GRADY CRONIN, A nine-year-old from Pennsylvania, displays the nearly 10-pound, 26-inch-long brown trout that he caught in Lake Champlain late in July thanks to the kindness of Shaw Kipp of Rack-n-Reel and Tim Little of Vermont Field Sports.
SOMEWHERE ON LAKE CHAMPLAIN — When nine-year-old Grady Cronin of Perkasie, Pa., pulled his fishing line out of the waters of Lake Champlain late last month he fulfilled his own aspirations of landing a really big fish. He also fulfilled a dream of his father that had been dashed six year ago when he suffered a spinal cord injury. To make both dreams come true, the Cronins got a lot of help from important members of the Addison County sporting community. The Cronin family made the five-and-a-half-hour trek to Lake Dunmore late in July for a vacation. This wasn’t their first visit here; they...

EIGHT-YEAR-OLD LAUREN HUSK of the Vergennes Swim Team powers through a freestyle race at the Champlain Valley Swim League Championship Meet in Middlebury on Saturday. She was on the winning 100-yard medley relay for girls age 8 and younger. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County residents were recognized for their excellence both in and out of the pool this past Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, in the Champlain Valley Swim League Championships. Eight teams, totaling 510 athletes, traveled from as far away as St. Albans to compete at the Middlebury Town Pool. The Vergennes Swim Team, known as the Champs, took 4th place overall, and the Middlebury Marlins finished 7th. The Champlain Valley Swim League Championships team title went to the Edge Swim Club from Williston, which garnered 1,080 points overall. Essex claimed second with 1,302...

OUTFIELDER VAUGHN MCAULIFFE leans into a throw from rightfield during Addison County’s Little League state tournament game vs. Essex town in Bennington this past Friday. Photo courtesy of Michael McAuliffe
BENNINGTON — A successful season came to an end for the Addison County 8-to-10-year-old all star baseball team on Friday evening when they lost to the Essex Town all stars, 4-3, in the Little League state tournament. The game, played in Bennington, saw AC fall behind 4-0 early. First baseman Abe Ready hit a bases loaded shot in the 4th inning to drive in two runs and cut the deficit in half. Coach Randy Barnes said AC mounted a comeback in the bottom of the 6th, scoring a run, but came up short with the bases loaded to end the game. Michael McAuliffe described it as “one of the team’s best...

STEVE AND SUZANNE SNIDER pose with the Middlebury Town Pool behind them after 25 years of volunteering in the Champlain Valley Swim League . Photo by Logan Hall-Potvin for the Addison Independent
MIDDLEBURY — Suzanne Snider has been carrying a clipboard at the Middlebury Town Pool and shouting encouragement to local swimmers for years. She may have started out as a mom of two young kids who were learning to compete for the local swim team, but Snider did much more — lending a hand wherever she could and eventually helping organize and run meets that hosted hundreds of kids from around northwestern Vermont. At this past weekend’s Champlain Valley Swim League Championship meet here, Snider took a bow after 25 years helping out young swimmers. The League bestowed upon the Middlebury...
COLCHESTER — Three recent Otter Valley Union High School grads who played for the Rutland Post 31 American Legion baseball team were named among the top players in the American Legion Southern District this summer. Two rising juniors at Vergennes Union High School got second-team honors in the Legion Northern District for their play on the Addison County Legion team. Otter Valley ace Josh Beayon, who was the Addison Independent player of the year for 2018 and 2019, last week was named Co-Pitcher of the Year, along with Brattleboro Post 5’s Adam Newton, for the Southern District. Beayon was...
CASTLETON — Recent Mount Abraham Union High School graduate Kevin Pearsall will be a member of the Vermont all-star football team that squares off against New Hampshire’s best in the annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl this Saturday in Castleton. Pearsall finished up his career as a running back/defensive end for the Eagles football team this past fall. “I’m excited to play this game with the other great players and coaches,” Pearsall said. “This is an unexpected and wonderful opportunity for me, and an honor to represent my team and school.” On game day, there will be a traditional Shrine parade...
WEST HAVEN — Anthony Warren of Shoreham came back to the Devil’s Bowl Speedway here on Sunday and won a race for the second week in a row, and two other Addison County drivers also notched victories during the evening’s racing. Warren found himself in the right place in the rough-and-tumble O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman feature, and ended up in Victory Lane for the second week in a row. Anthony Ryan of Benson was leading and headed for his first win when contact from second-place driver Matt Bilodeau sent both cars head-on into the wall at lap 14. Warren inherited the lead just as the...

RUSS REILLY LAUGHS at comments by an after-dinner speaker at his retirement celebration in Pepin Gymnasium at Middlebury College in 2006. Photo courtesy of Middlebury College Sports Information
Editor’s note: Karl Lindholm met Russ Reilly in December 1962 when Russ played on the Bates College JV (Frosh) basketball and the Lewiston High team on which Karl played. They have been friends ever since and were colleagues for nearly 30 years at Middlebury College. Reilly died July 24, three days shy of his 75th birthday. We are rerunning a column this week that Karl wrote about Russ and his contribution to the record-setting Middlebury basketball team in 2011. Down at one end of the gym at Middlebury College, assistant basketball coach Russ Reilly is drilling the Panther big men, Andrew...

THIS STRETCH OF the Nulhegan River in northeastern Vermont was one of many on which Addison’s Peter Macfarlane had to paddle upstream in 2018 when he paddled the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail across northern New England and New York for a second time. Photo courtesy of Peter Macfarlane
This is Part Two of a story that first appeared in Vermont Sports magazine. Part One appeared in our Monday, July 22, edition. ADDISON — In 2013 Addison boatbuilder Peter Macfarlane celebrated his 50th birthday in a way probably only a veteran of many a kayak and canoe marathon race in his native England would dream of. Late that spring Macfarlane became one of only slightly more than 100 people to through-paddle the Northern Forest Canoe Trail from its western end in Old Forge, N.Y., to Fort Kent, Maine. That’s a 740-mile journey through some of the most scenic and remote terrain in the...

ADDISON COUNTY FIRST baseman Tucker Stearns snags a pickoff throw as an OEC runner scampers back to the bag in Sunday’s final American Legion game of the season in Middlebury. OEC cruised, 7-1. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County American Legion baseball team’s season ended this past weekend with three one-sided losses, two on the road on Saturday to Montpelier and one at home on Sunday to Orleans-Essex-Caledonia. AC had been playing well, with three wins in the five games leading up to the three setbacks, and their eight wins (AC finished 8-16) eclipsed the program’s six wins in each of the past two summers. Coach Cam Curler had been hoping for a strong finish, but instead host Montpelier (9-14) on Saturday swept a doubleheader, 8-2 and 10-0, as AC had only nine of its 13 players make...


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