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New England Roundup: Vermont

June, 25, 2012
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Frank Pecora's last season as the Northfield High School varsity baseball coach ended like many others: with a state championship.

VermontTop-seeded Northfield defeated second-seeded Blue Mountain 10-1 in the Division III championship game earlier this month. The victory gave Pecora his 15th state championship during his 38-year coaching tenure at Northfield.

After the contest Pecora made it clear that this season was his last.

“That [the 15 titles] says a lot for all the kids who played in this program,” Pecora told The Burlington Free Press. “I coached half their parents. Well, I always said that the first kid that walked up to me and said, 'My grandfather played for you.' I was handing him the keys.

“We haven't gotten to that point, but we're pretty close. It's been an awesome ride.”

Northfield's Billy Whaley pitched a complete game against Blue Mountain. He allowed two hits, and struck out 10.

Zach Daley collected three hits and had three of Northfield's seven stolen bases.

Northfield completed its season with a 17-1 record, which pushed Pecora's career record to 488-157-1. The Marauders had one losing season during his 38 years as the program's head coach.

Recapping Vermont's other state championship games:

Division I: Champlain Valley Union pitcher Curt Echo didn't allow a baserunner until the fifth inning as second-seeded CVU beat fifth-seeded BFA-St. Albans, 5-0.

CVU (18-2) scored four of its five runs in the third inning. Echo went the distance and allowed three hits.

Division II: Second-seeded Vergennes overcame a 3-0 deficit by scoring four runs in the sixth inning and hung on to defeat 13th-seeded Missisquoi Valley, 4-3.

Devin Hayes scored the go-ahead run on Tommy Shea's infield single. Vergennes finished with a 15-5 record. Missisquoi Valley, the first 13th seed to reach the Division I championship game, ended up with an 8-12 record.

Division IV: Top-seeded Danville scored during five of its six at-bats and repeated as the Division IV champion by beating third-seeded Mount St. Joseph 12-0.

Scott Remick, Brett Elliot and Erick Remick each had two hits and scored twice for Danville, which finished its season with a 13-5 record. Danville's Kyle Johnson pitched a three-hit shutout and struck out 10.

SOFTBALL: PROCTOR GIRLS FIND A WAY
Fifth-seeded Proctor scored four runs in the first inning without a base hit and hung on to defeat third-seeded Whitcomb 4-3 in the Division IV championship game.

Proctor's first inning featured three walks, one hit batter and two Whitcomb errors. Proctor completed its season with a 17-3 record. Whitcomb finished 15-3.

Division I: Jordi Begin broke a 2-2 tie by hitting a home run in the bottom of the fourth and top-seeded Essex went on to beat second-seeded BFA-St. Albans 6-3.

Division II: Freshman Kayla Mathieu struck out 13 and held Lyndon to three hits to help BFA-Fairfax post a 4-1 victory. It was the program's first Division II state championship, and first title since 1981 (Division III).

Division III: People's did all of its scoring in the sixth inning and won its second title in as many years by beating Windsor 3-1. It was the program's 11th state championship.

BOYS' LACROSSE: REBELS SHOW GOOD TIMING
Second-seeded South Burlington lost to top-seeded Essex twice during the regular season, but the Rebels defeated the Hornets 9-7 when the teams met in the Division I championship game.

Dan Cone scored three goals for South Burlington, which finished with a 17-2 record. Essex, which beat South Burlington 5-4 and 6-3 earlier in the year, ended its season 16-3. The team's two other losses came against out-of-state competition.

In the Division II title game, Hans Halvorsen tied the game by scoring with less than a second remaining in regulation and teammate Graham Quisenberry scored 23 seconds into overtime to give second-seeded Green Mountain Valley an 8-7 triumph over fifth-seeded Colchester.

GIRLS' LACROSSE: REPEAT PERFORMANCE IN DIVISION I
Anne-Marie Farmer and Sarah Fisher each collected three goals and an assist to lead top-seeded South Burlington to a 14-11 victory over second-seeded Middlebury in the Division I championship game.

South Burlington also beat Middlebury to win last year's Division I title. The teams split two regular-season meetings.

In the Division II title game, top-seeded Rice extended its winning streak to 13 games by beating seventh-seeded BFA-St. Albans 13-11. Junior Emily Cutting scored five goals for the Green Knights.

