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February 12th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury officials and UD-3 school directors continue to hammer out the terms of a proposed lease that would allow the town to erect an 11,500-square-foot recreation center — including an addition with team rooms for student athletes — on land off Creek Road.
BOSTON — The New England Newspaper and Press Association honored the Addison County Independent with 21 awards at the regional organization’s annual convention in Boston this past weekend. In the Better Newspaper Contest, the Addy Indy won gold in four categories when judged against larger weekly publications of more than 6,000 circulation from around New England.
MIDDLEBURY — A Middlebury College sophomore will appear on the Jeopardy! College Championship, a version of the popular television game show hosted by Alex Trebek.
Erika Sloane, 19, was one of 15 undergraduates from across the country selected to compete in the tournament, which is open only to full-time undergraduates with no prior degrees.
“I grew up watching Jeopardy!, and I always wanted to be on it,” said Sloane, a native of Simsbury, Conn.
BRISTOL — Except for the hugs and flowers marking the team’s Senior Night, it was business as usual for the Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team on Tuesday night — another lopsided victory.
This time the victim was Missisquoi, and the score finished at a misleading 55-27. At one point in the second quarter, after Coach Connie LaRose had already called off the press that forced 14 first-quarter T-Bird turnovers, the Eagles led by 30-8.
N.Y./VERMONT — Addison County’s two youth swim teams competed at different places this past weekend.
The Addison Otter Swim Team with their coach Peter Bicknell was in Clifton Park, N.Y., on Sunday, Feb. 9., competing in the Piranhas Pentathlon. The Middlebury Aquatic Club swam at the 2014 New England Regional Swim Championship Meet, which was held at Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, Vt., this past weekend., and
RIPTON — Frost Mountain Nordic Club members competed against top skiers from around Vermont on Sunday, when the Rikert Nordic Center hosted the Team Vermont Qualifiers for the Eastern High School Championships (EHSC) and J2 (U-16) Championships.
According to Frost Mountain Nordic Coach Cam MacKugler, in both the EHSC and J2 championships each New England state brings its top 20 male and female racers to compete for the crown of top state. Frost Mountain and Rikert will jointly host the J2 championships on March 7, 8 and 9.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School wrestling team concluded its dual-meet season on Tuesday by defeating visiting Essex, 42-24, and Champlain Valley, 42-26, sweeping non-forfeited matches, 8-0, and taking them all by pin.
Coach Ethan Raymond said the two wins on the team’s senior night bumped the Tigers up to the No. 3 seed for this Saturday’s Northern Vermont Athletic Conference dual-meet championship, which will be held at Vergennes.
NORTHFIELD — Vergennes Union High School junior Chris Castillo won the Division II boys’ long jump at Saturday’s indoor track championship meet at Norwich University to highlight the day for the Commodore team.
Castillo also placed sixth in the triple jump to score 16 of the VUHS boys’ 21 points — a score good enough to put the Commodores in seventh place among 13 D-II teams competing. Fair Haven edged Rice, 106-103, for the D-II boys’ title.