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February 25th, 2015
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.
CLINTON, N.Y. — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team split two road games this past weekend and will enter the NESCAC postseason with the No. 7 seed and a 7-8-3 league record, 10-11-3 overall.
The Panthers are set to play at No. 2 Amherst (18-4-2, 14-4 NESCAC) this Saturday at 1 p.m. in a league quarterfinal. The Jeffs are ranked No. 10 among NCAA Division III teams and defeated the Panthers this past Friday, 4-0. The NESCAC final four will be played the following weekend and hosted by the highest remaining seed.
MIDDLEBURY — In a Saturday duel of top NCAA Division III women’s college hockey teams, visiting No. 2 Plattsburgh edged No. 3 Middlebury, 4-3, denying Panther coach Bill Mandigo his 500th career victory in the process.
Mandigo’s team will look for that milestone victory this Saturday at 3 p.m. in a NESCAC quarterfinal at Chip Kenyon Arena, when the top-seeded Panthers (18-3-3, 13-1-2 NESCAC) host No. 8 Hamilton (10-10-4, 4-9-3 NESCAC).
If the Panthers win, they will host the NESCAC final four the following weekend.
VERGENNES — The No. 5 Vergennes Union High School boys’ basketball team rode a big second half past visiting No. 12 Hartford, 68-53, in a Tuesday first-round Division II playoff game.
The 14-7 Commodores will next visit No. 4 Otter Valley on Saturday at 2 p.m. in a quarterfinal matchup, 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.