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Blaise Siefer

Blaise Siefer, Senior Sports Editor

Blaise Siefer ‘23 is the senior sports editor.

Siefer is studying Sociology and Spanish at Middlebury.

In his first year with The Campus, Siefer covered the men’s hockey and lacrosse squads. Now, as the senior sports editor, he hosts a sports podcast, Siefer’s Scoop, and writes feature-length stories on Middlebury's athletes.

In his free time, he contributes to the New England Soccer Journal and The Bent Musket (a New England Revolution blog).

Twitter: @blaise_siefer

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Siefer’s Scoop Podcast: A year in review

Siefer’s Scoop Podcast: A year in review

May 20, 2021
The athletes I’ve interviewed span 18 varsity teams, a little over half of Middlebury’s 31 athletic programs. There were so many highlights from this year — too many to count, to be honest — so, for those who maybe didn’t catch every episode, I thought I’d list my favorite quote from each episode this spring.
Michael McCormack ’20 celebrates a goal for University of Vermont men’s lacrosse. The attacker had 33 goals this spring, ranking second on the team in that category.

Michael McCormack ’20 wraps up successful year with University of Vermont men’s lacrosse

May 20, 2021
Michael McCormack’s ’20 graduate season with University of Vermont (UVM) men’s lacrosse came to a close this weekend, with UVM falling to University of Maryland in the first round of the NCAA tournament, 17–11. 
Brett Perlmutter ’24 is a rising sophomore on the men’s swim and dive team.

Siefer’s Scoop Episode #19: Brett Perlmutter ’24, men’s swim and dive

May 20, 2021
On the final episode of the academic year, Blaise welcomes Brett Perlmutter ’24, a member of men’s swim and dive, on the Siefer’s Scoop podcast.
Emily Bian ’21 (left) and Ann Martin Skelly ’21 (right) were senior co-captains for the Panthers this season.

Season in Review: Women’s tennis

May 20, 2021

Despite a rookie-heavy roster this season, women’s tennis (4–3) exceeded expectations and finished second in the NESCAC West Division. Four of seven rostered players — including All-NESCAC singles...

A group of Middlebury fans celebrate a goal during the 2019 NESCAC Championship game between Middlebury and Tufts. The Panthers would win, 3-2.

Despite strong athletic programs, Middlebury’s fan culture falls short

May 13, 2021
Over the years, Middlebury has cultivated a tradition of athletic dominance across all 31 varsity teams.
Sami Remis ’24 won at #3 singles against Williams on Saturday, May 8.

Review: Women’s tennis

May 13, 2021
Women’s tennis (4–3) couldn’t extend their winning streak to four on Saturday, losing to Williams, 5–4.
M+ is a DEI program in the Athletics Department that will be launched in fall 2022.

Middlebury Athletics announces M+, a new diversity, equity and inclusion program

May 6, 2021
There’s a new diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) program coming to the Middlebury Athletics Department: M+.
Women’s tennis hosted Williams on Sunday, winning 5–4.

Review: Women’s tennis

May 6, 2021
Women’s tennis (4–2) extended its winning streak to three on Sunday, defeating Williams, 5–4.
Bochu Ding ’21 is a four-year member of the men’s crew team. He’s also the editor in chief of The Campus.

Siefer’s Scoop Episode #18: Bochu Ding ’21, rower and editor in chief

May 6, 2021
This week, Siefer’s Scoop welcomes rower and editor-in-chief of The Campus, Bochu Ding ’21.
Kavina Amin ’24 serves the ball in Sunday’s contest against Skidmore.

Review: Women’s Tennis

April 29, 2021
After suffering two losses last week, the Panthers women’s tennis team (3–3) won back-to-back matches against Amherst and Skidmore this weekend, a performance largely spearheaded by the rookie class.  
Ellie Barney ’21.5 has appeared in three straight NESCAC finals with the women’s hockey team.

