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Border Country Sports-August 1st

Good Morning! With the Border Sports Report, I'm Keith Harrington.

Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl Teams Begin Practice

Every time I see the calendar flip to August there is one thing that comes to mind. It is almost time for high school football. It is still a couple of weeks before high school teams head to training camp but two teams are already in action. Yesterday the Vermont and New Hampshire Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl teams began practice at Castleton University.

The 69th Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl game will take place this Saturday, August 6th at Dave Wolk Stadium in Castleton. Kick off is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.

If you can't make the game Jack Healey and Bob Lipman will be providing play-by-play announcing over the radio network.

Border Country Sports area players participating in the game include running back/linebacker Jack Coughlin of Rutland High School, wide receiver/defensive back Slade Postemski of Rutland High School and tight end/defensive linemen Dylan Stevens-Clark of Otter Valley.

Vermont will be coached by Craig Sleeman of Bellows Free Academy. New Hampshire is coached by Chris Childs of Lebanon High School.

The Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl Football Game is played between two all-star teams of graduated high school seniors from Vermont and New Hampshire. The first game was played on Labor Day of 1954 in Nashua, New Hampshire.New Hampshire won the contest 12-7. The overall series mark is 49-16-2-1 in favor of New Hampshire. The 2020 was not played due to Covid-19. New Hampshire won the 2021 game 21-0. It is one of 30 Shrine Football Games played every year across the country.

"Strong Legs Run That Weak Legs May Walk" is the motto of every Shrine Football Game and it can be seen every summer as 76 young men from New Hampshire and Vermont play their hearts out for the benefit of the children in the Shrine facilities. And, when they step off the field at game's end, they become alumni and as such never forget the children they played for.


With the Border Country Sports Report, I'm Keith Harrington.

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