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March 1, 2024

It has been brought to the VPA’s attention that there are some concerns about the lack of handshake between member schools, Hazen and Winooski boys’ basketball on 2/29. This was a determination made by the VPA as part of a predetermined plan with the given programs. Each team competed with great effort and all-around positive support from coaches and fans. The well-being of the student-athletes and relationship between these two programs is the VPA’s priority. Fans that are concerned about the lack of handshake can direct their comments to the VPA as it was our decision and is not reflective of either program. We are grateful to have had the chance to work closely with the coaches and school leaders and look forward to the exciting games ahead in this year’s winter tournament.