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Hartford High School’s Tyler Hamilton (12) motions to throw for a 2-point conversion on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, during a game between Colchester High School and Hartford in White River Junction, Vt. Hartford won, 53-13. (Valley News – Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Pretty cool that someone in our backyard was chosen for this honor.

Hartford’s Tyler Hamilton has been named Gatorade’s Football Player of the Year for the state of Vermont. The annual award recognizes the best high school football players in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

With this title, Hamilton, a three-sport athlete, adds another accolade to his lengthy list.

“This feels great,” said Hamilton before Monday’s hockey practice at Wendell A. Barwood Arena. “It’s been one of my goals, really, since the end of last year. It’s something that I’ve always wanted.”

Also worth noting: Hamilton is the fifth Hartford selection for the award, which “ ‘recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field,’ ” according to a Gatorade news release. Hamilton also “maintains a 3.69 GPA and is the president of the school’s athletic leadership council.”

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