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New England Roundup: Vermont

October, 23, 2012
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The playoff pairings for Division I football were released this week, and there was no surprise at the top.

VermontHartford, which punctuated an unbeaten regular season by defeating Rutland 47-37 last weekend, earned the No. 1 seed. The Hurricanes own a 23-game winning streak and have won four of the last five Division I titles.

Hartford, which went 8-0 during the regular season, has outscored its opponents 284-100 this year. The Hurricanes will face eighth-seeded South Burlington in Friday's quarterfinals. It will be the fifth time in the last six years that the teams have met in the postseason. Hartford is seeking its third consecutive state championship.

Friday's quarterfinals, (all games at 7 p.m.):

No. 8 South Burlington (4-4) at No. 1 Hartford (8-0)
No. 7 Champlain Valley (5-3) at No. 2 BFA-St. Albans (7-1)
No. 6 Colchester (5-3) at No. 3 Essex (6-2)
No. 5 Middlebury (5-3) at No. 4 Rutland (5-3)

The six teams that did not qualify for postseason play will play consolation games this weekend:

Friday:

Spaulding at Mount Anthony, Friday (7 p.m.)
St. Johnsbury at Burlington, Friday (7 p.m.)
Brattleboro at Mount Mansfield, Saturday (1 p.m.)

Note: The Division II and Division III playoff pairings will be released next week.

TOURNAMENT TIME
The playoffs in each of the state's four divisions for boys' soccer, girls' soccer and field hockey begin Tuesday. A look at the contenders in each division, by sport:

Boys' soccer: Middlebury earned the No. 1 seed in Division I, but second-seeded Champlain Valley (12-1-1) may be the team to beat. CVU's Shane Haley scored 20 goals during the regular season. … Montpelier and Burr and Burton were the preseason favorites in Division II, and both will enter the postseason unbeaten (14-0-0). Burr and Burton, which won last year's championship, is the top seed. … Defending champion Peoples Academy (10-2-2) earned the No. 1 seed in Division III, and didn't allow a goal in eight of its 14 regular-season contests. … Proctor (12-1-1) is the No. 1 seed in Division IV, but lost to second-seeded Twin Valley (11-3) earlier this season.

Girls' soccer: Top-seeded Essex (13-0-1) is the first Division I team to enter the postseason unbeaten in seven years. Second-seeded Champlain Valley (12-1-1) returned many key players from the team that won last year's Division I championship. … Montpelier is the top seed in Division II. The Solons (10-2-0) earned a first-round bye. … Peoples Academy (13-0-0) will be attempting to win its fifth Division III title in the last seven years. The Wolves have outscored their opponents 75-4 this season. … Proctor (13-0-1) is the top-seeded team in Division IV, and is one of three unbeaten girls teams in the state. The Phantoms allowed eight goals in their 14 games.

Field hockey: Top-seeded South Burlington (12-1-1) lost to Middlebury in last year's Division I championship game, and will be looking to take another step forward this year. … Division II might be the most competitive of the three divisions. Windsor (13-0-2) and U-32 (13-1-0) are the No. 1 and No. 2 seeded teams, respectively, but third seeded Mt. Abraham (9-4-1) is the only team that beat Division I South Burlington this season. Harwood (9-4-1), the No. 4 seed, won last year's championship. … Top-seeded Rice (12-0-1) is the clear favorite in Division III. The Green Knights won 11 of their 12 games by shutout, and have allowed one goal during the regular season.

WEBB SIGHTING
Mount Anthony Union junior Jesse Webb earned himself another trophy Sunday when he won the 285-pound (heavyweight) wrestling championship at the Super 32 Challenge in Greensboro, N.C.

Webb won the title by posting a 9-4 victory over Pennsylvania's Luke Fleck in the 285-pound final. He became the first Vermont representative to win a championship at the event, which featured wrestlers from 26 states.

Webb earned state championships in his weight class as a freshman and a sophomore. He had a bye Saturday, and won three matches Sunday to earn the title.

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

New England Roundup: Vermont

October, 4, 2012
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So much for all of the hype. The marquee high school football game played in Vermont last weekend was decided before halftime.

VermontWoodstock, last year's Division III state champion, built a 40-point lead in the first half and breezed to a 47-6 road triumph over Poultney.

Each team entered the contest with a 4-0 record, but the game was so one-sided running time was used in the fourth quarter. Poultney was coming off a 55-34 victory over Division II Fair Haven, an outcome that had many believing the Blue Devils could upset the Wasps.

