March 4th, 2015
In the past 20 years, there are three times teams in what the Vermont Principals’ Association calls its core sports have won Division I titles despite a distinct disadvantage — they were neither among the 13 largest schools in D-I, nor were they private schools who, whether they will admit it or not, recruit athletes.
Those sports are boys’ and girls’ soccer and basketball, baseball and softball. Among those six sports during those 20 years, there were 120 titles up for grabs, one in each sport per year.
MIDDLEBURY — The top-seeded Middlebury College women’s hockey team reached the NESCAC final four and gave Coach Bill Mandigo his 500th career win, the most of any college women’s hockey program head, in epic fashion on Saturday, defeating No. 8 Hamilton in quadruple overtime, 3-2.
AMHERST — Second-seeded host Amherst ousted the No. 7 Middlebury College men’s hockey team from the NESCAC playoffs of Saturday, 3-0, in a quarterfinal. Amherst improved to 19-4-2 for the season and will host No. 8 Tufts, which knocked off top-seeded Trinity, in this weekend’s final four. The Panthers concluded their season at 10-12-3.
In the opening period, Middlebury applied early pressure, and Amherst goalie Danny Vitale made three early saves on Evan Neugold. The Panthers outshot the Jeffs, 11-2, in the scoreless period.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
D-I Final at UVM
3/3 #1 Essex vs. #2 MUHS...................... 5-1
Division II Playoffs at Barre
3/2 #1 Woodstock vs. #4 OV............... 75-55
MIDDLEBURY/BRISTOL — Young swimmers in the Middlebury Aquatic Club (MAC) and the Addison Otter Swim Team, which practices at the Mount Abraham pool in Bristol, have been busy the last few weeks competing in several high-level meets.
Six Middlebury Aquatic Club swimmers on Feb. 21 and 22 competed successfully against swimmers at the New England Silver Championship Meet held at Greater Lawrence Technical School in Andover, Mass.
The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.
BRISTOL — In just the first five minutes of this past Thursday’s public negotiations between the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union teachers’ union and the board of the Bristol-area schools, the public learned how far apart the two sides’ proposals are. In their opening statement, the teachers were frank in their disapproval of the board’s first contract draft.