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The Rochester girls’ softball team was outscored 50-2 on May 4, when it lost both ends of a doubleheader against West Rutland. Rochester dropped the first game, 27-1, and lost the second contest, 23-1.

VermontA 19-2 loss to Rivendell Academy on Monday dropped the team's Division IV record to 0-7, but the news hasn't been all bad.

The doubleheader against West Rutland marked the first time Rochester had played a game at home since Hurricane Irene ruined the school's softball field in 2011.

“It was awesome to be out there,” Rochester coach Lisa Blair told The Burlington Free Press. “The players were just so excited to finally play there. The girls get a better field.”

Rochester, which won the Division IV state title in 2011, traveled to each of its games last season while a new field was constructed. Rochester's field now features a new electronic scoreboard.

LAMOTHE RETURNS TO HOME FIELD
Former Lyndon Institute pitcher Buddy Lamothe was honored before Lyndon's baseball game against Montpelier last week.

Lamothe, who led the Vikings to the Division II state title in 2009, suffered a spinal cord injury during a swimming accident two years ago that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Lamothe was playing for San Jacinto College in Texas when he was injured.

Lamothe had a 0.77 ERA with 28 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings for San Jacinto. He was drawing interest from professional teams before the injury, and the Houston Astros picked Lamothe in the 40th round that year after the accident occurred.

MOVING UP
Girls’ lacrosse will likely have a new look next season.

The Vermont Principals' Association has proposed that BFA-St. Albans, Burr and Burton and Rice move from Division II to Division I starting in 2014. Rice and U-32 were both unbeaten after six games this season. Rice was 4-1-1.

If the proposal is approved, those three teams would join Brattleborough, Burlington, Champlain Valley Union, Essex, Middlebury, Mount Anthony, Mount Mansfield, Rutland, South Burlington and Spaulding in Division I.

Division II would have 15 teams: Chelsea, Colchester, Green Mountain Valley, Hartford, Harwood, Lamoille, Montpelier, Oxbow, Randolph, St. Johnsbury, Stowe, Stratton, U-32, Vergennes and Woodstock.

REPEAT PERFORMANCE?
The Essex softball team won the 2012 Division I state championship, and may be the team to beat again this season.

At 7-0, Essex is the only unbeaten team in Division I. The Hornets have outscored their opponents 83-17 in their seven victories.

TOUGH TO HIT
"Kayla Wood didn't allow a hit through nine innings of the Brattleborough softball team's season opener against Hartford, but the scoreless game was suspended in the 10th inning. Wood will try to complete her no-hit pitching performance when the suspended game resumes on May 29.

"Randolph Rachel Johnson had thrown two no-hitters through her team's first four games this season. Johnson, a sophomore, didn't allow a hit in victories over South Royalton and U-32.

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

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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.

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November, 3, 2011
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Fair Haven Union quarterback Robert Coloutti made a mistake that could have haunted him for the rest of his life.

VermontColoutti was called for two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and was ejected following a touchdown during last Saturday's game against Otter Valley. An ejection often results in a one-game suspension, which meant Coloutti could miss his team's Division II semifinal at Milton on Friday.

The Vermont Principals' Association ruled Tuesday that Coloutti will not have to serve a suspension, however, and will be allowed to play in Friday night's playoff game.

“Based on the information that was gathered, there will be no further suspension,” VPA associate director Bob Johnson told the Burlington Free Press. “When there’s an ejection, if a school wants to contest, they notify me. This happens routinely; not a new case. In soccer this year, we’ve had at least eight and of those eight times, at least half of those decisions were changed.”

Second-seeded Milton (7-2) sacked Coloutti five times during a 28-19 victory over third-seeded Fair Haven (7-2) during the regular season. Coloutti completed 19 of 41 passes for 203 yards and two touchdowns in the loss. He also ran for a touchdown.

The Milton/Fair Haven winner will face either top-seeded North Country (9-0) or fourth-seeded Burr and Burton (6-3) in the Division II championship game.

North Country received two rushing touchdowns from Nick LeClair and beat Burr & Burton 36-26 during the regular season. Burr & Burton quarterback Jake Stalcup completed 23 of 37 passes for 297 yards and two touchdowns in the loss.

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June, 17, 2011
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Wednesday’s Division I baseball championship game was all about finishing strong.

VermontFourth-seeded Rice held a four-run lead after two innings, but faded after that. Mount Anthony Union, the tournament’s seventh seed, scored the game’s final 10 runs – including eight in the last three innings – to post a an 11-5 victory.

