stalemate against the 10-1-3 Jeffs. The 8-2-3 Panthers are ranked No. 4 in NCAA Division III, while Amherst skated into Chip Kenyon Arena ranked No. 10.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team worked overtime on Saturday to defeat visiting Brattleboro, 2-1.
The Tigers improved to 5-3-1 with the win and moved into fourth place in Division II.
Tyler Crowingshield netted the game-winner 2:55 into overtime. Colton Leno set up that goal and also scored the Tigers’ first goal. Tiger goalie Doug DeLorenzo backstopped the win with 19 saves.
The Tigers host D-I power Burr & Burton on Wednesday and D-II rival St. Johnsbury on Friday, both at 7 p.m.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team knocked off the Nos. 2 and 3 teams in NCAA Division III this past weekend, rivals Norwich and Plattsburgh, respectively, and improved to 6-6-2 in the process.
The Panthers will look to build on the momentum when they return to NESCAC play this weekend: They host Bowdoin at 7 p.m. on Friday and Colby at 3 p.m. on Saturday.
On this past Saturday, the Panthers blanked visiting Norwich, 3-0. The No. 2-ranked Cadets dropped to 14-2-2.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Otter Valley boys defeated visiting Mount Abraham to highlight local high school basketball play late last week.
In other action, the Middlebury boys, Vergennes girls and OV girls all came up short in a light schedule due to exams.
OTTER BOYS VS. EAGLES
In Brandon on Friday, OV’s John Winslow scored 20 points as OV coasted past the winless Eagles, 59-21. Emmett Thurston added 11 as the Otters improved to 8-2.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team defeated visiting Rice, 2-1, on Saturday, to hold onto first place in Division I with a 10-2 record. Northfield is in second at 10-2-1.
The Tigers face two tough home games this week: Fourth-place Burr & Burton, the team the Tigers edged in the 2014 D-II final, visits on Wednesday, and fifth-place St. Albans, a perennial D-I power, visits on Friday. Both games are set for 5 p.m.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
1/17 MUHS vs. Rice................................. 2-1
1/17 MUHS vs. Brattleboro............... 2-1 (OT)
1/16 OV vs. Mt. Abe............................. 59-21
Gov. Peter Shumlin had little choice in his third-term budget address last Thursday but to propose significant cuts in spending and propose some increases in the state’s revenue stream. The state is facing a $94 million shortfall in fiscal year 2016, and he did what no politician likes to do: propose cuts in spending and tax increases.