Middlebury

June 16, 2008

Butch Varno, the local resident with cerebral palsy who's the motivation behind a decades-old Middlebury College tradition called "Picking Up Butch," became an honorary member of the Class of 1963 during Reunion 2008.

June 9, 2008

Another great season has come to an end at Middlebury College, with the Panthers once again turning in some amazing performances. Middlebury captured one NCAA Championship this season, along with 11 NESCAC Tournament appearances and two titles. The Panthers finished the year fifth in th country in the Director's Cup standings, based on excellence in NCAA play. The school has now finished in the top five for the last five years and 10 of the last 11.

The fall season saw a magical run by the men's soccer team as they captured their first NCAA Championship. National Coach of the Year David Saward led his squad to a school-record 18 wins, not allowing a goal in NCAA Tournament play. The field hockey team won an NCAA Regional and advanced to the NCAA title game with a 17-5 record. Regional Coach of the Year Bob Ritter led the football team to its first outright NESCAC Championship with a 7-1 mark on the gridiron. Erik Woodring was named the NESCAC Player of the Year and earned All-East honors for the Panthers. On the trails, women's cross country runner Alexandra Krieg earned All-American status with a third place finish at the NCAA's.

The men's basketball team made history in the winter with its first NCAA Tournament appearance and a school record 19 wins. Andrew Harris earned District I Academic All-American honors for the second straight season. Marika Ross capped an amazing career in the pool, capturing the NCAA title in the 200 fly for the third consecutive season, her fourth overall individual crown. The women finished seventh overall at the NCAA's, while John Dillon led the men with a second and fifth place finish to earn All-American honors. The men's hockey team advanced to the NESCAC finals, while the women took part in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA's. The Middlebury ski team had its best finish in years, placing fifth overall at the NCAA's. Rookie Alexa Turzian earned All-American honors by placing fourth in the 5K and 8th in the 15K races. The women's squash team won a pair of matches to advance to the Walker Cup Final.

The men's tennis team led the spring season with its sixth straight trip to the NCAA semifinal round. Filip Marinkovic had an impressive run in singles play, battling his way into the championship match. The men's lacrosse team made its 11th straight trip to the NCAA's, advancing to the quarterfinal round. NESCAC Player of the Year and All-American Mike Stone paced the squad with 29 goals. The women's lacrosse team took part in an NCAA Regional for the 15th straight year, while Krieg excelled in track, earning All-American honors in both the 5 and 10k events. The women's golf team made its second consecutive trip to the NCAA's with a 14th place finish.

May 29, 2008

The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has announced its 2008 Spring All-Academic Selections. To be honored, a student-athlete must have reached junior academic standing and be a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35.

May 28, 2008

The New England Small College Athletic Conference announced the inaugural Spring All-Sportsmanship Team for each spring sport sponsored by the conference. The All-Sportsmanship Team is composed of one student-athlete from each institution for each sport and is selected by the players and coaches from their respective team for their positive contributions to sportsmanship. The student-athlete selected must be in good academic standing and a member of the team at the conclusion of the season in order to be eligible for selection.

May 26, 2008

Middlebury College recently recognized seven seniors with its annual Athletic Awards at a senior luncheon. The following were recipients of the awards:

A. Bayard Russ '66 Memorial Athletic Award
Honoring, when merited, that senior who is most outstanding in two intercollegiate sports by best exemplifying the excellence of performance, aggressiveness, leadership, tremendous desire and team spirit of A. Bayard Russ '66.
Jimmy Butcher (Garden City, N.J.)
Reid Berrien (Westport, Conn.)

March 19, 2008

The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has announced its 2008 Winter All-Academic Selections. To be honored, a student-athlete must have reached junior academic standing and be a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35. A transfer student must have completed one year of study at the institution.

