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New England Roundup: Vermont

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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.

New England Roundup: Vermont

November, 28, 2012
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Recapping Vermont's three state championship football games:

VermontDivision I - Hartford 35, BFA-St. Albans 27: The top-seeded Hurricanes received 149 yards rushing and three touchdowns from Josh Claflin and stretched their winning streak to 26 games. Hartford has won the last three Division I titles, and five of the last six.

Hartford, which has gone 11-0 in each of the last two seasons, led 35-19 after Claflin scored his third TD with 6:08 to play, but the Bobwhites responded with a 21-yard touchdown pass from Nick Jaslowich to Darren Callan. Jaslowich added the two-point conversion to make it 35-27.

BFA-St. Albans (9-2) made things even more interesting when it recovered the onside kick, but the Bobwhites turned the ball over on downs with 2:11 remaining. Callan finished the game with six receptions for 69 yards.

Hartford became the first team to win three consecutive Division I championships.

Division II - Rice 23, Bellows Falls 14: Billy O'Brien rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns to help top-seeded Rice complete an unbeaten season (11-0).

O'Brien's second touchdown came on a 46-yard run that increased Rice's lead to 23-14 with 5:48 to play. The Green Knights won their second championship in three years despite three fumbles and an interception in the first half.

Second-seeded Bellows Falls (9-2) trailed 16-6 before Ian McKeen scored on a 16-yard run midway through the fourth quarter.

Rice beat Bellows Falls 8-0 during the regular season.

Division III - Woodstock 38, BFA-Fairfax 18: Top-seeded Woodstock (11-0) repeated as the Division III champion, but it wasn't as easy as the score would indicate.

The Wasps trailed 12-0 before they ran an offensive play from scrimmage, and were down 18-14 entering the fourth quarter. Fullback Ed Doton scored two TDs in the fourth, the first of which gave Woodstock the lead for good with 11:51 to play. Doton rushed for 117 yards and three touchdown on 17 carries in the victory.

Kris Wehner led BFA-Fairfax (9-2) with 125 yards on 16 carries. The Bullets were making the program's first appearance in a championship game.

SOUTH STARS SHINE
Burr and Burton quarterback Jake Stalcup passed for 308 yards and four touchdowns to lead the South All-Stars to a 39-36 victory over the North All-Stars in the 12th Annual Senior Bowl at Castleton State College.

Stalcup's fourth touchdown pass came with 1:25 left in regulation and gave the South its first lead in the second half. Fair Haven's Dakota Euber caught passes for 178 yards and two TDs, including the go-ahead touchdown for the South in the fourth quarter.

The victory gave the South a 7-5 lead in the series.

Woodstock's Ed Doton (3-yard run), Hartford's Josh Claflin (10-yard run) and Rutland's Kyle Arnold (3-yard catch) also scored for the South, which trailed 36-20 with 12:05 to play.

BFA-St. Albans running back Doug Saffo rushed for 158 yards and two TDs on 26 carries to lead the North offense. Mount Abraham's Cody Alexander also scored twice.

PURRIER REMAINS ON FAST TRACK
Champlain Valley Union's Elle Purrier won her second consecutive New England high school cross country championship earlier this month in Cumberland, Maine.

Purrier, a Richford resident, completed the 3.1-mile race in 18 minutes, 42.44 seconds. CVU's Taylor Spillane ran second in 19:03.11.

Autumn Eastman, who finished eighth (19:22.68), was the only other CVU runner who placed in the top 10. The CVU girls finished third in the team competition. Barrington, R.I., won the team championship.

Mount Anthony's Marc Brandmeyer was the top finisher among Vermont boys. Brandmeyer finished sixth in 16:29.75. South Burlington's Malcolm Plunkett (eighth/16:37.34) and Montpelier's Daniel Grosvenor (10th/16:38.16) also placed in the top 10.

Bishop Hendricken of Warwick, R.I, won the boys team championship. South Burlington, Vermont's top team, ran 10th.

