THETFORD -- Becca Freeman (25:03) finished sixth and Nevada Powers (25:05) placed seventh as the Brattleboro girls cross-country team took second in their first meet of the season.
"The girls team had a great start to their season, finishing second to a very strong Woodstock team. They had a very tight grouping with fairly good early season times. Becca Freeman and Nevada Powers were a strong one-two punch, with Eve Pomazi and Caty Yost not far behind. Katie Reynolds rounded out the scoring," said BUHS coach John Dimick.
Woodstock won the girls meet with 20 points, the Colonels were next with 47 and host Thetford took third with 62. Pomazi wound up 12th in 26:12, Yost took 14th in 26:27 and Reynolds crossed the line in 23rd position.
"The boys team has some hard work ahead if they are going to challenge the top teams," added Dimick.
Woodstock won the boys meet with 34 points. They were followed by Rivendell (60), Thetford (73), Brattleboro (85) and Hartford (107).
Ryan Gilligan (22:20) placed 12th and Oliver Pomazi (22:44) was 14th to lead the Colonels. Brattleboro’s Tyler Clement (24:12) was 21st, Jon Burdo (24:10) was 23rd and Eduardo Rodriguez (25:52) finished 25th.
Colonel stickers blanked
BRATTLEBORO -- The MAU field hockey team erupted for three goals in the second half and defeated host Brattleboro, 4-0, on Tuesday night.
"It was frustrating," said BUHS coach Deb Valliere, whose team dropped to 1-1 overall. "On the bright side, we cut our number of defensive penalty corners in half from our first game and Kayla Savage got the ball up the field for us quite a bit."
Valliere noted that Daisy Giroux and Haley George also had strong games for the Colonels, offensively and defensively.
The purple and white will play at Rutland on Thursday.
BFUHS XC boys edge out Fair Haven
RUTLAND -- The Terriers cross-country team traveled north Tuesday to compete in their first meet. MAU tied with Rutland for first, while Bellows Falls boys got the win over Fair Haven.
Willie Moore (18:43) took a bronze, Tim Jones had a time of 20:14, Jonah Bolotin (22:57), Matt Chapin (24:46), Cameron Joy (24:47), Dan Kane (24:48), Jackson Purdy (25:01), Jacob Metcalfe (25:21), and William Scarlett (27:09). The girls’ Lucy Lawlor finished the course in 27:00, and Tess Kinney completed it in 31:49.
Bates’ bunch gets blasted
TOWNSHEND -- The Rebels fell to Black River, 6-1, in their second game of their season on Wednesday night.
"We played horrible," said L&G coach Lucas Bates, in so many words. "We do have some shining spots though."
Giannina Gaspero-Beckstrom and Ashley Bates really played well together on offense, said their coach.
Black River scored two quick goals on breakaways, while the Rebs made their shot 20 minutes into the first half.
Leland & Gray play their next matchup Monday in Arlington at 4:30 p.m.
BRATTLEBORO -- After earning the best record of any team at their school last fall, the Brattleboro Union High School boys soccer team will begin the 2013 season at Springfield on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. The Colonels went 7-7 a year ago.
The purple and white will participate in the annual John James Tournament on Sept. 12 and Sept. 14 in Bennington. Their home opener is set for Saturday, Sept. 21, versus Burr and Burton, at 3 p.m.
Brattleboro boys soccer roster: Coaches -- Paul Sather, Michael Italia. Players -- Ben Janis, Brian McCarthy, Jacob Atomanuk, Matt Sanderson, Harrison Dews, Matt Anderson, Robyn Avery, Mateo Vallejo Granoda, Brennen Zolnoski, Leon Ogden, Steve Rink, Jack Maples, James Ferris, Conner Elliot-Knaggs, Cesar Filho, John Curtis, Miles Goldenbird, Antonio Acevedo, Vijay Woodworth, Eamon Martin, Kiley Owen.
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After playing as a JV program last season due to a lack of players, the Hinsdale boys soccer team is back to the varsity level and will open at Wilton on Friday.
"Mr. Joe Boggio (assistant vice principal) and Mr. Mike McCosker (athletic director) worked hard with the NHIAA to have our probation just consist of one year (last year) and the NHIAA reinstated us to varsity status this year because of their work," said Hinsdale coach Steve Fecto.
The Pacers are young, with four eighth graders, a pair of freshman, three sophomores, four juniors and a couple of seniors.
"I’m expecting that we will be going through some tough times early with the younger players, but I expect us to develop into a strong team by the halfway point of the season," added Fecto.
Hinsdale boys soccer roster: Coach -- Steve Fecto. Players -- Hunter Brooks, RJ Tacelli, Richie Webster, Ben Kilelee, Anthony Gringeri, Alex Passino, Jordan Simeon, Zach Lepisto, Matt Boggio, Joshua Webster, Kyle Rideout, Ryan Boggio, Caleb Steever, Jhivan Abdul-Cobb, Peter McCosker.
Deerfield Valley welcomes veterans for a weekend of sports and recreation
WEST DOVER -- The Deerfield Valley of Vermont will this weekend be host to more than a dozen disabled veterans participating in a special adaptive sports and recreation event that will include athletic activities such as rowing, cycling and hiking, augmented with evening workshops in yoga and nutrition. Saturday afternoon will feature kayaking and boating on Lake Whitingham in Wilmington.
"We’re thrilled to be hosting our final Soldiers For Soldiers event of the summer right here in the Deerfield Valley," said Sue Tatem, AbilityPLUS executive director of programs.
AbilityPLUS is the adaptive sports organization that provides year round adaptive sports and recreation programs for people of all ages, with any type of physical or cognitive disability, from its base at Mount Snow. The non-profit has hosted several Soldiers For Soldiers events throughout New England this summer.
The weekend events are provided free of charge to all disabled veterans and members of the Armed Forces as part of the ongoing Soldiers For Soldiers program developed by AbilityPLUS.
The weekend program begins Friday evening, with check-in at The Lodge at Mount Snow, followed by a welcome dinner and orientation meeting. Adaptive sports activities begin Saturday morning at Lake Whitingham.
For more information about this weekend and future Soldiers For Soldiers events, call Sue Tatem at 802-464-1100, x4699.