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April, 24, 2013
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There was no shortage of candidates to replace Brad Parker as Champlain Valley Union's girls' soccer coach.

VermontAccording to a story in the Burlington Free Press, a five -person search committee narrowed the field to five individuals – four of whom were interviewed – before selecting former CVU boys' soccer assistant coach Stan Williams.

Williams graduated from CVU in 1989, and was an assistant coach with the CVU girls program in 2001, 2003-04 and 2010. He also served as the program's co-head coach with Parker in 2002.

Parker, who resigned in February, guided CVU to a 340-45-42 record and 11 state championships in his 25 seasons as head coach. He was selected as the national coach of the year in 1997.

“It's a program with pressure, but also a program that anybody would want to coach,” Williams told the Free Press. “It's obviously an exciting position. This job has always been something I've held out there as a job I've wanted.”

CVU has won the last two Division I titles. Fifteen players are eligible to return from last year's team.

Williams has spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach for the CVU boys soccer team. He also coached the CVU girls basketball team from 2002 to 2009.

MMU BASEBALL ADDS FAMILIAR FACE
The Mount Mansfield Union baseball team posted a 9-2 triumph over Milton in its first game under interim coach Bob Slayton, who agreed to a one-year commitment to the program when head coach Brian Chandler decided not to coach the team this spring after the birth of his second child.

Mount Mansfield appears to be in capable hands since Slayton, 66, guided MMU to four Division I state championships and 356 victories in 34 seasons before he retired in 2008.

Chandler was an assistant under Slayton for nine seasons before he became head coach when Slayton retired.

GOAL-ORIENTED
Rice Memorial's Emily Cutting recorded her 100th career varsity goal in a season-opening lacrosse victory over St. Johnsbury.

Cutting collected five goals in last year's Division III title game, a 13-11 triumph over BFA-St. Albans. She also scored five goals in Rice's second game of the season, a 10-9 loss to BFA-St. Albans. Kate Dillon scored with one second remaining to give BFA-St. Albans the victory.

ALL-STAR BASKETBALL GAMES RETURN
The Twin-State Basketball Classic, two all-star games between players from Vermont and New Hampshire, will be held July 13 at Essex High School. The girls game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m., and the boys game will follow.

The Twin-State Basketball Classic was once a must-see event for high school basketball fans in each state, but was discontinued in 2010 after a 30-year run. The New Hampshire boys and girls each have an 18-12 edge in the series.

The rosters and coaches for each team are expected to be released in May.

WILLINGHAM HEADED TO PREP SCHOOL
Rice Memorial forward Marcus Willingham announced that he will attend Tilton (N.H.) Prep next season. Willingham had 17 points and 14 rebounds when Rice defeated St. Johnsbury in last month's Division I championship game.

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, 9, 2012
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Three Vermont football teams will try to complete unbeaten seasons Saturday, when the state's three championship games will be held at South Burlington High School. Saturday's schedule:

VermontDivision II: No. 2 Bellows Falls (9-1) vs. No. 1 Rice (10-0), 11 a.m.

Division III: No. 2 BFA-Fairfax (9-1) vs. No. 1 Woodstock (10-0), 2 p.m.

Division I: No. 2 BFA-St. Albans (9-1) vs. No. 1 Hartford (10-0), 5 p.m.

BELLOWS FALLS VS. RICE
Noteworthy: Rice is making its second appearance in the Division II championship game in the last three years. … The Green Knights beat fourth-seeded Burr and Burton, 36-14, in the semifinals. Burr and Burton led 14-6 in the third quarter, but allowed 30 points in the second half. Casey Tipson (134) and Billy O'Brien (121) each rushed for more than 100 yards in the victory. … Bellows Falls earned a spot in the championship game by beating third-seeded Milton in the semifinals. … Rice beat Bellows Falls 8-0 during the regular season. … Each program won a state championship two years ago. Rice defeated Middlebury to win the Division II title, and Bellows Falls defeated Windsor in the Division III championship game.

