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February 25th, 2015
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.
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent activity in Addison Superior Court, Criminal Division, the following took place:
Allen Anderson, 56, of Pittsford pleaded guilty to an Oct. 3 charge of careless or negligent driving, amended from a charge of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol or both, and was sentenced to 6 to 12 months, suspended, was fined $492, and given one-year probation with conditions including not to buy, have or consume a regulated drugs without a valid prescription.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police arrested Theresa L. Engel, 46, of Middlebury for allegedly violating a relief from abuse order at Kinney Drugs on Court Street on Feb. 20.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Investigated a report of a family disagreement in the Valley View neighborhood on Feb. 22.
• Assisted a local man who had been receiving unwanted text messages from his ex-wife on Feb. 22.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police continue to investigate a report that 25-year-old Denise Hart is missing, and they suspect foul play. Hart, a Hartford, Conn., resident who is known to use the names Tiffany and Chookie, was last seen leaving a friend’s home in Sudbury on the evening of Jan. 25, and was reported missing on Jan. 31.
VERGENNES — Vergennes police made an arrest and issued a citation for driving under the influence of alcohol following Sunday traffic stops.
On that day, city police arrested Ricky Relyea, 45, of Ticonderoga, N.Y., after stopping his vehicle because of an obstructed windshield. They discovered Relyea was wanted on an outstanding warrant for DUI and possession of marijuana, and they also cited him for driving with a suspended license before lodging him at the Chittenden County Correctional Center.