The Comets try to keep Essex's Mackenzie Burnett from getting to the puck during Wednesday nght's Metro Division championship game at Gutterson Fieldhouse. Essex's Kathleen Young tied the game with two third-period goals and set up Melanie Theriault for the winner in overtime.

Essex rallies to fourth girls hockey crown

BURLINGTON — The Comets accomplished something against Essex in Wednesday night’s championship hockey game that few teams have done this season, scoring twice on the Hornets in the first 20 minutes. Essex returned the favor and more, though, pulling off … Read more

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No. 1 Thetford survives Enosburg

BARRE – The third time was the charm for Thetford as the Panthers won their third semifinal in as many tries Thursday night, ousting No. 4 Enosburg 62-49 in the Division III girls basketball tournament at the Barre Auditorium. Subscribe … Read more

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Bobwhites go after the puck following a third-period faceoff Tuesday night.

Falcons stun Bobwhites

One bad period of hockey won’t undo everything the hard-working Bobwhites accomplished this season. But BFA-St. Albans chose the worst time to have an almost unthinkable collapse. Up 4-1 with just over a period to play in their Metro hockey … Read more

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Sean Stergas, Clay Gerke, Asa Hoover and their BFA-Fairfax teammates will be seeded fourth and open the Division II state tournament Tuesday or Wednesday, most likely against Stowe.

Boys Basketball Playoffs

Based on unofficial standings posted online by VPA Friday night. Otter Valley and Bellows Falls have a game remaining that could shift Division II slightly. Official pairings and schedule will be announced Monday morning. Playdowns will be Tuesday/Wednesday. BOYS BASKETBALL … Read more

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Danielle Phelps controls a loose ball for Milton during Tuesday night's Division II playoff victory over Hartford.

Fairfax, Enosburg, Milton advance

Three of the four local girls basketball teams opening the playoffs Tuesday night earned wins, and will play in the quarterfinals on Saturday.  BFA-Fairfax topped Harwood 46-28, Enosburg beat Northfield 41-29, and Milton held off Hartford, 41-38. BFA-St. Albans lost … Read more

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Bobwhites’ 10th straight win nets Lake title

VERGENNES — BFA-St. Albans ramped up its game in the third quarter and flew away from Vergennes, wrapping up the Lake Division boys basketball league championship with a 50-34 victory Monday night. Subscribe for all the Messenger sports coverage

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Girls Basketball Playoffs

Weekday 7:00, Saturday 2:00, unless noted GIRLS BASKETBALL DIVISION I Playdowns Tuesday Burlington (10, 10-10) at BFA-St. Albans (7, 13-7), 8 Wednesday North Country (16, 4-16) at Champlain Valley (1, 20-0), 6 Mt. Mansfield (15, 6-14) at Rice (2, 18-2) … Read more

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Nick Brown, Sawyer Kamman and the referee look up to see Kamman's shot fall in for two of his 21 points Thursday night.

Milton storms past Mt. Abe, 75-49

MILTON — After losing 15 straight games mostly by small margins, Eric Menard’s 3-pointer a minute into the game for the Yellowjackets provided the game’s only lead change in a 75-49 victory over visiting Mt. Abraham Union H.S. Subscribe for all … Read more

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Josie Curtis of Enosburg waits for an incoming pass during Wednesday night's 49-23 win at Missisquoi.

Longe leads Hornets past Thunderbirds

SWANTON —Megan Rowell got to score the only basket of her senior basketball season to start the game, but after the Missisquoi players taking the court for their final high school game were honored, the rest of the night belonged … Read more

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BFA goaltender Marina Nadeau scrambles across the crease to block a shot by Essex captain Mackenzie Burnett. Nadeau stopped at least four clean breakaways in the 0-0 tie, earning her sixth shutout of the season.

BFA takes two and a tie from Essex

Three Saturday showdowns between BFA-St. Albans and Essex all helped BFA teams improve their playoff position. The Bobwhites won a hockey battle between two teams jockeying for the second seed — and home ice for a potential semifinal playoff game, … Read more

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