November 3rd, 2014
SOUTH BURLINGTON — On Oct. 26, 2013, the No. 5 Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ soccer team had its high hopes of the program’s first-ever championship dashed.
On that day, vs. No. 5 Harwood in a Division II quarterfinal, the Eagles earned edges of 10-1 in corner kicks and 8-5 in shots on goal, but lost, 2-1, in overtime.
That loss continued frustration for a program that had lost in a semifinal in 2012, and in 2011 earned a No. 4 seed but was upset in OT by a No. 13 seed.
MIDDLEBURY — The next game for the undefeated defending Division I champion Middlebury Union High School football team is the D-I final at Rutland High School on Saturday, and the next opponent is also undefeated St. Johnsbury.
On this past Friday, the top-seeded, 10-0 Tigers posted their fourth shutout in their past five games, 42-0, over visiting No. 5 Colchester. On Saturday, No. 2 St. Johnsbury defeated No. 3 Essex, 26-6.
MIDDLEBURY — In a Wednesday Division I field hockey semifinal played at Middlebury College, No. 4 Middlebury Union High School fell to No. 1 Essex, 2-0.
Essex, the defending champion, improved to 13-0-1 and went on to defeat Champlain Valley, 2-1, for the title on Saturday. The 8-5-2 Tigers suffered only their second loss in eight games, both to Essex.
BRANDON/FAIRFAX — In Division III high school football semifinals on Saturday, No. 1 Otter Valley won, but No. 6 Mount Abraham came up short in its attempt at a second straight playoff upset.
The Otters ousted visiting No. 4 Windsor, 43-14, while host No. 2 BFA-Fairfax blanked the Eagles, 14-0.
MONTPELIER — Hunters are gearing up for the start of Vermont’s statewide traditionally popular 16-day rifle deer season that begins Saturday, Nov. 15, and ends Sunday, Nov. 30.
A hunter may take one buck during this season with at least one antler having two or more points one inch or longer. A point must be one inch or longer from base to tip. The main beam counts as a point, regardless of length. Spike-antlered deer, mostly yearlings, are protected during this season.
In the race for Vermont’s lone congressman, incumbent Democrat Rep. Peter Welch is our overwhelming choice, and he should be Vermont’s clear favorite as well.
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent proceedings in the Addison County Superior Court, Criminal Division:
Benjamin J. Adams of Salisbury, 34, pleaded innocent to Oct. 19 charges of violation of an abuse prevention order, first-degree unlawful restraint and driving with a suspended license and was released with conditions.
BRISTOL — Sheila McGrory-Klyza is quick to admit that she loves France.
“I’m a big Francophile,” she said.
McGrory-Klyza studied in France as an undergraduate at Wake Forest University, and in the last decade moved her family to our country’s oldest ally for a total of one year.
Now, the Bristol food writer-turned-author is releasing her debut novel, which was inspired by McGrory-Klyza’s experiences raising her children in a foreign country.