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February 25th, 2015
MIDDLEBURY — This winter, the Middlebury Union High School boys’ basketball team won 16 times, went undefeated in the Lake Division to earn the league title, and finished the regular season on a 10-game winning streak.
But in Tuesday’s first-round Division I playoff game, No. 12 Champlain Valley Union brought that run to a halt with a dominating performance, 70-45.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School cheerleading team on Saturday finished fourth in Division I out of nine teams and tied for sixth overall out of 16 D-I and D-III squads at the state championships, which were held in the VUHS gymnasium.
The Commodores, who had earlier won the Lake Division championship in a separate competition, scored 144 points, trailing only Rutland (196), Essex (181) and Poultney (163) in D-I.
STRAFFORD — Middlebury Union High School boys and girls combined for eight top-10 finishes at a six-team meet held on Saturday at the Strafford Nordic Center.
Team scores were not kept, but on a cold, windy day the Tiger boys dominated their 6-kilometer freestyle race by taking six top-10 finishes, including first-place by Sam Hodges.
Julia Rosenberg led the Tiger girls by taking second place behind winner Maria Magnan of BFA-St. Albans.
“There were lots of great performances,” said MUHS Coach Chas Lyons.
VERGENNES — The Middlebury Union High School dance team took fourth in Hip Hop and fifth in Jazz at Saturday’s state championships, which were hosted by Vergennes Union High School.
By virtue of the Tigers’ top-four finish in Hip Hop, they qualified to compete at the New England championships, which will be held in Braintree, Mass., on March 7.
BRANDON — The No. 4 Otter Valley Union High School boys’ basketball team shut down visiting No. 13 Harwood on Tuesday, 45-27, in a Division II first round playoff game.
The 15-6 Otters will host No. 5 Vergennes on Saturday at 2 p.m., with the winner earning a date in a Monday night semifinal in Barre, probably against undefeated No. 1 Woodstock, which will host No. 8 Mill River in a Friday quarterfinal.
BRUNSWICK, Maine — Host No. 2 Bowdoin on Saturday ended the No. 7 Middlebury College women’s basketball season in a NESCAC quarterfinal, 80-52.
The 22-3 Polar Bears advanced to a semifinal vs. Amherst, while the Panthers finished at 11-14, 3-7 in NESCAC play.
Shannon Brady led the Polar Bears with 25 points and eight rebounds.
Elizabeth Knox paced Middlebury with 14 points and 10 boards. Sarah Kaufman pitched in 11 points, while Sabrina Weeks added nine points.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2/25 #7 Rutland at #2 MUHS.................. Late
2/25 #5 U-32 at #4 MUHS....................... Late
When Ernie Banks was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977, he began his acceptance speech with his customary invocation: “We’ve got the setting. Sunshine. Fresh air. We’ve got the team behind us. So let’s play two!”
Ernie Banks died on Jan. 23, and the flag of every Cubs fan flew at half-mast on that day. He was officially “Mr. Cub,” having played only for the Cubs for all his 19 years in the majors. It is safe to say there has not been a more beloved athlete by fans in any sport than Ernie Banks was to Chicagoans.