January 28th, 2015
NORTHFIELD — Vergennes Union High School seniors Chris Castillo and Ally Stearns each recorded third-place finishes in their specialties to highlight local athletes’ efforts at Saturday’s indoor track meet hosted by Norwich University.
Castillo took third in the boys’ triple jump at 37 feet, 11.25 inches, while Stearns claimed third in the girls’ shot put with a season’s best effort of 31 feet, 1/2 inch.
STOWE — The Middlebury College ski team placed fourth at the University of Vermont Winter Carnival, the season’s second carnival. The Panthers finished with 661 points, while UVM (940), Dartmouth (885) and New Hampshire (782) led the field. Alpine races were held at the Stowe Mountain Resort, while the Nordic events took place at Trapp Family Lodge. Middlebury returns to action this weekend at the St. Michael’s Carnival.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team saw a nine-game home winning streak end with a 71-62 loss to visiting University of Maine, Fort Kent, on Saturday. The Bengals moved to 6-10, while the Panthers fell to 13-3.
Middlebury was set to return to action on Tuesday night by hosting Lyndon State, but that game was postponed. They next visit Williams on Friday at 7 p.m.
EAST MONTPELIER — The Middlebury Union High School Nordic skiing teams competed on Saturday in a 5-kilometer classic style race at U-32 against some of the state’s top squads.
On what Tiger coach Chas Lyons called “a great day for skiing” on a “dynamic course with great visibility,” the Tiger girls finished fifth in an eight-team field, while the boys were fifth in a five-team field, but only four points out of third place.
SARATOGA, N.Y. — The Addison Otters, who are based at the Mount Abraham pool in Bristol, with coach Peter Bicknell competed at the Thoroughbred Splash swim meet at Skidmore College in Saratoga, N.Y., on Sunday.
Katie Mayer and Allison Croke were the Otters’ top finishers. Mayer, 17, won the girls’ 13-and-older 100 breast stroke with a time of 1:15.93. She led a field of 57. Ten-year-old Croke earned third in the girls’ 10 and under 100 freestyle race in 1:18.77.
Other Otter girl racers were:
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting Keene State defeated the Middlebury College women’s basketball team, 60-56, on Jan. 22. The Owls (10-7) hit 13 of 14 free throws, including seven of eight in the final minutes to hold off a late challenge by the Panthers. Middlebury (10-8) will host NESCAC foe Williams on Friday at 7 p.m.
Middlebury missed its first 11 shots and turned the ball over six times in falling behind, 11-0, in the first nine minutes, but fought back to within two at the half, 21-19, with help from hoops from Rachel Crews and Sarah Kaufman.
VERMONT — Vermont wild turkey hunters had safe and successful spring and fall hunting seasons in 2014, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
A total of 6,414 turkeys were taken by hunters during Vermont’s three hunting seasons — the spring youth hunt, the regular May spring season, and the fall turkey hunt.
Young turkey hunters mentored by experienced hunters took 554 bearded turkeys, which are almost always males, during the youth turkey hunt on the weekend before the regular spring season.
ADDISON COUNTY — A Weybridge man was killed in an ATV accident on Saturday evening.
On Jan. 24 at 8:27 p.m. state police responded to a reported ATV crash in a field on Weybridge Road in Weybridge. A passing motorist had observed the ATV on its side in the field and called 911.
The passing motorist then ran into the field to render aid to the ATV driver, later identified as James “Jay” D’Avignon III, 36, of Weybridge. D’Avignon was found pinned underneath the overturned ATV, and he appeared unresponsive.