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OV girls blanked by Wasps

Posted on October 21, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School girls’ soccer team and senior goalie Erin Trombley kept visiting Woodstock at bay for 40 minutes on Tuesday, but the Wasps erupted for three goals in the first 12:21 of the second half on the way to a 4-0 win.

The Otters had chances, too: Wasp goalie Lizzy Miller made six saves, two Wasp defenders made goal-line stops, and a shot by sophomore forward Lauren Nesshoever hit the crossbar as the second half opened. One of the Wasp defensive saves followed on the rebound of that shot.

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On the Ball: Playoffs around the corner

Posted on October 20, 2010 | Blog Category:
By Andy Kirkaldy



On The Ball: Playoffs on tap

It seems like yesterday we were stifling in that 90-plus degree September heat wave, not bundling up and clutching cups of cocoa at football games.

But it’s true: Playoffs in high school boys’ and girls’ soccer and field hockey begin next week. The Vermont Principals’ Association will release playoff pairings sometime in the early afternoon on Monday for the eight Middlebury, Mount Abraham, Otter Valley and Vergennes soccer teams, all of whom compete in Division II; and the D-I MUHS field hockey and D-II OV and Mount Abe teams.

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Sidewalk repairs won't dip into city taxpayers' pockets

Posted on October 18, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes City Manager Mel Hawley last week said the project to repair the sidewalk and provide handicap access to businesses at the intersection of Main and Green streets should be complete by mid-November, at no direct cost to city taxpayers.

The project, which will also improve a bus stop and a sidewalk bulb-out at the intersection’s southeast corner, carries a total starting price tag of about $84,500, which Hawley said will be inflated by a few change orders.

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City, Grist Mill owner reach deal

Posted on October 14, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes officials and the owner of the Grist Mill Island in the Otter Creek Falls have reached a deal that both sides hope will end both an ongoing Development Review Board permit process and Environmental Court case that together have lingered for more than two years.

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Last goal, victory go to Mount Abe girls

Posted on October 14, 2010 |
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BRISTOL — After seven scores and three lead changes during Tuesday’s high school girls’ soccer game between Vergennes and Mount Abraham, the host Eagles enjoyed the happiest goal celebration.

With 1:09 left in regulation, the Eagles capped a late rally when reserve forward Charlotte Paul popped in a loose ball from close range to make the score 4-3.

When the Commodores’ final bid missed — middie Lexa Higbee hit the side netting at 0:45 — the Eagles had earned their second win of the season, and had done so at the expense of a rival squad that has had their number in recent years.

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Trying to be fair to all is our challenge

Posted on October 14, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Periodically, I remember it’s important to explain how we map out our sports coverage here.
For one thing, while some readers stick through thick and thin, a percentage of our sports section readership naturally turns over every few years as their daughters and sons move up onto the local high school varsity teams and then graduate. It’s part of the whole circle of life thing. An occasional refresher course is therefore a good idea.

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College sports wrapup 10/14

Posted on October 14, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — After being held scoreless in Saturday’s first half, visiting Amherst put 38 points on the board in the second session on its way to a 38-31 victory over the Middlebury College football team. The Jeffs (3-0) have now won 11 straight games after a perfect 8-0 mark a year ago, while the Panthers fell to 1-2.

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VUHS seniors go the distance for charity

Posted on October 11, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — As juniors at Vergennes Union High School spent three days last week taking NECAP standardized tests, and younger peers ventured off campus to visit colleges and explore careers with local businesses, VUHS seniors were acing what has become known within the school as “Assessment Week.”

For their part, seniors for the third straight year were testing their sense of community and charity — and by most accounts they were getting the highest of marks.

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VUHS beats out Tigers, 2-0

Posted on October 11, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — On Saturday, the Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team got a solid effort from its midfield and shorthanded defense, and junior forward Kenadi Dattilio buried a goal in each half. That combination proved to be enough to give the host Commodores a 2-0 win over Middlebury.

The win also pushed VUHS to 5-4-1 and unofficially into sixth place in Division II. The Tigers, despite being more competitive this year, fell to 2-6-2.

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Local businesses making ends meet

Posted on October 7, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — None of a wide range of business owners, executives and experts recently asked about the area’s economy were ready to announce that happy days are here again: Their attitudes ranged from cautiously optimistic to skeptical, but hopeful.

In a statement echoed by many interviewed, Waybury Inn co-owner Joe Sutton said he and others in the hospitality sector have adapted to flat or modest growth.

“Basically, even is the new good,” Sutton said. “The general concept is staying at par ... or up a little bit is OK, and you have to watch your expenditures.”

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