Six senior standouts honored by Vermont chapter of National Football Foundation


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Six seniors have been honored as Vermont’s scholar athlete inductees this week by the state chapter of the National Football Foundation.

The announcement came in lieu of the organization’s annual dinner, usually held in May, which will not take place this year due to COVID-19 concerns. 

Selected from a pool of 24 finalists, this year’s Vermont High School Scholar Athlete Inductees are Trey Alercio of St. Johnsbury, Brett Bohlmann of South Burlington, Tyler Buxton of Middlebury, Mitch Gadapee of Colchester, Joey McCoy of Burr and Burton and Tyler Millerick of Brattleboro. Each will receive a $500 scholarship from the NFF, according to a press release.

Rutland’s Matt Creed was named the winner of the Robert Stafford High School Athlete Community Service Award. And longtime Poultney coach David Capman was tabbed the state’s coach of the year after leading the Blue Devils to the Division III title.

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For more on each of the scholar-athlete inductees:

Trey Alercio, St. Johnsbury

Alercio, who played quarterback, defensive back and kicker, earned honors or high honors every semester, was class president the past two years and a counselor for his school’s Operation Creation program for rising freshmen. He earned first-team all-state honors from the Burlington Free Press and was named to the Vermont Shrine team.

Brett Bohlmann, South-Burlington-Burlington

Bohlmann, a two-way lineman, earned high honors, was a part of South Burlington’s championship CyberSecurity team and president of its Coaches vs. Cancer Club.  He was a two-time first-team all-state pick by the Burlington Free Press and was named to the Vermont Shrine team.

Tyler Buxton, Middlebury

Buxton, a playmaker in all three phases as running back, linebacker and kick returner, was a four-year honor roll student, a member of several school committees and a mentor in Middlebury’s Big Brother Program. The two-time Free Press all-state pick was also named to this year’s Vermont Shrine team.

Mitch Gadapee, Colchester

A high-honors student, Gadapee, a standout two-way player on the line, was the student representative on the Colchester school board, was also an officer at Boys State and earned the CHS Class Award. He was an all-state pick by the Division I coaches and played in the North-South Senior All-Star Game.

Joey McCoy, Burr and Burton

McCoy’s scholastic and co-curricular endeavors included scoring high honors in the classroom, membership in the National Honor Society and earning Gatorade Player of the Year honors for the D-I state champions. The star quarterback and linebacker was a two-time Free Press all-state first-teamer, its player of the year and a selection for this year’s Vermont Shrine team.

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Tyler Millerick, Brattleboro

A standout quarterback and defender for the Colonels, who captured their first championship in 47 years in 2019, Millerick earned high honors all four years and played a part in the Brattleboro athletic leadership council. Millerick was a Free Press all-state pick, a D-II first-teamer and won a spot on the Vermont Shrine team.

More: 2019 Vermont H.S. football coaches’ all-state teams

Contact Austin Danforth at 651-4851 or Follow him on Twitter at @eadanforth.

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