Author: Kaylee Sullivan

Malletts Bay hosts seventh annual hockey classic

CLICK FOR PHOTO GALLERY OF THE GAMES Last weekend — “the best weekend of the year” — attracted hockey players from near and far for the seventh annual Lake Champlain Pond Hockey Classic in Colchester. This year saw 25 more teams than last, amounting to 14 rinks, 150 groups and 1,200 skaters, event founder Scott Crowder said. Hundreds of spectators lined the Malletts Bay arenas, cheering their friends and family on with a beer in hand, capturing the true spirit of the event, sponsored by Labatt Brewing Company. “For a lot of [the players] it’s a nice escape,” Crowder...

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Colchester I-89 crash triggers second collision

A car crash on Interstate 89 southbound in Colchester caused substantial backup Monday afternoon around 1:30 p.m., according to a Vermont State Police news release. Troopers from VSP’s Williston barracks responded to the crash, where they found two vehicles dispersed on both sides of the highway. Traffic between Exit 16 and 17 was slow-moving for about 90 minutes, according to VSP news releases. The involved vehicles sideswiped each other while traveling south, VSP’s investigation revealed. Georgia resident Carlton Sheldon, 74, totaled his 2014 Chevrolet Spark. He was sent to the University of Vermont Medical Center with non-incapacitating injuries, VSP...

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St. Mike’s basketball speaks out after kneeling protest

On November 4, six local basketball players joined a nationwide protest of racial oppression by taking a knee. Three weeks later, they’ve released a statement detailing their motives and the harsh response they received. The St. Michael’s College men’s basketball team linked arms inside University of Vermont’s Patrick Gymnasium before the national anthem played at an exhibition game. Six black Purple Knights kneeled, along with three white coaches. Head coach Josh Meyer was among them. At least one black player remained standing, video footage from Seven Days shows. A chorus of boos and orders to “stand up” descended on...

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Woman coaching women

Even a week after the Oct. 15 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, pink dye still streaks some participants’ hair, just one of the South Burlington event’s lasting effects. For the past nine years, the St. Michael’s College women’s basketball team has fundraised and walked in support of breast cancer awareness. All under head coach Shannon Kynoch’s wing, the team of women enthusiastically honors survivors and those battling the disease. So much so, they even won the “most team spirit” award this year. “Sometimes we get held in our little basketball bubble,” Kynoch said. “But to get out into...

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Colchester athletes forge top-notch bonds

Applause from almost 200 people repeatedly exploded at Essex Tree Farm last Sunday as young soccer stars with disabilities were called up one by one to receive a trophy and stream of high-fives from coaches and players. The celebration marked Vermont’s 11th season of TOPSoccer, or The Outreach Program for Soccer. The nationwide program, run under the umbrella of U.S. Youth Soccer, matches area varsity high school soccer players with kids with disabilities, ages 4 to 21, for six weeks each fall. Kids learn basic soccer technique for speed dribbling, passing, receiving and shooting, and how to interact socially....

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