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Hazing in sports can have devastating effects on athletes, schools and communities.
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Hazing is happening in greater numbers than you might suspect. One recent study reported that 80 percent of student athletes experienced some form of hazing during their college athletic career. And 42 percent said they also were hazed in high school.

Before the men's NCAA basketball tournament began I'd wager you couldn't find anyone who would predict that the 11th seeded Loyola-Chicago Ramblers would be in the Final Four, while the perennial powerhouse and number two seeded Duke Blue Devils would not, but brackets are immune to prediction, reputation, or odds, and that's where we stand today with a Final Four that makes about 3/4 worth of sense.

A couple of days back you may have heard the interview NPR did with Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, Loyola-Chicago's 98-year-old team chaplain, about the team's incredible Cinderella run thus far in the men's NCAA basketball tournament.

The number of key players out with injury now at seven, the Boston Bruins have got to feel good about taking away at least one point from last night's tilt against the Blues in St. Louis, even if they ultimately lost the game.

Dylan Fortin, who's 24 and from Barton, Vermont has been competing in Special Olympics since he was 8. His mother Gail says he loves to re-connect every year with friends.
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The annual Special Olympics Vermont Winter Games took place at Pico Mountain Resort, with nearly 200 athletes competing this year.

The Essex Hornets are in a familiar spot as state champions in division one boy's hockey after a resounding 5-0 win over Spaulding at Gutterson Field House last night.

Stratton Mountain Ski School alum Jessie Diggins, fresh off her history-making performance as the first American, along with Kikkan Randall, to ever win a medal in cross-country at the Olympics, has climbed into second place overall in the International Ski Federation World Cup standings.

In the NHL Mika Zibanejad scored a tying goal late in the third period and then decided that wasn't quite heroic enough, going on to net the game winner in overtime to lead the NY Rangers to a 4-3 win over the two-time defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

The amazing winning streak. The regular season that saw them finish with the best record and top seed in the America East conference. It all looked so good for the University of Vermont men's basketball team, until they stumbled in the conference championship game against UMBC and had to settle for an invite from the N.I.T. tournament rather than the coveted NCAA dance.

It's as true on the ice of the high school hockey sheet as it is in the biggest arenas where the pros of the NHL skate: to win a championship, at some point, you're going to need great goaltending. That's what the BFA-St. Albans Comets got last night from Maddy Hungerford, who faced 24 shots by the Essex Hornets at Gutterson Field House and turned them all away in a 2-0 victory that delivers BFA the division one girl's state hockey title for the first time in five years.

They were looking to make it six state division one girl's high school basketball titles in a row. They came in as the favorites to do so, even though they were not the number one seed. But yesterday, the CVU Redhawks found out why the St. Johnsbury Hilltoppers were the top-seeded team, as St. J beat CVU, dethroning the five times in a row champs in a 48-33 stunner at Patrick Gym.

The state championship for division one girl's hockey is set, following a 4-1 win by BFA-St. Albans over Rutland last night.

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When Anthony Lamb broke his foot during a practice over the Christmas holidays, University of Vermont men's basketball coach John Becker knew his team stood at a crossroad. 

If the Catamounts hoped to continue their two-year run of excellence, every player on the roster would have to do more — and no one needed to step up bigger than Drew Urquhart.

On Sunday, dozens of competitors will take to the slopes at Mount Snow in Vermont for the annual world championship of jack jumping.

Wait. What's a jack jump? Yeah, I wondered that too.

Even as a longtime skier — and Vermont reporter — I had no idea what the snow sport entailed — but I became determined to find out.

Hartford won't be voting on designing a track for its high school this town meeting, despite a petition signed by more than enough voters. That has one petitioner taking the matter to court.
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At least a generation of runners has gone through the track program at Hartford High School since the community first started talking about building an official track. But despite a petition signed by hundreds of voters, there will be no track talk on the town meeting ballot this year.

Jessica Diggins, a Stratton Mountain School alum, immediately after winning the gold medal in women's team sprint freestyle cross-country skiing with teammate Kikkan Randall. It's the first U.S. medal in cross-country since 1976.
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With only handful of events remaining in the final weekend of the 23rd Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the United States has delivered a steady, if mildly disappointing performance.

For two decades they waited for redemption. Different players, yes, but all of them representing one country, all of them pining for the chance to reclaim the mantle as best women's hockey team in the world.
And last night in Pyeonchang, the U.S. women's hockey team regained that honor, beating team Canada in a thrilling 3-2 overtime shoot-out to win the gold medal, just as Montpelier's Amanda Pelkey predicted they would do.

History has been made at the Olympics with Stratton Mountain school's Jesse Diggins winning an Olympic gold medal along with Dartmouth College alum Kikkan Randall, the first medal ever at the winter Games for American women in cross country skiing.

The U.S. men's hockey team is heading to the quarterfinal round of the Olympics after a 5-1 defeat of Slovakia today in Pyeonchang.

At the Winter Olympics, the US women's hockey team is one step closer to its goal of winning gold.

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