GRIBBON JUMPS FOR JOY
South Burlington's Mollie Gribbin won the triple jump (39 feet, 4.75 inches) at the 67th New England Track and Field Championship, which was held June 9 at Thornton Academy in Saco, Maine.

Gribbin also finished fourth in the long jump (17-9.25), sixth in the 100-meter dash (12.29) and sixth in the 200 (25-11).

St. Johnsbury's Elijah Doerfler picked up Vermont's other victory. Doerfler won the javelin (185-10).

Roger Brown is a staff writer for the New Hampshire Union Leader and has been reporting on high school sports throughout New England since 1992.

New England Roundup: Vermont

March, 26, 2012
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The North got the best of the South in Saturday's North-South Senior All-Star Classic at Windsor High School.

VermontNorth teams won three of the four games at the event, which is sponsored by the Vermont Basketball Coaches' Association and featured some the state's top senior boys and girls players. Scores and highlights from each contest:

Division I-II Boys: Mill River's Nate Salgo scored 13 points and Springfield's Kurt Perham added 10 in the South's 80-69 triumph. Mount Mansfield's Tom Lacy led the North with 17.

Division III-IV Boys: Rivendell's Dylan Pelletier, Blue Mountain's Eddie Soucie and Websterville's Andrew Shuman each tossed in a team-high 11 points as the North prevailed 97-77.

Division I-II Girls: Burlington's Kaylah Jones led all scorers with 11 as the North edged the South 61-59.

Division III-IV Girls: Twinfield's Brianna duPont tossed in 10 points in the North's 82-63 triumph.

DISPLAY OF POWER
South Burlington's Chris Weinheimer scored a power-play goal midway through the third period to give the Austin Conference a 2-1 triumph over the Harris Conference in the Rotary All-Star Hockey Classic held Saturday at Essex High School.

Stowe's Hunter Grosvenor gave the Austin Conference a 1-0 lead with 3:20 left in the second period, but Northfield's Billy Whaley tied the game 39 seconds later.

South Burlington's Nate Young (10 saves), Rice's Ian Koupash (12) and Spaulding's Kevin Avery (seven) were the Austin Conference goaltenders. Essex's Pat Campbell (14), U-32's Mike Bresette (six) and St. Johnsbury's Chris O'Donnell (17) played in goal for the Harris Conference.

Montpelier's Mary Cain made 24 saves to highlight the Harris Conference's 4-2 triumph in the girls game, held March 17.

Middlebury's Maria Ploof scored twice for the Harris Conference, which also received goals from Rutland's Erin Kiernan-Reilly and Hartford's Bethany Bouthillier.

The Rotary games are used to select Vermont's teams for the Make-A-Wish Twin State Classic. Vermont will face New Hampshire's all-stars July 14 at the University of Vermont's Gutterson Fieldhouse.

GATORADE HONORS ST. AMOUR
Gatorade selected Missisquoi Valley Union's Matt St. Amour as its boys basketball Player of the Year in Vermont for the 2011-12 season.

St. Amour, a 6-foot-3-inch junior guard, is the first boys basketball player from Missisquoi to receive the award, which is based on athletic excellence, academic achievement and character.

St. Amour averaged 26.6 points. 12.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.7 points per game for the Thunderbirds, who lost in the Division I tournament's opening round. Missisquoi won the Division II title last season.

“He plays under control and can finish on either side of the basket, and he's also got great range,” Vergennes coach Peter Quinn said. “You have to defend him as soon as he gets one or two dribbles over half-court.”

St. Amour holds Missisquoi's record for career point scored (1,388).

GRIBBIN SELECTS DARTMOUTH
South Burlington's Mollie Gribbin has announced that she will continue her track and field career at Dartmouth College.

Gribbin, who holds the state record in the long jump (18 feet, 5.5 inches), the triple jump (40-9.5) and the 100 meters (12.24 seconds), was also considering Virginia, Columbia, Illinois and Oregon. She also played soccer for South Burlington.

Roger Brown is a freelance writer who has been reporting on high school sports in New England since 1992.

New England Roundup: Vermont

March, 16, 2012
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Defense carried the BFA-St. Albans boys hockey team to this year's Division I championship game, and it was defense, more than anything else, that allowed the Bobwhites to claim the program's 16th state title.

VermontJunior goaltender Andre Morin made 20 saves as third-seeded BFA-St. Albans defeated fifth-seeded Colchester 5-1 in the Division I final played Tuesday night at the University of Vermont's Gutterson Fieldhouse.

