Over two months of preparation will culminate with a lot of make-or-break moments when girls soccer playoffs kick off next week.

STOWE — Montpelier scored three goals in a 10-minute span early in the first half and limited Stowe to four overall shots on goal during Wednesday’s 3-0 boys soccer victory.

EAST MONTPELIER — U-32’s Natalie Beauregard scored on a corner from Alexandra Weller with 12:15 left to play and goalie Kiki Hawyard recorded her ninth shutout of the season during Wednesday’s 1-0 field hockey victory over St. Johnsbury.

WATERBURY — The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) crowns its 2021 champion this Saturday at Massachusetts’ Seekonk Speedway with the Haunted Hundred. The 30th ACT Late Model Tour title has come down to a razor-close fight between two of the most accomplished Northeast racers in the 21st century.

When author Roger Kahn took over the New York Penn League baseball team the Utica Blue Sox as controlling stockholder and president in 1983, he wrote a book about it: Good Enough to Dream.

EAST MONTPELIER — Goals by Alyssa Frazier and Meredith Wilcox gave defending Division II champ U-32 an early boost during Tuesday’s 2-1 girls soccer victory over Randolph.

Teams are going to go through rough patches in their season and not everything is going to go their way, but how will they respond in those adverse situations?

When the one-loss Enosburg boys soccer team comes to Rutland’s Abatiell Field to square off against Mount St. Joseph on Friday, it will be one of the most attractive games of the season. It pits the Division IV favorite for the state crown in unbeaten MSJ against a red hot contender for the …

Sloppy weather conditions for Vermont playoff soccer can be a powerful equalizing force, turning the beautiful game into more of a Slip N’ Slide.

BARRE — Hometown driver Nick Sweet capped a heavenly weekend by winning his record-tying fourth Northfield Savings Bank Vermont Milk Bowl at Thunder Road on Sunday.

BARRE TOWN — Two goals by Estherline Carlson and one from Ava Hollinsworth led Montpelier to Saturday’s 3-1 girls soccer victory over Spaulding.

CRAFTSBURY — Three St. Johnsbury runners cracked the top-6 during Saturday’s 19-point cross-country victory over runner-up Craftsbury at the boys NVAC Mountain Division Championships.

MONTPELIER — Second-half goals by Sina Fallahi, Brooks Duprey and Ronnie Riby-Williams on Friday night proved that reigning Division II boys soccer champ Montpelier can still win with a limited roster.

The Manhattan Invitational, in historic Van Cortlandt Park, is one of the biggest and most competitive cross-country races in the country, featuring more than 8,000 runners.

EAST MONTPELIER — U-32 overcame a jaw-dropping performance by North Country goalie Ava Bouchard and stretched its undefeated streak to 11 games during Thursday’s 1-0 field hockey victory.

Rutland’s Courtney Collins and her family turned the famed Heartbreak Hill into Heartfelt Hill during Monday’s Boston Marathon.

The 1980s Lakers against the Celtics. Joe Frazier throwing punches at Muhammad Ali. The list goes on and on. It always means more when each side is at the top of their game.

MONTPELIER — Zoe Plummer-Tripp’s shot off the crossbar was the best scoring chance Montpelier created during Wednesday’s scoreless girls soccer draw against North Country.

BARRE — Thunder Road takes its second crack at the 59th Northfield Savings Bank Vermont Milk Bowl this Saturday and Sunday. Despite a two-week delay due to Mother Nature, drivers are still excited about tackling “The Toughest Short Track Race in North America.”

MORRISVILLE — The Spaulidng girls soccer team crept one step closer to securing a home playoff match while extending its winning streak to five games Wednesday.

When you have won five of the last six state championships and are unbeaten this season as field hockey goes into its stretch run, the community embraces the team. The field hockey team at Bellows Falls is a source of community and school pride.

BARRE TOWN — The Spaulding field hockey team directed 42 shots on target and collected its sixth shutout victory of the season Tuesday while downing Milton, 5-0.

When Bill Bowes was coaching the Castleton University women’s ice hockey team, he was recruiting an international player by the name of Nicoline Jensen.

EAST MONTPELIER — Brattleboro held U-32 scoreless during three of four quarters while breezing to Friday’s 20-6 football victory.

Division I boys soccer teams may not have to travel far for this year’s semifinal round.

According to a Facebook post, Hartford girls soccer coach Jeff Acker pulled his team off Fair Haven’s LaPlaca Field on Thursday night when he heard his players talking with one another about the verbal abuse of a sexual nature that they were enduring from fans.

Overcast, cool with a touch of rain - also known as perfect cross country weather - greeted a field of nearly 2,000 athletes who raced in Thetford last Saturday.

Norwich University head football coach Mark Murnyack knew when he was recruiting Jeremy Henault out of Goffstown High School in New Hampshire that he was getting an athletic, tough kid.

CRAFTSBURY — Nearly 200 racers tackled one of Vermont’s toughest cross-country running courses at the Craftsbury Invitational while tuning up for a big weekend.

A repeat champion and a familiar champion ruled the day at the Vermont high school girls golf state championships Thursday afternoon at Dorset Field Club.

NEW LONDON, N.H. — Norwich senior defender Sara Marcotte scored her first collegiate goal, but the Cadets still fell 3-1 to Colby-Sawyer College on Wednesday in Great Northeast Athletic Conference action.

MONTPELIER — Junior striker Ronnie Riby-Williams scored his 13th and 14th goals of the season Wednesday night, guiding the Montpelier boys soccer team to a 4-0 victory over U-32.

STOWE — Vermont high school boys golfers were competing in sectional tournaments on Wednesday, looking to lock up a spot in next Thursday’s state championships.

Bellows Falls and Hartford remain 1-2 in this week’s installment of the Rutland Herald/Times Argus field hockey power rankings. Or maybe that should be No. 1 and No. 1-A.