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them useless in seconds. Players and coaches who can accept the realities with which they are confronted and make effective changes on the spot are the ones who enjoy the most success. Halftime adjustments are real, and they can make a difference. And, they epitomize adaptability. So, as we gather in front of various types of screens in various places and times to watch the All Stars event on video, let us celebrate the accomplishments of a group of extraordinary people who have adapted to what the world and COVID-19 has thrown at them. While we celebrate, let’s hope we get to see some of these athletes and coaches along with a lot of other young people perform on the field and in the gym next year, and let’s look forward to an in-person All Stars event in 2021. _________________________________ Fredric D. Rutberg is president and publisher of the Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal.

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To steal from the title of a TV show from my youth, 2020 is the year that was. Everything is upside down thanks to the virus. Change is the only constant in life, and adaptability is essential to handling changes in a successful life. 2020 has taught us all lessons in adaptability, from Zoom meetings to drive-in church services. At the Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal, we are proud that we have become nimble in adapting to the realities of covering the news in a pandemic. Our plans for this year’s Banner and Journal Regional All Stars gala began within weeks of last June’s event. By the beginning of winter, we had arranged for a new and beautiful venue while being able to secure MLB pitching legend Jim Kaat as our speaker and emcee. Then we got to look at a major league curveball –

sponsors Southwestern COVID-19. The virus was Vermont Health Care, such a game-changer Bennington Subaru and that we ignored planning Olin Scott Fund Inc. withfor the gala for several out whom there could be weeks, as we absorbed no All Stars gala. And we the magnitude of the give a special shoutout changes we faced. to Jim Kaat who could We were able to adapt not have been more enquickly to the times. We thusiastic or accommowatched as other folks dating to be our All Stars used 21st century comawards show host. munication tools to make The stars of the show lemonade from the lem- Fredric D. Rutberg have not changed. They ons we were dealt. When the idea of a “virtual gala” were and they are the extraordinary — a video production of the All Stars young people whom we honor with awards show in lieu of an in-person the 2020 All Stars awards. They had to learn to adapt to Zoom gala — was proposed, everyone in the room laughed. Within a week, we classrooms and isolation from their were well along the way to producing friends at a time in life where being the video presentation you will see with your friends and playing sports is almost everything. shortly. Adaptability is key to successful The list of people who deserve thanks for this effort is much too long in athletics. The purpose of all of the to include and I would be bound to practice and training is to be ready for whatever the opponent might throw leave someone out. That said, I must acknowledge the at you. Game plans are important, adaptability and commitment of our but events on the field can render

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Jim Kaat, MLB legend Major League Baseball pitching legend Jim Kaat’s Major League career lasted for 25 years and spanned four decades. A three-time All Star and 16-time Gold Glove winner, Kaat won a World Series title in 1982 with the St. Louis Cardinals. Kaat appeared in 898 games in his career, starting 625 of them for a 283-237 record, and a 3.45 earned-run average. Notably, Kaat, as a Minnesota Twin, faced off against Sandy Koufax in three World Series games in 1965. Kaat won a career-high 25 games in the 1966 season. After his pitching career, Kaat

quickly transitioned into broadcasting and called New York Yankees games on YES Network. He is scheduled to call 10 games this season on MLB Network with broadcast partner Bob Costas, and another 10 games on the Twins’ TV network. He also works as an assistant to the president for the Twins. Broadcasting “keeps me in touch with the game,” Kaat said. “I’m fortunate that this will be the start of my eighth decade in Major League Baseball. I’m very fortunate that I have my health. Physically and mentally, I’m able to do it still, and as long as I feel like I can, I think that I should keep doing it.”

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The unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19 upended many aspects of our lives, athletics included. While athletes were left sidelined for the Spring 2020 season, their hard work and dedication is commendable. The Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal congratulate all the athletes, coaches, support staff and volunteers on keeping spirits high in the face of these challenges, and can’t wait to see them take the field once again.

