Final weekend primer: Where will the local teams fall?
Believe it or not, the final weekend of the fall sports regular season is here. For teams in both Vermont and eastern New York, it's only a few games left to determine a champion. So, let's dive into the matchups and see where some of the local teams may fall when seedings come out next week.
Starting in Division I, the two teams we cover at the Banner have pretty different scenarios for how to lock up a high seed.
We'll start with Burr and Burton, whose path is quite clear.
The Bulldogs have one game remaining on their schedule, a road game with Rutland on Saturday.
With surprising losses for Essex and Burlington this week, BBA went from being in the No. 3 or 4 seed range to being in pole position for the No. 2 seed in D-I.
All the Bulldogs need to do is beat the Raiders and they'll lock up home games throughout the playoffs before a potential state championship game.
But for Mount Anthony, there are variables aplenty.
As of right now, MAU sits with the No. 6 seed, but a whole host of results could change that.
The Patriots play Hartford on Saturday on the road. The Hurricanes are a Division II squad and a win would net MAU 4.5 index points, the system Vermont uses to decide its rankings.
Essex sits in third and plays undefeated CVU on Friday. Despite the Redhawks' dominance, the Hornets played CVU close in their previous encounter.
Burlington, currently in fourth, matches up with 6-5-2 South Burlington on Saturday, while North Country, in seventh place, plays Harwood on Friday.
If MAU wins on Saturday, it could go as high as the No. 3 seed, but with a loss, and North Country win, could fall as low as No. 7.
In Division IV, Arlington finished its season at 9-5 and winners of seven of its last eight games. The Eagles can rise as high as No. 4 with losses or ties from Danville and Blue Mountain or be as low as No. 6, if those two teams win. Arlington is the two-time defending state champions in Division IV.
Long Trail won on Wednesday and finished its season at 5-9. The Mountain Lions should find themselves in the middle of the pack in D-IV.
In Division II, Stratton Mountain School is at 7-0-1, and should lock down one of the top seeds for the playoffs.
In Division I football, Burr and Burton looks fairly locked into the No. 3 seed for the playoffs.
Barring an upset by BFA-St. Albans against Middlebury this week, the Tigers would finish its season unbeaten and trail St. Johnsbury for the top spot.
Mount Anthony sits in fourth place in Division II, but runs into a buzzsaw at home on Friday with unbeaten Brattleboro.
If MAU upsets the Colonels, it would lock up the No. 4 seed and a quarterfinal home game, but with a loss, the Patriots need to rely on Fair Haven, who plays 1-6 Mount Abraham, to lose.
MAU and the Slaters look to be solidly secure in the No. 4 and 5 slots and a quarterfinal matchup in D-II. The only potential team to mess up those plans is Lyndon, who plays the D-I Hilltoppers this weekend in The Game.
Basically, MAU and Fair Haven are playing to be the team to host the playoff matchup next weekend
In New York, Cambridge-Salem finishes the regular season with Granville. Stillwater and Fonda, both unbeaten teams, play for their division title and the Class C sectional No. 1 seed.
If the Indians beat Granville, they will be the No. 2 seed in sectionals. If they don't, they could be looking at a three-way tie for the top spot in the North division.
Hoosick Falls is 1-5 and finish the regular season against Hoosic Valley on Friday at Ken Baker Field.
In Division I, Burr and Burton can't crack the top five seeds, but should be seeded in the No. 6 to 8 range, depending on final game results.
For Mount Anthony, its whole season rides on its game tonight when they play BBA at home. The game could end up on Saturday with inclement weather in the forecast. If MAU beats its rival, which they have done already this year, the Patriots lock up a spot in the playoffs. But if the Bulldogs return to the Northshire with a victory, MAU will fall short of the 30 percent win mark the school requires for playoff participation.
In D-IV, Arlington finished the regular season at 10-3-1 and looks to be set in the No. 3 seed, behind some combination of Proctor and Twin Valley. Rivendell, who Arlington already defeated head-to-head should be in the fourth spot.
In Division II, Stratton Mountain School is at 2-5-1 and will be on the road for the playoffs.
Burr and Burton finished out its regular season strong with a 5-2 win against a Hartford team near the top of the Division II standings.
There's a whole cluster of teams around BBA in the standings, so the Bulldogs look to be a dangerous middle of the pack team in D-II.
Hoosick Falls is 12-3 with its final game of the regular season against Queensbury, a non-league game, on Friday. The Panthers look to be one of the top two or three seeds in Class C when the playoffs begin.
Due to a tough schedule filled with high-level Berkshire County teams, the Mount Anthony girls volleyball team will be one of the lower seeds in the playoff tournament.
MAU sits at 1-11 and could possibly influence its playoff seeding with a win Friday against Lee at home.
Currently, Montpelier and Randolph have two wins, so depending on tiebreakers, the Patriots could slip past them in seeding with a win Friday. There is some precedent for an upset for the Patriots. In 2016, also at 1-11, they traveled to Burlington and upset the Seahorses.
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