BFA-FAIRFAX VS. WOODSTOCK
Noteworthy: This will be the first championship game appearance for the BFA-Fairfax program. … Although it had three punts blocked, BFA-Fairfax beat third-seeded Mill River in the semifinals. Kris Wehner returned the second-half kickoff 87 yards for a TD, and threw a halfback pass for a touchdown in that victory. … Woodstock, which won last year's Division III championship, received three touchdowns from Ed Doton in a 58-7 triumph over fourth-seeded Mount Abraham in the semifinals. Doton ran for two touchdowns and caught a TD pass when Woodstock opened the season with a 48-19 victory over BFA-Fairfax.

BFA-ST. ALBANS vs. HARTFORD
Noteworthy: Hartford owns a 24-game winning streak and is seeking its third consecutive state title, and its fifth in the last six years. … Hartford won the regular-season meeting, 33-7, at home. … BFA-St. Albans advanced to the championship game by beating Essex, 35-6, in the semifinals. Hartford posted a 42-6 triumph over Middlebury in the semifinals. Hartford beat Middlebury in last year's championship game. … Hartford running back Josh Claflin has scored at least three touchdowns in each of the last three games, and has 20 TDs this season. … BFA-St. Albans is the last team that beat Hartford (42-0 in 2010). Hartford avenged that loss by beating the Bobwhites in the 2010 championship game. … Hartford has outscored its opponents, 372-100.

CORNER KICKS
No team dominated the competition like the Peoples Academy girls did this season. Katie Stames scored four goals as top-seeded Peoples completed an 18-0 season by beating second-seeded BFA-Fairfax 9-0 in the Division III championship game. Stames finished the season with 43 goals. Junior Hannah Merriman collected three goals and two assists for the Wolves, who won their fifth title in the last seven seasons. Peoples owns a 32-game winning streak and has outscored its opponents 174-11 in those 32 contests. ...Burr and Burton defeated Montpelier 2-1 to win its second consecutive Division II boys soccer championship. Each team entered the championship game with a 17-0 record. It was a 1-1 game until sophomore Reid Conde scored his team-high 16th goal of the season with 10:04 to play. … Champlain Valley Union won the boys and girls Division I soccer championships. Shane Haley scored 1:15 into overtime to lift the second-seeded CVU boys to a 1-0 victory over fifth-seeded Burlington. CVU finished the season with a 16-1-1 record and outscored its opponents, 70-7. The Redhawks didn't allow a goal in 11 of their 18 games. The second-seeded CVU girls claimed the title when Emma Davitt scored on a penalty kick in overtime to give the Redhawks a 2-1 victory over top-seeded Essex. Each team finished 16-1-1.

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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May, 25, 2012
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Who's the team to beat in Division I softball this season?

VermontThat's the question some were debating before last Friday's game between Essex High School and BFA-St. Albans. Each team entered the contest with a 12-0 record.

Essex seemed to put the argument to rest by posting a 12-0 victory.

Senior Alexis Perry carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning, and settled for a two-hitter with eight strikeouts. The Hornets scored in every inning.

Essex owned a 15-0 record entering Thursday's game against North Country. It was the team's final regular-season contest.

Perry, who will play softball at Division II Merrimack College, is what separates Essex from the state's other top teams. Through 11 games she had 106 strikeouts in 54 innings, and was batting .591. She has a 45-4 record in her high school career

“She's a hard-worker,” Essex co-head coach Bill O'Neil told the Burlington Free Press earlier this season. “She's not one to just sit on what she's got – she's always looking to get better.”

Perry pitched a perfect game when Essex defeated Middlebury 3-0 on May 12. She struck out 12 and threw 74 pitches in the victory.

Eight of the Hornets' 15 victories have come by shutout. The team has allowed more than one run twice this season – victories over Milton (13-3) and Mt. Abraham (6-2).

Essex won the state title in Perry's freshman season, but dropped 1-0 decisions to Brattleboro in the 2010 and 2011 playoffs. Perry pitched a no-hitter in the loss to Brattleboro last year.