Siefer’s Scoop Episode #17: Ellie Barney ’21.5, women’s hockey

April 15, 2021

This week, Siefer’s Scoop welcomes podcast fan and women’s hockey player Ellie Barney ’21.5. The episode begins with a chat about podcasting, from Barney’s favorite podcasts to Bianca Giaever,...

Emily Bian ’21 is a senior co-captain for the women’s tennis team this season.

Review: Women’s tennis

April 15, 2021

Women’s tennis opened their five-match spring season with a victory against Hamilton on April 10, winning 7–2.  Emily Bian ’21 and Ann Martin Skelly ’21, senior co-captains, were one of...

Jordan Bessalel ’21 (left) and John Mikus ’21 (right) are co-captains for the men’s golf team.

Siefer’s Scoop Episode #16: Men’s golf captains Jordan Bessalel ’21 and John Mikus ’21

April 8, 2021

For the second straight week, Blaise welcomes two varsity captains on the Siefer’s Scoop podcast. This time, it’s Jordan Bessalel ’21 and John Mikus ’21, co-captains of the men’s golf team....

The women’s tennis team pictured in 2020.

Review: Women’s tennis

April 8, 2021

Although the women’s tennis team was supposed to open their season on April 3, a positive Covid-19 test on Trinity’s roster delayed the season opener to April 11. It was a tease, but after almost...

A group of students tee off at Ralph Myhre on Oct. 15 as the sun sets in the distance. (Courtesy: Blaise Siefer) 

New staff, record numbers and silver linings: How the pandemic has impacted the Ralph Myhre Golf Course

April 1, 2021
Read about how Middlebury's golf course handled the pandemic and the changes that came with it.
Tuesday’s panelists. Clockwise from top left: Katharine DeLorenzo, Jeff Brown, Erin Quinn, and Bob Ritter. (Courtesy: Middlebury Athletics)

Takeaways: Middlebury Athletics webinar on Covid-19

April 1, 2021
Four coaches and administrators at Middlebury participated in a webinar this Tuesday to discuss how Covid-19 has impacted athletics.
Jack Farrell (#24) and Tommy Eastman (#21) are both captains for the men’s basketball team. (Courtesy: Tommy Eastman)

Siefer’s Scoop Episode #15: Men’s basketball captains Jack Farrell ’21 and Tommy Eastman ’21

April 1, 2021
On this week’s edition of the Siefer’s Scoop podcast, Blaise welcomes Jack Farrell '21 and Tommy Eastman '21 — senior captains on the men’s basketball team — to the podcast.
Siefer’s Scoop Episode #14: Lucy Ambach ’23, women’s volleyball

Siefer’s Scoop Episode #14: Lucy Ambach ’23, women’s volleyball

March 25, 2021
Sports writer Sam Lipin, a sophomore Feb at Middlebury, joins the podcast to help Blaise interview Lucy Ambach ’23, the first women’s volleyball player to appear on Siefer’s Scoop.
Michael McCormack ’20 (left) scored twice against nationally-ranked Syracuse on March 6. (Courtesy: Michael McCormack)

Michael McCormack ’20 earns prestigious award for University of Vermont men’s lacrosse

March 18, 2021
Just two weeks into his graduate season, Michael McCormack ’20 picked up an award for the University of Vermont Catamounts. 
Siefer’s Scoop Episode #13: Hans Pessl ’22.5, men’s nordic

Siefer’s Scoop Episode #13: Hans Pessl ’22.5, men’s nordic

March 18, 2021
This week, Blaise welcomes Hans Pessl ’22.5, a member of the men’s nordic team, on the podcast.
Middlebury women’s lacrosse celebrates after winning the NESCAC Championship in 2019. (Courtesy: Benjy Renton)

NESCAC announces return of conference play after year-long hiatus

March 11, 2021
In-conference play in the NESCAC will resume mid-April — roughly 13 months after competition was paused due to Covid-19 — the league’s presidents announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Erik Arvidsson ’21 finished eighth in the World Cup downhill race on March 6 in Saalbach, Austria. (Photo courtesy: Erik Arvidsson)

