February 26th, 2014
BRANDON — A Mount St. Joseph boys’ basketball team with a misleading 6-14 record and No. 11 seed in Division II knocked No. 6 Otter Valley Union High School out of the playoffs on Tuesday, 60-32, in a first-round game at OV.
The Otters led just once, 3-2, at 6:40 of the first period on a Connor Gallipo three-pointer, and could never get going offensively against the box-and-one defense that the Mounties used to keep high-scoring OV junior John Winslow in check and off the offensive boards.
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vergennes and Mount Abraham union high school boys’ basketball teams were set to open Division II postseason play on Wednesday after the deadline for this issue of the Independent, while Middlebury will host a D-I first-round game on Thursday.
BARRE — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team on Monday took another step toward a second straight Division II title, throttling No. 4 BFA-Fairfax, 56-23, in a semifinal at the Barre Auditorium.
The 17-4 Eagles will play for the championship at the Aud on Saturday, with the opponent being the winner of a Wednesday semifinal between No. 2 Fair Haven (16-5) and No. 3 Milton (15-6). That game was played after the deadline for this edition of the Independent.
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School cheerleading team finished third in Division I on Saturday at the state championship meet at VUHS behind two larger schools, first-place Essex and second-place Rutland.
Essex edged Rutland for the D-I title, 177-166, with VUHS in third with 119.
In D-II, Poultney (139) prevailed over Mount St. Joseph (120) and Mill River (103).
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team capped off two solid weekends by scoring four third-period goals vs. visiting Hamilton on Sunday to win, 5-2, and clinch a first-round NESCAC home playoff game.
The Panthers, who also knocked off second-place Amherst, 3-2, on Saturday at Kenyon Arena, finished their regular season at 11-10-3 overall and 9-7-2 in NESCAC play.
MIDDLEBURY — No. 3 Middlebury College men’s basketball played a terrific first 25-plus minutes against visiting No. 6 Hamilton in Saturday’s NESCAC quarterfinal, and it proved to be enough as the Panthers outlasted the Continentals, 81-77.
The 17-8 Panthers led, 46-33, at the break. And when senior guard Joey Kizel fed junior Dylan Sinnickson for a dunk at 14:38 of the second half, they led by a game-high 61-39, and appeared to be well on the way to this weekend’s final four at Amherst.
VERGENNES — The Middlebury Union High School dance team earned third in the Hip Hop competition and fourth in the Jazz discipline at Saturday’s Vermont championships, which were held in a packed Vergennes Union High School gym.
South Burlington proved to be the evening’s big winner, prevailing both in Jazz and Pom, while Lamoille earned the Hip-Hop crown.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated a break-in at a North Pleasant Street residence on Feb. 17. Police said the culprit(s) had broken the front door and someone had walked on the victim’s kitchen counter. Nothing was apparently stolen, but the matter remains under investigation, according to police.
In other action last week, Middlebury police: