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Photo galleries: Upper Valley sports championships! bc SPORTS!

Windsor sophomore sensation Olivia Rockwood cuts a piece of the net with the rest of her teammates after they defeated Thetford 51-34 to win the Division III state championship in Barre, Vt., on March 10, 2018. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com

We <3 sports and we <3 photos, so photo galleries of sports are a pretty great thing, and the Valley News photography staff have put together four of them for state championship teams.

(As a reminder, you can always browse all of our photo galleries — find the link about halfway down on the www.vnews.com homepage!)

Sharon Academy head coach Blake Fabrikant is mobbed by his team at the buzzer as they defeated Danville, 60-56, to win the Division IV state championship in Barre, Vt., on March 19, 2018. In eight state final appearances by three sports in school history, the 60-56 win was the first title for a team in school history. (Valley News – Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Double the wins: Two Upper Valley Schools claim historic victories

Woodstock boys hockey and Sharon boys basketball teams each won a state championship on Monday night. Congratulations, y’all!

Sharon’s victory was especially sweet — it was the first time the school had won in any sport, and the win rounded out an undefeated season. Wow.

19-year-old Austin Colson is still missing

Austin Colson in an undated photograph. Colson was last seen Jan. 11, 2018. (Courtesy Katie Grizzaffi)

Austin Colson, 19, of Royalton, last seen Jan. 11, is still missing. The trailer he was believed to have been using to collect scrap metal was later found on a rural road in Sharon. Anyone with info should call Vermont State Police at 802-234-9933.

Police also want to know where this scrap metal came from:

From Vermont State Police: “Police are seeking assistance with identifying any locations where this metal may have been collected from. The scrap most likely was collected during the day on January 11 in the Royalton, Sharon, or immediate surrounding areas. Anyone who can identify some of this material, recalls interacting with Austin Colson that day, or has information about his disappearance is urged to contact the Vermont State Police Royalton Barracks at 802 234-9933.” (VSP photograph)



Gov. Phil Scott shares ‘beliefs’ at The Sharon Academy

Sophie Chesnut, of Sharon, Vt., a 10th-grader at Sharon Academy High, greets Vermont Gov. Phil Scott before his presentation on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, at the high school in Sharon, Vt. The Governor’s presentation was planned as part of the “Beliefs” curriculum in ninth and 10th grade Humanities at the school. (Valley News – Charles Hatcher) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott was on hand on Thursday to talk about his beliefs with students at The Sharon Academy.

The speech was part of the school’s two-year “beliefs” curriculum, according to Valley News reporter Matt Hongoltz-Hetling.

For the past decade, the academy’s 10th-graders have delivered lengthy presentations on their own core belief systems. Each student is encouraged to distill the essence of their beliefs down to a single word — a belief word, like a verbal talisman that would forever help them to navigate the rough waters of a post-graduate world.

The event closed out with a lively question-and-answer session once Scott finished his prepared remarks.

The topics ranged from questions about his stances on issues like net neutrality and the role of political lobbyists, to his personal experiences growing up as a motor-savvy tech student in Barre, Vt.

Read the full story here.

Vermont Girls Choir seeking singers

Cross-posted from the listserve:

If you know of a girl ages 7-18 who likes to sing, have fun and be part of an amazing organization during after school hours they should consider joining the Vermont Girls Choir!


The Vermont Girls Choir is a girls choir located in Sharon, Vt., at the Seven Stars Arts Center and is dedicated to promoting choral music education to all girls in Vermont.

Rehearsals for the current season have already started, but organizer Jessie Piermont said in an email that they
hold the choirs per semesters, so girls can always sign up for an audition no matter the season. If they audition now they can join the girls choir for the spring semester which starts in January!”