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2013 Local Sports Year in Review- Part Two - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

2013 Local Sports Year in Review- Part Two

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

The first day of April brought us Sox and Yankees on opening day and Vermont Mountaineers fans getting fired up for the season.

While The Castleton baseball was turning triple plays, Swanton's Riley Wetmore was turning heads, leading Umass Lowell to the NCAA frozen four. The Riverhawks season ended in the national semi finals, but wetmore's pro career was just getting going days later, scoring his first AHL goal for bridgeport sound Tigers.

It was sound national championship victories for The Chazy Flyers girls 19 under hockey team and the 16 and under vermont shamrocks.

From streets filled with joy, to that of sorrow. Bombs go off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Thankfully, The Vermonters participaitng weren't seriously hurt.

The Norwich men's lacrosse team won it's first ever conference title. The Castleton men's and women's lacrosse teams both won conference titles. The Spartan women were knocked out of the NCAA tournament by Middlebury. The Panthers making it all the way to the national semifinals before falling to Salisbury. Middlebury wasn't shutout of a spring championship however as Sophomore Loz-Sze Leung wins the NCAA Division III Women's Singles tennis Championship in Michigan.

Opening day at Thunder Road saw Brian Hoar win the Merchant's bank 150. The Williston native won the first ACT race at Airborne as well, but would go from taking checkered flags to taking some time off to be with family.

Rain in Burlington couldn't ruin a record making race day in late May. Putny's Alicia Dana, a member of the US Paralympic team becomes the first woman to win the vermont city marathon's handcyle division in record time of 1 hour, 39 minutes and 53 seconds.

The weather also wreaking havoc with the tennis state championships. South Burlington's David Ro beat his brother in the state semis on his way to a fourth straight state championship, the first vermonter to accomplish that feat.

Richford's Elle Purrier and CVU's Autumn Eastman each had 4 record setting wins in their respective division state track and field championships. And while U-32 was sweeping the boys and girls state team titles in D-2, The Woodstock girls were taking home a 4th straight team title in d-3.

The Rutland girls golf team won it's 7th straight title in 9 years, doing it for a teammate gone much too soon.

A world cup champion returned home for graduation as Mikaela Shiffrin spoke exclusviley to Channel 3.

Like Shiffrin, no one could stop BFA-Fairfax Softball as the Bullets claim a second straight D-2 state title. Otter Valley won it's first d2 state title in 37 years, and it seemed like the D1 state title game took 37 years. It was a state record 3 hour 25 minute affair that saw future wake forrest demon deacon Rayne Supple and CVU wining a second straight d1 championship.

Former Catamounts, Viktor Stalberg and Patrick Sharpe got to hoist the cup in Boston. The Brothers McCourty hoisted up kids during a second annual camp in colchester. As we'll see in part 3, it wasn't the only return to Vermont for a pro sports star.

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