January 9th, 2017
MIDDLEBURY — The J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation has announced available funding for the 2017-18 school year to support projects that create systemic improvement in the access all Vermonters have to postsecondary and career education. A supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation, the McClure Foundation envisions a Vermont where no promising job goes unfilled for lack of a qualified applicant.
VERGENNES — In front of a big crowd on Friday at Vergennes Union High School, the visiting Mount Abraham girls’ basketball team used tough man-to-man defense and full-court pressure to deal the Commodores their second loss of the winter.
In a high-intensity game that included two buzzer-beating three-pointers, the Eagles forced 16 VUHS first-half turnovers and got 15 of junior forward Emma Carter’s game-high 25 points before the break to take a 27-13 halftime lead.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school boys’ basketball play late last week, only Otter Valley pulled out a win, as Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Middlebury all came up short.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is excited to announce its lineup for the 2017 Winter Screening Series at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. MNFF will be offering one distinctive film every month beginning in January and finishing up in May. Shifting to Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. this year (with the exception of the May film), the Series retains its exclusive focus on prominent work by first- and second-time filmmakers.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team won twice last week to move over .500 for the first time this season at 4-3, 3-2 in Division I play.
On Wednesday, the Tigers edged Woodstock, 1-0, on a Henry Hodde goal with 3:41 left in regulation. Jake Peluso picked up the assist. MUHS goalie Jeffrey Stearns earned the shutout with 11 saves, and Wasp goalie Jason Drebber kept his team in the game with 29 saves.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team picked up a pair of one-sided victories last week to improve to 5-0-1. The Tigers are in a three-way battle with Rutland (7-0-1) and Essex (6-1) for the lead in Division I.
On Wednesday, Helen Anderson’s four goals helped the Tigers in an 8-0 victory over visiting Burr and Burton. Lexi Bartlett scored twice, Julia Carone chipped in a goal and an assist, and Satchel McLaughlin added a goal. Goalie Katie Billings backstopped the win with six stops.
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School girls’ basketball split two games late last week, including the 1-3 Otters’ first win.
That came on Friday, when Coach Steve Keith said the Otters played a strong all-around team game in defeating visiting Proctor, 50-26.
Keith said good ball movement help Gabriela Poalino break free for 27 points, while Leah Pinkowski (nine) and Julia Lee (seven) also chipped in offensively.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
1/4 MUHS vs. Burr & Burton..................... 8-0
1/7 MUHS vs. South Burlington................ 7-0
1/4 MUHS vs. Woodstock........................ 1-0
1/7 MUHS vs. Rice................................... 4-2