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

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, 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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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

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

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

May, 4, 2011
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Although it’s the spring sports season, basketball made headlines last week when St. Johnsbury Academy hired former St. Michael’s College coach Tom O’Shea as its boys' basketball coach.

VermontO’Shea replaces Bill Fitzgerald, who resigned at the end of the 2010-11 season.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to work up there,” O’Shea told the Burlington Free Press. “I think coaching is coaching. It’s a different level, but it’s still trying to get the most out of the kids and develop their skills. I’m looking forward to it.”

O’Shea was St. Michael’s head coach for 13 seasons before he resigned following the 2009-10 season. He is the program’s leader in career victories (176) and steered the Purple Knights to a school-record 27 victories during the 2000-01 season. St. Michael’s made two appearances in the NCAA Division Ii tournament during O’Shea’s tenure.

O’Shea’s 2000-01 St. Michael’s team won the Northeast-10 Conference regular-season and tournament championships, and reached the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16.

Although St. Johnsbury Academy is a private boarding school, it also serves as the high school for local residents. The school’s boys basketball program competes in Division I.

This will be the first time O’Shea has coached at the high school level since he was South Burlington’s junior varsity coach while he was playing at the University of Vermont. He graduated from Vermont in 1987.

O’Shea will also serve as the school’s assistant director of admissions.

“We are excited to have someone with Tom’s experience joining our coaching staff,” St. Johnsbury Academy assistant headmaster Beth Choiniere said. “His years at St. Michael’s College show that he knows what it takes to build successful programs.”

TIGHT AT THE TOP
There appears to be no clear favorite in Division I baseball, where every team has suffered at least one loss.

Rutland is unbeaten against in-state competition (8-0), but dropped a 13-4 decision to Amherst (Mass.) last weekend. Rutland has outscored in-state competition 93-26, and scored at least 11 runs in six of its eight games.

Essex (5-1), Colchester (4-1), Rice (4-1), BFA-St. Albans (4-1) and Mount Anthony (7-2) are among the other contenders. Essex will play at Colchester on Thursday.

NFF HONORS RICE PLAYERS
Rice Memorial wide receiver Billy Weaver and Rice quarterback Christian McCormick were each recognized at the Vermont Chapter of the National Football Foundation’s annual banquet last weekend at Castleton State College

Weaver, a junior, received the Most Courageous Athlete Award. He has overcome Crohn’s Disease to play three years of football for the Green Knights.

McCormick, a senior, received the Pride of Vermont Award, which goes to the most outstanding high school football player in the state.

BRATTLEBORO LOOKS UNBEATABLE
No softball team is off to a stronger start than Brattleboro, which improved its Division I record to 7-0 by beating Mount Anthony 15-0 on Monday.

Brattleboro has scored 96 runs and allowed seven. The Colonels have shut out four teams, and have scored at least 10 runs in six of their seven games. The team’s only scare came during a 2-1 victory over Stevens of Claremont, N.H. Brattleboro has also beaten Keene, N.H., 10-3.

DELAY OF GAMES
More than 40 high school athletic events were postponed because of unplayable field conditions Tuesday, and wet fields and bad weather has been the theme for Vermont’s high school athletes, coaches and athletic directors this spring.

Many Division II boys and girls lacrosse teams have yet to play their first game.

The Vermont Principals’ Association normally requires schools to play seven-inning doubleheaders, but is allowing five-inning games for doubleheaders this spring.

Teams are also required to complete at least 60 percent of their regular-season games to participate in their sport’s postseason tournament, but the VPA has discussed the possibility of waiving that rule this year.

ODDBALL OCCURANCE
Mount Mansfield’s Sam Spencer pitched 10 1/3 innings against BFA-St. Albans last Friday, but didn’t get the win. BFA-St. Albans starter Andrew Delaricheliere also pitched 10 1/3 innings, but failed to collect the win as well.

BFA-St. Albans won the contest when Nick Swim scored on Ruben Gilbert’s squeeze bunt in the 11th inning. Colin Howrigan threw four pitches in the top of the 11th to earn the victory.

