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Championship team marks anniversary

TICONDEROGA When the Ticonderoga High School football team faces Fort Edward today in the state quarterfinals, the teams will be renewing a decades-old rivalry. Forty years ago on Nov. 1, 1967, a group of young athletes from Ticonderoga High School pulled off the seemingly impossible task of winning the Class B Northern Conference football championship. In their first year in the league, the Sentinels compiled a 6-2 record in claiming the championship. On a rainy day, the Sentinels faced Fort Edward on a mud-covered field, defeating them 13-6 to capture the championship. After the game, an impromptu parade was held through the streets of downtown Ti with the football players carrying the goal posts that were torn down after the game. The Sentinels opened their season with a loss to defending Class A champions Glens Falls, 13-0, then went on to win six straight games, defeating Hudson Falls, 16-6, Albany Academy, 35-19, Corinth, 12-6, Granville, 41-0, Whitehall, 20-7, and Fort Edward, 13-6. In the final game of the season the Sentinels lost a non-league game to the second place Champlain valley Athletic Conference team from Moriah, 33-10. Members of the championship Ticonderoga team included: Marty Andersen, Mike Andersen, Charlie Bain, Dan Bessett, Terry Brannock, Gary Brookings, Dave Chapleau, Paul Davidson, Jim Fortino, Marty Gallo, Les Gibbs, Jim Guion, Tom Joubert, Steve Labatore, Gary LaTour, Wally MacAlpine, Tom Malaney, Bill Nadeau, Charlie Nadeau, Paul Pelletier, Dick Pozzouli, Bob Provoncha, Rick Ross, Victor Smith, Bob Stevenson, Mark Stowell, Mike Thompson and Jim Wells. The Sentinels were coached by Wally Stevenson who was assisted by coaches Tofte, Vigliotti, Healy and Robochik.

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