Action heats up after rainy stretch

Photo by Sefan Hard Montpelier singles player Truman Lee-Solomon returns a shot at the net during a victory over Burr & Burton earlier this season.

Montpelier Athletic Director Matt Link summed up the early spring season Monday by tweeting that “winter creeps into spring once more” while announcing the latest round of game cancellations. Vermonters can ski and play golf on the same day, and that may seem like a luxury to some. But most high school athletes are sick of the snow and they’re ready for temperatures to rise into the high-70s this week. The birds are chirping for a reason and it’s about time to get this party started. Here’s a look at the top eventsin the upcoming days:   TODAY BASEBALL Northfield at Williamstown, 4:30 p.m. This will be the first of three games in three days for the Blue Devils, who face Randolph on Wednesday before taking on Peoples Academy the following day. Carson Corriveau, Dalton Cody, Ethan Robie and Nathan Poulin have been hot at the plate, with Poulin, Corriveau and Garrett Metcalf leading the way on the mound. Williamstown (2-0) opened with a 7-2 win over Hazen and a 12-4 victory over Richford. Northfield pulled out an 11-10 walk-off victory over Randolph last week after a crew of young players chose timely situations to record their first varsity hits. Logan Doney, Justin Wright and Devin Audette have powered the Marauders’ offense, while Garrett Bean and Jacob Preston have split time on the mound. Northfield was haunted by one bad inning during a 19-7 loss to Thetford but should be sharper defensively against the Blue Devils.   WEDNESDAY TRACK AND FIELD U-32 Monster Meet, 3:30 p.m. This event has 30 years of history, dating back to the good old days when it was a four-team battle between Harwood, Montpelier, Spaulding and U-32. The meet was often dominated by former coach Rome Aja and the Montpelier boys, who won eight state championships in nine years from 1985-1993. Back then U-32 was a far cry from a sports powerhouse, known more as a school with no walls and an alternative teaching philosophy. Now the Raiders are the team to beat, while Spaulding and Harwood have maintained steady numbers and will be strong as well. The battle between Spaulding’s Lauren Folland and U-32’s Molly McCreedy will be a highlight in the girls throwing events, and the boys 4x100 relay should also be competitive. Two weeks ago U-32’s Zai Gluck, Eric Scharf, Ian Voyer and Maxwell Fair recorded a 4x100 time of 48.5 seconds, edging Spaulding’s Mykai Crawford, Dario Lafrancheschina, Nick Norwood and Kyle Proteau (50.5 seconds). Harwood’s Erin Magill will be one of the favorites in the girls distance events. The big question in the boys 1,500 and 3,000 is if anyone can break up the U-32 train. Harwood has held the Division II 4x800 relay record since 2003 with a time of 8 minutes, 10.09 seconds, but U-32’s Andrew Crompton, Nathan Smoller, Stephen Looke and Trevor Patterson will be gunning for that mark.   THURSDAY BOYS TENNIS Stowe at Montpelier, 3:30 p.m. Last year the Montpelier Solons faced their toughest match of an undefeated regular season during a 5-2 victory over the Raiders. Neither squad has much actual match experience this spring, with Stowe spending five weeks practicing indoors at Topnotch. The Solons have grown familiar with the indoor courts at First in Fitness and will adjust to the wind and sun during outdoor action. Soccer standouts Rai Bleda, Alex Tilgner, Johnny Driscoll and Jack Seivwright are all singles standouts for the Raiders. The Solons have 15 players and boast lots of singles depth with Tyler Cain, Graham Janson, Truman Lee-Solomon, Cole Bingham and Henry Valentine. Alex Allison, Ben Hancock-Song, Greg Golonka, Josh Golonka and Willem Slade give MHS multiple options for doubles combinations. “Seven of the boys are experienced and they’ve been here since freshman year,” Montpelier coach Lilli Cain said. “And in the doubles we’re trying to mix in some of the veterans with the rookies. We want to have a little bit of experience on the court with someone who’s learning the doubles game and the competitive nature of Montpelier tennis. We always tell them, ‘It doesn’t matter if you’re No. 1 singles or No. 2 doubles: That’s a point for the team.’”   FRIDAY BOYS LACROSSE Lamoille at U-32, 4 p.m. Harwood and Hartford are the early front-runners in Division II, but Lamoille and U-32 are two programs with upset potential. The Raiders didn't graduate a single player from last year’s team and proved their mettle with a 9-7 come-from-behind victory over St. Johnsbury, led by four goals from Hunter Solomon. Tony Rowell, Josh Farber, Luca Montore, Zach Schneider, Calvin Myka-Smith and Logan Wolf are also capable scorers for the Raiders and teammate Max Kissner is finding his groove in front of the cage. The Raiders (1-1) will be playing their third game in four days after facing Mount Abraham and Hartford earlier in the week and they can’t rely solely on Solomon to carry the team. Lamoille (1-2) split with St. Johnsbury and suffered a 9-8 loss to Otter Valley.   SATURDAY SOFTBALL Harwood at U-32, 3 p.m. Both teams hit the ground running last week after being limited to indoor practices for three weeks. The Harwood Highlanders kicked off the season with a 9-4 victory over U-32, with Lauryn Green scattering nine hits over six innings and issuing zero walks. Ashley Proteau went 3-for-4 and scored three runs for Harwood (1-1) and teammate Morgan Sheltra went 2-for-3 and had two RBIs. Cassie James went 3-for-3 for the Highlanders against Peoples Academy, but nine unearned runs were costly during an 11-3 loss to the Wolves. U-32 starts six freshmen and had a tough time defensively during Saturday’s 27-3 loss to Lake Region. Elizabeth Guthrie, Sage Winner, Jayden Hudson, Maia Castonguay and Brianna Rich have recorded early-season hits for the Raiders (0-2).

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