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Fall Football Most Valuable Player: Joey McCoy, Burr and Burton

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McCoy, the Gatorade Player of the Year, led BBA to its first-ever Division I state championship in 2019. Through the air, the senior quarterback completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,561 yards, 37 touchdowns and three interceptions. On the ground, McCoy led the team with 762 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns as BBA averaged almost 50 points a game. He was just as strong statistically on defense, leading in tackles with 88 and defending a team-high 10 passes.

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Offensive Player of the Year: John Morgantini, Burr and Burton Morgantini had a season for the ages in Vermont football in 2019. Playing receiver in Burr and Burton’s spread offense, he caught 64 passes for a record 1,335 yards and 23 touchdowns. His per catch average was 20.9 yards a reception as McCoy targeted Morgantini almost 100 times during the year. Defensive Player of the Year: Logan Morgan, Burr and Burton Morgan had a nose for the ball all year long from his linebacker position. Morgan had 69 tackles, the second-highest total on the team, and led the team with six interceptions, returning four for touchdowns — two in the same game against Mount Mansfield. In the state championship game against St. Johnsbury, Morgan had an interception to stop a comeback attempt.

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Coach of the Year: Thomas McCoy, Burr and Burton McCoy took over for long-time coach Jason Thomas and had the task of moving up to Vermont’s biggest division as a first-year coach, but McCoy passed the test with flying colors, leading the Bulldogs to a 10-1 record and the team’s first-ever Division I state crown. The team’s only loss came to St. Johnsbury in October and by the end of the season, McCoy led the team to the championship in a 47-20 win over the Hilltoppers.

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Most Valuable Player: Lewis Whalen, Arlington Whalen was the leading scorer for an Arlington team that went 13-4-1 and reached the Division IV state championship for the second year in a row. Whalen scored 24 goals on the year and had nine games where he scored multiple goals. He had four goals in a win over Bellows Falls, and three more in a playoff victory over Long Trail.

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Offensive Player of the Year: Jayden Bloom, Burr and Burton Bloom was a catalyst behind Burr and Burton going 10-6 in 2019 and earning a playoff win in Division I. He scored 12 goals on the year, including four in a win over rival Mount Anthony and two in the team’s playoff win over North Country. At the end of the season, Bloom was named a first-team Southern Vermont League all-star in the A Division.

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Defensive Player of the Year: Kolby Wilkins, Arlington Wilkins was the top defender for an Arlington team that reached the Division IV state championship game for the second straight season. The Eagles allowed only 25 goals on the year, an average of 1.38 goals a game and pitched seven shutouts. Wilkins was named a Southern Vermont League all-star in the C Division at the end of the year.

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Coach of the Year: Todd Wilkins, Arlington Wilkins led the Eagles to a 13-4-1 mark and a second straight state championship appearance. The teams started the season 4-1, including a 4-0 win over Division I Mount Anthony in the opening round of the John James tournament and beat one of the top teams in Division IV in Rivendell in overtime. Arlington has gone 25-10-1 over the past two seasons.

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Girls’ Soccer Most Valuable Player: Grace Pinkus, Burr and Burton Pinkus led Burr and Burton to an 11-4 season with 23 goals, which was more than half of the team’s total of 41 on the year in 2019. Pinkus scored multiple goals in six of the team’s games, including four in a win over Mill River and hat tricks against St. Johnsbury, Brattleboro, Leland & Gray and Rutland. A senior, Pinkus will play soccer at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst next fall.

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Co-Offensive Player of the Year: Lilah Ward, Arlington Ward moved from her natural position -- defense -- up into a striker position and was one of the more prolific scorers with 23 goals on the year. The Eagles went 11-6, reaching the state semifinals in Division IV for the third straight season. Ward had multiple goals in eight games, including seven goals in two playoff games against Richford and Blue Mountain. She was named to the first team in the Southern Vermont League’s D Division. Co-Offensive Player of the Year: Molly Sanderson, Long Trail Sanderson was the engine for the Long Trail girls soccer team this season, scoring 19 of the team’s 33 goals for the Division IV Mountain Lions. She scored multiple goals in seven games, including hat tricks against Mount St. Joseph and Twin Valley. She also helped the Mountain Lions pull a playoff upset with a win over Danville.

