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November 5th, 2014
In the past two-plus years, I’ve been repeatedly asking versions of the same question to many happy plaque-carrying, medallion-wearing and trophy-hoisting athletes: How did you do it?
Of the five questions journalists are taught to answer when researching and writing articles — who, what, when, where and why — the last is by far the most intriguing.
How is really a variation of why. “How did you do it?” equals “Why was the team so successful?”
MIDDLEBURY — Running on its home course on Saturday, the Middlebury College women’s cross-country team, ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division III, edged No. 7 Williams for the NESCAC championship, 38-47.
The league title was the 13th for the Panther women, and Saturday marked the first time the team hosted the NESCAC championship meet since 2003.
The Panther men, ranked No. 9, took third place with 80 points behind No. 3 Williams (39) and No. 7 Colby (76).
CASTLETON — Following an impressive senior season, Castleton State senior field hockey player and Otter Valley Union High School graduate Kristy Pinkham was last week named the North Atlantic Conference Player of the Year.
AMHERST — The fifth-seeded Middlebury College women’s soccer team on Saturday topped host No. 4 seed Amherst, 1-0, to advance to the NESCAC semifinals for the 11th time in 15 years. The Panthers improved to 10-6 and Amherst dropped to 11-5.
Top seed Williams will host the NESCAC final four this weekend. The Panthers will face Williams in an 11 a.m. semifinal on Saturday. No. 2 Bowdoin will meet No. 3 Connecticut in the other contest at 1:30 p.m. The winners meet for the NESCAC title on Sunday at noon.
WATERBURY — The fashion mags suggest bold prints and the color gray are in this fall, but trendy hunters always choose hunter orange.
That’s because season after season, smart hunters choose fluorescent hunter orange. They know they are safer and understand it helps preserve Vermont’s hunting heritage. Because no matter how rare, each hunting-related shooting reinforces the mistaken perception that hunting is dangerous.
BRISTOL — Bristol police dealt with a variety of incidents in August, according to a log of the month’s activity released just late last week by Chief Kevin Gibbs.
Among them was an Aug. 20 incident where police received a complaint from a Meadow Lane resident that her neighbor’s chickens were wandering onto her property. In the absence of any chicken-specific town ordinances, police advised the birds’ owner to corral the chickens to avoid any future fowl play.
ADDISON COUNTY — A Vermont State Police trooper was patrolling Route 125 in Hancock on Wednesday, Oct. 29, looking for suspicious activity when he pulled into the parking area at the trailhead of the Long Trail at around 12:40 p.m. Trooper Justin Busby reported that as he pulled in he saw Elyssa Osborne, 25, of East Middlebury in the driver’s seat of a compact SUV lighting a marijuana cigarette.
VERGENNES — Among other incidents, Vergennes police between Oct. 27 and Nov. 2 handled alcohol offenses, twice calmed a quarreling family, twice responded to youths hanging around Vergennes Union Elementary School after dark, and twice referred troubled juveniles to the Department of Children and Families (DCF).
In that seven-day span, Vergennes police:
• On Oct. 27 backed up Vermont State Police at a reported burglary on Sand Road in Ferrisburgh.