Hartford High athletic director Jeff Moreno sent along an email today to keep us appraised of where things stand for his school’s winter teams. Here’s a slightly-edited version for our readers.
Basketball: The Southern Vermont League “is currently working on a 16-18 game schedule that is largely based on regional alignment. The schedule would be on a Monday -Thursday or a Tueday – Friday rotation to maintain the two games a week mandate.
“We would be in the ‘Large-East’ region (Brattleboro, Bellows Falls, Springfield, Windsor, Hartford, Woodstock). We would have some games with the ‘Large-West’ folks (Fair Haven, Rutland, MSJ, Mt. Anthony, Burr & Burton, Otter Valley). The schedule will feature the crossover games early on with the league games all stacked in the back.
“At this time there is not a plan to crown a regional champion. We will extend the season into late March. My best guess on a start date would be two weeks after we return from the December break (mid-January).”
Hockey: “The VHL is keeping the schedule ‘as is’ from the point we pick things up (see above), through the original regular season end date. They are working on creating a schedule for the extra weeks that are being added on.
“Complicating factors include schools with travel restrictions as well as rinks that usually close in early March. Northfield is using Barre, St. Johnsbury is using Hartford, Lyndon is using Barre and Jay Peak. Teams could be without a home come playoff time.”
Bowling: Looks like the master schedule will be redone and all matches will be virtual. Hartford is seeking clarity on whether we can use Maple Lanes in Claremont or if we need to find a new home.
Snow sports: “A southern schedule is being created in the next two weeks. Like bowling, Hartford’s teams train in New Hampshire (Whaleback), so this could be a big problem if that turns out to not be an option.
“Whaleback works for us because they have lights and we can train at night which allows our students not to miss class for practices. Numbers are way up this year for snow sports with nearly 50 kids registered the the program.
Indoor track – Not being held this year
Notes: It looks like the spring season will be extended into late June (not yet confirmed)… Our bass fishing team is making plans to travel to the national championships June 30 at Lake Hartwell in North Carolina. They missed the nationals last summer due to the pandemic and our coach, Aron Tomlinson, has been working with them to move their automatic bid to this year. They were to have gone to La Crosse, Wisconsin last summer.