In local high school action, the Black River High School girls' soccer team recently traveled to Dorset, knocking off Long Trail 6-0.
At press time, the win put the Lady Presidents at 4-2-1 on the season.
The Lady Presidents got two goals each from Hannah Josselyn and Angie Valente and single goals from Tina Valente and Emily Hammond in the win, while Black River keeper Zoe Trimboli made seven saves to preserve the shut out.
The Bellows Falls Union High School girls soccer team recently traveled to Arlington, losing a tough match to the Lady Eagles, 4-1.
The Terriers got a goal from Marion Major to tie the game at one at the mid-point of the first half, with the assist from Sarah Dumont, however Arlington would get the next three goals to secure the win.
Despite the loss, Bellows Falls keeper Tia Billado played a tough game, notching 14 saves in the loss. At press time, the Terriers were 2-6 on the season, going into their next game against Twin Valley.
In Manchester, the Burr & Burton Academy Lady Bulldog soccer squad got two second half goals off corner kicks to break a scoreless tie and hang on for a 2-0 win over Springfield.
After a scoreless, defensive struggle in the first half, the Lady Bulldogs got goals from Jenna Hoffman and Lizzie Jorgenson with assists from Kelsey Hill and Sawyer De Vries, and played tough defense in front of keepers Jillian Blaisdell and Colby Halligan who combined on the shut out.
At press time, the Lady Bulldog were 7-2.
In local football action, the Burr & Burton Academy football team improved their record to 2-3 with a convincing, 40-26 win over Poultney.
Bulldog junior quarterback Patrick Jordan led the way with a truly outstanding effort, throwing for a whopping 407 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing for another.
Jordan also completed 26-39 passes to five different receivers on the day.
Senior Nick Perni led the receiving corps with eight catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns, while tight end Adis Muminovic caught five passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Jared Bove also caught eight passes for 105 yards.
To Poultney's credit, they were running with the Bulldogs early, scoring touchdowns on their first two possessions of the game and actually had a lead, however a 50-yard bomb from Jordan to Muminovic erased the Blue Devil lead for good.
The Springfield High School football team lost a tough game over the weekend at Middlebury, 22-14. The loss put the defending state champs at 3-2 on the season and in a tie for second place in Division III, heading into this weekend's games.
Springfield running back Matt Mitchell gave the Cosmos an early lead with a 20-yard TD run in the first quarter, but Middlebury came back with three unanswered touchdowns, before the Cosmos got a late touchdown on a pass from Brandon Boyle to Jon Edson.
Ryan Foley led the way for the Tigers with two rushing touchdowns and another receiving. Mitchell ended up with 123 rushing yards on the day for Springfield.
As The Messenger hits the streets, the Major League Baseball playoffs begin today, as the Red Sox once again, travel to California to take on the Angels in the first round.
It will all come down to one thing for Sox playoff drive: the health of their starting pitching.
If Lester's knee and Beckett's back hold up, and Buckholtz and Dice-K can do anything at all, the Sox have a deep bullpen and should get a date with the Yankees in the Championship Series.