State champs! BBA boys snowboarders capture title

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MANCHESTER — The Burr and Burton boys snowboarders took home the Vermont state championship on Wednesday night.

The team was celebrated with a parade through Manchester that led back to BBA. Members of the team ran up the "senior steps" into the Seminary Building to ring the bell once they arrived back at the school, a tradition for all championship teams at BBA.

Coach Paul Kelly was excited for his team.

"They rode awesome. It is a team that is rich with youth. The future is bright for BBA snowboarding," said Kelly.

The championship team features no seniors. Griffin McFayden is the only upperclassmen, and he starred for the Bulldogs, placing first in the halfpipe and second in the slopestyle event with a score of 175. BFA-St. Albans' Silas Trask won the slopestyle event with a score of 185.

McFayden shared his thoughts on being a state champion.

"I'm just really stoked," he said.

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BBA's Tucker Baribualt placed third in the slopestyle with a score of 172. Ryan Kelly of BBA placed fourth with a run total of 133, and BBA's Liam Francomb placed 12th with a score of 110.

Trask placed second in the halfpipe. Behind him, Baribualt placed third, Ryan Kelly fifth, Kava Kraft 14th, and Francomb finished in 24th for BBA.

The season was filled with cancelled events and practices due to the limited snowfall this winter, but that did not stop BBA from reaching their full potential.

"This year has been a challenge, weather wise. Today was a challenge, we got to Okemo (Mountain) and it was a block of ice," said Kelly.

McFayden acknowledged the challenges of the lack of snow this season.

"It was definitely hard. You don't know when you are going to get on snow next, especially with your team," said McFayden.

The defending champion girls team placed second.

Hannah Callen had a strong day for the Bulldogs, winning the single course race with a time of 1 minute, 31.86 seconds. She finished almost a full seven seconds ahead of second place.


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