Two local football players will take part in the 49th annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl Aug. 3 at Memorial Field on the campus of Dartmouth College.

Lyndon Institute standouts Ryan Santangelo and Bill Brosseau will be on the 36-man roster for Vermont with Mike Norman of Rutland at the helm. New Hampshire will be coached by Jack Gati of Salem.

The Vikings pair will look to help improve the Green Mountain State\'s record against New Hampshire. The Granite Staters lead the all-time series 33-13-2 including a 21-0 victory in last fall\'s classic.

Santangelo was a three-year letterman for LI coach Dennis Sweet where he played offensive and defensive tackle. He was chosen to first-team All-State and Vermont Coaches All-Star first-team Division II the last two seasons while also playing in the North-South All-Star Classic last fall.

At 6\'5\quot;, 375 pounds, Santangelo will be a force on the Vermont line.

The standout athlete also participated in track and basketball in his high school career while taking college prepatory classes. He plans to major in history while playing football at St. Anselms College.

Brosseau has been the anchor for Lyndon Institute as a starter the past three seasons at the center position.

The 6\', 220 pound player was also selected as a starter and captain in the North-South Senior Bowl while earning second team honors from the Burlington Free Press and making Vermont Coaches All-Star first-team Division II.

Brosseau also participated in track and plans to attend Norwich University this fall to become a teacher in law or economics.

Brosseau will start on the defensive line as a tackle.

\quot;Our kids came to camp in very good shape,\quot; said Vermont coach Mike Norman. \quot;They are very eager to participate in the Shrine game and they are approaching the workouts with great enthusiasm.\quot;

Both New Hampshire and Vermont squads have been practicing at Plymouth State College for two weeks in preparation for the game that is slated for 2:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

The grand marshall of the 2002 Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl is former NFL defensive lineman Blaise Winter. He had a 12-year career with the Bills, Chargers, Packers and Colts.

Preceding the game there will be a parade through the streets of Hanover. The event is set for noon and will feature over 4,000 marchers.

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