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September 10th, 2015
BRANDON — On the first play from scrimmage in Saturday’s Division III football game vs. visiting BFA-Fairfax, Otter Valley Union High School quarterback Carson Leary bobbled a snap that was a little off target, and the Otters lost six yards.
That was about all that went wrong for OV in what was a rematch of the 2014 state championship game, won by the Bullets.
My mother almost ruined me for sports.
When I was just a kid, eight or ten or so, I was listening to a Red Sox game on the radio at home, and the Red Sox unloaded on an opposing pitcher, scoring a bunch of runs, and driving the poor guy from the game.
I exulted, casting aspersions no doubt on the other team and its woeful pitcher: “Hit the showers, you bum!” I said, or some other such churlish comment.
ESSEX — Runners from the Middlebury and Mount Abraham union high school cross country teams submitted some promising early-season results in Saturday’s Essex Invitational, with seven Tiger boys, three Tiger girls and two Eagle girls posting top-10 finishes in Division II competition.
Overall, the Tiger boys and girls each finished second and the Eagle teams third behind Montpelier. Other D-II teams competing did not send enough runners to score.
On the boys’ side, the scores were Montpelier, 24; MUHS, 33; and Mount Abe, 82.
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent local high school girls’ soccer action, Otter Valley posted the most one-sided win in program history, while Middlebury, Mount Abraham and Vergennes each split a pair of games.
On this past Friday, the Otters thumped visiting Bellows Falls, 10-0, easily the program’s biggest scoring margin in its decade-and-a-half history, and improved to 2-1 in the process.
BELLOWS FALLS — Host Bellows Falls on Friday defeated the Mount Abraham Union High School football team, 31-6, a Division II result that let the Terriers improve to 2-0 and dropped the Eagles to 0-2.
The Terriers opened the game with Chris McKeen’s 85-yard kick return. BF quarterback Zac Streeter ran 76 yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns, and McKeen tacked on a two-yard TD run.
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent local high school boys’ soccer action, Middlebury and Otter Valley settled for ties, while Vergennes took an overtime setback.
All four local squads were also set to play on Wednesday after the deadline for this issue: OV was scheduled to visit VUHS, MUHS to visit Rice, and Mount Abraham (2-0) to head north to BFA-Fairfax.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School football team on Friday used a dominant defense and an improving running game to dismiss visiting BFA-St. Albans, 20-7.
The Tigers improved to 2-0 and stretched their winning streak to 24 games, while the Bobwhites, one-point losers to Rice the week before, dropped to 0-2. The Tigers will visit Brattleboro this Friday and Colchester the following Friday before returning to Doc Collins Field on Sept. 25 to host South Burlington.
ESSEX — The Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team opened with a pair of tough road losses against Metro Conference foes.
This past Friday, host Mount Mansfield edged the Eagles, 3-2, in overtime. Allie Biancho’s goal with less than two minutes to go in overtime gave the 1-1 Cougars the victory. MMU goalie Jess Peura made six saves to earn the win.
Hannah Wahl and Jalen Cook tallied for Mount Abe, and goalies Danielle Morse and Samantha Bruce combined for five saves.