This & That: Area school rivalries


Who decided what a rivalry is? Was it the media? We are really good at pointing you to the big match-ups. Over the years, Bellows Falls and Springfield have been labeled rivals, Fall Mountain and Stevens, Black River and Green … Continued

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I find it tough that when events happen in high school sports that border on the outrageous, there is little answer about how to correct them. I also know I take time worrying about this type of thing more than … Continued

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Just imagine… Life is going great for you day after day. You seem to be enjoying just about every 24 hours to the fullest. Then all of a sudden, someone hits you with an opportunity that almost doesn’t make sense. … Continued


Remembering Green Mountain’s star JV basketball team As I look back in time over recent years, I can think of four examples of our six reporting schools in the area where a school had to call time out in a … Continued

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Fall Mountain

High school baseball/softball opening games Things were headed toward being the best spring for high school baseball and softball opening week we have had in a long time. More fields than usual were clear and the spring coaches had their … Continued

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Honore Collins and Heather Dennis  In all likelihood, the name Honore Collins does not ring a bell for you. Let’s try another name. Heather Dennis. Many readers will remember Dennis, who was a strong performer for Russ Pickering in cross … Continued

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It started to occur to me during the fall of 2017 that some sports at some levels really don’t care if fans understand the rules or not. As a lover of many sports who makes sure I understand the rules … Continued

This & That: 9th annual Dari Joy Baseball Contest

Today’s column is introducing the 9th annual Dari Joy Baseball Contest. For the past eight baseball seasons, The Vermont Journal & The Shopper and the Dari Joy in Bellows Falls have teamed up for readers to have an opportunity to … Continued

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What an enjoyable week last week was! Not only was I blessed with back-to-back trips to the Final Four at the Auditorium in Barre, but I was able to sit back and enjoy two splendid efforts that fell short. Don’t … Continued

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And regular readers thought I was excited last week! I went back to Riverside Middle School’s Dressel Gym Wednesday night and saw a game reminiscent of those tournament games of long ago, which I wrote about last week. This one … Continued

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