The Bobwhites (19-4-0) allowed three goals in their three tournament games, which included victories over Rice (6-0) and North Country (3-2).

Taylor Raftery, Mike Schreiner and Peter Dukas provided the offense for BFA-St. Albans, which beat Colchester (15-8-1) for the third time this season.

Ryan Francis scored for Colchester, which needed five overtimes to defeat Essex in the semifinals.

Second-seeded U-32 dominated Tuesday's Division II championship game and skated to a 5-1 triumph over top-seeded Northfield.

Andrew Danyew, Forrest Smith, Kyle Ferguson, Colvin Rice and Kyle Elliott scored for the Raiders (18-3-2), who spit two regular-season games against Northfield.

Billy Whaley scored for Northfield (20-3-0).

ESSEX, BURR & BURTON FINISH ON TOP
Vermont's girls hockey season ended Monday night, when Essex and Burr & Burton each won a state title at Gutterson Fieldhouse.

Fifth-seeded Essex earned the Division I championship by beating third-seeded South Burlington 2-1; and top-seeded Burr & Burton won the Division II title with a 4-1 triumph over third-seeded Stowe.

Essex (13-8-2) and South Burlington (15-5-4) were tied entering the third period, when Melissa Moldovan collected what turned out to be the game-winning goal shortly after an Essex power-play opportunity had expired.

Freshman goaltender Victoria Gibson made 15 saves for the Hornets, who beat South Burlington in two of three regular-season meetings. All three Essex wins came by one goal.

Julia Hudson scored South Burlington's goal.

Freshman Abby Marmer scored twice in Burr & Burton's victory. Marmer finished the season with a team-high 23 goals.

Junior Erin Thompson and freshman Jordan Harmon also scored for the Bulldogs, who raised their record to 21-1-0. Burr & Burton received 16 saves from junior goaltender Meg Chandler.

Sam Haab scored for Stowe (18-4-1).

LOTS OF HOOPLA
Recaps of Vermont's four boys basketball championship games:

Division I: Tom Lacy scored 11 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as top-seeded Mount Mansfield defeated second-seeded Rice 41-34.

Mount Mansfield (23-1) also received nine points from Troy Springer – all in the second half – and eight points and eight rebounds from Eric Suder.

Casey Tipson scored a game-high 16 points for Rice, which led by five at halftime. Tim Rensch added nine points and 14 rebounds for Rice, which won last year's title.

Mount Mansfield took control by outscoring Rice (22-2) 16-4 in the third quarter.

Division II: An 18-6 run in the the third quarter helped top-seeded Mount St. Joseph defeat top-seeded Vergennes 56-48.

Shannon Murray tossed in a game-high 13 points for MSJ, which won its first title since claiming the Division I championship in 1999. John Dewey (12) and Matthew Sanborn (10) also scored in double digits for MSJ (22-2).

Shep Carter led Vergennes (21-3) with 15.

Division III: Fifth-seeded Williamstown capped a strong postseason run with a 66-42 upset victory over second-seeded Rivendell (16-7).

It was the second title in three years for Williamstown, which won the Division IV championship in 2010. Williamstown made 27 of 43 free throw attempts in the victory.

Seth Atherton (18) and Jason Manwaring (16 points, seven rebounds) were Williamstown's leading scorers. Dylan Pelletier (16) led Rivendell (21-3).

It was the third meeting between the teams. Rivendell won both regular-season meetings.

Division IV: David Codling scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as top-seeded Twinfield beat third-seeded Danville 61-52.

Twinfield (22-2) also defeated Danville (18-6) twice during the regular season, and in last year's championship game.

Avery Whitcomb scored 15 points for Twinfield, which also received 12 points and 10 rebounds from Chad Copeland.

Tony Burrington (20) and Kyle Johnson (14) led Danville.

ILLINGWORTH WINS GATORADE AWARD
Hartford's Sarah Illingworth, a 6-foot-1 senior center, has been selected as Vermont's Gatorade Player of the Year for girls basketball. She is the first girls player from Hartford to win the award, which is based on athletic excellence, academic success and high character.

Illingworth averaged 12.8 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.4 steals during the Division II regular season. She will continue her basketball career at UMass-Lowell next season.

Roger Brown is a freelance writer who has been covering high school sports throughout New England since 1992.

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