June 18th, 2014
POULTNEY — In Monday’s tense, well-played softball final at the Poultney Recreation Park between the two teams that had proven themselves to be Division II’s best, No. 5 Otter Valley scored the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh to edge No. 2 Vergennes, 2-1, and claim the program’s second title in five years and fourth overall.
Editor’s note: Reporter Zach Despart went to the final three rounds of the 114th U.S. Open in Pinehurst, N.C., this past weekend.
PINEHURST, N.C. — It’s ungodly hot here. Like, can’t-stand-in-the-sun-for-more-than-half-an-hour hot, drink-beer-at-your-own-peril hot. That the golfers here at the U.S. Open withstand the conditions for four hours every day — in long pants — is in itself an accomplishment.
I went down to the river this evening to do a little fishing. Supper was done. I’d washed the dishes. The rest of my family was busy with other evening activities. And I still had about 90 minutes remaining until dusk. Casting a few flies and perhaps dancing with a trout at the end of a taut line seemed like a perfect way to end the day.
WEST HAVEN — On Sunday, defending champion in the Bond Auto Parts Modified Feature Todd Stone of Middlebury landed in victory lane for the first time this season at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway after fending off multiple late-race challenges from Jessey Mueller.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County American Legion baseball team opened its 2014 campaign with a pair of losses in a Sunday doubleheader, 7-3 in 14 innings and 11-0 to the visiting Colchester Cannons.
In the opener, the Cannons took a 2-0 lead in the fifth off AC starter Devin Hayes on a walk, a stolen base, an RBI single, another steal and another RBI single. Those were the only hits Hayes allowed in eight innings of work.
ADDISON COUNTY — Despite the loss of several mainstays to age eligibility rules, Addison County American Legion Baseball Coach Mike Estey is hopeful his 2014 team has the pieces in place to earn another berth in the Vermont playoffs.
It does help that a number of veterans do return to show the way for the team’s many newcomers, Estey said.
“We’re a little bit young, but we’ve got some great leadership,” he said. “We’ve got nine guys back from last year.”
ADDISON — The 33rd annual Father’s Day Fishing Derby opened at midnight this past Friday, and Katie Holler and her husband, Mick, of Addison wasted no time in getting lines in the water.
“We were fishing all night,” Holler said Saturday evening at the Addison Sportsman Cottages. “I went home and slept a few this afternoon.”
Mick Holler has won the Extraordinary category of the derby in past years.
VERMONT — A senior St. Johnsbury Academy track star, a junior Williamstown High School basketball standout, and a junior Castleton State College women’s basketball player were chosen as the Vermont Sports Media Association Athletes of the Month for February.