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Oxbow High’s Noah Johnson (9) hangs on to tackle Winooski’s Abdul Arbow during the teams’ season opener Saturday in Bradford, Vt. Olympians Tristan Oakley (5) and Owen Pelletier close in to assist. Oxbow won, 48-6. (Valley News - Tris Wykes)<p><i>Copyright © Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.</i></p>

Oxbow Overpowers Overmatched Winooski in Opener

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Bradford, Vt. — On paper, the Oxbow Union High football team booked only one scrimmage this season. In reality, Saturday’s 48-6 demolition of shorthanded Winooski during the teams’ campaign opener served much the same purpose. The Olympians used their starters for the first half and part of the second. Running time was invoked shortly after halftime and each coach was …

Whaleback Adds Mountain Biking to Lineup

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Enfield — Etna ski racer and mountain biker Charlie Harrison has a strong family history at Whaleback Mountain. Over the last two summers, he’s played …

Local Roundup: Hartford Girls Soccer Upsets Mill River

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Brandon, Vt. — Hartford girls soccer coach Jeff Acker has noted it was a particularly strong preseason for the Hurricanes. It carried over to the …

The Trail That Keeps on Giving

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Giddy? Not this gaggle of geese. Standing tall and silent in the tall grass of Cedar Marsh — under the stoic gazes of Cherry Mountain, the Presidentials, Owl’s Head and the Pliny and Pilot ranges — it didn’t …

More to Duck Season Than Mallards

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Wichita, Kan. — Sometimes I fear duck seasons are about to end in Kansas. If some had their way, and the seasons got moved several weeks later, we’d just call it mallard season. First, later seasons have their …

Fan Dies After Fall

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Atlanta (ap) — A fan died after falling from the upper deck at Turner Field during a game between the Braves and New York Yankees, Atlanta police said Saturday night. Lt. Charles Hampton of the Atlanta Police Department homicide unit confirmed death hours after the fall. Hampton said …

Sweep Success?

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Ask Serena Williams what could prevent her from completing tennis’ first true Grand Slam in more than a quarter-century at the U.S. Open, and the response will not include the name of a single possible opponent. “Well,” she …

Commentary: Cubs Appear Poised To Really Break ‘the Curse’

Saturday, August 29, 2015

George Orwell probably had the most sullen assessment of sports. He called it, “War minus the shooting.” In Orwell’s eyes, serious sport has nothing to do with fair play or sportsmanship. “It is bound up with hatred, jealously, …

These Teams Could Go From Bad to Bowling

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Yes, there are actually college football teams that do not play in bowl games. There will be more postseason games than ever this season, 43 in including the College Football Playoff championship game, but still more than 40 …

Don’t Forget ...

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota broke a Heisman Trophy trend last season by winning the award after being considered the preseason favorite. Heisman winners no longer need preseason hype. Just ask Johnny Manziel, Jameis Winston and Cam Newton, who …

Commentary: Adrian Peterson’s Remorse Is Merely a Facade

Saturday, August 29, 2015

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell attempted to suspend Adrian Peterson without pay for the final six games of the 2014 season. Goodell did this in a letter sent to Peterson on Nov. 18 in which the commissioner stated, “You …

U.S. Open Fans Get Break From Sun, But Not Rain

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New York — U.S. Open spectators must wait out rain delays at Arthur Ashe Stadium for one more year. In the meantime, they’re getting a break from Mother Nature in a very different way: shade from the blazing …

Jacks Bring the Sting

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Poultney, Vt. — Fifty-four is a big number when it comes to a football score. It screams offense with a capital “O.” But just as impressive in Windsor High’s 54-0 season-opening victory over Poultney on Saturday was the defense. The Poultney backs slammed into the middle repeatedly and …