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April 15th, 2015
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ lacrosse team spotted visiting rival Mount Abraham two early goals on Tuesday, but outscored the Eagles by 7-1 in the two middle periods on the way to an 11-8 victory in the opener for both squads.
The Eagles earned a 7-2 edge in shots on goal in the opening quarter. But VUHS junior goalie Broc Clark held the fort after Eagle senior middie Gus Catlin and sophomore middie Owein LaBarr, from junior attacker Lucas Richter, gave Mount Abe a 2-0 lead in the first 4:34.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ tennis team’s season got off to a promising — and chilly — start this past Saturday, when the Tigers edged visiting BFA-St. Albans, 4-3, in cold, windy weather that challenged both squads.
Tiger Coach Laura Rumbough was pleased her team defeated the Comets, who knocked off MUHS twice in 2014, despite the conditions — and without starting singles player Faith Isham.
ESSEX — Eight members of the Otter Valley Otter, Vergennes Commodore, Mount Abraham Eagle and Middlebury Tiger youth wrestling teams won championships at a state championship meet on Saturday at Essex High School, and another 35 members of those four local teams placed in their age and weight class groups.
In all, 20 teams of grade-school wrestlers competed, and the Otter Valley team scored the highest, taking third with 156 points, edging fourth-place Vergennes (153). Mount Abe (137) was not far behind in sixth, while Middlebury was 14th (59).
ADDISON COUNTY — Five members of the undefeated Division I champion Middlebury Union High School football team have been named to the 2015 Vermont Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl squad, and two members of the D-II finalist Otter Valley squad will join them in doing battle with their New Hampshire counterparts.
MUHS coach Dennis Smith will lead the Vermont team into action in a game that will be played at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 1 at Castleton State College. Practices for both teams begin in Castleton on July 25.
RUTLAND — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ lacrosse team won its season opener on Friday, April 10, 12-7 at Rutland, after two games earlier in the week were postponed.
The Tigers’ April 14 game at BFA-St. Albans was also postponed. No makeup dates have been announced, leaving the Tigers’ next regularly scheduled game an April 28 date at Mount Mansfield.
At Rutland, the Tigers started slowly.
“We got off to a rocky start, down 0-3 in the first 5:35 of play, but settled defensively,” said Coach Kelley Higgins.
ST. ALBANS — Host BFA-St. Albans on Saturday dealt the Middlebury Union High School boys’ tennis team a 6-1 setback in the opener for both teams.
Earning the point for the Tigers was the No. 1 doubles team of Jon Fitzgerald and Ben Silver, who defeated Logan Mapes and Paul Lowe, 6-1, 6-3.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s lacrosse team coasted past visiting Bates on Saturday, forcing 19 turnovers in an 18-6 win. The Panthers, ranked No. 2 in NCAA Division III, improved to 10-1, 6-1 NESCAC, while the Bobcats dropped to 6-8, 2-7 NESCAC.
The Panthers remain tied with No. 1 Trinity atop the NESCAC standings. Trinity will host the Panthers on Saturday. Middlebury was set to visit third-place and ninth-ranked Hamilton (10-2, 6-2) on Wednesday.