Christian Avard

Bellows Falls forward Caden Haskell (5) consoles teammate Walker James following their team’s 71-51 loss to Winooski in the Division III state boys’ basketball semifinal on March 9 at the Barre Auditorium.

Winooski’s second-half surge ends BF boys’ title run

The fifth-seeded Bellows Falls Terriers smelled an upset against the top-seeded and undefeated Winooski Spartans in the Division III boys' basketball semifinal on March 9 at the Barre Auditorium.

The Terriers had them. They really did. But an injury to one of Bellows Falls' key players along with a spectacular second half by the Spartans resulted in 20-point defeat to Winooski, 71-51.

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Colonels fall to Rice in boys’ hoop semifinal

The sixth-seeded Brattleboro Colonels fought valiantly to the end in the Division I boys' basketball semifinals, but second-seed Rice played on another level from start to finish, eliminating the Colonels and their title hopes on March 6 at the University of Vermont's Patrick Gymnasium, 76-49. Rice is the defending...

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Blue Mountain eliminates Rebels in D-IV girls’ semifinal

Getting to the Barre Municipal Auditorium (“The Aud”) is an accomplishment for any basketball team. It's also a much tougher task to win at this historic venue as well. The third-seeded Leland & Gray Rebels girls' basketball team got a case of the Aud jitters on March 1, and...

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Brattleboro shut out in state baseball title

For the second straight year, the Brattleboro Colonels played in the Division I state baseball championship game. Unfortunately, for the second straight year, the Colonels were shut out by their opponents. Last year, it was Champlain Valley who beat the Colonels, 13-0. On June 13 at Centennial Field, the third-seeded Colonels lost to fourth-seeded Essex Hornets by a score of 9-0. It was Essex's sixth state championship and their first one since 2010. The Colonels, on the other hand, are...

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CVU routs Brattleboro for second straight baseball title

A Division I state baseball championship was not in the cards for the third-seeded Brattleboro Colonels. It wasn't even close. In fact, it was downright ugly. The top-seeded Champlain Valley Redhawks won their second straight championship, defeating Brattleboro at Centennial Field on June 13, 13-0. The Redhawks won the state title in 2019, and the coronavirus outbreak wiped out the 2020 season. It was CVU's fifth baseball title overall. According to the Vermont Principals' Association, it was the biggest D-I...

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Brattleboro beats Harwood to win first-ever hockey championship

History is in the books at Brattleboro Union High School. The Brattleboro boys' varsity hockey team won their first-ever hockey championship on March 24 at the Barre City B.O.R. Arena, defeating the Division II defending champs Harwood, 5-3. It was a sweet victory after the Colonels lost to the Highlanders in the regular season, 6-4. But this time they were victorious in the game that counted the most - a game that had many improbable twists and turns. Harwood took...

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‘The future looks bright’

It took some doing, but there was youth baseball this summer here, albeit of a different sort because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The takeaway from this abbreviated season? The local baseball pipeline looks promising. Could there be more state championships for Little League, Babe Ruth, and American Legion baseball in this decade? Who knows? But Brattleboro is putting its best teams forward. With statewide play halted by COVID-19, the Brattleboro Little League stayed on South Main Street Field this summer.

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Fred Rogers’ enduring lessons for life

Television can be a force for positive change, as can the movies. Recently, at the Latchis Theatre, my son, Hayden, and I saw the new documentary about Fred Rogers - or, as we all know him, Mister Rogers - titled Won't You Be My Neighbor? after the famous song he always sang at the beginning of his renowned PBS television show Mister Rogers' Neighborhood. This film is powerful. It's poignant. And it's profound. Mister Rogers was a rarity then, and...

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