Co-Defensive Player of the Year: Carol Herbert, Burr and Burton

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Already a three-year varsity starter, Herbert, a junior, backstopped the Burr and Burton girls soccer team to a 11-4 record and a No. 2 seed in Division I in 2019. She had five shutouts and never allowed more than three goals in any game. The team allowed only 16 goals on the year, an average just over one goal a game. Herbert was named the first-team goalie on the Southern Vermont League allstar team.

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Co-Defensive Player of the Year: Emma Salem, Mount Anthony Salem, a senior, led Mount Anthony’s defense to the tune of a 1.43 goals-against-average in 2019. Other than outliers against CVU and Essex, the MAU defense didn’t allow more than two goals in 14 of the team’s 16 games. Salem was named a first-team Southern Vermont League all-star at the end of the year. Salem will attend Middlebury College in the fall and major in biology.

Coach of the Year: Mark Boudreau, Mount Anthony

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Field Hockey Most Valuable Player: Katie Crabtree, Burr and Burton Crabtree, only a freshman, led Burr and Burton with nine goals in a year with the Bulldogs reaching the Division II semifinals. Crabtree had a hat trick in a win against defending Division I champion Bellows Falls and had a pair of goals in a shutout over Rutland. She also scored in the team’s playoff victory over Spaulding.

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Offensive Player of the Year: Emma McCart, Hoosick Falls McCart, only a freshman for the Panthers, scored 10 goals and added nine assists as Hoosick Falls fell in the sectional semifinal to Schuylerville. McCart had multiple goal games against Glens Falls and Salem-Cambridge and added assists in eight different contests, including a pair against Greenwich in early October. McCart was named as an honorable mention Wasaren League all-star at season’s end.

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Boudreau led the Patriots to a 10-6 record in 2019, the coach’s fifth winning season in a row leading Mount Anthony girls soccer. The Patriots won a playoff game for the third straight year, with a victory against Spaulding. The win was part of a seven-game win streak during the season that included wins over rivals Brattleboro, Burr and Burton and Rutland. At the end of the season, he was chosen for the Southern Vermont League’s top coach award.

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Defensive Player of the Year: Hannah Callen, Burr and Burton Callen was the rock in the cage for the Bulldogs in 2019, leading them to a 9-7 record and a Division II semifinal appearance. The Southern Vermont League honorable mention had five shutouts to her credit and had six games where she made at least 10 saves, including a high of 27 in a 3-2 overtime win over Otter Valley early in the year.

Coach of the Year: Barb Miceli, Burr and Burton Miceli led Burr and Burton to its third straight semifinal appearance in 2019. Taking a team with no seniors, Miceli guided them to a pair of wins over four-time defending champion Bellows Falls and finished the year with a four-game win streak before the team’s defeat to Otter Valley in double overtime in the Division II semifinals. BBA ended the year with a 9-7 record.

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Cross-country Running

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Boys Runner of the Year: Asa Burrows-Crane, Mount Anthony Burrows-Crane, a senior, led a young Patriot squad coached by Amanda Mullen in 2019. He was consistently in the top 10 for most of the season, including a third-place finish at Willow Park and a fifth-place finish at the BBA home meet. He was 45th overall at the Vermont state meet at Thetford Academy.

Girls Runner of the Year: Liara Foley, Burr and Burton

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Foley, who has been a force on the local cross-country scene for years, was the cream of the crop in 2019, winning events at Mount Anthony’s Willow Park, Burr and Burton and Rutland, sometimes by more than 30 seconds over the field. At the end of the season, she was ninth overall in the Division II state meet and a Southern Vermont League A Division all-star.

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Co-Player of the Year: Amber Metcalfe, Mount Anthony

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Metcalfe, a senior captain, led the Patriots against a tough Berkshire League schedule. She made her impact on both sides of the ball, including a high of 22 digs in a win over Monument Mountain in October and 17 digs in games against Pittsfield and Wahconah in a five-set loss. Also against Wahconah, she added 11 points, two aces and five kills. She’ll attend Franklin Pierce University in the fall.

