March 12th, 2014
Editor’s note: Independent sports columnist Karl Lindholm is filing his reports this year from Yaounde, Cameroon, West Africa.
There I was, last Saturday morning, sitting in a small grove at the Rain Forest International School (RFIS), at an all-day girls’ soccer and boys’ basketball tournament. The day was hot and muggy, and I was glad to be in the shade.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s tennis team opened its spring season by picking up a pair of 8-1 home victories against Colby and Brandeis in the Duke Nelson Recreation Center. Middlebury, ranked No. 10 in NCAA Division III, is off until March 23, when it plays during its spring break in Atlanta.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury women’s tennis team opened up its spring season with a pair of 9-0 indoor wins at home against Colby and Brandeis on Saturday. The Panthers are ranked No. 6 in NCAA Division III.
Vs. Colby, Middlebury took a 3-0 lead in doubles, dropping just four games. Singles play was similar as the Panthers won 72 of 78 games.
MIDDLEBURY — Eight local fencers earned medals on March 1 and 2 at the 21st annual Middlebury Open, which was held at Middlebury Union Middle School.
Two earned gold, Vermont Fencing Association coach Viveka Fox of Addison in Veterans Foil and Weybridge’s Ryan Bagley in two youth categories.
Gold, silver and two bronzes were awarded in each event. The medal winners were:
WINDSOR — Five local high school seniors will play in Saturday’s annual Vermont Basketball Coaches Association North-South Classic at Windsor High School, and a sixth will be honored.
Four of those athletes will play together for the North team in the Division I and II girls’ all-star game: Mount Abraham’s Ashlie Fay and Meghan Livingston and Otter Valley’s Olivia Bloomer and Brittany Bushey.
BRISTOL — Bristol police recently submitted a log of their activity from November 2013. The major offenses were reported closer to the times of the incidents, but the following is the full log for November, when Bristol police:
• On Nov. 1 responded to a report of a suspicious man in the woods near Merchants Bank. The man was not found.
• On Nov. 1 responded to 61 Pine St. for a reported burglar alarm and found an employee had unknowingly tripped it.
ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police last week responded to a couple of one-car crashes that were attributed to winter road conditions.
On March 5 at 6:14 p.m. troopers were called to a one-car crash on Route 125 in Hancock. Police said a driver of a pickup truck lost control when he went over a frost heave at 40-45 mph. The truck slid on some ice, struck a snow bank and overturned.
Francis Goodwin, 57, of Graysville was taken to Gifford Medical Center to be evaluated for neck pain.
VERGENNES — Following a Sunday bad check case, Vergennes police are advising business owners and employees to be careful about accepting checks, especially for amounts in excess of purchase prices.
Police Chief George Merkel cautioned businesses to accept checks only from familiar people or accounts, advice he offered after a Main Street business accepted a bad check for food that was never picked up.