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New England Roundup: Vermont

September, 20, 2012
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Although there were plenty of standout individual performances and several close games, Week 3 of the Vermont high school football season will be remembered most for what didn't happen on the field.

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Montpelier, which competes in Division III – the division that includes Vermont's smallest schools by enrollment – has 22 players on its roster, but at least four of those players were not cleared to play against Poultney.

Springfield, a Division II school, canceled the remainder of its season on Monday.

“The decision was not about winning and losing, but what’s best for the kids and what are (they) getting out of it,” Springfield principal Bob Thibault told the Rutland Herald. “They’re getting concussions and injuries after injuries and as numbers depleted, we just can’t staff a varsity program in good conscience and play against Division II teams. We can’t subject our guys to it.”

There were 12 freshmen, 10 sophomores, five juniors, and five seniors on the Springfield roster. The Cosmos were 0-2 and were outscored 108-6 in those two contests

Springfield will continue to play a junior varsity schedule this season.

School officials asked the Vermont Principals' Association if the Springfield seniors could join other local high school football programs, but VPA denied the request.

“If we’re sending guys to other schools and displacing starters, how would people in that town feel about their kid being replaced by a kid from Springfield?” Thibault said.

Springfield could drop to Division III when Vermont reclassifies its football programs following the 2012 season.

PEOPLES HAS SIGHTS SET ON ANOTHER TITLE
The Peoples Academy girls' soccer team has won three of the last four Division III state titles, and is considered by many to be the favorite to win this year's Division III title as well.

Peoples returned 14 players from a team than went 17-1-0 last year and beat Oxbow 3-1 in the championship game. Juniors Katie Stames and Hannah Merriam are among the 14 returning players. Stames scored 23 goals last season, and Merriam collected 12 goals and 15 assists .

Peoples is off to a 3-0 start and has outscored its opponents, 17-0.

ANDRES WILL JOIN VERMONT HALL OF FAME
Former Mount Anthony Union guard Nicole Levesque Andres is among those who will be inducted into the Vermont Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 17.

Andres scored 1,938 points during her high school career, and set the state's single-game scoring record by scoring 40 points in 1990. That record has since been broken.

Andres played at Wake Forest, where she became the school’s all-time assist leader and ranked third in scoring. She was named to the All-ACC team twice.

Andres is the only Vermont native to play in the WNBA. She suited up for the Charlotte Sting in 1997.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New England Roundup: Vermont

October, 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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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

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

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

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

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

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

Rice committed six errors in the loss.

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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

December, 16, 2010
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It’s been a long time since a Vermont football team beat New Hampshire in the Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl, and Champlain Valley Union coach Jim Provost is hoping that drought will end this summer.

VermontProvost has been named Vermont’s head coach for the 2011 Shrine Game, which 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.

“The timing has a lot to do with it staff-wise,” Provost said when asked why he applied for the coaching position. “My staff will all be CVU coaches. Plus sometimes you just get the itch.”

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

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

Lebanon coach Chris Childs was named New Hampshire’s head coach for next year’s game. Childs guided Lebanon to an unbeaten season and the Division IV state championship last fall.

New Hampshire leads the series 42-13-2.

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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, 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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