FAIR HAVEN — After losing 19 players from a team that fell to Fair Haven in the semifinals of the Division II postseason, Bellows Falls coach Bob Lockerby said his team had some things to learn and was a work in progress.

Home openers are always special but there will be a level of excitement greeting the Norwich University football team on Saturday that hasn’t been seen at Sabine Field in some time. After all, the Cadets won their season opener for the first time since 2012.

SPRINGFIELD — Many years ago, Springfield girls soccer, a program run by Gary Blodgett, enjoyed a long run of successful seasons. And it didn’t hurt that for four of those seasons, Blodgett had an all-American player in Tracey Guilford. However, since the Blodgett era, wins have been hard to…

Baseball has taken Castleton University graduate Patrick Riley to diamonds in Connecticut, Iowa, Canada and Long Island — an itinerary in coaching that Bryant & Stratton College head baseball coach Bob Godlewski describes as “paying your dues.”

Changing the name of the Marble Valley League to the Southern Vermont League because some new teams were added that made the league more far-flung geographically was a dumb idea.

Injuries are an unfortunate part of the game. They are also someone else’s opportunity. The Rutland boys soccer team has been hit with a rash of injuries and three players figuring in the scoring during Wednesday night’s 7-0 victory over Mill River were not even on the game roster.

WEST HAVEN — Joey Scarborough seemed to be overdue for a win at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, and he ended his wait with a spectacular drive on Sunday. The Brandon racer stole the lead in the final moments of the 30-lap Pepsi Sportsman Modified feature for his first victory of the season. Also land…

BRANDON — Nathaniel Blake’s 80-yard return for a touchdown on the opening kickoff lit the fuse that resulted in an offensive explosion for Otter Valley. The Otters blasted defending champion Woodstock 49-14 in a Division III rout Saturday at Markowski Field.

The only suspense after White River Valley took a 4-0 lead against Mount St. Joseph in Friday’s girls soccer game involved which Howe twin would net the hat trick. It was Sarah, notching her third goal with 20 minutes remaining to cap the scoring in the Wildcats’ 6-0 victory.

Emma Briggs put two in the back of the net as the Slaters of Fair Haven continued their good form to start the season. The junior forward was one of three Slaters to score in their 5-1 victory over the Middlebury Tigers during their home opener on Friday evening.

You could not have devoured the Clubhouse Grille sandwich across the street at Applebee’s before the Rutland field hockey team had a 3-0 lead on Thursday against Fair Haven. The Raiders built that edge before three minutes had elapsed and used that as a springboard to an 11-0 victory.

FAIR HAVEN — Boys soccer is back in Fair Haven. In a town where three wins in a season would have been cause for celebration in recent years, the fans saw their Slaters extend their record to 3-0 under the lights of Tom LaPlaca Field on Wednesday night by rolling to a 5-1 win over Springfield.

The Castleton University football team’s seniors would love to send the Plymouth State Panthers back over the mountain with a loss. The Panthers have had their way with Castleton the last three years, beating the Spartans 20-7, 31-7 and 38-0 last season.

Poultney has a new girls varsity soccer program and with that comes learning some cold, hard facts about the game — it is not always enough to dominate the match. The Blue Devils had a mammoth territorial advantage against Mount St. Joseph on Tuesday and also outshot the Mounties by a consid…

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