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Gretta Stack, of Sharon Academy, wipes away sweat during half time of the Phoenix game with Randolph in Sharon, Vt. Wednesday, September 2, 2015. Head Coach Blake Fabrikant read a weather report that marked the temerature at 86 degrees at game time and declared that the game would be played in 20 minute quarters with water breaks in between. (
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A Hot Topic: VPA’s Heat Policy Takes Toll on Fall Sports

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Hartford High School Athletic Director Joe James noticed the late summer sun shining down on his school’s soccer field Wednesday afternoon, not long before a scheduled Hartford-Woodstock girls match . By all accounts, it was perfect weather for soccer and even better weather to just be outside — the epitome of summer joy before the dull of winter. Then James …

Local Roundup: Mid Vermont Soccer Soars to First Win

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Quechee — If the Mid Vermont Christian boys soccer team had any trepidation about first-ever varsity contest, Eagles freshman John Sike certainly wasn’t showing it. …

So What’s Next in ‘Deflategate’ Mess?

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Foxborough, Mass. — Seven months. At least $3 million spent on lawyers — and probably twice that or more. Reports and responses and arbitration and …

Sticking to It

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department started its fall youth field hockey program on Tuesday with its first workout of the season at Watson Park in White River Junction. Above: Samantha Small, a Hartford High School graduate new …

Recreation Briefs: Tour de Taste Mixing Cycling With Food, Scenery

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Fairlee — The Upper Valley Trails Alliance will turn cycling into a culinary opportunity on Sept. 13 during its annual Tour de Taste progressive dinner and cycling outing. The day allows bike riders a chance to see the scenery around Fairlee with stops for food provided by a …

Late Homer Lifts Reds

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Chicago — Joey Votto hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning that was set up by third baseman Kris Bryant’s two-out error, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 7-4 on Wednesday. Bryant hit a two-run …

Serena Hangs On to Advance

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

New York — The enormity of what is at stake for Serena Williams at the U.S. Open — the first true Grand Slam in tennis in more than a quarter of a century — hit her Wednesday. That, …

Yankees Dump Red Sox

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Boston — The Red Sox starters were due for a bad outing. And rookie lefty Henry Owens had a really bad one. Owens was tagged for seven runs in just 1 2⁄ 3 innings in the New York Yankees’ 13-8 win over Boston on Wednesday. “It wasn’t his …

Eagles Taking Flight: Mid Vermont Joins Vermont’s Varsity Boys Soccer Ranks

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Quechee — An emotion in between nervousness and excitement ran through the mind of eighth-grader Sam Twarog when he lined up for a penalty kick in the second half of his team’s preseason scrimmage against Trinity Christian on …

Marauders Living Up to Their Golfing Reputation

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Hanover — Last fall, the Hanover High golf team secured its third NHIAA Division II championship in four years thanks in large part to superior depth. Despite several graduation losses, the Marauders could be even deeper this year. …

Local Roundup: Hanover, Concord Boys Soccer Deadlock

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Concord — Hanover’s Griffin Johnson was inches away from ending the game in double overtime, but the crossbar answered his header in the box in what proved to be the best last chance of the Marauders’ 2-2 double-overtime boys soccer draw with Concord on Tuesday. Hanover senior captain …

In Playoff Era, College Football Polls … Do What, Exactly?

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

College football polls lived a largely static, uncomplicated life for the better part of eight decades. The Associated Press rankings debuted in 1936 with the intent of concentrating national perception and proclaiming a national champion at season’s end. …

Ladies First … To Leave

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

New York — Caroline Wozniacki crashed John Isner’s post-match news conference, needling her good friend for arriving late to his interview session and delaying the start of hers. The fourth-seeded Wozniacki was in quite a hurry Tuesday, when …