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About that rematch: Windsor wins over Thetford, 51-34

Windsor sophomore sensation Olivia Rockwood cuts a piece of the net with the rest of her teammates after they defeated Thetford 51-34 to win the Division III state championship in Barre, Vt., on March 10, 2018. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com

I was there and I have to say my jaw was on the floor following the play that Valley News correspondent Adam Boffey described in the opening of his story:

When Olivia Rockwood sank a deep turnaround floater off the glass at the first-half buzzer in Saturday’s VPA Division III girls basketball championship game at Barre Auditorium, it pushed Windsor’s lead to a commanding 18 points at intermission.

 

The one-handed heave, which looked like something from a game of H-O-R-S-E, was also a microcosm of the evening for the Yellowjackets — everything seemed to go their way in a 51-34 victory over defending state champion Thetford.

 

Rockwood dominated the rematch of last year’s final, finishing with 29 points including three 3-pointeers.

 

The Yellowjacket standout offered her take on the shot of the game, which developed from a loose ball she picked up just inside the arc.

 

“I didn’t really shoot it,” Rockwood said. “I kind of just picked it up and threw it, I guess. It looked on, but I thought it would go hard off the backboard, but I guess it was just right.”

Congrats, Windsor! Read more here.

RELATED: It’s a rematch: Thetford, Windsor advance to a championship rendezvous on Saturday (w/ video)

It’s a rematch: Thetford, Windsor advance to a championship rendezvous on Saturday

Windsor’s Olivia Rockwood, left, and Angelina Bigwood, right, fight to bring down a rebound against Peoples’ Melaira Fogg during their VAP Division III semifinal at the Barre Auditorium in Barre, Vt., Thursday, March 8, 2018. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

 

Emi Vaughan, of Thetford Academy, right, competes for a dropped rebound with Lizzie Brown, of Hazen, as Brooke Horniak, of Thetford, middle, provides backup during the Vermont Principals Association Division III semifinal at the Barre Auditorium in Barre, Vt., Thursday, March 8, 2018. Thetford won 51 – 40. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Yowza.

On Thursday night, Windsor beat Peoples Academy and Thetford beat Hazen … which means the two Upper Valley teams will face off in the championship once again in Barre on Saturday!

The Windsor vs. Thetford championship of 2017 was quite the last-minute nail-biter, with Thetford coming out on top, 53-52, after trailing by 15 points with fewer than six minutes to play.

Full disclosure: My husband grew up in Thetford and had been working at Thetford Academy for a few years at the time, so the come-from-behind victory was pretty thrilling to witness (see video). But overall, I’m always just looking for an exciting game between two good teams, and this one promises to deliver.

It’s all going down at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday at Barre Auditorium.

 

Weekend picks: Dance for LGBT+ teens; JAGfest theater festival; Enfield snow fun; Pilgrims show

TONIGHT ONLY

Love Wins: Dance for LGBT+ Teens!

TONIGHT, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

JAGfest, a weekend performing arts festival of new works all celebrating the talents of African-American playwrights and performing artists, kicks off tonight at 7:30 in White River Junction and runs all weekend.

Photographed in West Lebanon, N.H., on Feb. 1, 2018, Jarvis Antonio Green is the founding producing artistic director for JAG Productions and BarnArts Center for the Arts. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

ALSO ON FRIDAY, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

The Newport Winter Carnival!

At the 100th Newport Winter Carnival in Newport, N.H., spectators watch the Axe Man Challenge on the green on Feb. 13, 2016. Participants of the challenge try to split as much wood as they can in two minutes. Wood is then auctioned off with the proceeds going to the Newport Recreational Center. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

SATURDAY DURING THE DAY

Enfield is The Place To Be!

  • Beginning at noon, the Mascoma Sailing Club and the Enfield Village Association will host a “Winter WingDing” at Mascoma Lakeside Park. The event is free and goes to 4 p.m.
  • Also taking place in Enfield will be the annual Snowshoe Festival at the Enfield Shaker Museum. The event — held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. — features guided snowshoe tours and opportunities to explore trails at one’s own pace. There will also be sled dog rides, lunch and a bonfire (with toasted marshmallows of course).

Scenes from last year’s “Winter WingDing” in Enfield. (Courtesy photographs)

SATURDAY EVENING

We already told ya about the whole thing with the flannel and the world record attempt and the basketball.

Notre Dame’s Matt Farrell (5) tries to get between Dartmouth’s Brendan Barry (15) and Will Emery (0) during an NCAA college basketball game at Purcell Pavilion in South Bend, Ind., Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. (Michael Caterina/South Bend Tribune via AP)

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

There’s also The Pilgrims playing a show at the Windsor Station. (You may remember they have a fun new video.) They’re joined by Faux in Love and it all starts at 9:30 p.m.

 

SUNDAY

JAGfest and the Newport Winter Festival continue. And also, what a busy weekend. Maybe take a nap?