By Gregory J. Lamoureux
EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was updated Monday morning after the official tournament pairings were announced.
The regular season has closed for High School sports and five local teams have made it into the top four slots within their division.
Here’s a rundown on how each team finished the regular season, including who they will take on in the postseason. The official pairings and schedules were posted Monday morning by the Vermont Principals’ Association, here, and will be updated as the tournament continues.
Finishing 11th in their division, the BFA Fairfax Baseball program experienced a growing year with a final record of 3-12. They will travel to #6 Oxbow on Wednesday in the first round of the tournament.
Despite practicing only a handful of days outside this year due to weather constraints, the Bullets’ Softball program went 14-2 for the season, losing only twice, both to Missisquoi, one of the best teams in the state this year.
The Bullets earned the top spot in Division III, earning a bye to the quarterfinals later this week. The winner of #8 Peoples and #9 Williamstown will travel to Fairfax on Friday to take on the Bullets in the quarterfinals.
BFA ST. ALBANS
The Bobwhites find themselves ranked 15th in a tough Division I this year, picking up four wins in the season while dropping 10 games.
On Wednesday the #15 Bobwhites will travel to #2 Burr and Burton.
The Comets fought hard for a fourth seed this year, finishing 12-3 for the season. The Comets are will take on the 13th seeded from Middlebury on Tuesday afternoon. The Comets did not play Middlebury in the regular season.
Picking up the second rank in Boys’ Lacrosse, the Bobwhites finished with a record of 12-2, dropping to Essex by one goal and the defending champions, CVU by eight.
The Bobwhites picked up a bye in the first round of the playoffs, advancing to the quarterfinals on Friday when they host the winner of #10 Mt. Anthony at #7 South Burlington. The game begins at 4 pm.
Finishing 6th out of 14 teams, the Comets’ Lacrosse team earned a record of 9-5 for the season. The Comets will host the 11th seeded MMU Cougars on Tuesday, with a game start of 4 pm. The Cougars are a team that the Comets beat when they played at home as well as away.
Finishing the regular season with a record of 11-2, the Hornets earned the number two seed in the postseason. That positioning pairs the Hornets up with #15 Woodstock in the first round of the playoffs on Tuesday, in Enosburg at 4:30.
Coming off a loss to Division 3 Peoples Academy, the Hornets are looking for vengeance.
The Lady Hornets take the third seed in D2 Softball. With that, the Hornets up with the 14th ranked Yellowjackets of Milton for the opening round on Tuesday at 4:30.
The Thunderbirds picked up a big 2-1 win last week against Middlebury, placing Missisquoi in the middle of the pack going into the playoffs with a #7 seed. The Thunderbirds will be hosting #10 Montpelier in the first round of the playoffs on Tuesday at 4:30.
Finishing with only one loss, the Thunderbirds take the second seed going into the tournament and will host 15th seeded North County on Wednesday at 4:30.
Despite beating top-seeded Essex two weeks ago, the Thunderbirds’ second seed comes with a calculation of average index points. Third-seeded Lyndon finished undefeated for the season but played only two DI schools
With Richford’s sole win coming at the heals of Twinfield a week and a half ago, the #14 Falcons will travel to #3 Vergennes on Wednesday to begin the postseason.
Finishing the season 8-5, the Rockets are looking for a rebirth this week with a #5 seed, which gives the Rockets a bye into the quarterfinals, at which point they will travel to #4 Green Mountain in the quarterfinals.