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November 12th, 2009
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College football team on Saturday won its third straight game, 37-14, over visiting Hamilton 37-14. It was the Panthers’ 15th win in their last 17 attempts on Youngman Field at Alumni Stadium. The Middlebury defense held Hamilton to just 202 yards — 2.8 per play — on the day, racking up seven sacks and 15 tackles for lost yardage in the process.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury women’s soccer team saw its hopes of a third NESCAC championship fall just short this past weekend, but the 12-3-2 Panthers earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament and will host a four-team regional playoff this weekend.
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — The Middlebury College men’s soccer team on Sunday dropped a 2-1 overtime heartbreaker to Williams at Wesleyan in the NESCAC playoff final, denying the Panthers the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament.
Despite the Panthers’ late-season surge to 10-5-2, including ending the regular season with a win over Williams and then posting tournament victories over No. 3 Amherst and No. 1 Wesleyan, Middlebury did not receive an at-large bid to the NCAA dance. Wesleyan (11-1-4), Amherst (11-3-1) and Bowdoin (11-4-1) joined Williams (14-2-1) in the tourney.
MEDFORD, Mass. — The Middlebury College women’s volleyball team saw its season come to and end with a 3-2 (25-19, 21-25, 17-25, 25-21, 15-13) loss to Amherst in the NESCAC playoff quarterfinals at Tufts on Nov. 6. The Panthers finished the season with a 20-6 record.
Amherst controlled the first set, taking a lead that grew to 20-10. Middlebury fought back to 21-16, but Amherst finished off a 25-19 victory.
College to host senior star game
MIDDLEBURY — The annual Vermont North-South All-Star Football game for high school seniors will be played Saturday, Nov. 21, at Middlebury College’s Youngman Stadium with a noon kickoff.
The game has become a November tradition since making its debut in 2001 and serves as an unofficial tryout for the annual Vermont-New Hampshire Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl, which will be played next August. The series is tied at four wins apiece.
ADDISON — The 80-year-old Champlain Bridge is unsalvageable and will be replaced, most likely at its current location on Route 17 between Addison, Vt., and Crown Point, N.Y.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectmen on Tuesday picked Brookside Drive resident Nick Artim to fill out a term vacated at the end of last month by longtime Selectman Bill Perkins.
Artim was one of four candidates who had declared interest in replacing Perkins, who has moved to Colorado. The other candidates were residents Jeremy Rathbun, Ted Shambo and Travis Forbes. Artim and Rathbun showed up for public interviews with selectmen on Tuesday; Forbes withdrew his name from contention before the meeting, but said he may run for the spot when it comes up for election next March.
BRISTOL — Against the backdrop of a steady beat of African drums, Soriba Simbo Camara leapt and twisted, his body, contorting rhythmically to the sound. He carried a cow’s tail in one hand, a symbol of power in Guinean culture, and wore a traditional West African shirt. The dance was feverish but graceful, and at its end, Camara catapulted his body from the ground in a tremendous jump.
Camara wiped the sheen of sweat from his brow, and caught his breath.
“It keeps you young,” he said, grinning just as he had all through the dance.