The high school fall sports season has ended and the playoffs have began. Many area school teams are busy competing for state titles in their various sports. Below is a recap of how many of those squads fared up to Thursday, my deadline for this edition. So read on and see how your town school is doing in its various sports.
In girls soccer both the Otter Valley Otters and Rutland Raiders were knocked out in the opening round, while the Fair Haven Slaters and Proctor Phantoms survived their play down matches and advanced to there divisions quarterfinals this past Saturday.
Sam Labate scored twice last Thursday to lead her second seeded Burr and Burton Bulldogs to a 3-0 opening round win over the fifteenth seeded Rutland Raiders in Division-I play down action. Sam Weeks had the other goal for the Bulldogs who advanced to this past Saturday's quarterfinals with a 12-3 record. The Raiders end their season with a 3-10-2 record.
Meanwhile, on the same day in Duxbry, Laura Moore scored a hat trick in the first half, leading her fourth seeded Harwood Highlanders to an easy 5-0 shutout win over the visiting thirteenth seeded Otter Valley Otters. Liza Mackey and Laura Bataille also scored for the Highlanders, who advanced to this past Saturday's quarterfinals with a 10-4-1 record. In a game completely controlled by Harwood, their goalie Ashley Pitrowiski, needed to make just two saves to get credit for the post season shutout. Erin Trombley made 13 saves in the net for the Otters, who end their season at 2-13.
In other Division II action the fourteenth seeded Fair Haven Slaters pulled off a huge opening round upset on Wednesday in Waitsfield. Despite being outshot 28-3 the Slaters managed to pull off a 2-1 win over the third seeded Green Mountain Valley School. Bethany Lanfear and Lexus Hardinan scored for the Saters, but it was goalie Megan Wooster. Wooster truly preserved the win with a twenty save performance. Susan Campbell stopped one shot for Green Mountain who end up 7-3. The Slaters entered the quarterfinal action this past Saturday with just two wins and fourteen losses.
On the same day the fourth seeded Proctor Phantoms earned a spot in the Division-IV quarterfinals by defeating thirteenth seeded South Royalton 5-1. Carissa Elrick paced the Phantoms attack with a pair of goals. Mikayla Tanner, Mikayla MCormack and Ashley Cook added single goals for the Phantoms who advanced to the quarters sporting an impressive 12-2-1 record. Sierra Hein had South Royalton's lone goal.
In Division-I boys opening round action on Tuesday, Greg Roy scored in the second half, to lift his fourth seeded Rutland Raiders past the Thirteenth seeded North Country Falcons 1-0. Raider goalie David Cohen preserved the one goal win by making six saves and Rutland entered the quarterfinals at 11-4. Chad Letourneau made ten saves for the Falcons, who end at 4-11.