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The '14 Class, the VSHOF's third, will join 25 others from the first two classes at the annual Vermont Sports Hall of Fame Induction Dinner and Celebration presented by Casella Resource Systems on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Burlington.

For more information on the Class of ’14, the induction dinner and celebration, and the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame, go to vermontsportshall.com.   Here is onemore of the inductees this year:

John Buffum, Colchester; motor sports

Born in Wallingford, Conn. in 1943, John Buffum started his rally car career while a Middlebury College student in 1964. He went on to become the most successful U. S. rally car driver ever, winning 11 national titles and 117 national championship events while driving Audis, Peugeots, Mazda among other models.

Buffum is also the first and only American to win a European championship event, capturing the 1983 Sachs Rally in West Germany and the 1984 ERC Rally on Cyprus.

He helped restart the Mount Washington Hill climb auto Race in 1990 and now owns and manages Libra Racing in Colchester.

A member of the UVM Athletic Hall of Fame, Sports Illustrated in 1999 ranked Cochran 15th in its Top 50 Sports Figures From Vermont (1900-2000).

As of this writing the following Rutland area sports teams are still alive in the fall post season;

Otter Valley in football. the Otters will host Windsor in the Division 3 semi’s on Saturday at 1PM.

MSJ and Proctor in Division 4 girls soccer. They meet each other on Wednesday in the semi’s at MSJ for the 2nd straight year. The Rutland field hockey team is in a semi-final matchup with CVU at South Burlington in Division 1 on Tuesday night. The Otter Valley field hockey team is in the semi’s on Monday night in Division 2 and by the time you read this we will know if the Otters have advanced.

Molly Turco of Ira skating with the Green Mountain Speedskating Club captured 3rd place at the Western New York Short Track championships last week. She posted her personal best time of 142.65 in the super final. “An outstanding start to the season, her 1000 was off the charts of what was anticipated. Molly’s been working hard hitting all the right stuff,” said coach Dave Manfredi.”all her times have really come down”,said Manfredi.

In golf, Mendon’s Logan Broyles an 8th grader at the Barstow School won the fall championship on the US Kids Golf Boston Tour last week.

The high school state cross country meet was held last weekend at Thetford Academy. The winners were in Division 1: The CVU girls and South Burlington boys, in Division 2: the Harwood girls and boys and in Division 3: the BFA-Fairfax girls and Stowe boys.

Jim Taggart is the new boys basketball coach at Mill River replacing Mark Benetatos.

It’s “The College of St. Joes Madness” this Saturday November 1st at 6PM. Vince the DJ from Boston will be there and also Llze Luneau who appeared on the Jay Leno Show with her basketball tricks.

Castleton will be hosting New York Maritime in college football this Saturday  November 1st starting at 11:45 AM. The game will be video cast on the Northeast Sports Network nsnsports.net. It will also be televised on PEGTv Channel 20 on the Rutland Comcast system. Remember if you can’t pick up the game on PEGTV because of technical problems the game is still on NSN. That was the case last week. That’s nsnsports.net.

Catch you next week!

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Finish Line

Mother Nature Pushes Devils Bowl back a week

Heavy rains on Saturday forced the postponement of the season finale of the battle at the bowl three race dirt series the 100 lap sportsman modified finale along with the sprint cars of New England and the Renegades mini stocks and coupes will now be held next Saturday October 25th at 2pm. There are a few points titles to be decided on the final day of racing. In the modifieds Vince Quenneville holds an 8 point advantage over Adam Pierson. Kenny Tremont sits in third just 20 behind Quenneville; however Tremont is scheduled to partake in the Eastern States 200 Weekend at the Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, NY and will not be present. Frank Hoard III from Manchester will also be participating at Middletown. Also in the Northern Modified Challenge Series Jessey Mueller sits atop the standings with a 22 point advantage over Leon Gonyo and Quenneville sits 31 points back. Mueller has yet to participate in the first two dirt events so it will be interesting to see if he will be on hand for the finale. In the Renegades Billy Dupery holds a 3 point margin over Jamy Begor and Randy Miller and Frank Monroe are 10 points back from Duprey. Scott Richner has a 3 point lead over Rob Giola in the mini stock division and Jake Noble is 11 points out. Lets hope for a great weather day Saturday.

On a final night shifting to NASCAR despite the fact the many see this new chase format as a gimmicky attempt to mirror playoffs in many of the stick and ball sports the fact remains that in the end the cream rises to the crop. Four of the drivers who have consistently qualified and run near the front all season Brad Kesolowski, Jeff Gordon, Joey Logano and Kevin Harvick are still alive in the quest for the title despite the fact that marquee drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch were eliminated at Talladega.

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Don Chioffi

Pretty much as predicted----the cooler weather and the rain came----and so did the Salmon! This past weekend, timed perfectly with the beginning of Bow season for Deer, the reluctant Salmon on the Salmon River out in Pulaski, NY finally started their push upriver on Sat and Sun, with pretty good numbers of Kings, Cohos, and Steelhead Trout, and a few nice Brown Trout thrown in for good measure headed upstream on their annual spawning run. Even the smaller creeks had a limited run of fish, but these will back out quickly if there is not more rain, as the amounts were just about enough to get them started, but will quickly recede as the water table is so low that much of the inch or so of rain was absorbed. This is all good news for the local economy in the region as the recent weeks have been pathetically slow for all the local merchants that rely on a steady flow of anglers.

For sure, there have been fish caught in all reaches of the river, however the numbers have been strikingly low and the size of the fish has also been remarkably down from traditional lengths and weights. This season will surely go down in the books as an epic low season by any known and recorded standards. As I stated in a previous article, the most reasonable explanation for all this is the hurricane Irene event and the devastation it wracked on the entire stream system in NY. If, in fact, this proves true, then we have to expect another 4th year low in the future (2018) for there are many, many less fish in the system right now spawning. That inevitably means that the survival rates for fry of all species will be markedly lower four years from now. That is just a mathematically predictable fact!

If the usual weather patterns of October prevail, we should see more fish as soon as we see more rain, as these events seem to continually trigger more and more pods of fish into the spawning run. The burning question that remains unanswered is just how many fish there really are to return, and time will just have to be the determiner of that answer.

Of course, I missed it all this last weekend, but for good and necessary reason. When your grandson has the honor and privilege of Quarterbacking an awesome Rutland Raider Football team, that is definitely not an event that any proud grandfather would ever miss. Not only that, but coming off a milestone 18th birthday just the day before, on Thursday, what a party the game on Friday night could prove to be. And prove to be it certainly did! The entire team rose to the occasion with stellar defense from minute one to the finish, including a defensive created touchdown fumble in the end zone, and a superb running game supported by equally awesome airborne connections. In short, the entire Raider team put on quite a clinic on just how to master all aspects of the game and this performance certainly showcased Coach Norman's success in both motivation and technical coaching skills for the Rutland community. Though the road may be tough, this team certainly has the ability to go all the way if they continue to play the caliber of ball they showed last Friday.

Though I only "played" the game with my loudly positive cheering mouth, I wouldn't have missed the "birthday boy" who just quietly and consistently performs in his element of sports excellence, continually justifying our pride in this exceptional young man. And don't you think he will cherish that "Game Ball" that already sits, proudly, on the hallway shelf? As much as I love fishing----there is not even the remotest of comparison to be made.

Archers----fare thee well! Let forth from your quivers one boldly accurate shot---and harvest your quarry. Until next week, good sports.

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