January 8th, 2014
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School senior and Mount Abraham football player Tommy Lee Hodsden has been chosen as the Vermont Division III PRIDE Premier Player for the 2013 football season by the Vermont Chapter of the National Football Foundation.
Hodsden will receive his D-III award at the Vermont Chapter Banquet at Castleton State College on April 27, and is also a candidate along with the D-I and D-II winners for the overall Vermont PRIDE Premier Player Award.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s basketball team won once in three recent outings and will carry a 4-6 record into NESCAC action, which opens this weekend.
The Panthers will host Bates at 6 p.m. on Friday, and Tufts visits at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
On this past Tuesday, visiting Plattsburgh built a 40-26 second-half lead, but had to hang on for a 58-54 victory. The Panthers were at the free throw line down by two in the final minute with a chance to tie, but missed both.
I was pondering recently the strange phenomenon of what creatures find attractive, and why.
Take trout and salmon. I have an upcoming opportunity for some Pacific steelhead fishing over a three-day weekend after a work-related trip to Oregon. My brother is coming from San Francisco to meet me, and we are splurging to hire a guide for the first day. The guide will provide flies while we are with him.
MIDDLEBURY — Katie Mandigo scored in overtime to lift No. 2 Middlebury to a 3-2 victory over visiting No. 4 Elmira on Saturday in a rematch of the 2013 NCAA Division III championship game.
Elmira tallied the lone goal of the opening period when Ashley Ryan scored at 13:38 on a pass following a wraparound bid by Tanis Lamoureux. Later in the period, Elmira’s Brooke Wilgosh shot from between the circles but Middlebury goalie Annabelle Jones (21 stops) made a great glove save just under the crossbar.
BURLINGTON — Vergennes and Mount Abraham union high school athletes posted strong performances at Saturday’s Division II indoor track meet at the University of Vermont.
Vergennes junior Chris Castillo placed in five events, while senior Alix Kauffman and junior Sebby Crowell placed in two events each, senior Matteo Palmer earned a second-place finish, and juniors Ally Stearns and Paige Stolen each placed in one event.
ADDISON COUNTY — Both the Mount Abraham and Middlebury union high school boys’ basketball teams came up short on southern road trips on Tuesday, while the Vergennes boys saw their only game postponed.
Otter Valley was set to visit Poultney on Wednesday after the deadline for this edition of the Independent. Vergennes was set to host Fair Haven on Monday; that game was postponed until Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School girls’ basketball team broke through for its first win on Tuesday, 34-30 at the expense of visiting Mill River.
Laura Roberts scored eight to lead OV, and three other Otters tallied six apiece as they edged MRU, which dipped to 4-3. The Otters improved to 1-3.
Two other local girls’ basketball games scheduled for Monday were postponed due to bad weather. Vergennes was to play at Mount Abraham, and that game was moved to Jan. 15 at 6 p.m.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
1/6 Fair Haven at VUHS ....................... Ppd.
1/7 Burr & Burton vs. MUHS ............... 60-33
1/7 Mill River vs. Mt. Abe ................... 60-35
1/8 Burr & Burton vs. VUHS ................ 74-36