Weather delays high school opening games

ADDISON COUNTY — As often happens this time of year, Vermont’s at times unpredictable climate has ruined the best-laid plans of those who try to come up with high school sports schedules.
Or, as Addison Northwest School District Activities Director Peter Maneen put it in an email to the Independent, “Vergennes is not going to be playing games this week.”
Maneen was referring to the two games the VUHS-Mount Abraham cooperative girls’ lacrosse team had on tap (the squad wears Commodore blue), at home on Tuesday vs. Hartford and on Saturday vs. Harwood.
Maneen held out hope the Commodore-Eagle collective could play at Lamoille on Monday and then host U-32 at VUHS on this coming Wednesday.
The Commodore baseball and softball teams are set to open on the road on April 11 and then host Middlebury on Saturday, April 13, at 11 a.m. Commodore softball coach Travis Scribner said he was hopeful the fields would be ready by then.
Otter Valley’s baseball and softball teams were supposed to be next out of the chute. OV AD Steve Keith was not optimistic that OV softball could host its Friday opener vs. Springfield, but held out hope that the baseball team could play at Mill River. The Otter boys’ lacrosse team will play at Rutland on Monday, and the Raiders’ turf field will allow that game to proceed.
Turf fields will help the Middlebury lacrosse teams open up. The Tiger girls play at South Burlington this Friday, and their Tuesday home game vs. Rutland was switched to the Raiders’ artificial surface. The Tiger boys’ home opener vs. Burr & Burton has been moved from 11 a.m. this Saturday to 4 p.m. at Middlebury College’s turf field. Up next for the boys is a Monday game at Essex on grass, assuming that field has dried out enough.
Tiger softball and baseball will host Essex on Thursday the 11th at 4:30 p.m., assuming field conditions permit, before their visits to VUHS.
The Tiger track and field team will host VUHS and Mount Abraham at the Middlebury College track on Friday the 12th, in the opener for all three squads; it is hoped that the javelins and shot puts can be retrieved from the muck. The Tiger tennis teams don’t open until the 13th and should be OK unless it rains that day.
With any luck the Mount Abe-VUHS collective boys’ lacrosse team, which wears Eagle maroon, should have a dry enough field to host Lamoille in its opener at 4 p.m. on Thursday the 11th.
Finally, the Mount Abe baseball and softball teams are blessed with sandier fields than their local counterparts and also don’t open until Colchester visits Bristol on Tuesday the 16th.
Andy Kirkaldy may be reached at [email protected].

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