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Hilltopper Nation Mourns Loss of Coaching Legend

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ST JOHNSBURY – St. Johnsbury Academy (SJA) coaching legend Arlan “Chip” Langmaid tragically lost his life as the result of an apparent logging accident in Danville last Tuesday.

Langmaid guided the dynastic Hilltopper boys’ track and field team to their fourth consecutive Division I state title earlier this month and was the standard in his 35 years of coaching at SJA. The 1980 SJA graduate was the head coach for 13 outdoor track and field boys state titles, five straight girls’ indoor and outdoor titles from 2015-19, four boys’ indoor championships, and led the Hilltoppers to their third consecutive cross-country championship last fall. He was named VT Boys Track and Field Coach of the Year last spring, VT Girls Track and Field Coach of the Year in 2015 and 2016, and Cross-Country Coach of the Year in 2022 by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association.

Top Seeded Enosburg Topples Rice in Semifinal

ENOSBURG – Top seeded Enosburg held off Finley Strong and her Green Knights softball team last week in the semifinals before ending Lyndon Institutes Division II dominance with a come-from-behind victory in the state title game.

Makenna Lovelette twirled a complete game three hitter and Erica Goodhue belted a two-run double to lead Enosburg to a 10-3 home win over Rice in the Division II Final Four last Tuesday. Strong, daughter of Hazen alum Jeff Strong and granddaughter of Wildcat legendary coach Jack Strong, was 2-4 with an RBI in the loss. The junior captain carried her team into the semifinal round, belting four home runs, while going 15-25 at the plate in her last seven games. Strong led her team in eight offensive categories with a .484 batting average, four triples, six homers, 31 RBI, and a 1.016 slugging percentage. She is a sure bet to pull down top honors in the Lake Division in the coming weeks.

Enosburg erased an 8-0 deficit to clip second seeded Lyndon Institute 10-8 in the Division II title game at VTSU-Castleton over the weekend. The 19-1 Lady Hornets were runners-up to Lyndon in both 2021 and 2022.

Pritchard Oversees Wild Finish in D2 State Title Game

BURLINGTON – Just when you thought you’d saw everything, eighth seeded Middlebury edged Mt. Abe over the weekend to claim the Division II baseball state title in one of the most bizarre finishes ever witnessed at any level in the game of baseball.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Mt. Abe drew a bases-loaded walk to claim the state title at Centennial Field on Saturday, but a technicality in the rules negated the walk off and Middlebury hung on 7-6 in extra innings to claim their first championship in program history.

In a 4-4 game in the bottom of the seventh with two outs, a bases-loaded game-ending walk was called back due to three of the four runners failing to touch their respective bases. 2024 VT Hall of Fame inductee and former Hazen Union coach and teacher Marvin Pritchard was behind the plate and called his crew together as the Eagles celebrated what they thought to be a state title victory. After a 30 second discussion between Pritchard and his crew, it was deemed that the batter touched first base only after going directly to his dugout to celebrate with his teammates. The runner was called out by rule and the game resumed, where Middlebury rallied for three runs in the top of the eighth to claim their first ever state title.

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