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by Ken Brown

Arlington Ends Lady Trojans Season

ARLINGTON – The Twinfield-Cabot girls’ basketball team’s season came to an end at the hands of fourth seeded Arlington last week in the first round of the Division IV playoffs.

Taylor Wilkins and Sidney Herrington powered the offense for Arlington last Tuesday as they raced past Twinfield-Cabot at home 54-14 for their fourteenth straight win. The Lady Eagles made it fifteen in a row on Friday night, beating fifth-seeded Long Trail 45-26 to punch their ticket to the semifinal round at the Barre Auditorium. Arlington took on top-seeded West Rutland on Monday with a title berth on the line.

A challenging season came to a merciful end for a Lady Trojan team that lost the bulk of its starting lineup to season-ending injury five weeks ago and struggled to field a team the remainder of the season. They ended the year with 13 straight losses, including four forfeits. First year head coach David Conover will lose four seniors to graduation, including Mtn. League honorees Ginger Klarich and Kendall Fowler.

Vikings Fall to Milton in First Round

MILTON – Hazen Union’s Andrew Menard and his Lyndon Institute boys’ hockey team fell to eighth seeded Milton in the first round of the Division II playoffs last week, ending their season at 8-11-2.

The junior defensemen helped the Vikings win six of their last nine games to go into the postseason with some momentum, but the Yellowjackets took advantage of their home ice to advance. Milton squared off against top-seeded Mount Mansfield in the quarterfinal round on Tuesday.

VBCA Senior All-Star Game

HINESBURG – On Saturday, March 18, the Vermont Basketball Coaches’ Association will host its annual Senior All-Star Game(North-South) at Champlain Valley Union High School.

The day is a celebration of all that is good about Vermont High School basketball. One hundred twenty of the best senior boys and girls will play in the following 4 games: Division 3-4 at 11:00am, Division 3-4 Boys at 1 p.m., Division 1-2 Girls at 3 p.m., and Division 1-2 Boys at 5p.m. Fans will get one last chance to see the seniors that have shone this season.

In addition to the games, the VBCA also presents the following awards: The Vermont Dream Dozen, Coaches of the Year, Players of the Year, Milestone Wins, Hall of Fame Inductees, Outstanding Officials, The Tom Finnell Services Award, The Stretch Gillam Scholarship, The Tristen Southworth Scholarship, Media Award, 1,000 Pt. Scorers, and VBCA Scholarships.

Check at vermontbasketball.net to see information on past games and award winners.

Playoff Update

DANVILLE – The Danville boys’ basketball team finished the regular season at 14-6 and will be the third- seed heading into the Division IV playoffs. The Bears have won eight of nine games and will host fourteenth-seeded West Rutland on Wednesday night in the opening round. If they advance, they will host the winner of the Twinfield-Cabot/Proctor matchup on Saturday afternoon in the quarterfinal round.

On the girls’ side, Laci Potter(22 points) and Lauren Joncas(21) powered Danville to a 60-29 win over Proctor last Tuesday in the opening round of the Division IV playoffs. The Lady Bears fell to top-seeded West Rutland 79-22 in the quarterfinals on Friday, ending their season at 10-12. West Rutland went for their twenty-second straight win on Monday in a semifinal match-up with Arlington at the Barre Auditorium.

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