The Stowe High boys tennis and boys lacrosse teams are both headed for the state championships, but the girls tennis and lacrosse teams and the Peoples Academy-Stowe baseball team have been ousted from the playoffs.
Here’s a rundown.
Boys tennis will host state championships
No. 1 Stowe 4, No. 4 South Burlington 3
Top-ranked Stowe took both doubles points and two of five singles matches to outlast No. 4 South Burlington in the Division 1 semifinals.
The win earned the Raiders the right to host the state championship this Saturday, June 8.
Stowe’s doubles teams, which have looked stellar all year, turned in solid performances in the semifinals. Max McKenna and Jono Nissenbaum beat Christopher and James Bialis 6-3, 6-3 and the Paumgarten cousins, Oliver and Henry, beat Sriram Sethuraman and Pierce Goslovich 6-2, 6-4.
South Burlington took wins at Nos. 1, 2 and 4 singles. Sam Walker beat Rai Bleda-Vilalta 6-0, 6-2, Ragulan Sivakumar beat Ben Salvas 6-2, 6-0 and Vihit Gupta hung on to beat Jack Seivwright 6-3, 7-5.
“I have to give a lot of credit to South Burlington’s singles lineup as one of, if not the toughest top five in the state,” Stowe coach Jamie Watson said.
Stowe clinched the match with singles wins by Alex Tilgner and Sam Schoepke. Tilgner rallied to beat Ryan Anderson 4-6, 6-2, 10-8 while Schoepke beat Michael Cafiero 6-2, 6-3.
Watson called the Tilgner-Anderson match the toughest one of the day.
“Tremendous amount of singles experience” between them, Watson said, and high winds and contrasting styles of play made for an exciting, back-and-forth affair that Tilgner eventually pulled out.
“I have to give credit to Alex and how he is able to weather the storm of a tennis match, looking for his opportunities to edge out his opponents,” Watson said.
Schoepke’s win over Cafiero was the last match of the day and broke the 3-3 tie to seal Stowe’s win.
“I wouldn’t have wanted it to come down to any other match with that much pressure on the line,” Watson said. “Sam’s athleticism, competitive drive and net-crashing style of play have helped round out our strongest singles lineup to date.”
Stowe, now 12-0, will host No. 6 Burlington (13-3) in the Division 1 state championship Saturday at 3 p.m. Stowe played for the title last year, too, but dropped a squeaker to Essex.
Stowe beat Burlington 4-3 during the regular season.
No. 1 Stowe 5, No. 9 St. Johnsbury 2
Ninth-ranked St. Johnsbury won at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, but Stowe convincingly won everything else in the quarterfinal win.
St. Johnsbury’s Mate Koszo beat Rai Bleda-Vilalta 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 singles and Takanori Tanifuji rallied to beat Ben Salvas 3-6, 6-4, 10-7 at No. 2 singles.
For Stowe, Alex Tilgner beat Takahiro Matsumoto 6-3, 6-2, Jack Seivwright beat Owen Paksenhzin 6-1, 6-2 and Sam Schoepke beat Jose Losada 6-0, 6-3.
Stowe’s doubles teams also looked good, as Max McKenna and Jono Nissenbaum beat Edwardo Reznik and Carlos Pineda 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles and Oliver and Henry Paumgarten beat Andy Jin and Juan Garcia 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles.
No. 1 Stowe 7, No. 16 Colchester 0
Stowe’s Rai Bleda-Vilalta and Ben Salvas won tight matches at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, and the rest of the team cruised to easy wins in the opening round of the Division 1 playoffs.
Bleda-Vilalta beat Josh Wefers 7-6, 6-3 and Salvas rallied to beat Caden Sultzbaugh 3-6, 6-4, 10-3. In other singles, Alex Tilgner beat Alex Frank 6-1, 6-1, and Jack Seivwright and Sam Schoepke threw 6-0, 6-0 bagel jobs at Caden Mercer and Riley Fitzgerald.
