If Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin had banned driving in Vermont as Massachusetts did Friday night, there would have been a whole lot of tickets handed out in Franklin County on drivers’ way to and from the only open gym in the state, if not New England.
Clearly, few Northwest Vermonters were worried about a few inches of light, fluffy snow enough to skip the latest installment of the county’s hottest rivalry game — BFA-MVU boys basketball.
And the many fans who packed the gym had plenty to get excited about: A pregame ceremony honoring one of the most bluecollar 1,000-point careers the state has ever seen; a mid-game demonstration by Matt St. Amour of why he might soon become one of the few members of the 2,000-point club; and a clutch performance from the Bobwhites a few weeks after they saw the Thunderbirds rally to a stunning win in Swanton.
BFA senior Darren Callan reached 1,000 points with the last of his 16 points at Colchester earlier in the week. Rather than recognize his achievement on the road, it was celebrated before tipoff Friday night.