Thursday, September 20, 2012
New England Roundup: Vermont
By Roger Brown
Although there were plenty of standout individual performances and several close games, Week 3 of the Vermont high school football season will be remembered most for what didn't happen on the field.
Montpelier, which competes in Division III – the division that includes Vermont's smallest schools by enrollment – has 22 players on its roster, but at least four of those players were not cleared to play against Poultney.
Springfield, a Division II school, canceled the remainder of its season on Monday.
“The decision was not about winning and losing, but what’s best for the kids and what are (they) getting out of it,” Springfield principal Bob Thibault told the Rutland Herald. “They’re getting concussions and injuries after injuries and as numbers depleted, we just can’t staff a varsity program in good conscience and play against Division II teams. We can’t subject our guys to it.”
There were 12 freshmen, 10 sophomores, five juniors, and five seniors on the Springfield roster. The Cosmos were 0-2 and were outscored 108-6 in those two contests
Springfield will continue to play a junior varsity schedule this season.
School officials asked the Vermont Principals' Association if the Springfield seniors could join other local high school football programs, but VPA denied the request.
“If we’re sending guys to other schools and displacing starters, how would people in that town feel about their kid being replaced by a kid from Springfield?” Thibault said.
Springfield could drop to Division III when Vermont reclassifies its football programs following the 2012 season.
PEOPLES HAS SIGHTS SET ON ANOTHER TITLE The Peoples Academy girls' soccer team has won three of the last four Division III state titles, and is considered by many to be the favorite to win this year's Division III title as well.
Peoples returned 14 players from a team than went 17-1-0 last year and beat Oxbow 3-1 in the championship game. Juniors Katie Stames and Hannah Merriam are among the 14 returning players. Stames scored 23 goals last season, and Merriam collected 12 goals and 15 assists .
Peoples is off to a 3-0 start and has outscored its opponents, 17-0.
ANDRES WILL JOIN VERMONT HALL OF FAME Former Mount Anthony Union guard Nicole Levesque Andres is among those who will be inducted into the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 17.
Andres scored 1,938 points during her high school career, and set the state's single-game scoring record by scoring 40 points in 1990. That record has since been broken.
Andres played at Wake Forest, where she became the school’s all-time assist leader and ranked third in scoring. She was named to the All-ACC team twice.
Andres is the only Vermont native to play in the WNBA. She suited up for the Charlotte Sting in 1997.
Roger Brown is a staff writer for the New Hampshire Union Leader and has been covering high school sports throughout New England since 1992.