Mount Anthony took control by scoring four runs with two outs in the fifth. Nicholas Lloyd’s three-run home run was the big blow in the inning.

Tony Baldic struck out seven in four innings to earn the win. Mount Anthony received three scoreless innings from Tyler Kinzeman.

Rice, which was trying to win its first state championship since 1964, built a 5-1 lead through two innings. Rice’s biggest hits were Nicky Elderton’s two-run home run in the first, and Joe Boardman’s two-run double in the second.

Rice committed six errors in the loss.

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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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March, 25, 2011
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It’s been quite a school year for Rice Memorial seniors Christian McCormick and Austin Robinson.

VermontMcCormick and Robinson helped Rice win the Division II football championship last fall, and each player tossed in a game-high 19 points as Rice won the Division I boys basketball championship Saturday by beating Rutland 55-49 at the University of Vermont’s Patrick Gymnasium.

“So far it’s been a fun year,’ McCormick said. “We’ll see what happens during baseball season.”

Robinson scored seven of his 19 points in the fourth quarter, when Rice outscored Rutland 22-12.

“Never thought I’d win two titles in my senior year,” Robinson said. “Might have to play a spring sport now.”

The victory handed Rice (22-2) its 12th title overall, and third in the last five years.

Alex Snyder, a 6-foot-7 center, led Rutland with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Tre Hysell added 10 points for Rutland (20-3), which was trying to win its first state championship since 1967.

Rutland outscored Rice 19-10 in the third quarter and led 36-33 entering the fourth, but lost to Rice in the postseason for the third consecutive year. Rice beat Rutland 61-58 in overtime during the regular season.

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February, 23, 2011
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Champlain Valley Union football coach Jim Provost likes what he sees when he looks at the Vermont roster for this summer’s Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl.

VermontProvost, who will coach Vermont in the all-star game against New Hampshire, sent out invitations to 36 players and all 36 committed to play in the contest. Vermont wasn’t able to put its best team on the field last year, when Essex quarterback Max Librizzi – the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year  declined to participate while he prepared to begin his college career at Holy Cross.

“We were 36 for 36,” Provost said. “I was very happy about that. I like our depth at the receiver position. We’re hoping that will be a position of strength for us. We like the backs we took too.”

Rice quarterback Christian McCormick and Hartford running back Trevor Wood are among the players on the Vermont roster, which was announced last Friday. McCormick, who guided Rice to last year’s Division II state championship, was named the 2010 Gatorade Player of the Year. Wood helped Hartford win the Division I state title.

“Picking the linemen was the toughest part,” Provost said. “New Hampshire has more kids to pick from, so hopefully our depth will be as good as their depth. I think our starters have been comparable to their starters the last few years. It always comes down to that second group.”

New Hampshire extended its winning streak to 10 games when it posted a 34-20 victory over Vermont last year. New Hampshire leads the all-time series 42-13-2.

This year’s game will be played Aug. 6 at Windsor High School.

This is the second time Provost has served as Vermont’s head coach. He was also Vermont’s head coach for the 1990 game. New Hampshire prevailed 35-0 that year.

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November, 10, 2010
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Vermont will hold its three state championship football games Saturday at Castleton State College. It will be the first year all three games will be played on the same day at the same location.

VermontThe schedule:

Division I
No. 1 BFA-St. Albans (10-0) vs. No. 2 Hartford (8-2), 2 p.m.

Division II
No. 1 Middlebury (10-0) vs. No. 3 Rice Memorial (9-1), 5 p.m.

Division III
No. 1 Bellows Falls (7-3) vs. No. 2 Windsor (9-1), 11 a.m.

Windsor will be trying to avenge its only loss – a 20-0 setback to Bellows Fall on Oct. 9 – in the Division III matchup. Another shutout seems unlikely, since Windsor running back Matt Rafus gained 437 total yards and scored six touchdowns in last weekend’s 55-28 semifinal victory over BFA-Fairfax.

Rafus gained 375 yards and five touchdowns on the ground, and caught a 62-yard TD pass from quarterback Austin Soule. Rafus has rushed for 1,701 yards and scored 28 touchdowns this season.

“Matt is probably one of the two fastest kids in the state,” Windsor coach Jim Taft said. “He’s a track guy, but he’s really a football guy who does track. A lot of his runs have been for 40 yards or more.”

“If you don’t get (Rafus) right away he’s gone,” Bellows Falls coach Bob Lockerby added. “They have other weapons, but it all starts with him.”

Windsor, last year’s Division III champion, is playing in the Division III title game for the fourth consecutive year.

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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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