Woodstock fullback Ed Doton rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries – all in the first half.

Poultney's lead grew to 47-0 when Tom Bauman returned the second-half kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown and Hunter Schmell added the point-after kick.

Woodstock has scored at least 42 points in each of its five victories, and is averaging 43 points per game.

“We have to put it behind us,” Poultney coach Dave Capman told the Rutland Herald. “We know we are a good team, but once it started pouring we couldn't stop it. And Woodstock is a very good team.”

Poultney fullback Tyler Rice rushed for 111 yards on 16 carries. Rice ran for four touchdowns and had a touchdown catch in Poultney's victory over Fair Haven.

Vermont High School Football Standings
Each team's record and Quality Point Rating (QPR), which determines playoff seedings in each division, is listed in parenthesis.

Division I
Hartford (5-0, 8.750)
Rutland (4-1, 7.750)
BFA-St. Albans (4-1, 7.750)
Essex (4-0, 7.000)
Champlain Valley (3-2, 4.500)
Colchester (3-2, 4.500)
South Burlington (3-2, 4.500)
Middlebury (3-2, 4.375)
Mount Mansfield (1-4, 2.250)
St. Johnsbury (1-3, 1.500)
Burlington (1-4, 1.500)
Mount Anthony (1-4, 1.500)
Brattleboro (1-4, 1.500)
Spaulding (1-3, 0.875)

Division II
Rice (5-0, 6.222)
Lyndon (5-0, 5.222)
Bellows Falls (4-1, 4.667)
Milton (3-2, 3.222)
Fair Haven (3-2, 2.778)
Burr and Burton (2-3, 2.111)
Otter Valley (2-3, 1.778)
U-32 (1-4, 0.778)
North Country (0-5, 0.000)
Springfield (0-5, 0.000)

Division III
Woodstock (5-0, 5.667)
BFA-Fairfax (4-1, 3.556)
Mill River (4-1, 3.556)
Poultney (4-1, 3.556)
Mount Abraham (3-2, 2.333)
Windsor (2-3, 1.333)
Oxbow (1-4, 0.778)
Winooski (1-4, 0.778)
Mount St. Joseph (1-4, 0.556)
Montpelier (0-5, 0.000)

TEAM EFFORT
The Colchester boys' soccer team won its first eight games, and balanced scoring was one of the main reasons for the team's early success.

Through those eight games nine different players had scored at least one goal, and there were 14 played who had collected at least one point.

The team's balanced attack was never more evident than when seven different players scored in a 7-1 victory over Mount Mansfield.

'CAT WOMAN
Camille Rainville, a senior on the Missisquoi field hockey team, has committed to play field hockey at the University of Vermont. The Catamounts are a Division I program that competes in the America East Conference.

Rainville finished the 2011 season with 21 goals and 14 assists. She helped Missisquoi win the Division III state championship. She is also a member of Missisquoi's girls' ice hockey team.

When Missisquoi defeated Stowe 2-1 in last year's Division III championship game it gave the school its first Division III championship in any sport.

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

New England Roundup: Vermont

February, 15, 2012
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Colchester High School's Lauren Bernard was selected as Vermont's Gatorade Player of the Year for girls' soccer when she was a junior. She may have been an even easier selection for the award following her senior season.

VermontIt was announced last week that Bernard, a senior forward, was named the state's top girls soccer player for the second consecutive year.

“She’s very strong technically and her left foot is deadly,” Vergennes coach Dwight Irish said. “If she has a little bit of room and she’s anywhere near the goal, she’s going to change the game.”

Bernard collected 24 goals and five assists last fall, when she led Colchester to the Division I quarterfinals. She is a two-time All-American (selected by the National Soccer Coaches' Association of America), a former member of the U.S. Soccer Federation Under-15 Girls National Team and is currently in the USAF's Under-18 player pool.

Bernard has signed a national letter of intent to play soccer at Boston College.

By winning at the state level, Bernard became a candidate for the Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year Award, which will be announced in May.

Previous winner of the award include Brittany Pfaff (2009-10, Rice), Natalie LeClair (2008-09 and 2007-08, Essex), and Emily Milbank (2006-07, CVU).

MCCORMICK, HOLBROOK SELECT SCHOOLS

Former Rice quarterback Christian McCormick and Milton lineman Jamie Holbrook have each decided where they will play football next season.

