February 19th, 2014
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ basketball team locked down a home playoff game on Tuesday by pulling away in the second half from visiting Missisquoi to win, 65-37.
The Commodores got a career-high 27 points from junior point guard Liam Hayes and a strong defensive effort after the break that allowed them to coast after leading by just 27-25 at the half.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team split two NESCAC road games this past weekend and has earned the No. 3 seed for the league tournament.
The Panthers finished the regular season at 16-8, 6-4 in NESCAC play, and will host No. 6 Hamilton (14-10, 5-5 NESCAC) at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The game will be a rematch of a Feb. 2 game at Hamilton won by the Continentals, 76-74.
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school basketball action earlier this week, Otter Valley and Middlebury picked up road wins, while Vergennes lost at home.
The Commodores also hosted Missisquoi on Tuesday; see story.
The 9-9 Tigers were also set to visit Mount Abraham on Wednesday after the deadline for this issue of the Independent. The 4-14 Eagles will conclude their season with a visit to St. Albans on Friday night; they will open the Division II postseason on the road.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Division II girls’ basketball playoffs got under way Tuesday, when 11th-seeded Vergennes bowed out with a loss at No. 6 Lake Region, 81-41.
When the Vermont Principals’ Association released pairings on Monday, Mount Abraham (15-4) was, as expected, awarded the No. 1 seed.
But the Eagles were idle on Tuesday because two teams, including No. 16 Middlebury (1-19) elected not to participate in the postseason.
JERICHO — The Middlebury Union High School dance team took third place on Saturday in Hip Hop at the NVAC championship meet, which was held at Mount Mansfield Union High School.
The competition was the last before this weekend’s state championship event, which is set for Vergennes Union High School on Saturday.
On Saturday, the Tiger team will compete in both the Hip Hop and Jazz categories, although on Saturday MUHS danced in just Hip Hop.
There is something about evergreens bent and laden under a thick quilt of fresh snow. Especially spruces and firs and hemlocks. To say it was a feeling of waiting would not be quite right. Waiting so often implies impatience. But the woods were not impatient. Rather it was a feeling of tranquility.
RIPTON — Two Frost Mountain Nordic Club skiers have been named to the 2014 New England Junior National Team’s under-16 group, Cornwall’s Sophie Hodges and Middlebury’s Nick Wilkerson. They were named after the last Eastern Cup competitions, held this past weekend in New Hampshire.
N.Y./VERMONT — Addison County’s two youth swim teams competed at different places in early February.
The Addison Otter Swim Team with their coach Peter Bicknell was in Clifton Park, N.Y., on Sunday, Feb. 9, competing in the Piranhas Pentathlon. Also that weekend, the Middlebury Aquatic Club swam at the 2014 New England Regional Swim Championship Meet, which was held at Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River Junction, Vt.