The top 10 of '12

There certainly was no shortage of unforgetable moments in the world of sports in 2012. But before we get too far into the new year and the memorable sports moments begin to mount, we decided to take a look back at 2012.

The Burr and Burton Academy boys soccer team capped a perfect 18-0 season by winning their second consecutive Div. II state championship over No. 2 Montpelier 2-1. Reid Conde gave the Bulldogs the go ahead goal with 10 minutes remaining in the game. The win secured the program's 10th crown and was the 22nd consecutive win for the BBA boys soccer team.

The Burr and Burton boys snowboard team continued their dominance by winning their fourth consecutive state title in March. BBA got a big win in the first leg of the competition - giant slalom - entering the halfpipe and slopestyle events with a big lead. BBA captured the team win in the halfpipe competition - giving the Bulldogs a 48 point lead going into the slopestyle event. BBA placed second in that event.

The Burr and Burton boys alpine ski team capped an undefeated season by successfully defending their Vermont State Championship title by edging Mount Mansfield, 80-88, at Burke Mountain in March. The title is BBA's second consecutive state championship and their third in four years. BBA's southern rivals - Woodstock and Rutland - finished third and fourth, respectively.

After Erin Thompson's overtime heroics to beat Rutland 3-2 in the semi-finals, the BBA girls hockey team won the Lake Division State Championship in March. The Bulldogs defeated Stowe 4-1 in the championship game. Burr and Burton finished the season with a 21-1 record.

Three decades after it first began - 27 of which were spent at Stratton Mountain - the U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships relocated to Vail, Colo. It was announced that this year's U.S. Open will take place at Vail's Golden Peak from Feb. 25 to March 2.

After dominating the Div. II tennis scene for three consecutive years and winning three straight state championships, the Burr and Burton Academy varsity girls tennis team was defeated 7-0 by No. 2 Montpelier this year. The loss to Montpelier - who Burr and Burton defeated in the state finals the past two seasons - was their first of the season. They finished with a record of 16-1. BBA was also going for their 41st consecutive win in that finals match as they had not lost since 2010.

Londonderry native and Stratton Mountain School alumnae Jackie Hernandez scored her first FIS win in the World Cup Snowboardcross (SBX) on March 16 in Valmalenco, Italy.

With the win, Hernandez secured a spot on the U.S. Snowboard Team. The March 16 event was the second of two FIS World Cup SBX events in Valmalenco. The first one was on March 14 in which Hernandez eighth place.

Paired together, BBA quarterback Jake Stalcup and receiver Chris Redding - who transferred to Burr and Burton this year from MAU - led a potent offense that helped secure the football team a playoff berth. BBA averaged more than 43 points per game during the regular season, with Stalcup completing 63 percent of his passes for a school record 2,640 yards and a school record-tying 31 touchdowns. Redding caught 71 passes for 1,160 yards and 15 touchdowns. He scored touchdowns four different ways - running, passing, returning kicks and an interception - and had 30 scores overall, posing one of the most potent open-field threats in the state. Both Stalcup and Redding are likely to make the Vermont squad for the 60th Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl in August where they would play for their BBA head coach Jason Thomas.

This year marked Burr and Burton Academy varsity girls head soccer coach, Dan DeForest's 26th season at the helm of the team. When the story was published on Oct. 19, DeForest had compiled a record of 267-102-15. He has also amassed numerous accolades during his coaching career. In 2000 DeForest not only won his third consecutive state championship, he also received the National Coach of the Year Award for the National Federation Coaches Association.

After being eliminated from the MAU Tournament the past two years by Hoosick Falls - the New York Class C state champions - Burr and Burton Academy edged the Panthers 2-1 this year to win the tournament. Hoosick Falls defeated BBA in the first round last year and beat them in the championship game two years ago.

The Bennington Banner contributed to this report.


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