Erik Arvidsson ’21 leads U.S. team, finishes eighth in World Cup

March 11, 2021
Erik Arvidsson ’21 finished eighth in the World Cup downhill race on March 6 in Saalbach, Austria.
Beau Root ’23 stays alert during a game against Southwestern University on March 7, 2020. (Photo courtesy: Beau Root)

Siefer’s Scoop Episode #12: Beau Root ‘23 men’s baseball

March 11, 2021
Middlebury baseball player Beau Root '23 talks about his college recruitment process, his background as a baseball player and his optimism for the team.
Michael McCormack ’20 joins UVM lacrosse for final year of NCAA eligibility

Michael McCormack ’20 joins UVM lacrosse for final year of NCAA eligibility

March 4, 2021
Michael McCormack '20 joins the UVM men's lacrosse team for the 20-21 season.
Jordyn Johnson ’23 looks for the ball during a practice in the Virtue Field House last February.

Siefer’s Scoop Episode #11: Jordyn Johnson ’23, women’s softball

March 4, 2021
In the 11th episode of the Siefer's Scoop podcast, Jordyn Johnson ’23 talks about her introduction to softball, how she progressed as a player and her experience walking onto the team at Middlebury.
Stephen Hauschka ’07, who charted unlikely course to the NFL, departs league after 13 seasons

Stephen Hauschka ’07, who charted unlikely course to the NFL, departs league after 13 seasons

February 4, 2021
Stephen Hauschka '07 reflects on going from a jv soccer player at Middlebury to a Super Bowl winning kicker as he leaves the NFL after 13 years in the league.
Siefer’s Scoop Episode #10: Delanie Goniwiecha ‘23, women’s hockey

Siefer’s Scoop Episode #10: Delanie Goniwiecha ‘23, women’s hockey

February 4, 2021
In the 10th episode of the podcast, Delanie Goniwiecha '23 from the women's hockey team and Blaise Siefer talk about her hockey roots, college recruitment process and lots more!
Nate Moll ’22 fires a shot at MIT on Jan. 31, 2020.

Siefer’s Scoop episode #9: Nate Moll ’22, men’s squash

January 28, 2021
Listen to the first episode of 2021 to hear men's squash player Nate Moll '22, discuss how Middlebury stood out to him throughout his college search and what he's looking forward to this spring.
Siefer's Scoop Podcast: A semester in review

Siefer’s Scoop Podcast: A semester in review

November 19, 2020
A semester in review of The Siefer's Scoop Podcast!
Siefer’s Scoop episode #8: Alex Stimpson ’23, men’s squash

Siefer’s Scoop episode #8: Alex Stimpson ’23, men’s squash

November 12, 2020
Listen to Alex Stimpson '23 of the men's squash team in conversation with Blaise Siefer. The two talk about how practices are structured and how the team is bonding.
Siefer’s Scoop episode #7: Middlebury student-athletes committed to political activism

Siefer’s Scoop episode #7: Middlebury student-athletes committed to political activism

October 29, 2020
Listen to Blaise Siefer '23 interview Middlebury student-athletes about their experiences as political activists on campus.
Amanda Frank ’23 joins the Siefer’s Scoop podcast to discuss her Middlebury tennis career, as well as her experience interviewing Venus Williams this past spring.

Siefer’s Scoop Episode #6: Amanda Frank ’23, women’s tennis

October 15, 2020
On this episode of Siefer's Scoop, Amanda Frank '23 from the women's tennis team talks about what it's like to play tennis during the time of Covid-19, her experience playing tennis growing up and the state of team culture these days. Plus, hear about what it was like to interview Venus Williams!
Eli Drachman ’24 competed for the Eagle Swim Team, a club in the Baltimore area, in high school.

Siefer’s Scoop Episode #5: Eli Drachman ’24, men’s swim & dive

October 8, 2020
On the 5th episode of Siefer's Scoop Podcast, listen to Eli Drachman ’24 talk about what it's like to be a first-year at Middlebury during a pandemic and what compelled him to choose Middlebury.
Lizzie Kenter ’23 celebrates a drive off the tee box during a practice in 2019.

