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Four local high school teams seeking finals slots

ADDISON COUNTY — As of the Wednesday morning deadline for the Independent sports section, as many as three Mount Abraham and one Middlebury union high school teams were alive to play for state championships on Saturday.
Two of those teams had been scheduled to play earlier in the week, but concerns about the possible impact of Hurricane Sandy led to postponements.
The 14-1 MUHS boys’ soccer team, the top seed in Division I, was originally set to host No. 5 Burlington (13-2-1) on Tuesday. That game was first moved to Wednesday, but officials worked on Wednesday morning to move the game to Thursday at 3 p.m.
If the Tigers prevail, they will play on Saturday at Burlington High School vs. the winner of the other D-I semifinal, to be played on Thursday between No. 2 Champlain Valley (14-1-1) and No. 11 Essex (8-6-2) in Hinesburg. Saturday’s game time will be announced late on Thursday or early on Friday.
The 8-7-1 Eagle boys’ soccer team, seeded No. 6, was originally set to play at No. 2 Montpelier (16-0) on Tuesday, but that game was move twice, first to Monday and then to Thursday at 3 p.m.
If Mount Abe pulls off the road win on Thursday, the Eagles will play the winner of a Wednesday game between No. 1 Burr & Burton (16-0) and No. 4 Green Mountain Valley (9-3). The final will be played on Saturday at Randolph High School, with the time again to be determined late on Thursday or early on Friday.
Two other games were set to go on as scheduled on Wednesday.
The No. 3 Eagle field hockey team (10-4-1) was to meet No. 2 U-32 (14-1) at Middlebury College on Wednesday afternoon in a D-II semifinal. The winner of that game will meet either No. 1 Windsor (14-0-1) or No. 4 Harwood (10-4-1) at the University of Vermont on Saturday, again at a time to be announced. Windsor and Harwood were initially scheduled to play on Tuesday at Middlebury College, but that game was moved to Thursday.
The Eagle girls’ soccer team, at 10-4-2 the No. 5 seed in D-II, remained on track to travel and take on No. 1 Montpelier (12-2) on Wednesday afternoon. If the Eagles prevailed, they will face either No. 2 Springfield (13-2-1) or No. 6 Hartford (10-6) on Saturday at Randolph High School at a time to be determined. Springfield was scheduled to host Hartford on Wednesday.
Weather uncertainty also caused the time of one of this weekend’s two football semifinals to be switched. The No. 4 Mount Abraham/Vergennes squad (6-3) will travel to No. 1 Woodstock (9-0) on Saturday for a 2 p.m. game rather than a Friday evening contest.
The D-I football semifinal between host No. 1 Hartford (9-0) and No. 4 MUHS (6-3) will go on as scheduled, at 7 p.m. on Friday evening. 

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