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New England Roundup: Vermont

May, 22, 2013
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Rice Memorial's Cassidy Derda has her immediate plans in place.

After spending next season playing for Tilton (N.H.) Prep, Derda will begin her Division I basketball career by joining the St. Francis University program in New York City. Derda, a 6-foot-1 forward, gave a verbal commitment to St. Francis last week.

According to the Burlington Free Press, Derda also considered LaSalle and Farleigh Dickenson.

“I was very indecisive about it,” Derda told the Free Press. “I went back and forth. I believe in my heart that's where I'll be the happiest.

“That's been my goal since I was a freshman – to play at a Division I school. I talked to my family and coaches and we decided it would be be better for college after a year of prep.”

Derda transferred from South Burlington to Rice after his sophomore year. She led the Green Knights to the Division I championship game in her junior and senior seasons. Rice defeated Champlain Valley 46-41 to win the Division I title when Derda was a junior. She led Rice with 14 points and 12 rebounds in that game.

Derda averaged 16.1 points, 7-2 rebounds and two blocked shots per game last season.

Derda's decision to spend a year at Tilton Prep was made, in part, because a scholarship wasn't available at St. Francis until the 2014-15 season.

ST. JOHNSBURY HIRES ALERCIO
Former Castleton State College coach Rich Alercio has been named the head football coach at St. Johnsbury Academy.

Alercio served as Castleton State's coach for the program's first two seasons, but resigned after he allegedly violated NCAA rules by arranging student loans for one of his players. Alercio will also serve as St. Johnsbury's assistant athletic director.

“I am honored to be St. Johnsbury Academy's head football coach and assistant athletic director, and am thrilled with the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of our student-athletes and particularly the young men in our football program,” Alercio said in a press release. “I look forward to being a part of the Hilltopper community with its dedicated and loyal fan and alumni base.”

Alericio replaces Sean Murphy, who resigned earlier this spring.

Alerico guided Castleton State, a Division III program, to a 3-6 record in 2009 and a 5-4 record in 2010.

OFFENSE CARRIES U-32
Kristen Keene collected four goals and an assist, and Maggie Lague added three goals and an assist as the U-32 girls lacrosse team improved its Division II record to 10-0 by beating Rice, 13-12, last Wednesday.

Rice (7-2-1) beat U-32 in the quarterfinals last year en route to the Division II title.

The 13-goal effort was U-32's lowest offensive output of the season. BFA-St. Albans (9-0) is the only other unbeaten team in Division II. BFA-St. Albans lost to Rice in last year's championship game.

STILL PERFECT
Essex (Division I) and BFA-Fairfax entered the week as the only unbeaten softball teams in the state.

Essex, last year's Division I champion, was 11-0 and had scored at least 10 runs in seven of those games. The Hornets had also held their opponents to two runs or fewer in eight contests.

BFA-Fairfax was 12-0 and had scored 23 runs or more four times.

TWIN-STATE BASKETBALL COACHES SELECTED
Connie LaRose of Mount Abraham (girls) and Rutland's Mike Wood (boys) will serve as the Vermont head coaches for this summer's Twin-State Basketball Classic against New Hampshire.

The basketball doubleheader will be played at Essex High School on July 13. The girls contest will begin at 6 p.m., and the boys' game is scheduled to start at 7:45.

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

March, 29, 2013
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March was a pretty good month for Missisquoi Valley Union's Matt St. Amour.

VermontAfter being selected as Vermont's Gatorade Player of the Year for boys basketball, St. Amour finalized his college plans by choosing to continue his basketball career at Division III Middlebury College. St. Amour's other options included walking on at the University of Vermont.

"I've always been a Vermont kid and I felt I always wanted to continue to play in front of my Vermont fans," St. Amour told the Burlington Free Press. "UVM would have been a great opportunity, always been one of my dreams to play for them, but I feel Middlebury was a better fit."

St. Amour, a 6-foot-3 guard, was also named the state's Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior. He averaged 30.7 points, 11.9 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 3.4 steals per game as a senior, when he helped the Thunderbirds (13-9) reach the Division I quarterfinals. He completed his high school career as the No. 3 scorer in state history (2,064 points).

Middlebury has qualified for the NCAA Division III tournament in each of the last six years. The Panthers reached the quarterfinals this season, and finished with a 25-4 record.

"Middlebury told me I was their No. 1 option all along,” St. Amour said. “I know I can be an important role on their team. I felt they were interested in wanting me to play there," St. Amour said. "Middlebury doesn't like to lose that much and that's something that I enjoy.

"I plan on having a successful career and win a national championship -- that's definitely a goal."

TWIN-STATE GAMES MAY RETURN
After the Vermont boys and girls played New Hampshire in the 2010 Twin State All-Star Senior Basketball Classic, many thought the event was dead and buried.

The games lacked interest – primarily on the New Hampshire side – and sponsors became hard to find. Vermont recently received a commitment from the New Hampshire Basketball Coaches' Association, however, and the event may return as soon as this summer. Representatives from each state are scheduled to meet in April in an attempt to bring the games back to life.

The Twin State Classic has always been a doubleheader with the top girls basketball players from each state facing one another before the boys game. The games were last held at the University of Vermont's Patrick Gymnasium.

The New Hampshire boys and girls teams each hold an 18-12 edge in the series.