Siefer’s Scoop Episode #4: Lizzie Kenter ’23, Women’s Golf

October 1, 2020
In the 4th episode of Siefer's Scoop, Lizzie Kenter '23 from the women's golf team talks about how the pandemic has affected the sport, what it's like to be on the team and why she chose Middlebury.
Gianna Palli (number 11) drives the ball down the court against Cabrini on November 30, 2019.

Siefer’s Scoop Episode #3: Gianna Palli ’23.5, Women’s Basketball

September 24, 2020
In this episode of Siefer's Scoop, women's basketball's Gianna Palli '23.5 talks about the effect of the pandemic on the team's season, her injury after just six games and how it impacted her decision to take a gap semester.
Noah Whiting ’22 races for Middlebury during the Williams Purple Valley meet in 2018.

Siefer’s Scoop Podcast: Episode #2 Noah Whiting ’22, Men’s Cross Country and Track and Field

September 17, 2020
Listen to the 2nd episode of Siefer's Scoop Podcast to hear about how cross country runner Noah Whiting '22 has adjusted to running with a mask, why he chose Midd and what this competition might look like this fall.
Cole Crider (86) charges at a Trinity defender on September 28, 2019. Middlebury went on to edge out the Bantams, 32-27.

Siefer’s Scoop Podcast: An introduction

September 10, 2020
New this 2020-2021 school year is The Siefer's Scoop Podcast, which tells the stories of Middlebury varsity student-athletes, hosted and produced by Blaise Siefer '23.
'A bright future': Even with shortened first season, men's lax rookies show strong character

‘A bright future’: Even with shortened first season, men’s lax rookies show strong character

May 7, 2020
For a rookie class like this, three games were more than enough time to build a lasting impression. How?

Men’s hockey post-season run cut short

March 5, 2020

A season-long pattern of poor home performances continued on Saturday, as men’s puck was bested by Wesleyan in the NESCAC Quarterfinals in Kenyon Arena. Despite entering the third period with a 2-1 lead,...

Men’s lax showcases veteran talent in season-opener

Men’s lax showcases veteran talent in season-opener

March 5, 2020

Men’s lacrosse opened up their season on Saturday, Feb. 29 in an away tilt against Bowdoin College. The Panthers were deadly on the attack in the opener, outshooting the Polar Bears 52–36 en route...

Men’s hockey  rejuvenated after  2–0 weekend

Men’s hockey rejuvenated after 2–0 weekend

February 27, 2020

The men’s hockey team won both of their home games this past weekend, defeating Amherst and Hamilton in the final two regular season games of the year. With these two victories, the Panthers (10–11–3,...

Men’s hockey takes a hit

February 20, 2020

The past two months have been tough for the men’s hockey team, who have garnered just two wins out of 14 games in that span. After falling twice to No. 12 Williams this weekend, the Panthers sit fifth...

Men’s hockey splits weekend away, better puck next weekend

February 13, 2020

The 2019-2020 men’s ice hockey campaign is quickly rounding up for the Middlebury Panthers, who recently travelled to Connecticut to face off against NESCAC opponents Trinity and Wesleyan. Despite falling...

Men’s hockey falls twice, extends losing streak to four

Men’s hockey falls twice, extends losing streak to four

January 23, 2020

The men’s hockey team lost both of its matchups this week, falling to Norwich on Tuesday, Jan. 14 and Plattsburgh on Friday, Jan. 17. With these two losses, Middlebury extends its losing streak to four,...

The Oct. 12 football match against Colby saw the second-highest attendance in the past six years at 3,333.

Roll Pants: Exploring school spirit at Middlebury

November 14, 2019

It’s fourth and goal and the crowd rises to its feet. The student section screams so loud the opposing players can’t even hear the play call. The center snaps the ball, and the quarterback rolls...

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