SALEM, Va. — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team has earned a spot in the NCAA Division III tournament’s elite eight for the second time in the last three seasons. The Panthers (25-3) will travel to Salem, Va., to take on 27-3 North Central (Ill.) in an NCAA quarterfinal game on Friday at 8 p.m.
On Saturday at 8:30 p.m., the winner of the Middlebury-North Central game is set to meet the winner of another Friday quarterfinal at the Salem Civic Center, between Amherst (27-2) and Cabrini (25-5).
MIDDLEBURY — At Monday night’s spring sports meeting at Middlebury Union High School, activities director Sean Farrell told the gathered athletes and parents he had never had a busier time preparing for a season.
Four MUHS varsity spring coaches stepped down since the spring of 2012, and Farrell also had to find three new JV coaches.
Deciding to leave, in order of seniority, were:
• Baseball coach Doc Seubert, who last fall decided that almost four decades was enough of heading the MUHS boys’ soccer and baseball programs.
WINDSOR — Area high school basketball players — and coaches — will be well represented at Saturday’s annual Vermont Basketball Coaches Association North-South senior all-star games at Windsor High School.
Vergennes Union High School seniors Shep Carter, Zach Ouellette and Stanley Salley will play for the North Division I and II boys’ team that will meet the South team at 5 p.m. And VUHS coach Peter Quinn will lead the North D-I and D-II boys in that game.
WOODSTOCK — The Vermont state champion girls’ U-14 ice hockey team from the Middlebury Area Hockey Association had an impressive showing this past weekend at the New England Regional tournament in Woodstock.
The team went 3-0 in their initial tournament playdowns, beating elite teams from New Hampshire, Maine and Connecticut. This effort placed them as the No. 1 seed for their division in the semifinals.
Peter Quinn, social worker: He’s a school-based clinician at Vergennes Union High School, employed by the Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC). For 20 years, he directed the Kingsland Bay School in Ferrisburgh, a residential facility for troubled adolescents.
3/20 Midd. vs. RPI ................................ 12-8
3/20 Midd. vs. St. Lawrence ................. 11-4
NCAA D-III Elite 8 in Salem, VA
3/22 Midd. vs. North Central (Ill.) ........ 8 p.m.
On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, insurgents against the government in power there killed at least 65 people, and wounded more than 240, in the deadliest day in that strife-torn country this year. The attacks that killed the people were thought to have been led by al-Qaida’s Iraq arm.