Mount Anthony boys No. 8 seed in Division I

BENNINGTON — After a 12-8 campaign, the Mount Anthony boys basketball team drew the No. 8 seed in the upcoming Division I state tournament.

MAU will play No. 9 seed Burlington in the first round of the tournament Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Kates Gym.

Getting a home game playoff was a goal for the Patriots coming into the season, so the team is happy to achieve that goal.

"As a head coach, this is my first home playoff game, so that's always special," said MAU coach Marcus Hass. "It's always special to play in front of your home crowd. It was one of our goals this year, so we're happy to grab that eight seed."

The Patriots and the Seahorses met once earlier in the season with Burlington blowing out MAU 63-41.

Hass knows his team is in for a major challenge, especially with how stout the Seahorses are on the defensive end of the floor.

"Burlington is a great defensive team. Over the years, they've really had that as a focal point of their program, so we're going to have to work hard on the offensive end to get good shots," Hass said. "Offensively, Kevin Garrison is a great player and being to at least contain him on the offensive end of the floor is definitely a focal point for us."

In late January, Garrison became the eleventh player in Burlington basketball history to score 1,000 points in a career.

Throughout the season, the Patriots have been led offensively by junior guard Abe Amidon and senior guard Matthew Steadman. Amidon is averaging more than 13 points per game. Steadman is also averaging in double figures.

Both guards were held somewhat in check in the last game against the Seahorses. Steadman was solid with nine points, but Amidon was held scoreless in the matchup.

The leading scorer for MAU in that game was Jack Bushee, who had 15 points. The senior is out for the season with an injury.

Freshman Gavin Johnson has shown flashes of his transcendent talent throughout the season, so he'll be one to watch Tuesday as well.

The winner of Tuesday's game is looking at major challenge in the state quarterfinals, as undefeated No. 1 seed Rutland awaits the winner Friday.


The seed that the Burr and Burton boys basketball team drew for the state tournament, just shows how much parity there is in Division I this season.

BBA, at 11-9, will be the No. 11 seed in the state tournament and will play No. 6 Lyndon Wednesday on the road at 7 p.m.

With just one more win, the Bulldogs could have been looking at as high as an eight-seed because the eight through 11 seeds are all separated by just one game.

BBA and the Vikings played once this season during the CVU Tournament. The Bulldogs came out on top in that game 51-50.

Guards Jake Nicholson and Bryce Little have been BBA's leaders on offense this season. Both guys are averaging double figure scoring outputs on the year.

Nicholson is able to drive to the basket to produce points and can also step out and knock down a jumper. Little is known for being a three-point marksman and his ability to stretch the defense with his jump shot, creates lots of opportunities for the guys in the post.

The Bulldogs have had solid production from the guys around those two, with Jay McCoy, Will Frank and Tommy Baker all having strong games throughout the season as well, among others.


The Arlington boys basketball team will be the No. 4 seed in the Division IV state tournament.

The Eagles finished the regular season with a 12-8 record and will play No. 13 seed Black River in the first round of the tournament Tuesday night at Burr and Burton Academy.

Arlington and the Presidents have played two very competitive games this season with both going in the Eagles' favor.

In their first game, a last-second Keyshawn King free throw was the difference in the game and in their last matchup against each other, it was a Kolby Wilkins double-double that made the difference in the game.

Arlington figures to be a very dangerous team in the tournament just based on how balanced they are across the board. Whether it's Jack Lane, Bailey Cross, Chase Hoyt, Wilkins or King, the talent on the team is tough to match in their division.

First-year coach Ashley Hoyt has done a nice job bringing the team together, given the circumstances they've had to face. From not knowing who their coach will be for a long time to having their gym deemed unusable, it's a credit to Coach Hoyt and her team that they sit in this position now.


The Long Trail boys basketball team will be the No. 5 seed in Division I tournament.

The Mountain Lions will play No. 12 seed Blue Mountain in the first round of the tournament Tuesday at Manchester Middle School.

Long Trail has been led for most of the season by the trio of seniors Will McCullough, Levin Coe and junior Jackson Washburn.

Washburn and Coe have consistently scored more than 10 points in each game.

Senior Luc Carmel has also been a solid contributor for the Mountain Lions this season.

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