TONI POALINO, LEFT, and Kelly Trayah both bring years of softball coaching experience to Otter Valley, where they are the new co-coaches replacing the legendary Pattie Candon.
Brandon Reporter photo/Russell Jones
BRANDON — For the first time in more than three decades, Otter Valley Union High School will have a new coach heading up its softball program.
Actually it will have two.
Legendary OV softball coach Pattie Candon retired at the end of last season after 33 years, racking up 347 wins and four state championships. Two coaches were brought in to replace the Hall-of-Famer, and this year a new era of Otter softball begins under the guidance of Kelly Trayah and Toni Poalino.
Trayah, who also coaches the OV girls’ basketball team, is a former head coach of the Mount Abraham Union High School softball...
MOUNT ABE SENIOR Jalen Cook tries to dribble past Tiger Ashley Sunderland in the first half of Friday’s game in Middlebury. The Eagles won, 52-17.
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham outpaced Middlebury on Friday to highlight local high school girls’ basketball play last week. In other action, the Eagles and Tigers each dropped games earlier in the week, while Vergennes and Otter Valley each split two games.
EAGLES VS. TIGERS
On Friday the Eagles took charge with a 15-2 advantage in the first quarter in a 50-16 victory over the host Tigers.
Mount Abe Coach Connie LaRose praised the young Tiger team for playing hard, and said she got quality minutes from her bench players.
Chloe Johnston led the 5-2 Eagles with 17 points and three steals....
MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School junior Carly Burger swings through a move on the uneven bars during Thursday’s gymnastics meet at MUMS. Burger placed in all five events.
Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School gymnastics team picked up its first win of the season on Thursday, 94.0-87.25 over Randolph in a meet held in the Middlebury Union Middle School gymnasium.
The Tigers were buoyed by five top-six finishes by senior Lian McGarry, including one first-place effort and two second-place efforts behind non-scoring Fair Haven independent Julianna Williams, and by MUHS junior Carly Burger, who also scored in all five events.
Tiger freshman Alyza Alger finished in the top six in four events, including a second on the bars. Freshman Kylee Ellis picked up a...
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham knocked off Otter Valley to highlight local high school boys’ basketball action last week. Elsewhere, Vergennes dropped a pair of contests, OV lost another road game, and Middlebury picked up a tight home win.
EAGLES OVER OTTERS
On Wednesday Mount Abe outlasted visiting Otter Valley, 61-51, as four Eagles reached double figures. Liam Kelliher notched 13 of his game-high 20 points in the second quarter to help Mount Abe take a 28-20 halftime lead, and Shain Sargent tossed in 13 of his 15 in the second half to help the Eagles hold off the Otters.
MIDDLEBURY — The Division II Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team last week dropped a pair of games to D-I competition and fell back to .500 for the campaign at 4-4.
On Wednesday visiting Essex improved to 5-1 with an 8-1 victory over the Tigers.
Abby Robbins and Maddy Young led the Hornet attack with two goals, Ashley Stempek recorded a goal and three assists, and goalie Isabelle Seguin made nine saves.
Merry Kimble scored for the Tigers, and goalie Lydia Deppman stopped 30 shots.
On Saturday host Colchester-Burlington moved to 5-1-1 by defeating MUHS, 6-1. The SeaLakers broke...
SOUTH BURLINGTON — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team last week split a pair of Division I road games. The Tigers are 6-2 heading into two 7 p.m. home games this week, vs. South Burlington on Wednesday and St. Albans on Saturday.
On Wednesday host Rice improved to 4-1-1 by hanging on for a 3-2 victory over the Tigers. The Green Knights scored three times in the first 3:00 of the second period to take the lead, with two of the goals scored by Kieran Connolly.
The Tigers got on the board with a Cooper O’Brien goal with 2:27 left in regulation, assisted by Aaron Larocque and...
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
1/2 Essex vs. MUHS........................... 8-1
1/5 Colch/Burlington vs. MUHS........... 6-1
1/2 Rice vs. MUHS............................... 3-2
1/5 MUHS vs. Rutland.......................... 7-1
1/2 VUHS vs. Harwood.................... 39-25
1/2 Mt. Abe vs. South Burlington..... 36-25
1/2 Mt. Mansfield vs. MUHS............ 47-15
1/2 OV vs. Mill River........................ 52-29
1/4 Springfield vs. OV...................... 62-52
1/4 Mt. Abe vs. MUHS...................... 50-16
1/5 Mt. Mansfield vs. VUHS...
VUHS JUNIOR JOSIAS Salomao, shown keeping a Fairfax ballhandler at bay Thursday, helped spark a strong VUHS defensive effort in the game in Vergennes with seven steals.
Photo by Kristine Kirkaldy
VERGENNES — Thursday’s Vergennes Union High School boys’ basketball game began and ended with standing ovations.
The first ovation came at the request of Ben Epstein, a member of the Commodores’ 2001 Division I championship team for which Peter Quinn, who had died five days before, had served as an assistant coach.
With Quinn’s wife, Marian Greenberg, and sons Liam and Sam Quinn on hand, Epstein spoke in front of the packed house in memory of the beloved VUHS coach and school-based clinician.
After talking about Quinn’s coaching, basketball, mentorship and “trademark intensity,” Epstein said...
PROCTOR — The Otter Valley Union High School boys’ basketball team won its opener on Thursday by scoring the final five points of the game to defeat Windsor, 61-57, in a game played at Proctor.
Dylan Mackie hit a late three to give OV a two-point lead after the Otters had trailed for most of the game. Patrick McKeighan blocked a shot at the other end and OV rebounded and hit two free throws to nail down the win.
Mackie finished with 22 for OV, and McKeighan and Tyler Rowe added 12 apiece.
For Windsor, Robert Slocum scored 24, and Hunter Grela had 21.
The Otters were set to take on Proctor on...
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School boys’ basketball team used a big second quarter to knock off visiting Missisquoi, 67-60 on Thursday. The result evened the Eagles’ record at 1-1.
Eagle Liam Kelliher scored nine of his team-high 18 points in the second period, during which Mount Abe outscored the T-Birds, 25-9, to take a 39-28 lead at the break. MVU fought back with an 18-8 third quarter, but Mount Abe held on despite some foul trouble.
Parker Hines (14 points) and Shain Sargent (10) also reached double figures in what Coach Martin Clark called a balanced scoring effort.