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12/27/2012 8:58:00 AM
Snowstorm Shelves Rice-St. J Showdown
BY MICHAEL BENIASH
Sports Editor

ST. JOHNSBURY -- Thursday's snowstorm in Vermont has forced the postponement of the much-anticipated, early-season clash between the top two boys basketball teams in Division I.

The St. J Academy Hilltoppers (4-0), ranked No. 1 in the latest Vermont Basketball Coaches' Association poll, and the second-ranked Rice Green Knights (4-0) were slated to tip inside Alumni Memorial Gymnasium tonight at 6:30.

But heavy snow -- a reported 6 inches in Burlington and 2 in St. Johnsbury early Thursday morning with more expected throughout the day -- will push the season's first meeting between the schools to Monday, Jan. 14.

The teams' second regular-season meeting is slated for Feb. 14 in South Burlington.

The Hilltoppers are coming off a 73-31 victory Friday night in Brattleboro. With Thursday's postponement, SJA is off until its meeting at North Country on Jan. 3

Rice, which lost to MMU in last season's championship, swept the season series from St. J in 2011-12, then edged the Hilltoppers 48-44 in the opening round of the D-I playoffs.

Follow Michael Beniash on Twitter at www.twitter.com/BeniAsh12.



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