March 13, 2008

The New England Small College Athletic Conference announced the inaugural Winter All-Sportsmanship Team for each winter sport sponsored by the conference. The All-Sportsmanship Team is composed of one student-athlete from each institution for each sport and is selected by the players and coaches from their respective team for their positive contributions to sportsmanship. The student-athlete selected must be in good academic standing and a member of the team at the conclusion of the season in order to be eligible for selection.

December 16, 2007

It's been another solid start to the winter season for Middlebury College Athletic teams. The Panthers have a combined record of 31-9-2 as they enter the semester break.

Middlebury returns to action on December 28-29th when the men's basketball team plays in the Land of Magic Tournament in Daytona Beach, Florida.

The men's hockey team hosts the annual Holiday Classic Tournament at the Chip Kenyon Arena on January 4th and 5th. Skidmore battles Lake Forest at 4:00 p.m., while Middlebury hosts Brockport at 7:00 p.m. The consolation and championship games are slated for January 5th at 4:00 and 7:00 p.m. The women's host team will host games that Saturday and Sunday as well at 1:00 p.m.

From all of us in the Department of Athletics at Middlebury, Happy Holidays.

November 20, 2007

The New England Small College Athletic Conference announced the inaugural Fall All-Sportsmanship Team for each fall sport sponsored by the conference. The All-Sportsmanship Team is composed of one student-athlete from each institution for each sport and is selected by the players and coaches from their respective team for their positive contributions to sportsmanship. The student-athlete selected must be in good academic standing and a member of the team at the conclusion of the season in order to be eligible for selection.

November 20, 2007

The New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has announced its 2007 Fall All-Academic Selections. To be honored, a student-athlete must have reached junior academic standing and be a varsity letter winner with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35. A transfer student must have completed one year of study at the institution.

November 2, 2007

The recent republication of "Picking Up Butch" by Rick Reilly of Sports Illustrated has helped generate a media buzz once again. Shortly after the article appeared, we were contacted by the Boston Globe for a feature story. The piece is scheduled to appear in the Sunday, November 11, edition of the Boston Globe Magazine section of the Globe.

While a worldwide audience saw an ESPN SportsCenter feature on Butch, millions more will be able to see his story on an upcoming broadcast of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. Butch will be featured in Steve Hartman's "Assignment America" segment, which will air on Friday, November 2.

Click here for more information.

October 26, 2007

Outpouring of Support

On March 16, 2007, the apartment that Butch shared with his mother, Helen, was flooded in ankle-deep water. Community members found temporary housing for the Varnos, while the College renovated a house near campus and told them they could live there as long as they wished. This outpouring of support was not surprising; the College wanted to give as much back as it had received from Butch.

 

Presently, Butch and his mother are living at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury, where they receive the level of care they both require at this time of their lives. Friends from the College and town visit regularly, and the College works closely with Butch to enhance his living arrangements. And, of course, athletes still pick him up for games

October 25, 2007

Middlebury Athletics is pleased to announce the availability of individual and team photos, as well as action shots of its varsity teams. Beginning the the fall of '07, area photographers will be shooting events and posting them to websites where you can browse and purchase various photos.

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August 31, 2007

Almost 300 Middlebury College students have returned to campus with the start of the fall sports season just around the corner. Practicing are underway, with the season opening up on Saturday, September 8th. On that day, the men's and women's soccer teams, along with the field hockey team will host Connecticut College at 1:30. The cross country teams will race at the Williams Dual on that day.

August 30, 2007

As the fall season opens, we want to remind you to subscribe to SportsNotes, the weekly email newsletter of Middlebury Athletics. Each Monday, an email will be sent to you with summaries and updates of each team's results from the previous week and their upcoming schedule. Please click here and fill in your email address to subscribe.

June 13, 2007

After another impressive season, Middlebury College has finished second in the U.S. Sports Academy Director's Cup race. The Panthers have finished in the top three for the past four seasons, with nine top-five finishes in the 12 years the cup has existed. Williams finished in first place, with Amherst in fourth and Tufts in 16th place. Points for the cup are awarded based on excellence in NCAA Tournament play.