Author: Ben Chiappinelli

Lakers bid farewell to trio of talent

Every sports season ends with the threat of bittersweetness as tight-knit teams watch their rosters dissolve, and student-athletes are left with memories of all the dramatic wins and near-losses that will feel fresh to them for years. For two-time senior captains Riley Magoon, Alli Sheets and Sam Messier, the end of this softball season carries even more weight than usual as it marks the end of a four-year journey together. The three softball standouts have played as teammates at the varsity level since their freshman year, and together they have set the standard for the current era of Lakers...

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Tossers take to the field for Ultimate tourney

Nearly 30 high school varsity and JV level Ultimate teams gathered at Milton’s Bombardier Park on Saturday for the Ultimate High School State Championships. Vermont was the first state to recognize the Frisbee-based sport as a varsity program in November 2017. The Colchester Tossers were ranked No. 13 on the season and can be seen here in their match against No. 14 St. Johnsbury. Photos by Ben Chiappinelli, Colchester Sun....

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Girls make a run for it

  On Saturday at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction, elementary and middle school girls from around the region gathered to celebrate the culmination of the Girls on the Run program. The GOTR program, which Vermont has officially been part of since 1999, spends ten weeks preparing these young athletes for the final run. The atmosphere of support and camaraderie is designed to instill confidence and create lifelong healthy habits. Adorned in face paint, colored hair, capes bows and decorations of all kinds, participants, coaches, parents and role models from dozens of schools danced in the midway to...

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Pickleballers set sights on Airport Park

Over a dozen pickleball enthusiasts came to the Bayside Activity Center on Thursday, May 24 to meet with representatives of the parks and recreation committee. This second meeting of the Colchester pickleball group was a chance for parks and rec staffers Glenn Cuttitta and Mike LaPan to brainstorm solutions with an active community that is concerned about the shortage of courts in town for the fastest-growing sport in the country. All town parks have tennis courts that double as pickleball courts. They also have a reservation system, but committee members think it doesn’t serve the high demand for their...

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Lakers’ boys’ tennis photos

Despite losing several graduating seniors this season, the Lakers boys tennis team is on a roll, netting strong individual wins. The squad has also earned team wins against South Burlington and Harwood. Photos courtesy Celine Rathe Ben Rathe breaking between sets Colchester’s team bracing for a hot 80+ degrees afternoon with refreshing popsicles prior to tennis match vs. CVU Ben Rathe initiating a serve Andrew Spencer/Michael Collins (2nd Doubles for Colchester)) listen to Michael Schick ( #2 Colchester singles) as he advises them Josh Wefers #3 singles greeting his CVU opponent #3 singles Joe Warren. Andrew Spencer/Michael Collins (second...

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