November 7th, 2013
RUTLAND — The state’s two best high school football teams will meet on Saturday night in Rutland for the Vermont Division I championship, undefeated top seed Middlebury (10-0) and No. 2 South Burlington, which at 9-1 has lost only to the Tigers.
Game time on Rutland High School’s turf field has been set for 5 p.m.; it will follow earlier clashes for the D-III title between No. 1 Woodstock and No. 2 Mill River and for the D-II crown between No. 1 Lyndon and No. 2 Rice. The forecast as of midweek called for calm, but seasonally chilly weather.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College football team on Saturday kept its hopes alive for a share of the NESCAC title by defeating visiting Hamilton, 40-13.
The Panthers are 6-1, trailing only Wesleyan (7-0) and tied with Amherst, also 6-1. Wesleyan has to play at rival Trinity (5-2) on Saturday, while Amherst also has its rivalry game vs. Williams (2-5). The Panthers travel to meet Tufts (0-7).
MIDDLEBURY — The top-seeded Middlebury College women’s soccer team defeated visiting No. 8 Colby, 3-1, in a NESCAC quarterfinal on Saturday, and the 11-1-3 Panthers (8-1-1 NESCAC) will host the league’s final four this weekend.
The Panthers will entertain No. 6 Tufts (9-6, 5-5 NESCAC) at 11 a.m. on Saturday, and No. 2 Williams (11-2-2, 7-2-1) will square off against No. 4 Trinity (12-3, 7-3) in the other league semifinal.
NEW LONDON, Conn. — The Middlebury College women’s cross country team won its 12th NESCAC championship on Saturday in an event hosted by Connecticut College. The Panther men also turned in a strong performance, placing second in the 11-team field.
The Middlebury women placed five of its runners among the top nine. The win was so convincing that any of the other top five racers combined would still not have beat the Panthers’ score of 29. Williams placed second with 51 points, followed by Tufts in third with 90.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
D-I Final at Rutland High
11/9 #1 MUHS vs. #2 S. Burlington ... 5 p.m.
NESCAC Final Four at Amherst
11/9 Midd. vs. Amherst .................... 11 a.m.
11/9 Tufts vs. Bowdoin ................ 1:30 p.m.
11/10 Final .......................................... Noon
In the past two weeks I’ve heard and read a lot about team character and chemistry. It’s always struck me as an athlete and an observer the intangibles matter, and for sure three recent teams have done nothing to change my mind.
STARKSBORO — In 1965, Lyndon Johnson was president, Apollo 11 had yet to land on the moon, a first-class stamp cost a nickel and a gallon of gas 31 cents.
It was also the year Joyce Shepard started working as a cook at Starksboro’s Robinson Elementary School. She retired in this past summer, after 48 years.
“I just liked working with the kids,” Shepard said. “It kept me young.”
Principal Patrick Hartnett likened Shepard’s tenure to that of a baseball Hall of Famer.
Mount Abraham captured state titles in field hockey and boys' soccer this past weekend, while Middlebury football won to advance to the state final vs South Burlington Nov. 9. Trent Campbell and Ben Kaufmann snapped these photos.