Back to Barre

Over the past week, I returned to the Barre Auditorium to photograph playoff basketball for the Valley News. Known to many as The Aud, the municipal gymnasium in Barre, Vt., has been hosting high school championship play since 1941. While the gym is a technical challenge due to subdued lighting and limited space, its atmosphere is unmatched when filled to 1,856 capacity. Here’s a few of my favorites:

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From top: Sharon Academy head coach Blake Fabrikant calls out a play as guard Tanner James brings the ball upcourt during the team’s semifinal game against Twinfield; Proctor fans attach players’ names before their championship game begins; a Sharon Academy student has his face and arms covered in the school color; Fabrikant gives player Brandon Tracy direction during their championship game; Rivendell Academy students react to change in play late in their Saturday night title tilt; the Rivendell Raptor strikes a pose outside the team locker room; Jill Thomas congratulates her husband, Woodstock boys basketball head coach Jeff Thomas, after his team completed a perfect season with a 65-56 championship win over Enosburg. “It’s been a long season,” Jill Thomas said.

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