McCormick, who is currently spending a year of prep school at the Berkshire School in Sheffield, Mass., accepted a preferred walk-on spot by the University of New Hampshire. Holbrook signed a national letter of intent to play at Southern Connecticut University.

"What really stood out is the campus reminded me of being at home, but with football," McCormick said. "I'm excited about UNH. I know it's the right place for me."

McCormick was named Vermont's Gatorade Player of the Year following his senior season, when he threw for 2,619 yards and 37 touchdowns and led Rice to the Division II state championship. He was also Vermont's quarterback in last year's Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl.

McCormick helped Rice win state championships in basketball in his sophomore and senior seasons.

He also had an opportunity to join UNH as a walk-on last year, but opted for a year of prep school instead.

"Neither me or my dad thought I was ready for college academically," he said. "Holy Cross showed some interest and Wagner did too. There were also some Division III schools interested, but I wanted to try and compete at the highest level I can. [UNH] felt like a winning atmosphere."

Holbrook, who plays on both sides of the ball, also looked at UNH and several prep school options before he chose SCSU, a Division II school that competes in the Northeast-10 Conference.

ESSEX WINS SHOWDOWN

Second-period goals by Steve Morse and Steve Jurkiewicz helped the Essex boys' hockey team extend its regular-season unbeaten streak to 29 games (27-0-2) by beating South Burlington 4-2 Saturday in a battle between the state's two best ice hockey teams.

Essex raised its record to to 14-0-1. The Hornets haven't suffered a setback since they lost to Champlain Valley in last year's Division I championship game.

South Burlington, which entered the contest with a 13-game unbeaten streak, fell to 14-2-0.

After Pat Abbott handed Essex a 1-0 lead with a power-play goal, South Burlington responded with goals by Eric Craig and Sam Finkelstein. Essex regained the lead on goals by Morse and Jurkiewicz, and then J.T. Begnoche added an empty-net goal to complete the scoring.

Essex received 17 saves from Pat Campbell. South Burlington's Nathaniel Young stopped 29 shots.

SHOOTING STARS

Winooski point guard Devon Rollins and Lake Region point guard Kylie Atwood each scored the 1,000th point of their varsity careers recently.

Rollins reached 1,000 points when Winooski defeated Northfield, 67-41, on Feb. 1. Atwood tossed in her 1,000th point during Lake Region's 44-32 triumph over BFA-Fairfax on Monday night.

Rollins, a senior, entered the game six points shy of 1,000, and reached the milestone when he connected on a 3-pointer in the first quarter. He finished the game with 22 points.

Atwood needed 16 points against BFA-Fairfax to reach 1,000. She finished with 17, 13 of which came in the second half.

Roger Brown has been reporting on high school sports in New England since 1992. He publishes the New Hampshire Football Report, and covers high school football recruiting in the Northeast for ESPN/Scouts Inc.

New England Roundup: Vermont

November, 16, 2011
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Woodstock Union High School football coach Jim McLaughlin won the 200th game of his coaching career Saturday, and it couldn't have come at a better time.

VermontMcLaughlin guided top-seeded Woodstock to a 27-7 victory over third-seeded Windsor in the Division III championship game at Castleton State College. It was the eighth state title McLaughlin's teams have won in his 30 years as a head coach.

Junior fullback Ed Doton did most of the damage for Woodstock, which began the season with back-to-back losses before winning nine in a row. Doton rushed for 255 yards and three touchdowns.

“If you look at it as a puzzle, the pieces really came together for us as the season went along,” McLaughlin said.

Woodstock, which led 14-0 at halftime, held Windsor running back Matt Rafus to 40 yards on 14 carries. Rafus finished the season with 1,881 yards rushing and 27 touchdowns.

Windsor's only touchdown came on a blocked field goal attempt that Ethan Hill returned 75 yards. Windsor completed its season with a 7-4 record.

In Saturday's other championship games top-seeded Hartford beat third-seeded Middlebury 42-6 to win the Division I title; and third-seeded Fair Haven outscored fourth-seeded Burr and Burton 57-34 to win the Division II title.

Hartford 42, Middlebury 6
Hartford dominated on both sides of the ball and won its fourth championship in the last five years.

Miles Latham rushed for 102 yards and two touchdowns, and Troy Bell ran for 109 yards to help the Hurricanes completed an unbeaten season (11-0). Hartford scored four second-half touchdowns.

