Shortly after winning the Bridgestone Invitational, Keegan Bradley returned home to Woodstock in late August. The second year PGA pro hosted a charity golf event at Woodstock Country Club that raised money for Hurricane Irene relief.
On September first, The Lake Monsters had plenty of Relief...pitching that is. J.C. Mena, Deyvi Jimenez and Ryan Dull combined to throw the first no hitter in team history.
As Nick Sweet dominated Thunder Road this summer becoming the 2012 King of the Road, Wayne Helliwell took down 8-time defending champ Brian Hoar to clinch his first ACT Championship at the Fall Foliage 200 at Airborne speedway. In a 4- race series, Dave Pembroke was named the first Vermont Late Model State Champion.
More firsts, this time on the football field, as Castleton beat Norwich for its first ever maple sap bucket.
The Spartans weren't the only ones with a big October win. The UVM men's soccer team captured its first America East regular season title since 1989. And they did it in dramatic fashion scoring the tying goal with three minutes left in regulation and the game winner with just a minute left in overtime.
Overtime was not as kind to the Middlebury field hockey team. The Panthers, a favorite to win the NCAA Championship, got handed their first loss of the season at home by Depaw, 2-1 in the NCAA regional final.
There were no upsets when it came to high school football. In fact, all three number one seeds went on to win state titles at South Burlington in Mid November including Hartford, which had won it's third straight.
We welcomed the first ever class into the Vermont Sports hall of fame including our own Tony Adams.
We sat and chatted with the three local Primelink Shootout coaches on the eve of the 15th annual event
And we were at the airport to welcome back Richford's Elle Purrier after competing in the National Cross Country Championships in Portland, Oregon. A 17th place finish for Elle and a 42nd place finish for CVU's Taylor Spillane.
The Norwich women's rugby team returned to Northfield in early December with a second straight national title.
Some the best Dartmouth hockey players of all time, now in the NHL, returned to Hanover. They were honored during Dartmouth's game with Vermont.
And I was honored to speak with a hockey broadcasting character.
A lot of laughs to close out the year. A year that saw action, excitement, heartache and triumph. We wouldn't have it any other way.
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