“We are not going to lose to them 1-0 again,” Perry told the Free Press. “This is our year.”

MORE SOFT TOSS
The Burlington softball team hasn't won a postseason game in 15 years – a play-in victory over Rice – but that may change this spring.

Despite suffering back-to-back losses against Milton and Essex, Burlington is 10-5 entering its final regular-season game Thursday (at BFA-St. Albans).

The Seahorses, who do not have a senior on their roster, strung together nine consecutive wins earlier this season.

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May, 4, 2012
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Burlington's Centennial Field may be the home of Vermont baseball, but for the last two years it hasn't been the home for Vermont's high school baseball championship games. That will change this June.

VermontAfter a two-year absence, Vermont's four championship games will return to Centennial Field this year. The announcement was made Tuesday during a press conference that included Bob Johnson, president of the Vermont Principals' Association; University of Vermont athletic director Bob Corran; and Burlington mayor Miro Weinberger.

Weinberger played high school baseball at Woodstock, which won a state championship at Centennial in 1987.

“I am one of the hundreds of Vermonters who has had the amazing experience of playing for a high school state championship on Centennial Field,” Wienberger said. “Twenty-five yeas later my memory of that spring evening under the lights in Burlington is one of my most cherished. I am very happy today to mark the return of these championships to our city and to know that hundreds more Vermont high school ball players will participate in this grand Vermont tradition in the years ahead.”

Centennial Field is home to the Vermont Lake Monsters, Oakland's Single-A affiliate in the New York-Penn League. The state's four championship games will be played at Centennial Field for the first time since 2009. The championship games are tentatively scheduled to be played June 8-9.

“The Lake Monsters organization is thrilled to bring the high school baseball championship games back to Centennial Field and the city of Burlington,” Lake Monsters general manager Nate Cloutier said. “The Lake Monsters would also like to acknowledge the efforts from the Friends of UVM Baseball group in helping to return the VPA baseball championships back to Centennial.”

The four championship games were played at Centennial from 1993 to 2009, but were moved to Montpelier's Rec. Field in each of the past two years.

“The Vermont Principals' Association Is looking forward to the return of the high school baseball championships to Centennial Field,” Johnson said. “We appreciate the efforts of the Vermont Lake Monsters in making this happen and we look forward to working with the Lake Monsters in the future.”

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February, 28, 2012
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In recent years Vermont's head coach for the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl has looked like someone about to start a fistfight wearing handcuffs.

VermontNew Hampshire has nearly twice as many schools with varsity football as Vermont, and that usually translates into more talent on the field. Rutland's Mike Norman, Vermont's head coach for this summer's game, will be trying to end New Hampshire's 11-game winning streak.

“Having done this a couple times, I know we're not gonna have as many big kids or skill kids as New Hampshire,” Norman said when the Vermont roster for this year's game was announced last week. “You have to have kids who are willing to stand up to New Hampshire during the game.”

This year's contest will be played Aug. 4 at Dartmouth College. New Hampshire leads the series 43-13-2.

Norman, who has guided Rutland to seven state championships, coached the Vermont Shrine team in 1998 and 2001. Vermont won 21-13 in 1998, and New Hampshire prevailed 21-0 in 2001.

“We're gonna try to do what we do – and what that is remains to be seen,” Norman said. “I know we'll have to defend the run, have a solid kicking game and be able to run the ball enough to make them defend it.”

Mike Beliveau, the head coach at Souhegan High School in Amherst, will be New Hampshire's head coach. Believeau was New Hampshire's head coach in 2000, when Vermont posted a 47-40 victory. It was the highest-scoring game in the event's history.

Beliveau has led Souhegan to four state championships and 14 championship game appearances in the last 14 seasons.

“For me the priority was to put together a quality offensive line,” Beliveau said. “The second thing I was looking for was a couple of quarterbacks who would be able to pick up the offense quickly.”

New Hampshire has prevailed by using a power running game the last few years, but Beliveau said New Hampshire fans can expect to see his team throw the ball often this summer.