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Co-Player of the Year: Alice Roosevelt, Cambridge Roosevelt, a senior middle hitter for the Indians, led Cambridge volleyball to qualify for its first postseason berth in 2019. She had 15 kills against Spa Catholic, then added 10 kills, four service points and a pair of aces against Waterford. Against Berlin, she racked up nine blocks in her best defensive game of the year. The Indians ended the season 11-10, falling in the Class D playoffs to Hartford. Roosevelt is the salutatorian and is going to Yale University in the fall.

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Golf Boys Golfer of the Year: Mat Smith, Hoosick Falls Smith helped propel the Panthers to a perfect regular season at 14-0 and finished seventh at the Section II qualifier. He, along with Matt Bloomer, led Hoosick Falls to the team’s first C-D championship since 2016, and had a pair of second-place finishes in the qualifiers. Smith qualified for the state championship, which was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Girls Golfer of the Year: Allison Hathaway, Hoosick Falls Hathaway had a perfect 8-0 record as she helped the Panthers win both the Wasaren League title and the C-D championship in 2019. As the only female in the field at the Wasaren League championship, she shot a 99 to push Hoosick to the title. In the girls sectional match, she was 10th out of 47 competitors and became an alternate for Section II for the state championship, canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Mountain Biking Co-Rider of the Year: Leah Mowry, Burr and Burton Mowry was a senior leader for the Burr and Burton Mountain Bike squad. Mowry finished second at events at Proctor Academy and Woodstock and added a podium finish at Cardigan Mountain School in New Hampshire. She helped BBA to a team win at Franklin Falls in the Northern New Hampshire Mountain Biking championship with a third place finish.

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Dahlstrom led the way for the Burr and Burton Mountain Bike team, winning the A Division at the championship event at Franklin Falls (N.H.) back in October. Her win, in 1 hour, 26 minutes and 15 seconds, propelled the team to a victory in the title match. Dahlstrom was also third in events at Proctor Academy and Woodstock before a win at Cardigan Mountain School.

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Co-Rider of the Year: Harriet Dahlstrom, Burr and Burton

Winter Boys’ Basketball Most Valuable Player: Jon Kempf, Hoosick Falls

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Kempf had a monster season in 2019-20, scoring more than 27 points a game as the Panthers reached the Class B sectional semifinals. He had nine games of more than 30 points and was in double figures in all 23 games. The regional all-stars MVP last year as well, Kempf, a senior, was fourth in Section II in scoring, fifth in field goals made and first in free throwing shooting.

Offensive Player of the Year: Gavin Johnson, Mount Anthony Johnson, a junior, averaged better than 16 points per game for Mount Anthony. After an injury early in the year, most nights Johnson was the spark for the Patriots, including games of 31 against Hoosac Valley, 22 in a win over Otter Valley and 21 against Springfield. The high-flyer punctuated lots of offensive possessions with jams, firing up the Kates Krazies student section. Defensive Player of the Year: Tristan Williams, Hoosick Falls Williams was the big man in the middle for the Panthers, using his 6-foot-5 frame to either block shots or alter them, making a trip into the plant a miserable one for opponents. Williams was also a tough rebounder, forcing teams into a single shot opportunity. The play helped Hoosick Falls to a 19-4 mark in 2019-20 and a sectional semifinal appearance. Offensively, Williams averaged 16.4 points per game. Coach of the Year Mike Lilac, Hoosick Falls: Lilac, the boys basketball coach of the year for last year’s Banner/Journal All-Stars, led the Panthers to a 19-4 record in a tough Class B field in 2019-20. As part of that record, his team upset the No. 1 team in the class, Catskill, and reached the sectional semifinals at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Lilac, who has been the boys coach since 1996, is closing in on 400 wins for his career.

Girls’ Basketball Most Valuable Player: Sophie Phillips, Cambridge

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Phillips, the offensive player of the year last season for the Banner/Journal regional allstars, averaged 17.4 points per game for the Indians, who went 22-1 and won the Class C sectionals for the third season in a row. In three playoff games, Phillips upped her game even more, leading the Indians to wins by at least 24 points, including the sectional final against Maple Hill and was named the New York state Class C Player of the Year.

