Ryan Wood, an eighth grader from Hinesburg, helps prep Palmer Field for the Buccaneer’s 2021 football season.

Last season, after COVID-19 forced high school football into a 7-on-7, non-tackle game, the Champlain Valley team made the best of the situation — advancing all the way to the regional championship.

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Bob Johnson, the associate executive director for the Vermont Principals Association, which oversees high school sports in the state, said COVID-19 this past winter changed the rules of the game quickly.

When Ian Parent steps on the mound at Centennial Field, wearing a Vermont Lake Monsters uniform, there is the feeling that his baseball career has come full circle.

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