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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School football coach Dennis Smith often says a win is a win.
After his Tigers emerged from Friday’s night’s opener on Doc Collins Field with a 21-13 victory in a game with a combined four interceptions and seven fumbles and saw his team have three touchdowns called back due to penalties — but still make a number of big plays — that phrase came to mind.
MIDDLEBURY — The Kelly Brush Century Ride will roll out of Middlebury on Sept. 12, celebrating 10 years of cyclists riding to empower those living with paralysis through sport and recreation and to improve ski racing safety.
Named “Best Century Ride in Vermont” by Vermont Sports magazine, last year’s event drew more than 700 riders. The ride is also the region’s largest for adaptive athletes using handcycles, with dozens of participants taking part annually.
BRANDON – The Otter Valley Union High School on Friday blanked visiting Twin Valley, 2-0, giving Coach Rick Hedding his first varsity victory.
Abbie Pinkowski scored both goals for OV in what was the season opener for both squads.
Isabelle Kingsley set up Pinkowski’s first strike, and Hedding also credited Kingsley and the other OV midfielders with controlling possession for much of the game.
OV goalie Gabby Poalino worked a six-save shutout, and Hedding said center back Jillian Flanders anchored the Otter defensive effort.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury presents “From Life in West Africa, to Enslavement in Virginia, to Freedom in Vermont: an African American Saga,” a multimedia presentation by Dr. Jane Beck, on Thursday, Sept. 10, from 6-8 p.m.
This free event celebrates the publication of Beck’s book “Daisy Turner’s Kin: An African American Family Saga.” Refreshments and informal conversation with the author will be followed by her presentation, discussion and book signing.
WAITSFIELD — Host Green Mountain Valley on Saturday edged the Vergennes Union High School boys’ soccer team, 2-1, in the opener for both teams.
Camden Simpson scored for VUHS and Carter Kendig for the Gumbies in the first half, and Kendig notched the game-winner in the second half.
In the statistically even game, GMVS goalie Chris Jones stopped six shots, and Commodore keeper Ethan Sausville made four saves.
VUHS will host Montpelier on Friday afternoon.
BRANDON – The host Otter Valley Union High School and Mount Anthony field hockey teams on Friday battled to a 1-1 stalemate in the opener for both squads.
The Otters scored first with 8:51 remaining in the first half, when Allison Lowell converted a Maia Edmunds assist. MAU responded at 24:53 of the second half, when Margaret Certh scored on a set-up from Alex Cross
OV goalie Myliah McDonough made 10 saves, while MAU keeper Savannah Rogers stopped four shots.
Next up for the Otters Valley is a Sept. 3 game at Fair Haven.
BRANDON — The host Otter Valley Union High School football team had little trouble with overmatched and undermanned Mount St. Joseph on Saturday, winning by 62-14 in the opener for both Division III squads.
OV scored five touchdowns in the first quarter to take a 36-0 lead and played its second string for most of the rest of the game. A tougher test is expected this Saturday when BFA-Fairfax visits in a rematch of last fall’s D-III final. The Bullets opened by defeating Spaulding on Saturday, 48-22.
BURLINGTON – In a Friday night battle of Division II high school football teams that switched divisions during the offseason, host Burlington took a 35-0 halftime lead on the way to a 41-8 win over Mount Abraham in the opener for both squads.
The football coaches’ association moved Burlington down to D-II from D-I this past winter, while at the same time bumping the Eagles up to D-II from D-III. The Seahorses had struggled in D-I, while the Eagles had consistently earned playoff berths in D-III.