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June 18th, 2015
ADDISON COUNTY — For high school baseball programs used to competing for state titles, 2015 will not go down in history as the most memorable in these parts: Collectively, Vergennes, Mount Abraham, Otter Valley and Middlebury won nine games, just one in the postseason.
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Hogan Elementary School fifth- and sixth-grade students enjoyed a few hours of running, jumping and throwing — and each other’s company — on June 10, when they visited Middlebury College for the school’s annual track and field meet.
SALISBURY/LEICESTER — Vermont Sun Fitness Center in Middlebury and Vergennes this Saturday will kick off the 30th season of its Triathlon and Running Series at Branbury State Park on Lake Dunmore.
The Vermont Sun series consists of five triathlons and three running races. The sprint triathlon dates are June 20, July 12 and Aug. 9 — the races all start at 8:30 a.m. A sprint triathlon consists of a 600-yard swim, a 14-mile bike, and a 5K (3.1-mile) run.
BURLINGTON — Mount Abraham Union High School freshman Lydia Pitts finished fifth in the annual Vermont high school girls’ decathlon championship, which was held this past Monday and Tuesday at the University of Vermont.
Woodstock senior Kathryn Bassette won the event with 4,281 points, followed by her sophomore teammate Anna Diefenbach. St. Johnsbury’s Hannah Ryan (4,010) and Harwood’s Emma Russo (4,006) were next, followed by Pitts at 3,945 in a tight race.
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School’s 114 graduating seniors got a musical sendoff on Saturday, thanks to a theatrical speech from valedictorian Mary-Kate Clark that hit all the right notes.
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. — On a night during which Addison County drivers also fared well, hometown driver Jason McClatchie on Saturday won the 100-lap Renegade division at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh.
McClatchie’s win highlighted a night that saw the inaugural Yandow Sales & Service/John Deere Spring Championship Series title winners crowned for all four divisions of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, including one for Brandon’s Vince Quenneville Jr. and another for Josh Masterson of Bristol.
VERGENNES — When the 87 members of the Vergennes Union High School Class of 2015 marched from opposite sides of the VUHS gym on June 12 and met in the middle before turning toward the stage, all, for the first time in the school’s 65-year history, wore blue.
In a vote organized by the VUHS administration, the class earlier this spring voted overwhelmingly to overturn the school’s tradition of white graduation robes for girls and blue robes for boys.
So much sports news right now, so little time … some thoughts:
• Serena Williams just won her 20th Grand Slam tennis title, the 2015 French Open. Sister Venus Williams has won seven Grand Slam titles. They have teamed up for 14 Grand Slam women’s doubles titles.
How is this not a bigger story?
• Baseball this summer will be stress-free. The Red Sox stink.
And it starts with the bad pitching, which creates pressure on the hitters.