Brattleboro’s Elias Frazer Olsen defeated Essex’s Lewis Pilcher, 6-3, 6-4, to clinch the Bears’ 4-3 win over Essex in the Division I boys’ tennis quarterfinals on June 7 at the BUHS courts.

Bears boys’ tennis team falls in semifinals to CVU

-The buzz among the Brattleboro boys' tennis team before their opening Division I playoff match against the Essex Hornets on June 7 at the BUHS courts was the Boston Celtics' dominating win over the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

It was fitting, because there are a lot of similarities between the Celtics and the Brattleboro boys' tennis team. Both were the top teams in the regular season as they were rarely tested by opponents. And both teams entered the postseason with questions about whether they had the toughness to be successful in the playoffs after cruising through the regular season.

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Spring playoffs begin for local teams

-Playoff pairings have been announced for high school baseball, softball, tennis, and Ultimate disc in Vermont. Here's what the local teams are doing this week. • In baseball, Brattleboro (8-8) earned the No. 11 seed in Division I. On June 4, they went north to play No. 6 St.

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Bears win Unified basketball state championship

-The Brattleboro Bears Unified basketball team pulled off an impressive feat last week, winning four games in seven days to complete an undefeated season and win the program's second state championship. The Bears ran through a gauntlet of tough opponents in the playoffs, starting with a 47-40 win over...

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Brattleboro, Twin Valley begin Unified playoffs

-The Unified Basketball playoffs have begun in Vermont, and the undefeated and top-seeded Brattleboro Bears took their first step in the tournament with a 47-40 win over the eighth-seeded Springfield Cosmos on May 17 in the BUHS gym, while the seventh-seeded Twin Valley Wildcats lost their first-round game, 54-47, to the 10th-seeded Mount Anthony Patriots in Bennington on May 14. • Brattleboro faced Springfield for the second straight year in their playoff opener. Last year, Brattleboro needed a buzzer-beating basket...

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Terriers softball keeps rolling with wins over Jacks, Bears

-More than baseball, high school softball is a game where success is determined by pitching. A softball team with a reliable starting pitcher who can consistently throw strikes will win more games than they lose. Add steady defense and some power at the plate, and you have the makings of a team that can contend for a state title. Bellows Falls pitcher Izzy Stoodley is the Terriers' hard-throwing intimidator on the mound, and she is equally good with the bat.

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Bears, Rebels open Ultimate Disc season

-Last week saw the season openers for the two local schools offering Ultimate Disc as a varsity sport this year - Brattleboro and Leland & Gray. On April 29, Leland & Gray lost to Burr & Burton, 15-1, while Brattleboro rallied to beat Mill River, 12-10, on May 2. The Rebels and the Bears then faced each other in Townshend on May 3, and the Bears came away with a 12-7 win. These two schools share a common bond. While...

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Rebels off to a good start in softball

-The Leland & Gray softball team has a new coach this season. Mike Bingham, who assisted longtime coach Tammy Claussen last season, took the helm when Claussen decided to step down after 23 years of leading the Rebels. But no matter who is in charge, there are some things that never change in Rebel Nation. This small school always seems to produce hard working young people who never back down from a challenge and always strive to be better at...

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Rough start for winless Bears baseball, softball teams

-The Brattleboro Bears baseball and softball teams each opened their seasons last week with three losses. • For the softball team, they endured a 21-2 loss to the Mount Anthony Patriots at Sawyer Field on April 15, followed by a 14-0 loss to the Keene Blackbirds on April 17 and a 24-1 loss to Rutland on April 20. All three games were ended in the fifth inning by the 12-run mercy rule. Mount Anthony pitcher Abby Foster struck out five...

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