May 13th, 2015
EAST MIDDLEBURY — It was a brisk day last fall when Walt Ducharme stood at the side of a freshly dug grave at the Prospect Cemetery in East Middlebury. The mortal remains of three people were at last given a final resting place after reposing in nondescript boxes in an office cabinet for 80 years.
But with eternal rest does not always come closure.
BRISTOL — The pain is inconceivable.
While other moms throughout the nation were being celebrated by their children this past Sunday, Mother’s Day, Katie Gorton was pressing her ear to her 15-year-old son Jacob’s chest to hear his heart beat for the last time.
As bicycling season begins and as we attempt to process two recent biking fatalities, the question of how to make Vermont a safer and more enjoyable place to bike looms large.
BRISTOL — The unofficial Addison County high school baseball crown this year goes to Mount Abraham, who on Tuesday completed a sweep of their local rivals by holding on to edge improving Vergennes, 4-3.
The Eagles (4-7) had earlier blanked both Otter Valley and Middlebury, both behind the pitching of Tuesday’s complete-game winner, senior Mike Jerome.
MIDDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ tennis team blanked host Spaulding on Monday, 4-0, in a rain-shortened match, while the Tiger boys’ team did the same in a 4-0 home match vs. the Tide.
The Tiger girls improved to 8-1 with the result. They were scheduled to host North Country on Wednesday and are set to visit Harwood on Friday.
The Tiger boys, who posted their second victory of the spring, were set to visit North Country on Wednesday and will host Harwood on Friday. All matches are at 3:30 p.m.
MIDDLEBURY — Neil Sinclair, a 1993 Middlebury College graduate and former Panther hockey All-American, was named on Tuesday as the coach of the Middlebury men’s hockey program, replacing longtime program head Bill Beaney, who recently retired.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vergennes softball team kept a winning streak alive at Mount Abraham’s expense to highlight recent local high school softball and baseball play earlier this week.
In other games, Otter Valley edged both visiting Windsor and an oncoming thunderstorm, Middlebury softball dropped another extra-innings heartbreaker, and the OV and MUHS baseball teams came up short.
The Eagle baseball team also hosted VUHS; see story on Page 1B.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s and women’s tennis teams both advanced in their respective NCAA tournaments this past weekend.
The men’s tennis team on Sunday defeated Bowdoin, 5-3, in an NCAA Division III Regional final, earning a berth in a quarterfinal match next week.
The 20-3 Panthers will meet No. 7 Trinity (Texas) in an Elite Eight matchup to be played on Monday in Mason, Ohio. They have reached the NCAA quarterfinal round in 12 of the past 13 years, winning titles twice. The Polar Bears finished their season at 15-6.