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VSMA honors three for January

VERMONT — An undefeated Mount Anthony Union High School wrestler, an outstanding St. Johnsbury Academy track athlete and a high-scoring Norwich University women’s hockey player were chosen as the Vermont Sports Media Association Athletes of the Month for January.
In statewide balloting of VSMA members, Mount Anthony senior Jesse Webb was chosen the Male High School Athlete of the Month, St. Johnsbury senior Robin Vincent was elected the Female High School Athlete of the Month, and Norwich University senior Tori Charron was picked as the Open Division Athlete of the Month.
They were first nominated by a VSMA member for their outstanding performances during the month of January.
Webb in January set Vermont’s all-time record for wins when he picked up the 220th victory of his career at the Mount Anthony Jamboree. Webb broke former MAU wrestler Rob LaBrake’s mark. Webb went into early March’s state tournament with a perfect 55-0 record and proceeded to defend his title.
For the January honor, Webb outpolled Northfield senior hockey player Jackson Tucker and two basketball players, Bellows Falls senior Kendrick Mills and Burr & Burton junior Joey Shehadi.  
Vincent in January went undefeated in Vermont at 600, 1,000, and 1,600 meters, breaking school records in the process, and ran the fastest leg in the St. J. 4×400 relay team that also bested the school record three times and went undefeated. Her 4×800 relay team also was unbeaten. Vincent also had the best finish of any Vermont girl at the Dartmouth Relays (fifth in the 600). Her time of 1:39.86 qualified her for the New Balance National Championships in March in New York.
Vincent earned more votes than Spaulding junior hockey player Julia Ormsby and Springfield junior basketball player Chelsea McCallister.
Charron recorded eight goals and seven assists in nine games in January, leading Norwich, No. 3 in NCAA Division III, to seven consecutive wins in after losses to No.1 Plattsburgh and No.2 Elmira. Charron became the nation’s leading Division III women’s hockey goal scorer in 2013.
Charron outpolled Castleton State sophomore basketball player Chad Copeland and Middlebury freshman women’s hockey player Carly Watson.
The three January winners will receive plaques from the VSMA’s sponsor of the organization’s Athlete of the Month program, Initial Ideas of Rutland.
More information about the VSMA is available from organization president Josh Kaufman of the St. Albans Messenger at josh@samessenger.com

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