January 14th, 2015
We were out on the ice of Christopher Lake an hour before sunrise, and 30 minutes before the legal start of the new fishing season. But we needed those 30 minutes. The previous afternoon, in preparation for our early morning excursion, I had drilled 10 eight-inch diameter holes through ice a half a foot thick. But as I expected, an inch or so of new ice had formed during the night, and we needed the augers to reopen the holes.
CASTLETON — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team won once in three recent games, winning at Castleton on Tuesday after suffering its first two losses over the weekend in NESCAC road contests.
The 10-2 Panthers host Wesleyan at 7 p.m. on Friday and Connecticut at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
On this past Tuesday, Connor Huff scored a career-high 20 points and 11 Panthers scored in a 94-56 victory at Castleton (4-7).
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
1/12 MUHS vs. N. Country........................ 1-0
1/13 MUHS vs. Fair Haven................... 66-65
1/12 Milton vs. MUHS........................... 47-25
MILTON — Host Milton upended the Middlebury Union High School girls’ basketball team on Monday night, 47-25.
Keagan Dunbar led the Tigers with 13 points.
MUHS dropped to 0-10 and will return to action at Mount Mansfield on Monday night before hosting Vergennes on Wednesday.
MONTPELIER — Waterfowl hunters who did not remove their hunting blinds from the waters of the state earlier must do so before Feb. 15 on Lake Champlain or May 15 on inland waters, according to a reminder from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
State law requires removal of the blinds before these deadlines in order to protect natural areas and to prevent boating accidents after the ice melts.
FAIR HAVEN — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ basketball team on Tuesday defeated host Fair Haven for the second time in four days, but this time it proved more difficult.
On the previous Friday, the Tigers had coasted to a 22-point home win, but this time they had to hang on for a 66-65 victory. MUHS never trailed, but the 2-8 Slaters hung in as Lucas Czarnecki tossed in 28 points and Darren Brown added 14.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team defeated visiting North Country, 1-0, on Monday night in a game postponed from Jan. 3.
The Tigers’ outshot the Falcons, 42-4, but needed Emma Best’s goal at 10:48 of the final period to claim the victory. North Country, the first-place team in Division II at 7-3-1, got a 41-save performance from Mikaella Doran. Rowan Hendy worked a four-save shutout for the Tigers, who improved to 9-2.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College women’s hockey won three recent games to improve to 8-2-1, 5-1 in NESCAC play. The Panthers are ranked No. 4 in NCAA Division III.
Middlebury next faces a key NESCAC series this weekend at home vs. first-place Amherst. The Jeffs are 10-1-1 overall and 6-0 in league play. Game times are 7 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday.
On this past Tuesday, Middlebury’s Jessica Young scored 1:54 into overtime to give the Panthers a 2-1 win at Utica (5-4-2).