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2012 Year in Review - Part 2

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April started with a visit from the Harlem Globetrotters and a chance to meet the world's tallest basketball player, 7 foot 8 inch "Tiny".

Nothing tiny about the Women's Hockey World Championships. The 7 day tournament in Burlington featured some local flavor.  UVM's Klara Myren was in uniform for team Sweden while Slovkia's Alica Mihalikova had played for Rice Memorial's Prep High School team. The U.S. had dominated Canada on night one of the event.  But when it came time for the gold medal game, the Canadians got their revenge skating to a thrilling 5-4 win in overtime.

May began with a new look at Devils Bowl Speedway, thanks to new owners Mike and Elaine Bruno. The 46th season opener in West Haven was highlighted by the Spring Green 112.  It was won by Wayne Helliwell.  The start of big summer for him.

More records fell in high school track and field

As Harwood softball said hello to their home field nine months after Irene destroyed it, Northfield head baseball coach Frank Pecora was saying goodbye. Pecora retired after 38 successful seasons with the Marauders. What a way to go out, winning his 15th state title in June at Centenial Field.

Speaking of Centennial, a new 20 deal between UVM and the Lake Monsters meant new changes to the historic park including a brand new 27 by 16 video board.

The Video board wasn't the only thing drawing fans to Centennial in June. Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson was with the Lake Monsters for a week serving as a roaming instructor for the A's Organization.

In Montpelier, the Vermont Mountaineers played host to the NECBL all star game and all the all star festivities...broken windshields not included.

Thunder Road had it's first female winner in a decade. 15 year old Emily Packard from East Montpelier and her 98 car winning a street stocks race in early July.

WCAX entered into a winning partnership with NESN. We met Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy while the NESN audience got to meet Mike McCune.

As July ended the Olympic games in London were getting started. Jericho's Lea Davison was named to the U-S women's mountain biking team. Norwich native Andrew Wheating competed in the 1500, North Pomfret's Trevor Moore joined Dartmouth Alum Erik Storck on the U.S. Sailing team and former UVM star Courtnay Pilypaitis led team Canada in Women's basketball.

As we sent those athletes away from Vermont, in the next month we'd welcome back home a PGA Champ...

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