High school Nordic and alpine skiers have competed against other schools for a few weeks, and now their counterparts on local hockey and basketball squads can join them.

State officials announced last week that hockey and basketball teams could begin competing against other schools, with some restrictions. Each team can only play two games per week, there must be three days between each game and no spectators.

The start date for those first competitions is tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 12, and local Lamoille County school teams are hitting the ground running with plenty of games this weekend.

Stowe High School’s varsity boys’ basketball team hosts Fairfax on Friday night and the girls’ basketball team plays at Craftsbury on Saturday morning. The cooperative hockey teams from Peoples Academy-Stowe also play Saturday, when the girls host Woodstock and the boys host South Burlington.

Lamoille Union’s varsity and junior varsity girls’ basketball teams are slated to host Oxbow on Friday night. The school’s boys’ hoops teams are tentatively scheduled to play road contests the following day.

Peoples Academy’s boys’ basketball team plays at Richford on Friday night, while the girls’ squad won’t get on the court until Monday, Feb. 15, when they play at Hazen.

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