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Pauline McClain, aka Kelly Ripa to Shreds, of Warren, N.H., center right, gives a final effort at blocking jammer Julia Pelosi, aka Make It Lorraine, of Enfield, N.H., center left, from lapping her team during a practice scrimmage of The Upper Valley Vixens at Union Arena in Woodstock Thursday, April 10, 2014. The Vixens will open their season with a bout against the Shoreline RD BellaDonnas Saturday.
(Valley News - James M. Patterson)

Entering Third Season, Upper Valley Vixens Have Higher Goals

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Woodstock — The Upper Valley Vixens are back for another go-round of roller derby. More than ever, they’re playing for real. With a complete roster of dedicated skaters, the Vixens are determined not only to improve upon last season’s 6-5 mark in exhibition bouts, but also to earn “apprenticeship” status with the Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association. They’ll begin …

Woodstock Boys Tennis Wins Season Opener in Great Indoors

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Woodstock — Spring high school sports all over the Upper Valley have had to make accommodations to get in workouts and games lately, given the late departure of winter. The Woodstock High boys tennis team did its part on Wednesday, dropping its usual best-of-three-sets format for eight-game pro sets in a 7-0 blanking …

Middlebury Spoils Woodstock Lax Opener

Monday, April 7, 2014

Staff Reports Middlebury, Vt. — The host Middlebury Union High School Tigers showed off the outdoor practice time they’ve had that the Wasps (0-1) haven’t in a season-opening 17-5 win on Saturday at Middlebury College. Middlebury has been outside on one of the college’s turf fields for at least at week, Woodstock coach Brandon Little said, which gave the hosts a distinct advantage. …

Mill River Protest Denied

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Montpelier — The Vermont Principals Association Protest Committee unanimously voted to deny Mill River’s appeal of an earlier VPA decision regarding a Mill River protest of a play that occurred during Woodstock Union High’s 21-20 overtime win in the Vermont Division III championship game on Saturday. According to …

Valley Coaches Earn Honors

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Hartford High boys soccer coach Steve Sass and his Woodstock High counterpart, Tom Avellino, have been selected by their peers as coaches of the year in their respective Marble Valley League divisions. Sass’ Hurricanes won the MVL A …

Extra Special: Overtime Thriller Gives Wasps Third Straight Title

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Rutland — With the Vermont Division III football championship on the line in overtime on Saturday, Woodstock coach Ramsey Worrell wanted sophomore kicker Nikolai Davis to think about anything besides the outcome of the game resting squarely on …

A Perfect Storm

Friday, November 8, 2013

Woodstock — The Woodstock Union High football team’s final practice of the year Friday was confined to the gymnasium because of cold precipitation during the school day that rendered its field a mess. Trying to contain Woodstock rushing …

Woodstock High Hosting 3-on-3 Tourney

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Woodstock — Woodstock Union High athletic director and boys basketball coach Jeff Thomas is welcoming adults and players in grades 7-12 to open their seasons with a three-on-three tournament at the high school on Nov. 14.  Youths will start in their own bracket, but may end up playing an …

Buzz-Worthy: Wasps Sting Otters, Return to Division III Title Game

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Woodstock — During its three-year, 30-game winning streak, the Woodstock Union High football team has usually counted on its offense to run overworked defenses ragged. In sending Otter Valley home on the down side of a 34-0 Vermont …

Wasps Pick Off Olympians for Easy First-Round Win

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Woodstock — Heading into last week’s regular-season finale at rival Windsor, the Woodstock Union High football team had a rare lackadaisical week of practice and it showed during a slow start against the Yellowjackets. When it came to last night’s Vermont Division III playoff opener against Oxbow, the …

Hurricanes on All Cylinders in Shutout

Thursday, October 17, 2013

White River Junction — The Hartford High midfield defense of Jed Sass, John Lewis and Tanner Wilson, along with the scoring duo of Connor Brooks and Derrick Davenport, powered the Hurricanes to a 3-0 boys soccer win over Woodstock on Wednesday night in a game between two teams …

Wasps Hold Off Vikings in Battle of Unbeatens

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Woodstock — The beat goes on, but it wasn’t easy. Woodstock Union High, which hasn’t lost a game in two seasons, continued its unbeaten ways with a grinding 41-32 win over Lyndon on Friday night at Jim McLaughlin Field. It was a game that drew much attention, as …

A Soccer Buzz at Woodstock

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Woodstock — The Woodstock Union High boys soccer team didn’t necessarily expect to be as good as it is this year. Now that the Wasps realize it, they could be difficult to stop. From an experienced goalie tandem …