November 26th, 2013
Editor’s note: Matt Dickerson, who usually writes a column for our sports pages, takes a little different tack this week as Thanksgiving nears.
Readers beware. This is not an outdoor column. It isn’t about fishing or hunting, at least not directly.
In a gesture to small businesses owners and the shop local movement, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been declared Small Business Saturday. It should be Friday and Sunday as well.
MIDDLEBURY — The early returns look promising for the Middlebury College women’s hockey team, which swept visiting NESCAC foe Trinity this past weekend, 3-2 in overtime on Friday and 7-0 on Saturday to improve its record to 4-0.
Tougher challenges lie in wait for a team that will play as many as seven freshmen on a regular basis as it seeks its eighth NESCAC title and sixth NCAA Division III crown, but Coach Bill Mandigo said after Saturday’s win the Panthers are pointed in the right direction.
NEW LONDON — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team won a pair of one-goal NESCAC road games this past weekend to improve to 3-0-1 heading into this weekend’s Great Northern Shootout in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
There, the Panthers will take on Norwich at 4 p.m. on Friday, while host Plattsburgh meets Wisconsin-Superior at 7 p.m. The winners will meet at 7 p.m. on Saturday after the 4 p.m. consolation game.
MIDDLEBURY — Local Nordic skiing coach Cam MacKugler has been named the head coach of the team that will represent New England at the Junior National Championships at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe from March 1-8. MacKugler is executive director and head coach of the Frost Mountain Nordic Club
The March races, sanctioned by the United States Ski Association (USSA), will be held on the Lodge’s 100-kilometer network of cross-country ski trails.
OWENS MILLS, Md. — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team dropped its first two games of the season against tough competition at the Stevenson College Hoopsville Classic this past Saturday and Sunday. The 3-2 Panthers were ranked No. 18 in NCAA Division III before the losses. They return to action on Dec. 1 at RPI.
On this past Saturday, the Panthers fell, 80-69 to host Stevenson in the Hoopsville Classic. Stevenson (2-1 after a 70-69 loss to Birmingham Southern on Sunday) scored 29 points on 25 Panther turnovers.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s basketball on Saturday saw its 27-23 halftime lead over visiting Emmanuel vanish early in the second half as the Saints spoiled the Panthers’ home opener with a 65-43 win at Pepin Gym.
The Panthers, who are without senior Scarlett Kirk during the women’s soccer team’s postseason run, will host Castleton State on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
HULL, Mass. — Teams from the Vergennes Union High School rowing club posted top finishes on Nov. 19 at the Icebreaker New England Youth Rowing Championships in Hull, Mass., an event that drew 200 high school and middle school rowers on teams from as far away as New York City.