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Offensive Player of the Year: Logan Thayne, Hoosick Falls Thayne, a senior, continued to rewrite the Hoosick Falls girls basketball record book in 2019-20. She averaged 23 points a game this season and broke the school record for points in a career -- finishing her time at Hoosick Falls with 1,722 points. Thayne also broke her own school record for points in a game in back-to-back games, racking up 40 against Berlin, then 41 against Mount Anthony a week later. She’ll play at the University at Albany next winter. Defensive Player of the Year: Grace Mahar, Mount Anthony

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Coach of the Year: Bob Phillips, Cambridge Phillips led Cambridge to a 22-1 record in 2019-20 and a third straight Section II championship. The Indians were well on their way to defending their Class C state title before the season was canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak. Phillips, the Banner/Journal regional all-stars coach of the year last season, had four players make the all-state squad in Class C, including Sophie and Lilly Phillips, along with Stasia Epler and Fiona Mooney.

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Mahar, a senior, was the leader for a Mount Anthony basketball team with a new coaching staff in 2019-20. She made it happen on both ends of the floor, defensively she set the school’s all-time rebounding record, recording nearly 1,000 career rebounds and breaking her sister’s mark. Offensively, she reached the 1,000-point milestone against Rice and averaged more than 20 points a game.

Wrestling Lower Weight Wrestler of the Year: Keegan Coon, Mount Anthony

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Coon, a senior, earned his 200th victory this season, becoming one of only a handful of Mount Anthony wrestlers to achieve that record. He won a third Vermont state crown, this year at 138 pounds and placed fourth at the New England regional tournament, his third time placing at the regionals. At the end of the year, Coon was named an honorable mention All-American by Wrestling USA Magazine.

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Middleweight Wrestler of the Year: Adam Frost, Mount Anthony Frost, another senior for the Patriots, won the 100th match of his career at the Vermont state tournament in February, was a captain for the Patriots and propelled them to their 32nd straight state championship as a team. Individually, Frost won the 160-pound Vermont state crown, his first title. He also won the Lowell Holidays and had a season record of 43-5 and a career record of 102-27. He’ll attend Trinity College in the fall. Heavyweight Wrestler of the Year: Sam Wilkins, Mount Anthony

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Coach of the Year: Brian Coon, Mount Anthony Coon kept the tradition alive at Mount Anthony, leading the Patriots to its 32nd straight Vermont state championship, edging out runner-up Essex in February. He had six individual state champions, then added another individual New England champion in Sam Wilkins in March. Coon led the Patriots to a third place finish at the Lowell Holidays and then at New Englands, the Patriots finished fourth overall, the best since a runner-up finish in 2018.

Bowling COON

Bowler of the Year: Evan Webster, Hoosick Falls Webster, a senior for the Panthers, helped Hoosick Falls to a perfect 13-0 team record and a 60-0 point record in 2019-20. Hoosick won the Wasaren League tournament

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Wilkins became the 10th ever four-time state champion in the state of Vermont this season, winning the 195-pound state championship. He added a second New England title in March, edging his Granite State challenger in the ultimate tie breaker in the final. Wilkins was an honorable mention All-American selection by Wrestling USA Magazine and won the Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award and he’ll attend Castleton University in the fall and wrestle for former MAU coach Scott Legacy.

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with a come-from-behind run that included a 299-726 series from Webster, then propelled the Panthers to a second-place finish in the Class C-D sectionals, leading the team with a 634 high series.

Ice Hockey Boys Offensive Player of the Year: Joey McCoy, Burr and Burton

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McCoy was a captain for the Bulldogs, leading them to a 14-9-1 record and a Division II semifinal appearance. The senior, who was named an Rotary all-star at season’s end, had hat tricks against St. Johnsbury and Union-32 during the season and big days against Brattleboro, combining for two goals and four assists in two meetings. In the quarterfinal against two-time defending champion Woodstock, McCoy scored the winning goal with 1:41 left to send BBA to the semifinal.

