In another stunner in the Vermont, Division IV boys' state tournament, the Williamstown Blue Devils handed four-time defending champ Proctor their first loss in 49 games, to capture their own state title with a 47-41 win in Barre last Saturday.
Proctor actually took a one-point lead into the final quarter, but the Blue Devils did not waver, outscoring the Phantoms 13-6 down the stretch to take the title away from a Proctor team that was looking to tie a state record with its' fifth consecutive state title.
In contrast, the win brought Williamstown their first state title since 1986, and they did it with a balanced scoring attack. John Burgos led the way for the Blue Devils with 17 points, while Troy Laughlin scored 11 and both Nick Gagnon and Steve Manwaring each pitched in with nine.
In the recent Vermont high school state snow boarding Championships in Killington, the Black River High School girls and Burr & Burton boys teams captured the team state titles in the two-day event.
Equally as impressive were a brother/sister pair Calabreses, as Green Mountain Union High School's Lily Calabrese earned the overall girls' title while her brother, Rex, won the boys' title. Lily won the slopestyle and giant slalom events to secure her title, while Rex took first place in the slopestyle competition.
Individually, North Country's Andrew Vera took second place, while Leland & Gray's James Crowther, Green Mountain's Eric Vrillo and Rutland's Justin Frybarger rounded out the top five finishes.
On the individual girls' side, Rutland's Marie Schwalbe and Marina McCoy finished in second and third respectively.
The Black River girls posted an overall team score of 108 points, while Burlington finished in second place with 116 points. Rutland High School took third overall while the BBA girls finished in fifth.