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Best websites to follow Vermont high school playoff action

The BFA and CVU girls hockey teams begin their quest for the Division I title next week.
The BFA and CVU girls hockey teams begin their quest for the Division I title next week.Shawn Corrow, coldhollowphoto.com

With the end of the Vermont girls basketball and boys and girls hockey regular season coming Saturday, sports fans will soon turn their attention to the playoffs.

Here's a rundown to the top places on the web to follow all the postseason action.

The only website that provides comphrensive coverage from one end to the state to the other is the Burlington Free Press website. Sure, there are other websites that cover individual schools better, noone provides the breadth of the coverage that the Free Press delivers.

From playoff pairings online throughout the tournament to updated scores through each night of the tournaments to individual game summaries from each game, the Free Press is the gold standard. (Full disclosure: I do work at the Free Press as a temporary part-time worker.)

In addition to their standard fare, the site also features the Varsity Insider blog managed by high school beat writer Alex Abrami. All season long Abrami has offered up power rankings of the top high school hockey and basketball teams.

Another site that does a good job of covering high school sports, albeit with an eye more focused on the Northeast Kingdown, is Northeast Sports Network.

NSN has game stories, photos and scores - the typical fare you'd expect from a sports website - but's also a portal for a couple of unique, live talk shows that stream five days a week on the web.

• Corm, Coach & Lana live daily from 7-9 a.m. Call in at 802-316-4193.

• The Big Sports Show with George Commo and Jack Healey live from 9-11 a.m. Call in at 802-863-5678.

There was a time when the Rutland Herald, Barre Times Argus and Caledonian Record websites were must-reads for high school sports fans, but these two website have now gone to pay-to-view format.

The Newport Daily Express, Brattleboro Reformer and Bennington Banner all offer free content updated daily with a strong regional bent. The state's only other daily newspaper - the St. Albans Messenger - has no regular online sports news on its website.

A newcomer onto the scene is Vermont Scoreboard - a website dedicated to mainly northwestern Vermont sports with game stories and photos, scores, schedule and it's own version of power rankings.

One of the best features on the site is the photography of Shane Bufano, one of the top sports photographers in the region.

Speaking of top sports photographers - check out Paul Lamontagne's Vermont Sports Images, Lamoureux Photo Studio and, while your at it, here's a plug for my own Cold Hollow Photography website.

If you know of another good website where people can find high school sports information, please share it in the comment section so others can benefit from your knowledge.

If you are too shy to post, send me a direct message via twitter @scorrow, or through Facebook (Shawn Corrow).

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