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Girls Offensive Player of the Year: Stella Turner, Burr and Burton The junior, who was the offensive player of the year for the Banner/Journal Regional All-Stars a year ago, was the leading scorer for the Bulldogs in 2019-20 and a first-team all-star for coach Ed Lewicki. As the calendar turned to 2020, Turner opened up the scoring, with goals in most games after the New Year, including the winning goal in an upset of Division I rival Rutland.

Boys Defensive Player of the Year: Ethan Simonds, Burr and Burton

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Simonds, a senior, led the Burr and Burton boys hockey team between the pipes for all four years of high school. A Rotary all-star this season in net, he had three shutouts and a save percentage around 90 percent. He also managed to come up the biggest in the biggest games for the Bulldogs -- in three games against two-time defending champion Woodstock, Simonds only allowed three goals, and only one during the regular season.

Girls Defensive Player of the Year: Penelope (Kilo) Francomb, Burr and Burton Kilo, a junior, was one of the top defenders for the Bulldogs this winter. She led a defense that allowed two goals or less in nine games, which allowed BBA, a team with no seniors, to stay in almost every game this season. Francomb was also one of the top scorers for coach Ed Lewicki this season, as she had the ability to move around and play multiple positions on the ice.

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Boys Track Athlete of the Year: Isaiah Brunache, Mount Anthony Brunache, only a sophomore, put his stamp on the throwing events this winter in indoor track. Brunache won the shot put at Dartmouth and the Foothills Championships, against New York schools, then finished second at the Vermont state meet, with a PR of 46 feet, 5.75 inches. In weight throw, he was only lower than third in one event, was second at states and set a PR of 51 feet, 3.75 inches at the Foothills Championships. Girls Track Athlete of the Year: Rebecca Crosier, Mount Anthony Crosier, a senior, matched her amazing junior season with three more individual Vermont state championships at UVM back in February. She was first in the 300 meters, setting a school record, won the 55-meter hurdles with a personal best and then was first in the long jump -- winning the event by more than a foot over the field. She was also second in the 55-meter dash, setting a school record with a time of 7.61 seconds.

Nordic Skiing Boys Co-Skier of the Year: Jack Drew, Mount Anthony

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Drew, a senior, led the Patriots to a runner-up finish at the state meet, following up the state championship a year ago. In 2019-20, Drew was consistently at the top of the results, finishing in the top six in both classic and skate disciplines at the state meet at Rikert Touring Center. He won the Southern Vermont League classic championship,

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then finished third in the skate. Drew will attend Montana State University in the fall and major in exercise science.

Boys Co-Skier of the Year: Logan Sands, Burr and Burton Sands led the Burr and Burton ski team to a fourth-place finish at the state meet in Division II. Sands was a top-10 skier all season, with a sixth-place finish in the individual classic event at states, a fifth-place at Prospect to begin the year and a fourth-place finish at Wild Wings Touring Center back in January.

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Umphlett, a senior, led the Patriots to a fourth-place finish at the state meet and was consistently in the top three finishers at just about every meet during the winter. She was third at Mountain Top in January, then added a runner-up finish at the Brattleboro Outing Club. She won the individual classic race at Wild Wings for the Southern Vermont League crown. Umphlett will attend Connecticut College, where she’ll run crosscountry in the fall.

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Girls Co-Skier of the Year: Leah Mowry, Burr and Burton Mowry, a senior, was the top skier for coach Isabel Caldwell’s Bulldogs. She was second in both classic and skate disciplines at the Southern Vermont League championships and won races at Mountain Top and Brattleboro Outing Club. She finished the year with a sixth-place finish in the classic at the state meet at Rikert Touring Center.

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Girls Co-Skier of the Year: Sarah Umphlett, Mount Anthony

Swimming MOWRY

Boys Swimmer of the Year: Anthony Mazzola, Mount Anthony Mazzola, a senior, led an undermanned Patriots swim team and was a key member of the squad. Including the relays, Mazzola’s top events were the 100-yard breaststroke and the 200-yard individual medley, events that he won against a tough Berkshire League schedule, with victories against New Lebanon, Wahconah and Pittsfield in the 100 breaststroke. Against Taconic Hills, Mazzola scored wins in both events.

