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Tuesday, August 4, 2020

UVM Men's Basketball Pauses Training After Positive COVID-19 Tests

Posted By on Tue, Aug 4, 2020 at 8:28 PM

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The University of Vermont men's basketball team is not practicing this week after two people associated with the school's basketball programs tested positive for COVID-19.

The university announced the cases in an online statement Tuesday afternoon.

[image-2] The statement does not specify whether the cases involve players or when the positive tests were received, and director of athletics Jeff Schulman declined to comment beyond it.

Only one of the cases is considered "active," according to UVM Athletics. Both individuals who tested positive were asymptomatic and were quarantining. Pending further tests, the men's basketball team won't resume training until next week.

"Individuals who had close contact have been notified and are quarantining per current public health guidelines," the release states.

The men's and women's basketball teams are the only athletics programs at UVM currently permitted to practice. They began training on July 20 after all players met state-mandated quarantine requirements, according to the release.

Since then, the university has conducted 75 tests of players, coaches and staff, which apparently detected the two positive cases.


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Friday, April 17, 2020

Vermont Couple's Primitive Hockey Stick Valued at $3.5 Million

Posted By on Fri, Apr 17, 2020 at 6:40 PM

Bill Fitsell with the Morse Stick in 2015 - COURTESY OF ED GRENDA
  • Courtesy of Ed Grenda
  • Bill Fitsell with the Morse Stick in 2015
For decades, Germaine and Gary Morse kept the stick in an umbrella stand by the entryway in their Vermont home.

Germaine’s brother, Anthony Bean, had found the weathered, slightly crooked piece of wood inside his grandmother’s Northfield home after buying it in 1980. Knowing his sister’s affinity for family mementos, Bean gave it to her, thinking it was an old field hockey stick or something.

“He thought it might be a conversation piece,” said Germaine, 70.

It's certainly a conversation piece now. That piece of wood is a primitive ice hockey stick that could be 170 years old. It was appraised at $3.5 million and is up for auction online through May 16, with a starting bid of $100,000.

The heirloom was little more than an afterthought, sitting in an old crock the Morses use as an umbrella stand, until about six years ago. That’s when Germaine saw something online about a circa 1850s hockey stick owned by Gordon Sharpe. Known as the “Rutherford Stick,” it looked awfully similar to Germaine’s own — and had been appraised at $4.5 million.

“It piqued my interest,” Germaine said with a laugh. “I thought, ‘Well, maybe I better look into this.’”

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Saturday, March 14, 2020

Stowe Renames Trail ‘Jake’s Ride’ in Honor of Late Burton Founder

Posted By on Sat, Mar 14, 2020 at 12:44 PM

SASHA GOLDSTEIN
  • Sasha Goldstein
Hundreds of Burton Snowboards employees gathered in the pouring rain Friday to honor the company's late founder, Jake Burton Carpenter.

Standing in the slushy snow on the shoulder of Mount Mansfield, they watched and cheered as Stowe Mountain Resort unveiled a new name for one of its trails: Jake's Ride. Formerly known as Lullaby Lane, the green trail — meaning it's on the easier end of the spectrum — was Carpenter's favorite on the entire mountain, "although he wouldn't always admit it," his wife, Donna Carpenter, told the crowd.

"On more than one occasion, after an amazing run, he'd say to me, 'That's the one. That's the one, Donna, I want named after me when I'm gone," Carpenter recalled.
Donna Carpenter (center) with her sons Taylor (left) and Timi (right) - SASHA GOLDSTEIN
  • Sasha Goldstein
  • Donna Carpenter (center) with her sons Taylor (left) and Timi (right)
Jake Burton Carpenter died last November at the age of 65 after a recurrence of cancer that first cropped up in 2011. He founded Burton Snowboards in Vermont in 1977 and opened its world headquarters in Burlington, where it remains today.

Donna Carpenter served as company CEO, a title she shared for 18 months with John Lacy. She gave up the role in February to become chair of the Burton board of directors, a position previously held by Jake.

The company's Burlington office and its stores closed Friday in honor of the late founder, and most employees headed for the hill.

