Whenever Rita Brown DeGoosh attended a basketball game at the Thetford Academy gym over the years and took notice of the list of 1,000-point scorers hanging on the wall, she always knew that one was missing.
That was rectified on Wednesday morning during a a student-run assembly inside Vaughan Alumni Gym when DeGoosh, 73, a 1962 graduate of Thetford who currently lives in Fairlee, was finally recognized for scoring 1,000 points for the Panthers between 1958-62. She joined Dylan Thorburn, the Panthers’ latest 1,000 point scorer, in having their names added to the list.
Rita Brown, in the front row third from left, stands with her basketball team in a 1962 yearbook photo from Thetford Academy. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thetford Academy senior Dylan Thorburn, center, gets a hug from teammate Tony Pippin while celebrating the 1000th point of his high school career during the Panthers’ 61-50 win over Lamoille Union in Thetford, Vt., Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to email@example.com.
And from there, the team could earn a spot in the VEX World Championship!
The Thetford Academy team — one of two from the school who competed — earned a trip to the Twin States competition by making it to the final round of a competition in North Conway, N.H., last weekend.
From Thetford Academy:
The State Championship is where the five best teams from NH/VT can earn an invitation to the VEX World Championship. Our performance at this tournament represented a great improvement over our last meet at Trinity High School in Manchester, NH, two weeks ago. Both teams made significant improvements to their robots in the two weeks in-between, with the C team building an entirely new robot from scratch.