Delaricheliere allowed four hits and struck out five. Spencer limited BFA-St. Albans to three hits and finished with six strikeouts.

PERFECT PERFORMANCE
Damian Smith tossed a five-inning perfect game to lead Blue Mountain to a 16-0 triumph over Chelsea on April 21.

Smith, who threw 60 pitches, struck out 12 of the 15 batters he faced. He also collected three hits in the victory.

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

September, 15, 2010
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It may be too early in the season to make any definitive statements about Vermont high school football, but after two weeks it sure looks like Hartford High may have the best team in the state.

VermontHartford got off to a 2-0 start by posting victories over Colchester (27-13) and Mount Anthony (63-28). Of the 10 teams in Division I, Hartford and Bellows Free Academy are the only teams still unbeaten.

“It’s pretty early to figure out who’s where,” Hartford coach Mike Stone said. “A lot of people lost a lot of seniors from last year. We lost three players. Our strength is we are very deep for the first time in a long time and that’s mostly because we have almost everybody back.

“We’ll be able to throw a little bit more than we usually do. How good we are defensively remains to be seen.”

The game against Colchester may have been the more impressive of Hartford’s two victories. Colchester won last year’s Division II championship and hadn’t lost a game since the 2008 season.

Hartford running back Trevor Wood rushed for 185 yards and three touchdowns in that win. Wood missed most of the 2009 season with a hamstring injury.

“He passes the eye test,” Stone said. “He’s 6-foot, 207 pounds and he’s our fastest kid.”

Colchester rebounded by beating South Burlington, 48-21, last weekend. Running back Devon Grammo rushed for 235 yards and four touchdowns in that victory.

Hartford will face South Burlington (1-1) at home Friday, and then will get what may be its stiffest test of the season when it faces Catholic Memorial (West Roxbury, Mass.) at home on Sept. 24. Catholic Memorial (1-0) is ranked eighth among Massachusetts teams in the latest ESPN Boston poll.

After winning back-to-back Division I titles in 2007 and 2008, Hartford did not qualify for the playoffs last season.

“After two more games we should have a better idea of where everybody is settling in,” Stone said.

Essex beat Rutland in last year’s Division I championship game. Stone said he expects both of those teams to be battling for two of the four Division I playoffs spots this season.

“I expect South Burlington Essex, Rutland and BFA to be right there,” he said. “Hopefully, we’re in there somewhere too.”

VSSA HONORS PFAFF, DIMAMBRO
The Vermont Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association selected Rice Memorial multi-sport athlete Brittany Pfaff and Essex High decathlon standout Mike DiMambro as the state’s female and male athletes of the month for July.

Pfaff competed against New Hampshire all-star teams in the Twin State senior all-star soccer and basketball games in July. She was named the Most Valuable Player in the soccer contest after she scored two goals to help Vermont post a 3-2 victory.

Pfaff is the first person in the history of the Vermont Athlete of the Month competition to win the award in back-to-back months for separate sports. She was named the VSSA’s Athlete of the Month for June for standout performances in track and field.

DiMambro, who is entering his senior year at Essex, finished eighth in the nation at the USATF National Junior Olympic decathlon championship on July 28 in Sacramento, Calif. He earned 5,976 points, which was his highest total in the three decathlons he competed in during the summer.

KICKING THINGS AROUND
Vermont high school sports fans didn’t have to wait until October to see tournament soccer.

The Harry Loyzelle Tournament began Tuesday night at Rutland High School’s Alumni Field. The four-team event features the boys’ teams Mill River, Rutland, Fair Haven and Middlebury and attracts some of the biggest soccer crowds of the year.

Harry Loyzelle was a longtime educator, athletic administrator and official who played a large role in promoting soccer in the state. He died in 2009.

Middlebury beat Mill River, 2-1, in overtime and Rutland earned a 2-0 victory over Fair Haven in Tuesday’s semifinals.

Middlebury and Rutland will meet in Thursday night’s championship game. That contest will follow the consolation game, which will begin at 5 p.m.

Rutland beat Middlebury 2-0 in the 2009 championship game.

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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