In doubles, Max McKenna and Jono Nissenbaum beat Henry Lopez and Jonathan Labrie 6-1, 6-1 and the Paumgarten cousins, Oliver and Henry, beat Andy Rosato and Zakir Beridze 6-1, 6-3.
Colchester finishes the season 3-11.
PA-Stowe boys lacrosse earns trip to the finals
No. 4 PA-Stowe 7, No. 8 Milton 6 (OT)
PA-Stowe senior captain Kevin Crawford scored the game-tying goal late in regulation, then the game-winner early in overtime to lift the fourth-ranked Raiders to a comeback win in the Division 2 semifinals.
“It was back and forth all game. Milton is a really well-coached, physical team,” PA-Stowe coach Neil Handwerger said. “I think they’re the best team we’ve seen thus far. They played like it, anyway; their seed did not reflect their play.”
The win sends PA-Stowe to the D-2 state title game, where the Raiders will face a familiar foe — No. 3 Harwood, the defending D-2 champ, on Friday at 7 p.m. at the University of Vermont.
PA-Stowe led 4-2 at halftime, but Milton come roaring back after the break and eventually took a 6-5 lead late in the fourth quarter.
Crawford’s third goal of the game tied the score with about two and a half minutes left in regulation. Then, 90 seconds into overtime, Crawford scored the game-winner with his fourth goal.
Friday’s final will be PA-Stowe’s second appearance in the title game in three seasons. The Raiders beat Harwood for the championship in 2017.
Jace Boerger added two goals and two assists for PA-Stowe, Clark Brown had the other score and Jake Ramos had an assist. Nate Rice made 14 saves in goal.
Jackson Ehler scored four goals and assisted on Milton’s two other scores to keep his team in the game. Milton, which upset No. 1 Spaulding in the D-2 quarterfinals, finishes the season 7-12.
PA-Stowe improved to 12-4. The title game matchup with Harwood features the last two Division 2 champs; the Highlanders capped an undefeated season last year with the title, one year after losing to the Raiders in 2017. The two squads split their season series this spring, with each winning on the others home field.
Raiders win slugfest in D-2 quarterfinals
No. 4 PA-Stowe 3, No. 5 Otter Valley 2
Jace Boerger scored twice for No. 4 PA-Stowe and Cam Anderson had a single score as the Raiders outlasted No. 5 Otter Valley to win a defensive slugfest in the Division 2 quarterfinals.
“We found it difficult to score goals against them. They have a very good defense and a very good goalie. We were fortunate to move on,” PA-Stowe coach Neil Handwerger said.
That Otter Valley defense shut out the Raiders in the first half as the Otters took a 1-0 lead. PA-Stowe finally found just enough offense over the final two quarters.
PA-Stowe goalie Nate Rice kept Otter Valley in check with 12 saves.
Stowe girls tennis loses in the semifinals
No. 2 South Burlington 7, No. 3 Stowe 0
South Burlington blanked Stowe 7-0 for the second time this season in the state Division 1 semifinals on Tuesday.
At No. 1 doubles, Stowe’s Abbie Rice and Sage Lively won the first set 6-0 against Sage Bennett and Katrina Khosrari, but the wind came into play, and South Burlington took the next two sets, 6-2 and 14-12.
At No. 2 doubles, Eve Herous and Emma Shedleur beat Annabel Stevens and Andrea Jackman 6-2, 6-2.
At No. 1 singles, Skyler Graves — known for long matches — battled Kailey Yang, winning the first set 7-6 but then losing 6-3, 10-5.
Also in singles, Izzy Parilo beat Selah Barrett 6-3, 2-6, 10-7.
Since South Burlington had won four matches — the full complement is seven — the other three matches were unnecessary.
“The score was much closer than it will come out on paper,” said Stowe coach Ramsey Hoehn said. “I’m super proud of the team. The team made a ton of progress this year, we’re getting better, and we'll look to improve and go farther next year.”
No. 3 Stowe 7, No. 6 Mount Anthony 0
Stowe won the first five points of the day and Mount Anthony forfeited the remaining two in the Division 2 quarterfinals.
