Libardoni, MacPhee entering VPA Hall

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MONTPELIER — Former Brattleboro Union High School Physical Education teacher Alan Libardoni and Bellows Falls Union High School sports photographer Doug MacPhee have been selected for the 2020 Hall of Fame class for the Vermont Principals' Association.

They will be formally inducted on May 1 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Montpelier. Social hour begins at 5 p.m., a buffet dinner at 6 p.m., and the induction ceremony is scheduled for 6:45 p.m.

Libardoni has been one of Vermont's most highly regarded basketball officials and baseball umpires for the past 35 years. He has been the lead official in countless basketball games, including many Vermont state championships. His level of expertise has been called upon to referee NCAA Divisions I, II, and III as well. He has been a mentor to generations of new officials, especially in southern Vermont. Libardoni has also helped to develop a two-day officiating camp in conjunction with Castleton University to recruit and train more officials. Libardoni lives in Brattleboro.

MacPhee was the voice of the Bellows Falls Union High School Terriers for over three decades. He has helped to make athletics a positive experience for student-athletes, coaches, fans and families in many ways. MacPhee has supported the community with his photography,

sportswriting, as the longtime public address announcer, and with his statistical know-how. He is a fixture at sporting events at Bellows Falls, but also is a familiar face across the state — no matter the sport. The community, in 2005, christened the "Doug MacPhee Press Box" at Hadley Field. MacPhee lives in Bellows Falls.

Others in the 2020 class are three-time state champion field hockey player Jenny Everett (Rutland High School), three-sport star Maria Gleason (Enosburg Falls High School), 2009 Vermont High School Baseball Player of the Year Buddy Lamothe (Lyndon Institute), basketball standout Jim McCaffrey (Rutland High School), three-time state champion Matt St. Amour (Missisquoi Valley Union), soccer coach Jose Batista (North Country), baseball coach Tom Blackbird (Fair Haven), debate advisor David Gale (Otter Valley), softball coach Paul Remick (Danville), and Middlebury coach Richard "Doc" Seubert.

Banquet tickets for the May 1 induction at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier are $45 each. They are available now by sending a check to the VPA, 2 Prospect Street, Suite 3, Montpelier, VT 05602 or by calling 802-229-0547 to pay by credit card. For more information regarding the VPA Hall of Fame, the qualifications for inductees, and how to nominate candidates for future consideration, visit: https://vpaonline.org/athletics/vpa-hall-of-fame/.

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