Storm players to compete in annual all-star tilt

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BENNINGTON — After a season in which they went 8-2 and lost to the Worcester Wildcats in its first year in the Double A North Atlantic division championship, the Southern Vermont Storm have a lot of representation for Saturday's New England Football League all-star game.

Seven members of the Storm, including five first-year members, will suit up one more time as the Maritime and North Atlantic divisions face off at noon at Doyle Field in Leominster, Mass. The Colonial Conference (AAA) will be right after at 2:30 p.m.

Quarterback Will Cole, running backs Lavante Wiggins and Jonathan Resto, wide receivers Steven Stojda and Joe Wiggins and defensive players Gary Hewson and Brandon Hipsley will represent the Storm.

Hewson is unable to attend, and Adam Dufur will replace him.

The players are voted on by the eight teams in the AA division.

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"I'm proud and happy, these guys believe in the Storm and they're good people, so it's even better," said Chris Cipperley, general manager and defensive coordinator. "The more I'm around these guys, the more it is like family."

Wiggins was one of the top runners in the league, rushing for more than 1,800 yards to set a team record, while Hipsley was one of the top tacklers for Cipperley's defense.

"Brandon was lights out this year," Cipperley said. "He could always find the football and he's one of the greatest tacklers I've seen. He's athletic as hell but also under the radar."

Cipperley said with seven all-stars, the team is headed in the right direction looking to next season.

"It's impressive that we have a large impact, especially with first-year players," Cipperley said. "I'm looking forward to see what we can do next year."


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