“We will be different than the last few New Hampshire Shrine teams, when their were 60 snaps and maybe five or six passes,” Beliveau said. “We'll be way more balanced than that.”

Hartford's Tucker Stone, a three-year starter, and Fair Haven's Robert Coloutti will be Vermont's quarterbacks. Each led their team to a state championship last season.

“A lot of this game is gonna be determined by who your quarterbacks are,” Norman said. “We think we have two pretty good ones.”

Practice for this year's game will begin July 26 at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden.

“I like the overall athleticism of the group,” Norman said. “We have kids who will compete, and that's important against New Hampshire.”

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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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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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October, 5, 2011
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One of biggest questions when the Vermont high school football season began remains unanswered: Can anybody beat Hartford?

VermontThe Hurricanes, who won last year's Division I title, are off to a 5-0 start even though they played without starting quarterback Tucker Stone (suspension) for the last two games. Hartford is averaging 40 points per game and has allowed 52 points in its five contests.

Any thought of Champlain Valley Union (4-1) challenging Hartford this season seemed to disappear following last weekend's 48-0 loss to BFA-St. Albans.

CVU, which moved from Division II to Division I following the 2010 season, committed five turnovers and allowed 451 yards on the ground in the loss. BFA-St. Albans received 177 yards rushing and two touchdowns from Sam Rose, and 123 yards rushing and two touchdowns from Doug Saffo.

BFA-St. Albans (4-1) lost to Hartford in last year's Division I championship game and dropped a 21-0 decision to Hartford earlier this season.

Other than Hartford, Middlebury (5-0) is the only unbeaten teams in Division I. Middlebury, which will not play Hartford during the regular season, will face BFA- St. Albans on Friday night.

The Vermont Principals' Association released its first official football standings this week. Each team's win-loss record and Quality Point Rating (QPR) appears in parenthesis. The QPR determines playoff seedings for each division:

Division I
1. Hartford (5-0, 8.500)
2. BFA (4-1, 8.500)
3. Middlebury (5-0, 7.625)
4. Champlain Valley (4-1, 6.250)
5. South Burlington (4-1, 6.000)
6. Rutland (3-2, 4.250)
7. St. Johnsbury (3-2 4.000)
8. Colchester (3-2, 3.750)
9. Brattleboro, 1-4, 1.500)
10. Essex (1-4, 1.250)
11. Mt. Anthony (1-4, 1.250)
12. Burlington (0-5, 0.000)
13. Mt. Mansfield (0-5, 0.000)
14. Spaulding (0-5, 0.000)

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September, 9, 2011
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Super conferences may be the thing of the future in college football, but the concept is getting a test drive at the high school level in Vermont this fall.

VermontFour teams – Champlain Valley Union, Colchester, Middlebury and Mount Mansfield – moved from Division II to Division I in the offseason, which created a 14-team league at the top of Vermont's three-division format.

“In the past we always tried to have an even number of teams in each division,” CVU coach Jim Provost said. “What was happening is there were schools in Division II that started to do well and belonged in Division I.

“In the last two years, from top to bottom, there was more parity in Division II than there was in Division I. I think there's better balance across the division now.”

The following alignments will be in place through the 2012 season:

Division I:
Essex; Champlain Valley; BFA-St. Albans; Rutland; Mount Mansfield; Colchester; Middlebury; Spaulding; Mount Anthony; Hartford; Burlington; Brattleboro; South Burlington and St. Johnsbury.

Division II:
North Country; U-32; Lyndon; Milton; Springfield; Bellows Falls; Burr and Burton; Fair Haven; Rice Memorial and Otter Valley.

Division III:
BFA-Fairfax; Windsor; Mount Abraham; Mill River; Woodstock; Poultney; Montpelier; Oxbow; Winooski and Mount St. Joseph.

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April, 21, 2011
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Athletically, the 2010-11 school year has been an exceptional one at Rice Memorial High School.

The Green Knights won the Division II championship in football last fall, and the boys and girls basketball teams each won the Division I title during the winter.

