May 22nd, 2014
In state political news, the biggest announcement of the week was Bruce Lisman reporting that he would not be running for governor against Democrat incumbent Peter Shumlin. That seemingly gives Shumlin clear sailing for another two-year term. Considering the controversial issues at stake — paying for health care reform, restructuring school governance and getting school spending under control, and keeping a lid on state taxes, to name a few — it’s surprising that a strong opponent hasn’t yet emerged.
BRISTOL — No one was injured when a bus carrying the Mount Abraham Union High School track and field team started on fire while taking the youngsters to a meet in Winooski this afternoon.
The Eagles were in Hinesburg when, coach Chris Nezin told the Burlington Free Press, smoke was observed coming from the engine area. The vehicle coasted to a stop and the occupants evacuated through the back door and scrambled a few hundred yards away.
BRANDON — Brandon artists will fling open their doors and welcome visitors during Open Studio Weekend Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Brandon Artists Guild is the starting point for maps and directions for discovering the Brandon arts scene. Brandon is a classic Vermont town with great architecture, shops and restaurants.
BRISTOL — The Rice baseball team came to Mount Abraham Union High School on Tuesday as the winner of four straight, while the Eagles entered the game on a three-game slide, including allowing Otter Valley to rally for a win on the previous Friday.
Unfortunately for Coach Jeff Stetson’s squad, those trends did not reverse on Tuesday — Rice pounded out 16 hits off four pitchers, scored 12 runs in the first two innings, and improved to 8-3 with a 19-3, six-inning victory.
CLAREMONT, Calif. — The Middlebury College men’s tennis team won its NCAA Division III quarterfinal match on Monday, but on Tuesday lost an NCAA semifinal to top-ranked tournament host, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Middlebury was making its first appearance in the semifinal round since 2010.
WEST HAVEN — In a night that also featured two Addison County winners, Joey Roberts of Fletcher held off New York’s Jessey Mueller and Middlebury’s Todd Stone in Bond Auto Parts Modified stock car action to win the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series season opener at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ and boys’ tennis teams wrapped up their regular seasons earlier this week, while the Otter Valley girls lost at Rutland. The Otters are scheduled to host Bellows Falls on Thursday in search of their first win.
The Tiger girls lost at Montpelier on Monday, 7-0, but won at U-32 on Tuesday, 6-1, to finish at 9-5.
BRATTLEBORO — Host Brattleboro blanked the Otter Valley Union High School baseball team on Monday, 9-0, after scoring six runs in the first two innings.
The Division I Colonels improved to 8-5, while the D-II Otters dropped to 7-6.
Coach Tim Mitchell said the Colonels made the most of their hits, many of which came with runners in scoring position, and a few OV miscues. Meanwhile, he said, the Otters made contact but couldn’t come up with hits to drive in runs.