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Compiled by Bill Syken
March 29, 2004
Vermonters weigh in on sports*
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March 29, 2004

The Poll

Vermonters weigh in on sports*

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11 Centennial Field
Built in 1906, the Burlington ballpark is home to University of Vermont baseball and the minor league Vermont Expos.

3 Bob Rotella
The golf psychology guru, who has worked with many PGA stars, is from Rutland.

4 Suzy Chaffee
The 1968 Olympic skier from Rutland became known as Suzy Chapstick for her long-running lip-balm ads.

5 Middlebury College
The Panthers have one of the nation's best all-around Division III programs; they have won 20 national team championships in six sports.

6 Cochran Family
The first family of Vermont skiing, from Richmond, includes Olympians Barbara Ann, Bobby, Marilyn and Lindy. Patriarch Mickey was a U.S. coach, and his grandchildren include Jim Cochran and Jessica Kelley, current members of the U.S. ski team.

7 Kevin Lepage
The Shelburne native is the first NASCAR Nextel Cup driver from Vermont.

8 South Burlington
The town of 16,000 is Vermont's SI Sportstown for having the best community sports programs.


Behind star forward Taylor Coppenrath, Vermont beat Boston University by a point on March 15, 2003, to win the America East basketball tournament and earn an automatic berth in the NCAAs. Though the Catamounts were clobbered 80-51 by top-seeded Arizona in the first round, they and their fans were thrilled to have been to the Big Dance for the first time. (The Cats returned this year, losing 70-53 to Connecticut.)


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