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April 22nd, 2015
To start with, the Boston Marathon wheelchair racers who whip by first are absolute, astonishing beasts who must train for the event by ripping phone books in half. They couldn’t be more impressive. It’s also hard to imagine they make it 26.2 miles through eight Massachusetts towns without crashing — they ride six or eight inches behind each other, taking turns carving though the air, a practice fans of motor sports know as drafting.
MIDDLEBURY — How does a judge make a sentence fit the crime or settle a contested public issue?
LINCOLN/BRISTOL — More than three dozen paddlers plunged through fast-moving rapids and over 15-foot falls on the frigid New Haven River this past Saturday in pursuit of prizes in a friendly, early-season competition.
The eighth annual New Haven Ledges Race was organized by the Vermont Paddlers Club, a statewide association of whitewater and flatwater paddlers that advocates for releases from dams around the state.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College baseball team was swept last weekend during a three- game NESCAC West home series against Wesleyan at Forbes Field. The Panthers fell by an 8-5 score to the Cardinals during Friday’s single game, and the visitors took both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader by scores of 4-2 and 18-1.
Middlebury won at home vs. St. Michael’s on Tuesday; this was the Panther's second wins in 19 outings this spring.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College softball team won two of four NESCAC West games over the weekend, including two of three in a home series vs. Amherst College. The 17-8 Panthers have one more NESCAC game — at Wesleyan this Sunday — before the league playoffs.
CASTLETON — After a pair of stellar pitching performances last week, Castleton State College sophomore Devin Hayes of Vergennes was honored as the Corvias ECAC Division III New England Pitcher of the Week as announced by the conference today. He was given the same distinction by the North Atlantic Conference.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College alpine skier Rob Cone, a Killington resident, has been named the National Men’s Alpine Skier of the Year by the United States Collegiate Skiing Coaches Association. Cone had a stellar sophomore season at Middlebury in 2015, winning the NCAA championship in the giant slalom after posting outstanding results on the carnival circuit.
BRANDON — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ lacrosse team used balanced scoring and solid work in goal to earn a 11-3 victory at Otter Valley on Tuesday.
Tyler Crowningshield led the Commodore scoring offensive with four goals and four assists. Erik Eisenhower tallied three times and added an assist.
Also contributing to the strong offense were Deighlin Lynes with two goals, Tyler Kepes with a goal and an assist, Tyrell Montani with one goal, and Trevon Smith and Lathrop Brownell each adding an assist.