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August 28th, 2015

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Local 18U Softball Squad Honors Fallen Soldiers with Selfless Act

By Aaron Retherford The Screaming Eagles is an 18U Junior Olympic softball team based out of the Northeast Kingdom. But it’s not the fact they are taking on college athletes in tournaments that sets them apart. It’s what the players chose to put on the back of their jerseys that makes them special. Instead of having their names on the back of the j...

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Laquerre Elected to New England Auto Racing Hall of Fame

Thunder Road racing legend and family patriarch Joey Laquerre of East Montpelier has been elected to the New England Auto Racing (NEAR) Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015. The 71-year-old Laquerre is the all-time winningest driver at Barre’s Thunder Road with 45 wins, including a record 17 in the Tiger Sportsmen and 14 in the Late Models. His most recent...

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Rookie Donahue Overcomes Flat for Win in Tiger Sportsmen Twin 50s

Seventeen-year-old Stephen Donahue of Graniteville was not to be denied at Thunder Road on Thursday, August 13 as he took the overall win in the Bond Auto Tiger Sportsmen Twin 50s on U.S. Army Recruiting Night. The rookie won the first 50-lap feature after Wolcott’s Brendan Moodie blew a right-front tire while racing with Donahue coming to the whit...

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Mountaineers Survive Rally, Win NECBL Championship in Extras

The Vermont Mountaineers defeated the Mystic Schooners, 3-2, in 10 innings to hoist the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) Championship trophy, the Fay Vincent Sr. Cup, for the third time in franchise history. With the win, Vermont captures the trophy for the first time since 2007. With the score tied at two after nine innings of play,...

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Marshall Law at Speedway 51, while Martin Magic Shines Again

Jeff Marshall (32) continued his fantastic 2015 with his fourth win of the year in a caution free North Country Ford Late Model 51 lap main event. The first 13 laps showed a battle between Colbrook’s Brandon Lambert (77) and Littleton’s Russell Clark (02). Lambert finally cleared the 02 car but had no time to enjoy the fruits of his labor. Marshall...

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Sweet Thrills With Late Pass for Win on Enpro/Safelite Night

Barre’s Nick Sweet picked up his second Thunder Road Late Model win of the season with a thrilling performance late in the Enpro Services/Safelite Auto Glass Trophy Dash on Thursday, August 6. Sweet started 11th and was looking to the outside of Montpelier’s Josh Demers with two circuits remaining in the 50-lap feature when Shawn Fleury spun in tur...

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Allen Scores First Career Late Model Win on WDEV/Calkins Night

Hometown racer Jason Allen captured his first career Thunder Road Late Model win in the WDEV/Calkins Portable Toilets Trophy Dash on Thursday, July 30. Allen got around the outside of polesitter Matt White to take the lead on lap 28 of the 50-lap event and drove away for the victory. It was the first top-10 finish of 2015 for the sophomore driver a...

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Vermont Moose Hunting Permit Winners Are Drawn

The winners of Vermont’s 2015 moose hunting permits were determined Thursday, July 16, at a lottery drawing in Barre. Governor Peter Shumlin, standing alongside Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Louis Porter, started the computer-generated selection process that randomly picked 265 winners from more than 9,500 lottery applicants. The drawing is don...

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Disc Golfers Flock to The Quarries in Barre Town Forest

By Aaron Retherford The Millstone Trails network is known for its miles on end of mountain biking adventure. The trails are also open to hikers, runners, cross-country skiers, and snowshoers. But in 2013, the Barre Town Forest welcomed an entirely different type of recreationist – disc golfers. Now in its third year, The Quarries Disc Golf Course i...

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Sweet Wins Duel With O’Donnell for Record-Tying Vermont Governor’s Cup Win

Hometown favorite Nick Sweet came out on top of a battle with Thunder Road Late Model point leader and fellow two-time “King of the Road” Derrick O’Donnell to win his fourth VP Fuels Vermont Governor’s Cup 150 on Thursday, July 9. Sweet took the lead from N. Haverhill, NH’s O’Donnell on lap 125 following the race’s fourth and final restart after st...

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