February 18th, 2015
I hesitate to use superlatives in writing, especially when describing any sort of sporting activity or weather phenomena. We live in an age of hyper-sensationalism when blizzards are given names and every other snowstorm is hyped up to be the storm of the decade (or century), when any athlete who makes a decent play is called a “hero,” and when a football that loses a bit of air pressure due to a drop in temperature gets national media attention for a week and prompts calls for public executions.
ORLEANS — No. 1 Lake Region ousted the No. 16 Otter Valley Union High School girls’ basketball team from the Division II playoffs on Tuesday, 51-28.
The 19-2 Rangers used a big second quarter to take a 28-12 lead at the half. The Otters made a run early in the second half and cut the lead to 10 at 30-20, but could come no closer.
Senior guard Laura Beth Roberts scored 13 to lead OV, and junior forward Amy Jones added six.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
2/18 MUHS at St. Albans........................ Late
2/18 Northfield at MUHS......................... Late
2/16 OV vs. Bellows Falls................... 50-39
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s hockey team split a home-and-home series with Williams (14-6-2 and 10-5-1 NESCAC) this past weekend, and the Panthers will enter their final weekend of regular season play with a 9-10-3 record, 6-7-3 in NESCAC play.
Middlebury stands in seventh place and has clinched a NESCAC playoff berth. The Panthers will hope to move up in the standings when they play at second-place Amherst on Friday and at sixth-place Hamilton on Saturday.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s hockey team defeated NESCAC foe Williams twice this past weekend to clinch first place in the league, earn the top seed for the upcoming NESCAC tournament, and push its unbeaten streak to 15-0-3.
The 18-2-3 Panthers finished 13-1-2 in NESCAC play, are ranked No. 3 in NCAA Division III, and have one game left in their regular season — a visit from No. 2 Plattsburgh this Saturday at 3 p.m.
AMHERST, Mass. — The Middlebury College women’s basketball team dropped a pair of road NESCAC games this past weekend to finish its regular season at 11-13, 3-7 in league play, but still earned a NESCAC playoff berth with a No. 7 seed.
The Panthers will visit No. 2 seed Bowdoin (21-3, 9-1 NESCAC) on Saturday for a quarterfinal matchup. The Polar Bears defeated the Panthers, 55-43, in Middlebury on Feb. 8.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team split a pair of home games this past weekend to finish with a 17-7 record overall, but the Panthers’ 4-6 NESCAC mark left them short of qualifying for the league tournament, and their season came to a close.
On Sunday, the Panthers knocked off visiting Amherst, 82-69. Amherst finished its regular season at 18-6, 6-4 NESCAC, and will enter the league tournament as the No. 5 seed.
HARTFORD — Swimmers from Middlebury Aquatic Club competed successfully at The Upper Valley Aquatic Center in Hartford over this past weekend at the New England Regional Championship Meet.
Mary Ann Eastman won five of her events, while Anna Rakowski, Ellie Ross, Aidan Chance, Fraser Milligan, Ivy Kate Doran and Archie Milligan each placed first in one event. Also, the MAC 11- and 12-year-old girls’ relay teams won twice, while the MAC 11-12 boys won one relay.