"Jake had a lot of good sayings, and one of them was, 'If your favorite mountain isn't your home mountain, you should probably consider moving,'" Donna said.

After a moment of silence, the assembled gaggle of snowboarders strapped in and took off down Jake's Ride. Carpenter joked that her late husband had sent the very-Vermont March weather: 37 degrees and rainy, conditions that softened the snow and did little to dampen the boarders' enthusiasm.

SASHA GOLDSTEIN
  • Sasha Goldstein
Friday's event wasn't the only honoring the man who pioneered the sport of snowboarding. Thirteen resorts around the world, including ones in Switzerland, Austria and Japan, offered free lift tickets to snowboarders who signed up in advance. Vermonters could take advantage of the deal at Stratton Mountain.

"What an impactful human being," Jeff Wise, the communications director for Stowe Mountain Resort, said of Carpenter. "Goodbye, Lullaby Lane. Hello, Jake's Ride."

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

UPDATE: America East Cancels UVM Basketball Championship Game

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2020 at 11:10 AM

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UPDATE: The America East Conference has cancelled the game.

In a brief statement, the America East conference said it was canceling Saturday's men's basketball championship in which top-seeded Vermont was scheduled to play.

The Thursday afternoon announcement followed an earlier one that stated the game would be played without fans in the stands.

The Big Ten conference cancelled the remainder of its basketball tournaments on Thursday as well.

"This is a proactive decision to protect the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and everyone on our campuses," the America East statement read.

Original story below:

The University of Vermont men's basketball team will play its America East conference championship game Saturday morning in a mostly empty arena.

The athletic conference announced Thursday that attendance for the game at Patrick Gymnasium will be restricted to "essential gameday personnel from the participating institutions and conference staff in addition to credentialed media, ESPN personnel and family members of the participating teams."

"The decision was made based on new information, including the recommendation of the NCAA’s COVID-19 advisory panel, and under the advisement of public health officials to limit large gatherings due to coronavirus," the conference stated.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Jake Burton Carpenter, Father of Snowboarding, Dies at 65

Posted By on Thu, Nov 21, 2019 at 12:04 PM

Jake Burton Carpenter in 1981 - COURTESY OF BURTON SNOWBOARDS
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  • Jake Burton Carpenter in 1981
Updated at 3:44 p.m.

Jake Burton Carpenter, the man who pioneered the sport of snowboarding and whose name graces its leading board and apparel company, died at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington on Wednesday. He was 65.

The cause was complications from recurring cancer, said Taren Dolbashian, a spokesperson at the company Carpenter founded, Burton Snowboards. He'd initially been diagnosed with testicular cancer in 2011. Carpenter sent an email to employees earlier this month announcing that the cancer "has come back."

"The odds are in my favor, but it is going to be a struggle for sure," he wrote. "As much as I dread what is facing me, it’s easier to deal with when you know that you have a family that will carry on."

"He was the most incredible human," Dolbashian said, speaking through tears. "This is absolutely devastating. He inspired all of us."

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Professional Cyclist Ian Boswell Talks Falling Down, Getting Up and the Road Ahead

Posted By on Thu, Sep 5, 2019 at 5:49 PM

Gretchen and Ian Boswell - COURTESY OF IAN BOSWELL
  • Courtesy of Ian Boswell
  • Gretchen and Ian Boswell
One year after riding in the Tour de France, Ian Boswell watched the race in July from his home in Peacham.

The 28-year-old professional cyclist was four months removed from a devastating crash during the Tirreno-Adriatico race in Italy. Knocked unconscious, a helmeted Boswell suffered a severe concussion — his sixth. Afterward, he spent a brief amount of time at his European apartment in Nice, France, before returning home to Vermont to recuperate.

“Following the crash, I didn’t ride for two months, which was the longest I haven’t ridden since I was probably 14 years old,” Boswell said. “It’s always been a part of my life and identity.”

Now about six months removed from the March wreck, Boswell is still working his way back into the saddle. He’s not planning on riding again this year for his team, Katusha Alpecin, and hasn’t been able to train like he would for the pro circuit.

The crash has “thrown a big speed bump into everything,” Boswell said.

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