Middlebury (9-2) played without quarterback Dillon Robinson, who was injured in the team's semifinal victory over BFA-St. Albans. Middlebury's only touchdown came when Marshall Hastings returned a kickoff 79 yards for a score.

Hartford, which had a 444-88 edge in net offense, outscored its opponents 508-112 this season.

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New England Roundup: Vermont

October, 20, 2011
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After a three-year absence, the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl will return to Dartmouth College's Memorial Field next summer.

VermontThe all-star football game between high school players from Vermont and New Hampshire has been held at Dartmouth 48 times, but was played at Windsor High School in each of the last three years because of construction to the stadium surrounding Memorial Field. The 2012 game will be played on Aug. 4.

"I'm very excited about the revival of Dartmouth's half-century tradition of hosting the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl Game," Dartmouth president Jim Yong Kim said. "We're proud to make our facilities available to Vermont and New Hampshire high school athletes in recognition of their dedication to such an excellent cause as the Shriners Hospitals for Children."

Of the 30 Shrine football games played across the country every year, the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl ranks third in terms of money raised for the Shriners Hospitals. The event is sponsored by the three Shrine Centers of New Hampshire and Vermont -- Bektash (Concord, N.H.), Cairo (Rutland) and Mt. Sinai (Montpelier) – and has raised more than four million dollars since it was first played in Nashua, N.H., in 1954.

"The Board of Governors of the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl Football Game is sincerely grateful to Dartmouth College for agreeing to host the 2012 game at their beautiful stadium at minimal cost to us," said Jerry Mason, president of the Board of Governors of the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl. "This will certainly help to increase our contribution to Shriners Hospitals for Children."

New Hampshire won last year's game 45-21 and stretched its winning streak to 11 games. New Hampshire leads the all-time series 43-13-2.

Coaches for next year's game will be announced later this year. The teams from each state will be announced in February.

New Hampshire has 57 high schools that play varsity football. Vermont has 34.

The Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl was first played at Dartmouth in 1958. The game has also been held in Burlington, and four other New Hampshire locations: Holman Stadium (Nashua), Athletic Stadium (Manchester), Plymouth State University (Plymouth) and Cowell Stadium (Durham).

"We are pleased and proud to host the Shrine Bowl again, as we understand the importance of the event to the entire Twin States region," Dartmouth athletic director Harry Sheehy said. "We are grateful for President Kim's leadership in making it financially feasible for the game to return to Memorial Field and generate as much support as possible for Shriners Hospitals.”

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New England Rounup: Vermont

July, 5, 2011
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Vermont fans couldn’t even look at the glass as half full following last weekend’s Twin State lacrosse games.

VermontThe Vermont girls dropped an 18-11 decision to New Hampshire, and then the Vermont’s boys staged a late rally but fell to New Hampshire, 13-10.

Each game was played at Hanover (N.H.) High School and featured players who graduated from high school earlier this year.

A Vermont victory was within reach in the girls game, but New Hampshire outscored Vermont 9-2 in the final 12 minutes.

Mount Mansfield’s Kim Liberty and Burr and Burton’s Sawyer DeVries each collected two goals and two assists to lead the Vermont offense. Vermont also received two goals from Chelsea’s Michelle Upham, Mount Anthony’s Alyssa Amos, and Burr and Burton’s Piper Ferrone. Burlington’s Anne Barker scored Vermont’s other goal.

Vermont’s Sara Till of Rice (12 saves) and Chelsea’s Morgan Tullar (11) each played a half in goal.

Burr and Burton’s Dave Miceli served as Vermont’s head coach. He also coached the 2000 team.

Hollis Brookline’s Hanna Mazzola, Merrimack Valley’s Erin MacLean and Winnacunnet’s Julia MacVane netted three goals apiece for New Hampshire. Mazzola also had three assists.

The Vermont boys played from behind most of the afternoon. New Hampshire built a 12-5 lead at one point.

Spaulding’s Tory Chouinard led Vermont with three goals and three assists. Champlain Valley’s Lawrence Dee added three goals and two assists.

Ben Adams (Essex), Dakota Engberg (BFA-St. Albans), Nick Schmell (Woodstock) and Abel Warden (Lamoille) each scored a goal. Adams also collected three assists.

Dave Trevithlick, who led Champlain Valley to the Division I title this season, served as Vermont’s head coach.

