Author: Josh Kaufmann

Yellowjackets set for Saturday playoff

Milton wrapped up the third seed for the Division III football playoffs, rolling to a 55-26 victory at North Country on Friday night. Jonah Blatt led the Yellowjackets (6-3) with four touchdowns. Chris McClellan scored on an 81-yard touchdown return, Ethan Lawrence added a pair of scores, and Geoff Gadbois scored once. Milton will travel to Bellows Falls (8-1) for a semifinal on Saturday afternoon at 3. The teams did not meet during the regular season this...

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Rayner leads all Metro freshmen in districts

SWANTON — Milton’s Katie Rayner was the fastest freshman in either division at the Northern Vermont Athletic Conference Championships Saturday, finishing sixth in the Small Schools race and 28th overall out of 245 runners. With a strong finishing kick, Rayner crossed the line in 21 minutes, 42 seconds — 35 seconds ahead of Middlebury freshman Emily Fleming. The fastest ninth-grader in the Large Schools division was Jenna Emery of Essex (22:03). The young Yellowjackets team had just one senior girl and two senior boys — Samantha Ryea, Dylan Hemsted and Jackson Hickey — competing Saturday. Four of their fastest...

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Girls rally in final minutes for OT win

The Yellowjackets’ girls soccer team opened the playoffs with a stunning comeback victory over one ski academy, and the boys opened their Division II state tournament at home Wednesday afternoon, facing Stratton Mountain School at 3 p.m. at Bombardier Park. Milton’s girls were facing Green Mountain Valley School for the second consecutive year, earning a 2-0 victory at home over GMV (3-3-4) in the quarterfinals a year ago, on the way to winning their third Division II state championship in four seasons. With the loss of three all-state players to graduation and a string of injuries hitting the team...

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Soccer playoffs kick off Tuesday

There’s no snow in this week’s forecast, which could be a very good sign for Milton’s soccer teams. The Yellowjackets’ boys and girls open their Division III state tournaments at home, both taking on athletic teams from ski academies. The Green Mountain Valley School will visit Milton for the second straight year in a Division II playdown-round game Tuesday at 3 p.m., and Stratton Mountain School will follow a day later for a boys playdown. Both schools are private academies that target elite Nordic, Alpine and freestyle skiers. Milton’s girls earned a 2-0 victory at home over GMV (3-3-4)...

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Girls varsity soccer looks to improve playoff position

The young Yellowjackets head into the final week and a half of the girls soccer season in the unfamiliar position of having to make up ground just to earn a home game for the first round of the state tournament. With several freshmen starting and injuries further reducing the team’s depth of experience, Milton split a pair of games over the past week and was hoping to return to the .500 mark when Enosburg visited on Tuesday. The Yellowjackets won three of the past four Division II state championships and were runner-up the other year in that span, earning...

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