June 9th, 2014
ADDISON COUNTY — Higher seeds won all the playoff games this past Wednesday involving local high school softball and baseball teams. All the games were either postponed or suspended from Tuesday.
In softball, the Vergennes, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley squads — the Nos. 2, 4 and 5 seeds, respec- tively, in Division II — all won one- sided games without allowing runs, while No. 7 Fair Haven ousted No. 10 Middlebury.
ADDISON COUNTY — Two local high school golfers competing as independents at state championship meets last week recorded top-10 scores and qualified for further competition.
On Wednesday, Mount Abraham sophomore Carson Sanchez fired a 75 at the Country Club of Vermont in Waterbury at the boys’ Vermont championships, a score good enough to place him in the top 10 overall.
Within Division II, Sanchez’s score trailed only that of medalist Caleb Connerty of Rice, who shot a par 72.
VERGENNES — The rematch is on for Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.
Because the No. 2 Vergennes Union High School softball team got past No. 7 Fair Haven in a Saturday quarterfinal, 5-2, the 16-2 Commodores will host undefeated defending Division II champion BFA-Fairfax, the No. 3 seed this year, in a Wednesday semifinal.
In 2013, the Bullets earned their second straight crown at the Commodores’ expense, 4-1, and the Commodores probably have known all along they would see BFA and ace pitcher Kayla Mathieu again.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School announces that its 2014 co-valedictorians will be Sonia Howlett and Maxon “Max” Moulton, and its salutatorian, Nikolas “Nik” Shashok.
EAST CLARENDON – Host No. 2 Mill River snapped a tie with two outs in the bottom of the seventh and ousted the No. 7 Otter Valley Union High School baseball team from the Division II playoffs, 3-2, in a Friday quarterfinal.
The defending champion Otters finished at 10-8, while Mill River advanced to the semifinal round with a 15-3 mark.
Minuteman Dan Blanchard’s single off losing pitcher Will Claessens plated the winning run from third base.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
6/4 #12 Essex vs. #5 MUHS15-11
6/4 #5 MUHS vs. #12 Spaulding15-5
6/7 #5 MUHS vs. #4 Brattleboro 20-8
6/4 #9 Stratton vs. #8 Mt. Abe13-9
6/4 #4 Rice vs. #13 VUHS14-2
6/4 #5 OV vs. #12 Lake Region14-0
BRISTOL — Organizers of Bristol’s fifth annual Pocock Rocks festival say the June 21 event is coming together slowly but surely.
“Everything is right on track,” said Kate Selby, executive director of the Bristol Downtown Community Partnership. “The bands are all locked in, and we have lots of great food vendors, nonprofits and local businesses coming.”
BRISTOL — The Northeastern Loggers’ Association (NELA) recently honored Tom and Pam Lathrop of Exclusively Vermont Wood Products LLC as the recipient of its 2013 Outstanding Use of Wood Award. NELA President Bill Polihronakis presented the award at the annual Loggers’ Banquet in South Burlington, in a ceremony attended by over 200 members of the Northeast’s forest products industry.