Erik Kelly (three goals) and Tom Auger (two) led the New Hampshire offense. Vermont’s Eric Palmer (CVU) and Sam Polis (Hartford) made seven saves apiece.

New Hampshire, which led 5-3 at halftime, has won 17 of the 19 games played in the series.

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New England Roundup: Vermont

June, 2, 2011
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There was only one upset in the Division I baseball playoffs Tuesday, but it was a big one.

VermontSouth Burlington, the tournament’s No. 15 seed, received a complete-game pitching performance from Ethan Hanson and knocked off second-seeded Essex 10-7.

Hanson, who struck out four, also hit a three-run home run to give South Burlington a 5-1 lead in the third. Matt Baechle collected three hits for South Burlington, which also received two hits from P.J. Handy.

Essex trailed 10-5 entering the seventh, but scored twice and had the tying run at the plate before Steve Jurkiewicz popped out to end the game.

Essex, which won last year’s Division I title, completed its season with a 13-4 record under first-year coach Chris Richard. South Burlington raised its record to 5-9.

South Burlington wasn’t the only 15th-seeded team that extended its season Tuesday. Middlebury received a complete game from Tyler Provencher and defeated second-seeded Fair Haven 6-5 in the Division II tournament.

Fair Haven, which finished with an 11-6 record, led 3-0 after two innings.

Provencher surrendered seven hits, struck out five and didn’t walk a batter. The victory improved Middlebury’s record to 4-11.

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New England Roundup: Vermont

April, 6, 2011
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Rice Memorial guard Reagan Jewell and Essex guard Ben Ferris have been selected as Vermont’s Miss Basketball and Mr. Basketball, respectively, for the 2010-11 season.

VermontThe awards, which are given to the top boys and girls player in the state, are determined by the Burlington Free Press.

Jewell helped Rice win last season’s Division I championship by beating Champlain Valley Union 45-36 in the title game. The Green Knights completed the season with a 19-5 record and won the program’s first state championship since 2001.

Jewell led Rice in scoring (14 points per game), rebounds (10.0), assists (4.2), steals (3.0) and blocked shots (3.0).

She will continue her basketball career at Holy Family University, a Division II school in Philadelphia.

Ferris helped Essex win the 2009-10 Division I title. He was the only returning starter from that team and averaged 23.4 points, 10.2 rebounds and 6.5 assists per contest last season.

Essex finished the season with an 11-10 record after it won eight of its last 11 games. The Hornets were one of two teams to defeat Division I champion Rice during the regular season.

Ferris became the fifth player in the program’s history to score more than 1,000 career points in high school. He will play college basketball for Division III Tufts University.

Ferris was also selected as Vermont’s Gatorade Player of the Year following the 2010-11 season.

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New England Roundup: Vermont

January, 26, 2011
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Paul Pecor guided the Rice Memorial boys basketball team to two Division I championships in his first seven seasons as the program’s head coach, so it made headlines when he called the 2010-11 Rice team the most talented group he’s ever coached.

VermontThen Rice made headlines again when it lost to an 0-2 Mount Mansfield team that failed to score more than 47 points in either of its first two games.

Pecor said that loss may have been a good thing, and it’s hard to argue otherwise. Since then the Green Knights have won seven games in a row to raise their record to 8-1. Rice’s latest victory came Tuesday night, when it avenged its earlier loss to Mount Mansfield, 55-34.

“Everybody was freaking out and saying we were overrated after that loss, but you know what? It helped us. It refocused us,” Pecor said. “I’m literally watching us get better as we go.”

That’s not good news for other Division I teams. Rice returned four starters from a team that won nine games last season: sophomore forward Marcus Willingham, sophomore guard Casey Tipson, junior forward Jake Maynard and junior forward Tim Rensch. Willingham, Tipson and Rensch are each averaging more than 11 points per game.

The Green Knights also added guard Austin Robinson, a transfer from Burlington High School, to the mix. Robinson is averaging 14.1 points per contest.

Pecor said the most indispensible player on the roster isn’t a starter, however. It’s senior Christian McCormick, a senior captain who agreed to come off the bench.

McCormick, a guard, was the starting quarterback for the Rice football team, which won the 2010 Division II championship. He was named the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year for football.

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New England Roundup: Vermont

January, 12, 2011
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Vermont has 75 boys' high school basketball teams, 74 girls' high school basketball teams and, technically speaking, one co-ed high school basketball team.

