Editor’s note: The following letter has been submitted by the undersigned local clergy to the Public Service Board regarding the proposed Vermont Gas Pipeline through Addison County:
BRANDON — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team opened its defense of the Division II title by rallying past stubborn host Otter Valley on Tuesday, 42-31.
The Otters used their quickness and hard work on man-to-man defense to frustrate the Eagles in the first half, which ended with the host team up, 17-14, behind a trio of three-pointers from senior Jessica Frazier.
MIDDLEBURY — Two hundred and forty-seven runners braved cold temperatures on Nov. 24 to run either five or 10 kilometers in the Middlebury Parks and Recreation Department’s annual Turkey Trot and Gobble Wobble.
Many runners brought donations to local food shelves, 20 won drawings for turkeys after the race, and many more won prizes donated by the many local business sponsors of the annual event in a post-race raffle.
ST. JOHNSBURY — The Otter Valley Union High School wrestling team got off to a strong start for its season this past weekend, taking fourth place at a major opening tournament, the St. Johnsbury Early Bird Invitational.
Six Otters reached the podium with top-four finishes, led by junior Adam Sherwin’s first-place effort at 220 pounds.
OV coach Steve Mitchell noted his team is still young, with only one senior on his roster, Joe Palmer, who took fourth at 138.
ADDISON COUNTY — Only Otter Valley won as all four local union high school boys’ basketball teams saw action on Tuesday.
The Otters snapped a 36-36 tie after three periods to defeat Poultney, 49-40, in the consolation game of Mount St. Joseph’s Tip-Off Tournament. John Winslow’s 25 points and a fullcourt press were key for OV as the Otters pulled away to even their record at 1-1 against 0-2 Poultney.
BURLINGTON — Vergennes Union High School athletes earned four top-four finishes at Saturday’s opening indoor track and field meet at the University of Vermont, including second-place finishes by Chris Castillo and Ally Stearns, a third by Castillo and a fourth by Paige Stolen.
The two Mount Abraham competitors also fared well in the large field that included many Division I athletes: Natalie May picked up a fifth-place finish, and Chris Carter earned a seventh.
Ted Williams was wrong. Hitting a baseball is not the hardest task in sports. Reffing a basketball game is.
A few years back, I made a foolish decision. I agreed to become a basketball referee — not a real ref, a certified official, but far worse. I agreed to officiate games in the Middlebury Adult Men’s League in which I had played for nearly 15 years.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
12/17 Fair Haven vs. MUHS ............... 40-32
12/17 Mill River vs. Mt. Abe ............... 73-43
12/17 OV Boys vs. Poultney .............. 49-40
12/17 Fairfax vs. VUHS ..................... 63-45
12/16 Mill River vs. MUHS ................. 39-16