Mitch's Sports Report

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We have a story this morning not so much about history being made after a win, but about history continuing to be made by a girls' high school basketball team that seems to have forgotten how to lose. The Champlain Valley Union Redhawks won the girls' Division one state title last night, defeating BFA-St. Albans 40-28 for CVU's fourth consecutive Division one championship and fourth straight undefeated season. If you're keeping count at home, that's ninety-five consecutive games without a loss.

The University of Vermont mens' basketball team is one win away from winning the America East championship and gaining an automatic bid to the NCAA big dance.

Another chapter was written into one of the great rivalry stories in Vermont boys' high school basketball when the Burlington Seahorses avenged last year's loss to Rice with a 37-29 victory to claim the Division one state title Saturday.

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I want to get the caveat out of the way first, because I really don't want to diminish what was the best and most important win of the season so far for the Boston Bruins.

The highlight of the night in UVM's 99-82 win over Maine at Patrick Gymnasium in the America East quarterfinal playoffs last night was a forty-five foot, half-court buzzer beater by Cam Ward that hit nothing but net as time expired in the first half.

Undefeated, unflappable, and quite possibly unstoppable. The CVU girls' high school basketball team is heading back to the Division one finals, looking for their fourth consecutive championship following a 43-27 win over Burlington in the D-1 semi-finals last night.

Well, some trade deadlines are the meteorological equivalent of a blizzard, with a flurry of deals made in a few hours before the storm settles. Yesterday's NHL deadline was more like a minor weather system, with a passing shower here and there, and just enough activity to alter the environment. Amid those changing weather patterns, the Boston Bruins acquired two players at the deadline, but made more news by who they kept on the roster.

Political junkies are eager for the drama of Super Tuesday tomorrow, but for fans of the NHL it's all about Manic Monday and today's three o'clock trading deadline.

The girls' high school basketball playdowns got underway last night, and right off the bat there was an upset in Division one as the fourteenth-seeded Brattleboro Colonels shocked number three Essex, winning by two points in overtime 45-43.

Home sweet home. Home is where the heart is. There's no place like home. Forgive fans of the Boston Bruins if they greet those well worn adages with a collective twenty-first century eye roll emoji.

A photo finish. A winning margin of zero-point-one-zero seconds. The closest race in the history of the Daytona 500.

The Boston Bruins played the first period of their game against the Predators in Nashville last night in much the same manner as people react to their morning alarm clock going off. They hit the snooze button.

The Boston Bruins got all they could handle from the cellar dwellers of the Metropolitan division last night, but all that matters is the result, and after just thirty-three seconds of overtime the Bruins pulled out a 2-1 win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on a goal by Loui Eriksson.

The Boston Bruins played run-and-gun hockey with the Red Wings in Motor City yesterday and the results were as you'd expect, with lots of momentum swings, plenty of goals, porous defense, and for the Bruins, their first loss in game three of a six-game road trip.

In the NHL, the Boston Bruins needed a bounce-back game after suffering a 9-2 loss to the L.A. Kings at home, and true to their modus operandi this season, they got their bounce-back on the road.  

Paul Pierce was back home in Boston last night, the aging veteran now with the L.A. Clippers but his heart always will be with the Boston Celtics, where he starred for 15 seasons and led the Green to their record 17th championship title in 2008.

It all started out so well for the Boston Bruins last night.

In mens' college hoops, when a college team puts up 93 points that more often than not means victory. But not when you let the opposing team score 100.

Matt York / AP

Well, I guess if you like defense, Super Bowl 50 was a thrill ride. If you happen to like Denver's defense, it was spellbinding entertainment, and if you're everyone else, the Broncos 24-10 win over the Carolina Panthers had, let's face it, all the drama of a week 7 game between two teams with mediocre records.