BARRE- Lyndon Institutes boys basketball team brought home their first championship in school history on Saturday. Winning the Division II Championship 55-35 against U-32.In the first half the lead changed three times until Vikings Mason Lantz hit a buzzer beater shot to put up Lyndon 26-22 at half time.
The third quarter showed that the Vikings were ready to play by out rebounding and scoring 13 points in the quarter while holding U-32 to 4 points. With the end of the quarter it was Lyndon Institute 39, U-32 26. In the fourth the Vikings scored 16 points to U- 32's 9. With their performance and great defense Lyndon Instutitute has won their first ever Division II Championship.
Paul Wheeler, Lyndon Institutes Athletic director said, "This being the schools first title it's breath taking your speechless you look up at the scoreboard and you want to know if it is for real. We have had basketball here for 119 years and we have never cut the nets down so it is pretty cool."
Head Coach of the Vikings Pat Gukin was vey pleased with his teams performance, "Teams tried to play rough with us all year but we kind of liked that but we will take and battle any team into the dirt but we battled them until the end but we were a bit tougher and quicker it was a good game."
James Shufelt who captained the football team to the championship game wanted a taste of revenge. He did not want to lose two championships in his senior year and was excited to be crowned a champion, "We have been there before in the state championship but it did not work out the way we wanted. But it did today and were going back to Lyndon number one and staying number one for the rest of the year GO Lyndon!!"
Captain Mason lantz led all scorers with 19 points and told us that winning the championship meant everything to him " Bringing home the championship means everything to us and everything to our school. They all came out for us so we played for them."