Playoff slate packed for weekend | Athletics

The aim stays the identical for the Rutland and Mill River cheerleading teams year in, 12 months out – gain a point out championship

About the final 10 years, additional generally than not, the two teams achieve that intention. Rutland has received the Division I state championship 6 situations in a row, while Mill River has gained three Division II titles in a row and 4 in the last 5 a long time.

Saturday is the major day as the defending champions protect their title. This year’s state match will be substantially distinct than any in advance of, with universities competing in a virtual format, as they have all season.

The Ravens and Minutemen have experienced a potent demonstrating in the two activities this winter season, using 1st in the NVAC satisfy to commence the time and the top spots in the VCCA meet up with very last weekend. Now, they see if their prerecorded virtual schedule retains the championship trophies in the similar homes.

Mill River’s major opposition in D-II is county foe Poultney, who was second in very last year’s condition satisfy and has completed second in both equally satisfies this season.

Mount Anthony, South Burlington and Essex are between the teams in D-I that would adore to knock off Rutland from its championship perch.

The Rutland cheerleading workforce isn’t the only group of RHS ladies with a huge contest on tap on Saturday. The No. 7 seed Raven women hockey workforce heads to Leddy Park Arena in Burlington to acquire on No. 6 Burlington/Colchester in the Division I condition semifinals.

The two Rutland and the SeaLakers are coming off huge upsets in the quarterfinals. The Ravens snapped Spaulding’s 30-game unbeaten streak and BCHS snapped BFA-St. Albans’ operate of 19 straight many years advancing to the condition semifinals.

The Ravens and SeaLakers satisfied on March 10 at Spartan Arena. Rutland held a direct for significantly of that video game, but a comeback from BCHS gave the SeaLakers the win.

The West Rutland and Proctor ladies basketball groups glimpse like favorites in Division IV girls hoops, alongside with Mid-Vermont Christian, but they have a pair of county rivals to contend with if they want to make an additional point out semifinal appearance.

The No. 1 seed Golden Horde host No. 8 Mount St. Joseph on Friday. Westside blew the doors off MSJ in their regular year matchup, but the Mounties can be perilous when their shooters get incredibly hot.

The No. 2 seed Phantoms host No. 7 Poultney, who has verified by itself to be an up-and-coming workforce in the division. Proctor dominated the teams’ past matchup.

D-III No. 8 seed Otter Valley is in motion on Saturday, from a No. 1 Lake Region workforce it will be taking part in for the third straight year in the playoffs.

The No. 5 seed Rutland girls basketball crew is coming off a blowout of a young Mount Anthony club in the Division I playdowns, but it will have a a great deal more substantial problem on Friday at No. 4 BFA-St. Albans, who, like Rutland, was a person of the couple groups to participate in unbeaten CVU relatively near.

The major-seeded Fair Haven girls basketball staff begins its playoff journey on Saturday, internet hosting U-32. The Slaters haven’t lost a game the final two seasons and are looking for a 3-peat in Division II.

Outside of the Truthful Haven women, boys basketball requires heart phase in the area on Saturday.

D-I No. 2 seed Rutland appears to be like to bounce back again from a typical season finale decline to Windsor when No. 7 Colchester will come to city. The Lakers were being 9-point winners versus Mount Anthony on Wednesday.

Rutland’s town rival MSJ, the 3rd-seed in D-II, has a deceivingly tough matchup on Saturday versus No. 11 Spaulding. The Crimson Tide just knocked off No. 6 Hartford in the playdowns and performed a generally Metro Division I routine.

No. 5 seed Honest Haven is at No. 4 Milton on Saturday, as it looks to continue to keep goals of a D-II repeat alive, though D-III No. 1 Environmentally friendly Mountain proceeds its journey to the mountain best with a 4-4 Vergennes club.

Rematches are the title of the activity for Proctor and West Rutland in D-IV. The No. 5 Phantoms test to sweep the period series against No. 4 Rivendell when the groups meet in the point out quarterfinals on Saturday. The No. 7 Golden Horde try to get revenge on a No. 2 White River Valley team that conquer them in Westside just a several online games ago.

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