In doubles, Abbie Rice and Sage Lively beat Chloe Gore and Lexi Gerow 6-0, 6-3 and Andrea Jackman and Annabell Stevens beat Regina MacDonald and Zoey Amoroso 6-1, 6-1.
In singles, Emma Carey beat Carly Byuna 6-2, 6-1, Lexi James beat Lily Donahue 6-2, 6-3 and Selah Barrett beat Gabby Griffen-Leon 6-0, 6-1. Mount Anthony forfeited at No. 1 and No. 5 singles midway through the matches.
Mount Anthony finished the year 9-6.
No. 3 Stowe 7, No. 14 Mount Mansfield 0
Stowe swept all five singles and both doubles matches in the opening round of the Division 1 playoffs.
The closest call was at No. 2 singles, where Stowe’s Emma Carey beat Makenna Morse 7-5, 6-1. Elsewhere, Skyler Graves beat Ixchel Yat Mendez 6-0, 6-0, Lexi James beat Emily Joffrey 6-0, 6-0, Selah Barrett beat Molly McDonald 6-1, 6-1 and Olivia Carey beat Hannah Erb 8-3.
In doubles, Abbie Rice and Sage Lively beat Anna Betz and Kieley Vita 6-1, 6-0 and Andrea Jackman and Annabel Stevens beat Julia Angelano and Ella Agran 6-0, 6-0.
Girls lacrosse bounced in state quarterfinals
No. 2 U-32 15, No. 7 Stowe 7
Cypress Levitt poured in six goals to lead U-32 past Stowe in the Division 2 quarterfinals.
U-32 led 8-4 at halftime and increased the gap in the second half for its third victory over Stowe this season.
Emily Ehret, Brooke George and Charlotte Harris all had hat tricks for U-32 and Kathryn Jones made eight saves in goal.
Sierra Anderson led the Stowe offense with four goals and two assists in her final game as a Raider. Leo Clark added two goals, Ella Murphy scored once and Ellie Moriarty had two assists. Annika Wagner made 14 saves in goal for the Raiders.
U-32, the defending D-2 champion, improved to 11-3 but was upset by No. 6 St. Johnsbury in the Division 2 semifinals.
Stowe finished the year 7-8.
No. 7 Stowe 10, No. 10 Harwood 5
Up 5-3 at the half, seventh-ranked Stowe scored five more times in the second half to knock Harwood out of the Division 2 playoffs in the opening round.
Senior Sierra Anderson led Stowe with four goals, Leo Clark and Ellie Moriarty each scored twice, and Moriarty assisted on another score. Ciara Benfield had a goal and three assists, Ella Murphy had a goal and Shea Lyden had an assist.
Stowe goaltender Annika Wagner made eight saves.
For Harwood, Kelly Tynan scored twice and Johanna Jarecki, Aliza Jernigan and Charlotte Cook had single scores. Kaylee Cameron made 12 saves for the Highlanders in goal.
Harwood finished the season 2-10.
PA-Stowe baseball team ousted in opening round
No. 7 Peoples Academy-Stowe 6
Down 5-2, Randolph scored six runs in the fourth inning to take the lead, then squashed a late-inning rally by PA-Stowe in the opening round of the Division 3 playoffs.
PA-Stowe scored a run in the sixth, but couldn’t get any closer.
Max Carr went 2-for-4 with an RBI to lead the PA-Stowe offense. Nick Holbrook had one hit, drew two walks and had an RBI, and Lou Angione had a hit and a walk.
Winning pitcher Zach Whitmore struck out seven and gave up six hits while also going 2-for-4 at the plate for Randolph, a squad that plays a regular-season schedule laden with Division 2 squads but is in the D-3 bracket.
“It was a tough draw, but I thought we were pretty much even up with them; we matched up pretty well with them,” said PA-Stowe coach Keith Woodland. “But Whitmore is a pretty good pitcher, and he settled down late in the game and did his job.”
Hayden Frazee took the loss for PA-Stowe, giving up four earned runs in two innings.
PA-Stowe finished the year 9-7. Randolph lost to No. 2 Green Mountain Union in the quarterfinals to finish 7-11.