“It’s an exceptional senior class, both athletically and academically,” Rice athletic director Lloyd Hulburd said. “They’ve been a joy to watch. It’s quite an accomplishment because we have 365 kids and we’re competing against some schools with more than 1,000 students.”

Rice will be shopping for another state championship this spring. The school’s baseball team returned seven starters – all seniors  from a team that finished 16-3 last season, when the Green Knights lost to Essex in the Division I semifinals.

“Talent-wise this is our year,” Rice coach Lloyd Bachand said. “We’re pretty optimistic.”

Rice also returns its top six hitters from a year ago. That group includes center fielder Christian McCormick, who hit .500 with four home runs and 22 RBIs last season; and pitcher/infielder Nicky Elderton, who hit .478 with four home runs last spring.

McCormick and Elderton are two of the four players on the baseball team who also played varsity football and varsity basketball during the current school year.

“McCormick has tremendous power, but he also hits for average,” Bachand said.

Elderton, who posted a 4-1 record with a 1.81 ERA last season, is the team’s No. 1 starter. He pitched a complete game and struck out nine when Rice defeated Burlington 6-1 in the opener for each team last week.

Pitcher/first baseman Zac Poland was 4-0 on the mound and hit .586 last spring despite missing some of the season with an injury.

“McCormick, Nicky and Zac – those are our three studs,” Bachand said.

The pitching staff has been bolstered by 6-foot-7 junior Tim Rensch, who missed last season with a broken thumb. Bachand said he also expects a significant contribution from sophomore pitcher Will Conroy.

“Rensch throws really hard and he’ll be our No. 1 reliever,” Bachand said. “He’s a battler. We’re expecting big things from him.”

Rice won five games in 2008 and 10 in 2009 before posting 16 victories last spring.

“We can play defense, but pitching and offense is definitely our strength,” Bachand said. “We look good on paper, but we have a lot of work to do.

“This is our best opportunity [to win a championship] in the four years I’ve been here. The senior class is special.”

MOUNT ST. JOSEPH, U-32 HIRE FOOTBALL COACHES

Castleton State College assistant coach Jeff Cassarino has been hired as the head football coach at Mount St. Joseph Academy, and Williamstown athletic director Brian Divelbliss has been hired to replace Mike Law as the head football coach at U-32.

Cassarino, who coached defensive linemen at Castleton State, was an assistant coach at MSJ in 2008. He served as the head coach at Mill River for five reasons.

Cassarino replaces Torrey Allard, who spent one season as MSJ’s head coach. It was the Mounties’ first season in Division III.

Divelbliss said he plans to resign from his AD position at the end of the current school year and will accept a teaching position at U-32. Law served as U-32’s head coach for 17 seasons.

DUNHAM MAKES COLLEGE CHOICE

Lamoille Union’s Chelsea Dunham, a 6-foot-1 senior, will continue her basketball career at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H., next season.

Southern New Hampshire is a Division II program that competes in the Northeast-10.

Dunham averaged 17.3 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks per game as a senior, when she helped Lamoille win its second consecutive Division II championship.

PAYSON WILL GUIDE MILTON SOCCER

Cory Payson was recently hired to coach the Milton girls soccer team.

Payson, who teaches at Milton Elementary School, spent 14 seasons as the boys soccer coach at Winooski, but resigned from that position to accept the Milton job. Payson guided Winooski to the Division III championship game in 2009.

Payson replaces Stephanie Hurley, who steered Milton to the last three Division II championship games The Yellowjackets have won 10 Division II state championships, most recently in 2009.

TWIN-STATE CLASSIC FOLDS

The Twin-State Basketball Classic, an annual all-star game between seniors from Vermont and New Hampshire, has been discontinued after 30 years. The decision was made primarily for financial reasons.

The New Hampshire boys and girls each won 18 of the 30 games played between the two states. New Hampshire’s interest in the game dwindled in recent years, when the game was held at the University of Vermont.

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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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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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

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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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New England Roundup: Vermont

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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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