February 1st, 2016
NOTE OF APPRECIATION: United Way of Addison County would like to send a giant THANK YOU shout-out to Middlebury Fitness for their support and community spirit. On Sunday, Jan. 10, Middlebury Fitness hosted and sponsored the third annual SPIN UNITED in support of UWAC and our participating funded partners. Together with 44 community members, they raised $4,500 in three hours. Thank you, Middlebury Fitness. What a fun and healthy way to contribute to our community.
VERGENNES — The Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ basketball team on Friday hung with host Vergennes through most of three quarters, but the Commodores finally took charge for good with a game-closing 25-6 surge on the way to a 70-41 victory.
The Commodores continued their climb toward .500 by moving to 7-9 after a 1-6 start, while the Eagles dropped to 0-16 and hope to knock off visiting Middlebury on Wednesday.
ADDISON COUNTY — Middlebury topped host Mount Abraham to highlight local girls’ basketball play in the latter half of last week. In other games, Middlebury also picked up a home win to reach .500, Mount Abe lost on the road, Otter Valley dropped a pair of games to challenging competition, and Vergennes dipped below .500 for the first time this winter.
TIGERS OVER EAGLES
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting BFA-St. Albans on Saturday posted a 55-45 victory over the Middlebury Union High School boys’ basketball team.
The game was far more competitive that the first time the teams met this winter, a 32-point victory by the Bobwhites, who are undefeated against Lake Division competition and 8-8 overall.
Jens Ulrich-Verderber (15 points) and Tyler Tatro (14 points) led BFA.
Pierson Beatty scored 14 points for the Tigers, and Ryan Miller chipped in 11.
BRANDON — Visiting Fair Haven dealt the Otter Valley Union High School boys’ basketball team a 69-37 setback on Thursday night.
OV Coach Greg Hughes said the Slaters shot well early and dominated in the paint. Darren Brown scored 27 points to pace Fair Haven, which moved to 10-6 in its battle to earn a top-four seed in Division II.
Dylan Mackie and Josh Letourneau each scored seven points to lead the Otters, who dropped to 3-13 heading into a Wednesday home game vs. winless Springfield.
NORTHFIELD — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team picked up a Division II road win at Northfield on Wednesday, 4-1.
The victory pushed the Tigers’ record to 10-4-1 and their winning streak to three games heading into a game at Brattleboro this Wednesday. It also moved MUHS into sole possession of third place in D-II ahead of Stowe (10-4) pending results this past weekend.
Brett Viens and Henry Hodde paced the Tiger attack at Northfield with a goal and an assist apiece, while Andrew Gleason and Colton Leno also scored for MUHS.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
1/27 MUHS vs. Northfield 4-1
1/28 Fair Haven vs. OV 69-37
1/29 VUHS vs. Mt. Abe 70-41
1/29 St. Albans vs. MUHS 55-45
Taken alphabetically — which is the only time I would list Dallas ahead of Denver — those are the only four cities or regions in which NFL fans can say their team has gone to the Super Bowl eight times.
The Denver Broncos joined that elite company with that stirring 20-18 AFC Championship Game victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday, Jan. 24. It was a game for the ages in Denver and the television ratings bear that out on a national scale.