THURSDAY

Who: Arlington girls basketball at West Rutland

Where: West Rutland, 7 p.m.

Why: The Arlington girls face a team they knocked out of the Division IV tournament a year ago. The Eagles ended the Golden Horde's season 59-49 in the semifinals last year, so expect West Rutland to be out for revenge. Couple that with the fact this game is at West Rutland, and you have all the makings of a great contest.

Molly Elwell and Julia Lacoste both stepped up big in the Eagles' first win of the season on Monday, as the pair both scored in double-figures to lead the team over Black River. Those are two names you can almost guarantee will be at the top of the scoring chart to end the season. Another girl to watch for is freshman Riley Lane. Lane scored 10 points in the win over Black River, and is one of those players that could take everyone by surprise this season.

For West Rutland, twin sisters Morgan and Taylor Raiche are where the Golden Horde start, with the two both standing around six feet tall, but the team is returning seven players from last year's team. There is a third Raiche, Brooke, who will come off the bench, while Jen Sumner directs traffic as the point guard. Expect a team that will be fired up to prove that it can get over the hump this season.

SATURDAY

Who: Mount Anthony, Burr and Burton nordic ski teams

Where: Prospect Mountain, 10 a.m.

Why: Mount Anthony hosts the first Freestyle meet of the season. After a shortened race on Wednesday, teams in the Marble Valley League will get their first taste of racing when the Patriots host at Prospect Mountain.

While still early in the season, the fact the race can even happen is a reason to watch. After some dodgy weather last year, snow should be in abundance heading into the weekend.

The meet will give teams their first opportunities to see how skiiers are coming together, and to see how their team stacks up against the competition.

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Who: Burr and Burton girls ice hockey vs. Middlebury

Where: Riley Rink in Manchester, 5:45 p.m.

Why: The Burr and Burton girls have been on a tear to start the season. The Bulldogs dropped their opening game in a close 2-1 loss to Northfield, but have bounced back with three wins, outscoring their opposition 9-2 over the stretch.

Middlebury, as of Tuesday, are 4-0 and have outscored its opposition 15-2 over the four games.

Simply put: This game could be a high scoring contest, with each team potentially scoring three or more goals, or it could be a defensive battle. Either way, this contest has "good game" written all over it.

The Bulldogs have been balanced on the score sheet to start the season, with players like Daisy Sullivan, Aggie Bisselle, Jordan Harmon, and Megan Grabher all contributing via goals or assists. Defensively, Kaylie Benson has been a stalwart in goal and Mary Leech has anchored a strong defensive core.

Middlebury's defense has enjoyed a strong start, with assistant captain Paige Viens helping to hold down the defensive zone and Baily Ryan is stationed between the pipes.