Windsor High coach to lead Vermont’s Shrine Bowl team; roster announced

  • Windsor coach Greg Balch goes over a play with Corey Lockwood during the team's VPA Division III semifinal game against Mount Abraham in Windsor, Vt., on Nov. 5, 2022. Windsor won, 45-6. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to . Valley News file — Geoff Hansen

  • Hartford's Brayden Trombly runs through a footwork drill with other quarterbacks at the first practice for 7-on-7 football in White River Junction, Vt., on Sept. 8, 2020 as coach Matt Trombly watches. At left is returning starter Cole Jasmin. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to valley news file

Published: 11/22/2022 9:47:43 PM
Modified: 11/26/2022 9:21:13 PM

After leading the Windsor High football team to back-to-back perfect seasons and VPA Division III state titles, Greg Balch was named the head coach of the Vermont team for the 2023 Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl. The 70th annual game will take place Aug. 5 at Castleton University.

Balch, who just completed his 10th season at Windsor, was also named Division III Coach of the Year by the Vermont Football Coaches Association.

A 1992 Windsor graduate, Balch then attended Castleton, graduating after just three years in 1995. He began his coaching career with the Yellowjackets’ junior varsity program in 2008 before becoming head varsity coach in 2013. He guided Windsor to state championships in 2016 and 2017, and also won a regional 7-on-7 title during the pandemic-altered 2020 season.

Balch, a Hartland resident, also coached the Vermont squad in 2018, when they defeated New Hampshire, 24-13. His son, Seth, was Vermont’s quarterback in that game, which remains the Green Mountain State’s last victory in the series. Balch’s nephew, Jeffrey Danyew, played for Vermont in the 2008 Shrine Bowl.

“Coaching in 2018 provided an upfront look at all of the hard work that goes into supporting such a great cause and really helped everyone involved understand what this is all about,” Balch said in a news release. “I enter into this role with a great sense of pride and responsibility.”

VFCA announces All-State teams

In addition to Balch earning Coach of the Year honors, a number of Upper Valley football players were named to the 2022 All-State teams.

Division I

First team: Brayden Trombly, Hartford, DB (second team as QB); AJ Aldrich, Hartford, OL/DL; Connor Tierney, Hartford, OL/DL; Brody Tyburski, Hartford, DL (second team as RB).

Second team: Sean Keliher, Hartford, RB; Justin Robinson, Hartford, RB/ILB; Andrew Keenan, Hartford, OL; Nolan Morse, Hartford, OLB; Cole Withington, Hartford, OL (honorable mention as ILB).

Honorable mention: Ezra Mock, Hartford, DB.

Division III

First team: Maison Fortin, Windsor, QB/LB; Logan Worrall, Windsor, RB/LB; Bradley Bowers, Windsor, OL; Charles Palmer, Windsor, DL (second team as OL); Tydus Percy, Windsor, DL; Travis McAllister, Windsor, return (second team as RB and QB); Caden Perreault, Woodstock, RB/DB; Willie Underwood, Woodstock, RB/DL; Hudson Maxham, Woodstock, OL; Conner Dinn, Woodstock, LB; Christian Ditcheos, Oxbow, OL; Chase Lund; Oxbow, QB/LB/K/P; Jaxon Griffin, Oxbow, DB; Hunter Fahey, Oxbow, DL (second team as OL).

Second team: Rodger Petermann, Windsor, TE; Avery Bean, Windsor, OL; Brody Osgood, Windsor, DB; Corey Lockwood, Windsor, DB; Vance Martin, Windsor, DL; Olivia MacLeay, Windsor, K; Vincent Petron, Woodstock, RB; Holden Laramie, Woodstock, OL; Cody Bartlett, Woodstock, LB; Chance Palmer, Woodstock, DL; Ryan Woodward, Woodstock, DL; Ryland Begnoche, Oxbow, OL; Will Ilsley, Oxbow, RB;

Honorable mention: Gavin Martin, Windsor, RB; Nikk Schwarz, Oxbow, RB.

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