VermontThe Stowe boys basketball team became a co-ed program when senior Hannah McNulty joined the team earlier this month. McNulty, a 5-foot-6 guard, began the season on Stowe’s girls basketball team, but that team was disbanded due to a lack of players.

“We knew in the summer that the girls team was iffy because of numbers,” Stowe boys' basketball coach Evans Bouchard said. “They had enough girls sign up, but there was a point where they had only six or seven healthy players and the parents decided to disband the team for one season.

“Hannah had asked me if I would consider taking her on the (boys) team if the girls team was disbanded. She’s a go-getter. She’s not afraid.”

When her team’s season came to a premature end, McNulty tried to join the girls team at nearby Peoples Academy in Morrisville, but was told Peoples had a full varsity roster and didn’t want to take playing time away from anyone already on the team. At that point, McNulty asked the Vermont Principals’ Association for permission to play for the Stowe boys' team.

The VPA approved her request on Jan. 4, and that night she played 10 minutes in Stowe’s Division III loss to Hazen.

McNulty, who plans to play college basketball at Suffolk University in Boston, had been practicing with the boys' team after the girls' team disbanded, and Bouchard said he had no reservations about adding her to the boys' roster.

“With Hannah I didn’t think it would be a problem,” he said. “Had it been anybody else I would have had some concerns.

“She told me she’d change in the girls bathroom. Then she sits with me until the boys are dressed. Once I make sure everything is OK, we go into the locker room.

“Defensively, she’s probably the most solid player I have. She’s gonna end up helping us. The boys have been very accepting of her. The parents seem to have accepted her as well.”

McNulty played just over a half and scored five points in her second game, a 57-42 victory over Richford. Stowe (1-5) will play at Danville on Friday.

McNulty, who was a goalkeeper for the Stowe girls' soccer team that beat Green Mountain Union for the Division III state championship last fall, is not the only girl who is suiting up for a boys athletic team in Vermont this winter. Nikki-Lyn Lauziere is in her fourth season as a goaltender on the Milton boys' hockey team.

“She’ll probably end up starting some games for us,” Bouchard said. “She’s like one of the boys to me.”

RUTLAND SUFFERS FIRST LOSS
The Rice Memorial boys basketball team overcame a nine-point deficit with 3:10 to play and defeated previously unbeaten Rutland, 61-58, in overtime Monday.

Rice’s Austin Robinson sparked the comeback by sinking back-to-back 3-pointers down the stretch and Marcus Willingham made a three-point play to tie the game with 13 seconds remaining.

Willingham scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help Rice raise its record to 5-1. Mike Triller scored a team-high 17 points for Rutland, which dropped to 8-1.

MEETING MILESTONES
  • Ross Mandigo surpassed the 100-point plateau for his high school career when he collected two goals to help the Stowe boys hockey team defeat Peoples Academy 4-0 on Jan. 4. Peoples entered that contest with a 7-0 record.
  • BFA-St. Albans guard Nick Swim scored the 1,000th point of his high school basketball career when he tossed in a team-high 19 points during a 51-42 triumph over Champlain Valley on Jan. 8. Swim, who entered the game 16 points shy of 1,000, also led his team in steals (10) and rebounds (eight).
BERNARD, BIANCHI EARN TOP HONORS
Colchester’s Lauren Bernard and Essex’s Paul Bianchi have been selected as Vermont’s high school All-Americans by the National Soccer Coaches’ Association of America.

Bianchi, who led Essex to the Division I boys' soccer title last season, will continue his soccer career at the University of New Hampshire. He holds the Essex records for career goals (46) and career points (108). He scored 21 goals last season.

Bernard, a junior, collected 18 goals and 11 assists last season. She has made a verbal commitment to play at Boston College.

Roger Brown has covered high school sports in New England since 1992. He currently covers high school and college football in the Northeast for ESPN/Scouts Inc.

New England Roundup: Vermont

November, 24, 2010
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Quarterback Christian McCormick produced a season’s worth of highlights during the final week of his high school football career.

VermontA week after he led Rice Memorial to the Division II state championship, McCormick guided the North to a 74-48 victory over the South on Saturday in the 10th Annual Vermont Senior All-Star Game.

McCormick completed 19 of 28 passes for 347 yards and six touchdowns in the victory, even though he played a little more than half of the game. The teams set a record for points scored in the all-star game (122).

