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Vermont H.S. playoff scores for Saturday, March 2: See how your favorite team fared

The 2023-24 Vermont high school winter season has begun. See below for scores, schedules and game details (statistical leaders, game notes) from basketball, hockey, gymnastics, wrestling, Nordic/Alpine skiing and other winter sports.

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Rice holds off rival Burlington in D-I boys basketball title game

SATURDAY'S H.S. GAMES

D-II boys basketball championship

At Barre Auditorium

No. 2 Montpelier 58, No. 1 Hartford 49

M: Carson Cody 17 points. Atif Milak 16 points. Kleo Bridge 13 points. Carter Bruzzese 8 points.

H: Sean Dunton 12 points. Brody Tyburski 9 points. Kole Fotion 9 points.

Note: A 15-2 run to close the second quarter, paced by Cody's dozen points, put the Solons in the driver's seat. Hartford cut the deficit to five points, 52-47, with 1:22 to play before Montpelier clinched the four-peat at the foul line. The Solons are the first D-II program since Burr and Burton in 1979 to seize four consecutive state titles.

More: Montpelier boys basketball tops No. 1 Hartford, tracks down D-II four-peat

D-III boys basketball championship

At Barre Auditorium

No. 2 Thetford 57, No. 1 Hazen 53

T: Mitchell Parkman 22 points. Hunter Clay 15 points.

H: Xavier 17 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists. Brendan Moodie 16 points.

Note: Thetford rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to seize its first crown in four years.

D-IV boys basketball championship

At Barre Auditorium

No. 2 Grace Christian 52, No. 1 Danville 41

GC: Vojin Cosic 15 points. Baran Turan 12 points. Danilo Ignjatovic 10 points.

D: Cooper Calkins 15 points. Andrew Joncas 10 points.

Note: A 17-10 third quarter helped the Lions erase a 23-19 halftime deficit and capture the program's first championship in their third year as a VPA member.

D-I girls hockey semifinals

No. 3 Burlington/Colchester 3, No. 2 Kingdom Blades 0

B/C: Holley MacLellan 2G. Fiona McHugh 1G. Ana LaBelle 2A. Annabelle Lekstutis 1A. Bianca Flanagan 1A. Leah Boyd 12 saves.

KB: Taylor Blaise 35 saves.

Note: MacLellan and McHugh scored about two minutes apart in the opening period as the Sealakers blanked the Kingdom Blades to reach the D-I final for the fourth time in five seasons.

More: Vermont H.S. hockey semifinals: BFA, Hartford girls book title-game berths

D-II girls hockey semifinals

No. 4 Missisquoi 4, No. 8 U-32 1

M: Emily Airoldi 3G. Addyson Longway 1G.

U: Hannah Drury 1G. Addie Croteau 31 saves.

Note: Airoldi's two goals on the power play in the middle period broke a 1-all tie and marched the Thunderbirds to their first final in nine years.

D-I boys hockey semifinals

No. 1 South Burlington 5, No. 5 Mount Mansfield 1

SB: Lucas Van Mullen 2G, 1A. Nick Kelly 1G, 1A. Will Bradley 1G, 1A. Harry Poquette 1G. Christian Butler 2A. Jules Butler 1A. Jack Kelly 1A. James Chagnon 15 saves.

MM: Alexandre Romanko 1G. Garret Carter 1A. Lucas Parisi 45 saves.

Note: Romanko's rebound goal cut the MMU deficit to 2-1 to close the second period. In the final frame, Van Mullen set up Bradley on the doorstep and then uncorked a wrister that clanged off the post twice for a 4-1 Wolves margin. Poquette tapped in a fifth goal as South Burlington marched on to its first title game since 2015.

No. 2 Rice 7, No. 3 Burr and Burton 0

R: Joe Alexander 2G, 1A. Mackenzie Owens 2G. Griffin Seitz 1G. Walter Morris 1G. Tyler Russo 1G, 1A. Preston Wheeler 2A. Brendan Patterson 1A. Colin Banks 1A. Joe Rob 1A. Chais Lyford 1A. Ryder Donati 1A. Oliver Quong 1A. JD Raleigh 1A. Henry Monaghan 16 saves.

BB: Michael Hornby 23 saves.

Note: Seitz scored 22 seconds into the game as Rice blitzed BBA with a four-goal opening frame. Rice advances to its third straight D-I title game.

D-II boys hockey semifinals

No. 1 Colchester 4, No. 5 Harwood 1

C: Brody Rassel 2G. Adam Maher 1G. Ben Sherman 1G. Quinn Dousevicz 1A. Drew Hale 1A. Kieran Phillips 30 saves.

H: Owen Farr 1G. Owen Jones 1A. Griffin Nelson 1A. Andrew Achilles 25 saves.

Note: Colchester scored three times in the third period to pull away from a 1-all game.

No. 3 Hartford 7, No. 2 Lyndon 2

D-III girls basketball quarterfinals

No. 3 Richford 40, No. 6 Bellows Falls 38

D-IV girls basketball quarterfinals

No. 3 Arlington 39, No. 6 Blue Mountain 27

SUNDAY'S H.S. PLAYOFF GAMES

D-I girls basketball semifinals

At Patrick Gym

No. 1 Champlain Valley (20-1) vs. No. 4 Rutland (16-5), 6 p.m.

No. 2 St. Johnsbury (18-3) vs. No. 3 Burlington (16-5), 8 p.m.

(Subject to change)

This article originally appeared on Burlington Free Press: Vermont high school playoff scores for Saturday, March 2