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MHS Boys Win a Fourth Straight D2 Championship

MHS boys basketball team. Front, from left: Clayton Foster, Carter Bruzzese, Eliades Toman-Greenberg, and Joe Nyiringabo. Back, from left: Coach Anthony Roberts, Coach Ricky Powell, Atif Milak, Alex Weinstein, Stone Poor, Hayden Lilly, Carson Cody, Kayden Anderson-Hall, Kleo Bridge, Declan Sather, Coach Nick Foster, and Coach Bill Bruzzese.
Montpelier High School’s basketball coach Nick Foster was beaming, even over the phone. On Friday, March 1, the Solons won the Division 2 State Championship at the ‘Aud’ in Barre for the fourth year in a row.

Foster, who has been coaching at MHS for more than a decade, is particularly impressed with the maturity and sense of responsibility the team has shown throughout the season. “This team has been really special. They’ve been playing together since third and fourth grades,” Foster said.

That cohesion has been critical in a season that began with three straight losses, albeit to Division 1 teams at much bigger schools. But that turned around quickly and the Solons finished the season with 21 straight wins. Moreover, the then three-time state champions were definitely a target in every game throughout the season. And having been the younger players in those previous seasons, it was a lot to live up to.

Foster said that several on the team have older brothers that played for MHS and have been mentors to their siblings, not just about basketball, but about team engagement and community standards. Having graduated some of the stars that played key roles in previous years, expectations were not strong, especially after the series of losses that opened the season.

Players noted for their consistent performance at both ends of the court — and their personal investment in creating strong cohesion among their teammates — includes everyone on the team, Foster explained. He’s looking forward to next year.