“I had a lot of weapons and that made it a lot of fun,” McCormick said. “There were a lot of guys out there who can make plays. It makes it a lot easier when you can just throw it up there and you have guys who can go get the ball.”

The North also received a strong performance from Burlington quarterback Grady Breen, who completed 9 of 17 passes for 167 yards and three touchdowns. Burlington’s Ben Vachereau caught five pass for 98 yards and three TDs.

The North’s Mike DiMambro (Essex) and Nicky Elderton (Rice) each had two TD receptions.

South running back Tyler Wood (Hartford) rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries, but the South had five passes intercepted, including four in the second half.

South quarterback Troy Davine completed 16 of 32 passes for 293 yards and three touchdowns. Fair Haven’s Nick Bruno, the South’s other QB, was 20 of 34 for 170 yards and two TDs.

Mac Stannard (Fair Haven), Lance Elithorpe (Mount Anthony), Mike Marino (Burr and Burton), and Brendan Hacket (Bellows Falls) each had a TD catch for the South.

The North has a 6-4 edge in the series.

FOOTBALL REWIND
Highlights from Vermont’s three state championship football games:
  • Division I: Second-seeded Hartford claimed its third championship in four years by posting a 33-0 triumph over top-seeded BFA-St. Albans. Jackson Young (181 yards) and Wood (158 yards) led Hartford’s rushing attack. Each scored two touchdowns. Hartford (9-2) controlled the ball for nearly 38 minutes. BFA-St Albans (10-1) didn’t get a first down until the third quarter. The game couldn’t have been more different from the regular-season contest between the teams. BFA-St. Albans won that matchup 42-0. Hartford turned the ball over nine times in the loss. The Bobwhites were trying to win their first state championship since 1960.
  • Division II: McCormick passed for 303 yards and four touchdowns to lead third-seeded Rice to a 38-20 victory over top-seeded Middlebury. Austin Robinson caught seven passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns for Rice, which had 403 yards of total offense. Rice (10-1) has 19 seniors on its roster. Middlebury (10-1) trailed 16-14 at halftime, but surrendered the first 22 points in the second half. Robison caught two touchdown passes in the third quarter. Marshall Hastings scored two touchdowns for Middlebury.
  • Division III: Ryan Hayward scored four touchdowns to help top-seeded Bellows Falls (8-3) defeat second-seeded Windsor 39-22. Hayward rushed for 104 yards on 17 carries, and returned the second-half kickoff 92 yards for a score. The Bellows Falls program has won 10 state championships. Mount St. Joseph is the only Vermont program with more. Windsor (9-2) turned the ball over four times in the first half (three interceptions). Running back Matt Rafus ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns for Windsor, which won last year’s Division III title. Bellows Falls beat Windsor 20-0 during the regular season.
GROWTH AT THE TOP
The Champlain Valley, Colchester, Mount Mansfield and Middlebury football programs will move from Division II to Division I next season. Division I will have 14 teams and will expand its playoff format from four to eight teams.

Each Division I team will play an eight-game schedule to determine the playoff field. The six teams that do not qualify for the playoffs will meet in Week 9, when the Division I quarterfinals will also be played.

Divisions II and III will each have 10 teams, four of which will advance to the postseason.

Bellows Falls and Springfield will also change divisions next season. Each program will move from Division III to Division II.

Roger Brown has covered high school sports in New England since 1992. He currently covers high school and college football in the Northeast for ESPN/Scouts Inc.

New England Roundup: Vermont

October, 27, 2010
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Vermont will wrap up its high school football regular season this weekend. Among the big games: a Division I matchup between Essex and South Burlington that will earn the winner a playoff berth.

VermontEssex (4-2) and South Burlington (4-3) will enter the weekend third and fourth respectively in the Division I standings. The winner will secure the No. 3 seed, but the loser will drop to the fifth spot. Four teams qualify for the playoffs in each of Vermont’s three divisions.

“It’s pretty complicated to figure out because we don’t all play the same number of league games, but I think there’s a scenario where Rutland can finish in the third spot,” South Burlington coach Joe McDonald said.

“We’re running the same offensive system (as Essex) and pretty much the same defense too. Both teams have good passing attacks and we’re playing at home on turf, so weather is not an issue. Who’s favored? I suppose that depends on who you ask. It should be interesting. It should be a good game.”