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Girls Swimmer of the Year: Grace Burhans, Mount Anthony Burhans, a junior, has been swimming for the Patriots for three seasons and has cornered the market for success in not only the sprint events of the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle, but also has dipped her toe into the distance events. Against Taconic Hills, she won both the 50 free and the 100 free, but against Monument Mountain, Burhans gave the 500 free a shot and won it. She was an all-Berkshire League swimmer last season.

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Boys Skier of the Year: Michael Duddy, Burr and Burton Duddy, a senior, finished his high school alpine ski career with top 10 runs in most of his events this season. He won the Dave Pinder Memorial at his home course, Bromley Mountain, ripping off two second-place runs to get it done. He was sixth at a meet at Okemo, leading Burr and Burton, finished 8th overall individually at the Southern Districts at Pico and 11th at the state meet at Suicide Six.

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Girls Skier of the Year: Francesca Levitas, Burr and Burton Levitas came onto the scene a big way in 2019-20. The sophomore won the Dave Pinder Memorial at Bromley Mountain, then added a third at Suicide Six and a fifth at her home course, Bromley, in February. She added a fifth in slalom at the state meet at Suicide Six, helping the Bulldogs finish second overall as a team.

Snowboarding LEVITAS

Boys Snowboarder of the Year: Griffin MacFadyen, Burr and Burton MacFadyen, a junior, ranked in the top three of all three disciplines that the state hosts for its championship -- he was third in the giant slalom, tied for first in the slopestyle

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and first in the halfpipe. At the state championship at Okemo Mountain in March, he led the boys to the title, finishing first in the halfpipe and second in slopestyle.

Girls Snowboarder of the Year: Hannah Callen, Burr and Burton Callen, a senior, helped the Bulldogs finish second as a team at the state championships in 2019-20. In two events at Bromley Mountain, her home course, she ripped off a pair of runner-up finishes to lead her team. At the state meet at Okemo, Callen won the giant slalom race by more than seven seconds, was third in halfpipe and sixth in the slopestyle to lead BBA to the runner-up spot.

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Cheer Athlete of the Year: Keana Gauthier, Mount Anthony Gauthier, a senior, propelled the Mount Anthony cheer squad to its fourth straight New England appearance this winter, an event cancelled by the coronavirus outbreak. The Patriots finished second at the Central Vermont Cheerleading Championships and then a few weeks later, scored a second-place finish at the state tournament in Division I, the team’s best finish since 2013 and its first runner-up in D-I since 1995.

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Dance Co-Dance Athlete of the Year: Alexus Robie, Mount Anthony Robie, a senior, led the Mount Anthony dance team as one of three seniors this season. At a meet in Colchester, the Patriots ended up with a pair of podium finishes, third in hip-hop and second in pom. At Burr and Burton, Mount Anthony won the pom division. Robie will be attending Suffolk University next fall and majoring in psychology.

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Co-Dance Athlete of the Year: Shaye Squillante, Burr and Burton

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Co-Player of the Year: Kyle Dooling, Burr and Burton Co-Player of the Year: Phoebe Fuller, Burr and Burton

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Shaye, the only senior on the squad, led the Burr and Burton dance team to podium finishes in both the jazz and hip-hop disciplines in Division II in 2019-20. At Colchester, BBA was third in jazz and fourth in hiphop and at Middlebury, they were third in hip-hop and fifth in jazz. BBA had another third place finish at the South Burlington event.

Dooling and Fuller were heading into their second season on the Burr and Burton Unified Basketball team before the spring season was cut short by the coronavirus. Unified Basketball is in its fifth year as a sport in Vermont schools in a joint partnership between Special Olympics Vermont and the Vermont Principals Association. The two seniors were getting ready to represent Burr and Burton against the rest of the state.

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Regional All Stars 2020  

The Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal present a celebration of exemplary high school athletes.

Regional All Stars 2020  

The Bennington Banner and Manchester Journal present a celebration of exemplary high school athletes.

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