ESSEX — Eight members of the Otter Valley Otter, Vergennes Commodore, Mount Abraham Eagle and Middlebury Tiger youth wrestling teams won championships at a state championship meet on Saturday at Essex High School, and another 35 members of those four local teams placed in their age and weight class groups.
In all, 20 teams of grade-school wrestlers competed, and the Otter Valley team scored the highest, taking third with 156 points, edging fourth-place Vergennes (153). Mount Abe (137) was not far behind in sixth, while Middlebury was 14th (59).
ADDISON COUNTY — Five members of the undefeated Division I champion Middlebury Union High School football team have been named to the 2015 Vermont Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl squad, and two members of the D-II finalist Otter Valley squad will join them in doing battle with their New Hampshire counterparts.
MUHS coach Dennis Smith will lead the Vermont team into action in a game that will be played at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 1 at Castleton State College. Practices for both teams begin in Castleton on July 25.
Raiding the Feeders
The bear I saw was the shadow
of my father passing my room,
locking his briefcase, walking out the door
at dawn. And not this spring country one
who apparently didn’t eat enough berries
and fish to keep him asleep. These days
I want to run out of my winter stored fat.
And rise early in my neighborhood,
to see who was there by his or her tracks.