Rutland will conclude the regular season with a game against Division II Mount Mansfield. Because it’s not a league game, the outcome of that contest will not factor into Rutland’s Quality Point Rating, the formula Vermont uses to determine playoff teams.

Both Essex and South Burlington are coming off losses. Essex, which won last year’s Division I championship, dropped a 35-14 decision to Rutland last weekend. South Burlington lost to BFA-St. Albans 26-14.

BFA-St. Albans (8-0) and Hartford (5-1) have already clinched Division I playoff berths.
  • Middlebury (6-0), Champlain Valley Union (6-1) and Rice (5-1) have earned Division II playoff berths, but four teams will enter the weekend with a chance to finish as the No. 4 seed. Fair Haven, Milton, Colchester and North Country are all 3-3. One of the four will complete the Division II playoff field.
  • Bellows Falls (5-1), Windsor (7-1) and BFA-Fairfax (5-1) have clinched postseason berths in Division III. Woodstock (5-2) can extend its season by beating Windsor on Friday night. A Woodstock loss would open the door for Oxbow (4-2).
BOYS SOCCER: U-32 REACHES HIGH GOAL
Offense wasn’t a problem for top-seeded U-32 in the first round of the Division II boys' soccer tournament.

U-32 received four goals and an assist from Jack Shea and three goals from Carter Austin-Bradley in an 8-0 victory over 16th-seeded Fair Haven on Tuesday.

Elsewhere Tuesday, Ricky Carroll collected three goals and Keegan McDonnell contributed two goals and an assist to help top-seeded Proctor defeat Craftsbury 6-0 in the Division IV tournament.

Top-seeded Champlain Valley (Division I) and top-seeded Leland & Gray (Division III) each earned a bye and will begin postseason play on Friday. Here are Friday’s playoff pairings by Division:
  • Division I: No. 1 CVU vs. No. 8 Harwood; No. 4 Rutland vs. No. 5 South Burlington/No. 12 Mount Mansfield winner; No. 2 Brattleboro vs. No. 7 Colchester; and No. 3 Burlington vs. No. 6 Essex.
  • Division II: No. 1 U-32 vs. No. 9 Hartford; No. 4 Springfield vs. No. 5 Green Mountain Valley; No. 2 Mississquoi vs. No. 7 Woodstock; and No. 3 Milton vs. No. 6 Rice.
  • Division III: No. 1 Leland & Gray vs. No. 8 Enosburg; No. 4 Thetford vs. No. 5 Stowe; No. 2 Peoples vs. No. 7 Northfield; and No. 3 Winooski vs. No. 6 BFA-Fairfax.
  • Division IV: No. 1 Proctor vs. No. 9 Rochester; No. 4 Rivendell vs. No. 5 Long Trail; No. 15 Black River vs. No. 10 Danville and No. 3 Sharon vs. No. 6 South Royalton.
GIRLS SOCCER: VIEW FROM THE TOP
CVU (Division I), Montpelier (Division II), Mill River (Division III) and Rivendell (Division IV) are the top-seeded teams for the girls soccer tournament, which begins Wednesday.

CVU, which has won nine games in a row and outscored its opposition 37-2 during that span, drew a first-round bye, and will meet either No. 8 Spaulding or No. 9 Burlington on Saturday.

Montpelier, which is unscored upon in its last seven victories, also earned a first-round bye and will face either No. 8 Lamoille or No. 9 Woodstock on Saturday.

Mill River and Rivendell will each play first-round games Wednesday. Mill River will meet No. 16 Winooski, and Rivendell will face No. 16 Craftsbury.

FIELD HOCKEY: PERFECT ENDING?

South Burlington (14-0-0) and Hartford (13-0-0) are the only field hockey teams that finished the regular season unbeaten. The teams could meet in the Division I tournament’s championship game.

South Burlington is the tournament’s top seed. Hartford is seeded No. 2.

Harwood (Division II) and Missisquoi (Division III) are the other top-seeded field hockey teams. All three will begin tournament play with quarterfinal-round games this weekend.

South Burlington, which had a first-round bye, will face either No. 8 Mount Mansfield or No. 9 Mount Anthony on Saturday. Harwood, which also had a first-round bye, will meet either No. 8 Spaulding or No. 9 Mount Abraham on Saturday, and Missisquoi will play No. 8 Bellows Falls on Friday.

Roger Brown has covered high school sports in New England since 1992. He currently covers high school and college football in the Northeast for ESPN/Scouts Inc.

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