SOUTH DUXBURY — Host Harwood pulled away in the second half to earn a 53-45 victory over the Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team on Saturday in the opener for both squads.
The Highlanders led by just one at the break, 26-25, but claimed the win with three players in double figures, including Jennifer James (17 points).
The Commodores’ K.C. Ambrose matched that game-high total with 17 points of her own, and Paige Coyle added nine for VUHS.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team picked up a pair of wins last week to improve to 4-0. The Tigers and also undefeated Northfield are dueling for first place in Division II.
On Wednesday, the Tigers topped visiting Rutland, 4-1. Timi Carone, Angela Carone and Julia Carone each scored in the second period to spark MUHS, and CareyAnne Howlett scored the final goal. Tiger goalie Baily Ryan recorded six saves.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Otter Valley and Mount Abraham union high school boys’ basketball teams opened with road losses on Saturday, while Vergennes saw its home opener postponed.
The Commodores’ Saturday game vs. Montpelier was moved to this coming Saturday, also at 11:30 a.m. Their opener will instead come vs. BFA-Fairfax at home on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Middlebury will also open at home on Tuesday at 7 p.m., when the Tigers will host Fair Haven.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team knocked off visiting Division II rival Woodstock, 5-2, this past Wednesday.
The Tigers improved to 2-1, good for a first-place tie in Division II with Mount Mansfield heading into weekend play. They are idle this weekend and will host D-I power St. Albans on Wednesday before visiting league rival Lyndon on Saturday. Woodstock dropped to 1-2 heading into the weekend.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
12/11 MUHS Girls vs. Rutland................. 4-1
12/11 MUHS Boys vs. Woodstock .......... 5-2
12/14 MUHS Girls vs. Bratt. ................... 4-0
12/14 Montpelier at VUHS ..................... Ppd.
In a survey of educational news posted across the web in the month of November, none invokes more emotion than the changes in the national educational landscape with the advent of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). From recent incendiary comments by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to pundits on the left and right, no one seems to be able to agree on whether the adoption of national standards is a move in the right direction.
In this season of hope, peace and understanding, it’s fitting that moderate Republicans in the U.S. House joined forces with Democrats this past Thursday to approve a two-year budget outline by 332-94. The 94 votes in opposition make up a large part of the Tea Party conservatives that have undermined mainstream Republican and Democratic agendas for the past four years.