SHRINE ROSTER RELEASED
There are still three spots to fill on the Vermont Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl team, but a preliminary roster was released in mid-March. Vermont will play New Hampshire on Aug. 3 (5:30 p.m.) at Dartmouth College's Memorial Field. It will be the first night game in the event's history.

Jason Thomas of Burr & Burton Academy is Vermont's head coach. Mascoma Regional's Ray Kershaw is coaching New Hampshire's.

New Hampshire won last summer's game 62-24 to extend its winning streak to 12 games. New Hampshire leads the series 44-13-2.

Vermont roster: Zachary Rawling (Bellows Falls), Zachary Tarvit (Bellows Falls), Darren Callan (BFA-St. Albans), Dylan Callan (BFA-St. Albans), Lucas Kelsey (BFA-St. Albans), Doug Saffo (BFA-St. Albans), Ryan Wimble (BFA-Fairfax), Tyler Higley (Brattleboro), Billy Katon (Burlington), Chris Redding (Burr & Burton), Jake Stalcup (Burr & Burton), Alec Distler (Champlain Valley), Harvey Ottinger (Champlain Valley), Bobby Brigante (Colchester), Noah MacGillivary (Essex), James Olsen (Essex), Joey Picard (Essex), Joseph Ramada (Essex), Cody Bradish (Fair Haven), Dakota Euber (Fair Haven), Josh Claflin (Hartford), Nolan Frechette (Hartford), Taylor Potter (Hartford), Walter Odell (Middlebury), Wade Steele (Mount Abraham), Carter Glenn (Mount Mansfield), Dan Warnecke (Poultney), Billy O'Brien (Rice), Matthew Hock (Rutland), Jon Kilian (Spaulding), Ed Doton (Woodstock), Travis Gault (Woodstock), Jalen Peterson (Woodstock).

WINTER RECAP
Scores from the championship games in basketball and hockey:

Boys' basketball
Division I: Rice 48, St. Johnsbury
Division II: Vergennes 62, Burr & Burton 49
Division III: Williamstown 63, Thetford 39
Division IV: Rochester 68, West Rutland 43

Girls' basketball
Division I: Champlain Valley 47, Rice 42
Division II: Mount Abraham 44, BFA-Fairfax 28
Division III: Winooski 52, Williamstown 48
Division IV: Proctor 55, Arlington 38

Boys' hockey
Division I: South Burlington 4, Champlain Valley 2
Division II: U-32 5, Burr & Burton 2

Girls' hockey
Division I: BFA-St. Albans 3, Essex 0
Division II: Harwood 1, North Country 0

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

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.

New England Roundup: Vermont

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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New England Roundup: Vermont

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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New England Roundup: Vermont

July, 14, 2011
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Practice for this year’s Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl won’t begin until July 28, but what was already a steep climb for Vermont has become even steeper.

Vermont, which hasn’t beaten New Hampshire in the all-star football game since 2000, recently had two players opt out of the game: wide receiver Mike Triller (Rutland) and wide receiver Mike DiMambro (Essex).

VermontTriller won’t participate because he’s scheduled to play baseball at Clemson next season, and DiMambro accepted a track and field scholarship from the University of Rhode Island.

“I guess [DiMambro] was getting a little bit of heat [from Rhode Island] about playing in the game,” Vermont coach Jim Provost said. “We’d like to have both of them, but we had replacements within half an hour, so we’re at 36 strong.”

DiMambro caught 39 passes for 609 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. His 19 career TD receptions rank second in school history. Ben Price (St. Johnsbury) has replaced DiMambro on the Vermont roster.

Triller caught 37 passes for 630 yards last fall. Lance Elithorpe (Mount Anthony) has replaced Triller.

This year’s game will be played Aug. 6 at Macleay-Royce Field in Windsor, Vt. New Hampshire stretched its winning streak to 10 games by posting a 34-20 victory last summer and leads the series 42-13-2.

Provost served as the head coach at Rice Memorial for 14 seasons, and completed his third season at Champlain Valley Union last fall. His Redhawks lost in the 2009 Division II championship game, and reached the Division II semifinals in 2010.

Provost also served as Vermont's head coach for the 1990 Shrine Game. New Hampshire posted a 35-0 victory that year.

“I’ve tried to run the ball against them and that didn’t work,” Provost said. “Whatever the plan is it boils down to mistakes and turnovers. It would help if we could find a way to keep New Hampshire from scoring a lot of points.

“I don’t see us playing a lot of kids two ways, but we do have a couple kids we’d like to see on both sides of the ball at some points.”

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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

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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New England Roundup: Vermont

September, 1, 2010
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The future of Vermont high school sports may be shaped by teamwork. Specifically, it may be shaped by cooperative teams.

VermontMount Abraham in Bristol and Vergennes, schools located 11 miles apart, have formed a cooperative football team that will begin play in Division III this fall. The schools will share the costs.

Bob Johnson, the director of student activities for the Vermont Principals’ Association, said he expects more athletic partnerships to form in the near future.

“The biggest thing we’re dealing with is the issue of declining enrollments and schools fielding cooperative teams,” Johnson said. “I think we’re going to see a lot more of that in the future.”

Vermont didn’t have a cooperative team until 2009, when Enosberg and Richford formed one wrestling team.

“They’re both very, very small schools,” Johnson said. “They (the two schools) took care of everything in one two-hour meeting. That’s how bad they wanted it.

“Because so many schools have declining student enrollment we revised our policy on cooperative teams based largely on the policy out of Massachusetts.”

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