June 25th, 2014
Editor’s note: Since last August, our columnist has been filing his stories from Cameroon, West Africa.
At the end of the movie “The Color of Money,” a rejuvenated, if middle-age, “Fast Eddie” Felson (Paul Newman), pronounces triumphantly, “I’m back!”
That’s me, sort of. After 10 months in Africa, I’m here to announce tentatively: “I’m back?”
WEST HAVEN — New York teen Jessey Mueller won the 30-lap Bond Auto Parts Modified features on Friday at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven, his second win of the year.
Fletcher’s Joey Roberts took second, and Middlebury’s Todd Stone, the defending track champion, was third. Leon Gonyo took fourth, followed by Brandon’s Vince Quenneville Jr.
MIDDLEBURY — Recent Middlebury Union High School graduate Sara Boe and Middlebury College junior Katie Ritter were among recently announced Vermont Sports Media Association Athlete of the Month winners.
In statewide balloting of VSMA membership, Boe was elected the March Female High School Athlete of the Month, and Ritter was chosen as the April Open Division Athlete of the Month.
BURLINGTON — Three recent local high school graduates who played for the Middlebury Union High School hockey teams will skate in this Saturday’s Make-A-Wish All-Star Twin State Hockey Classic at the University of Vermont’s Gutterson Arena. The Classic showcases top recent high school graduates from Vermont versus New Hampshire players.
VERGENNES — The visiting Town of Essex Swim Team splashed past the host Vergennes Champs on Tuesday, 368-141, in the opening Champlain Valley Swim League meet for both squads.
Anna Rakowski led the Champs by winning the 10-and-under girls’ backstroke, butterfly and freestyle races.
Also winning for Vergennes were:
• Noah Konczal, U-8 boys’ breaststroke.
• Lucius Karki, U-10 boys’ backstroke.
• Leah Croke, U-12 girls’ breaststroke.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Panthers cruised past visiting Winooski, 323-106, on Tuesday as the Champlain Valley Swim League season opened for both teams.
Nick Merrill led the way for Middlebury by sweeping all four under-18 boys’ races.
Three Panther girls won three events each: Meghan Denton won the U-8 butterfly, backstroke and freestyle; Ivy Kate Doran won the U-10 butterfly, backstroke and freestyle; and Annie Bolton won the U-14 butterfly, backstroke and freestyle.
SALISBURY/LEICESTER — Saturday, June 28, kicks off the start of the 2014 Vermont Sun Triathlon and Running Series at Branbury State Park on Lake Dunmore. Individual triathletes or teams of two or three will have their choice of two triathlon courses.
ADDISON COUNTY — On Monday, June 23, at 4:09 p.m. Vermont State Police responded, with Ferrisburgh EMS, to a report of one-vehicle crash on Fuller Mountain Road in Ferrisburgh. Police reported that the 16-year-old Ferrisburgh youth driving a Toyota Tundra was eating and not paying attention to the road when he lost control of the pickup on the gravel road, and the truck ran off the road, flipped and struck a tree.