BRANDON -- The Bellows Falls field hockey team suffered its first loss of the season on Wednesday, falling to host Otter Valley 2-0 in the regular-season finale.
After a scoreless first half, Jenna Elliott and Courtney Bushey each scored for the Otters in the last 30 minutes. Shea WIlkinson made some tremendous saves for the Terriers, while Emily Stoddard and Emily Dufault both played well in the back.
"It was pretty unbelievable," said Terriers coach Bethany Coursen, when asked about her team going 12-1-1 during the regular season. "They are a great bunch of girls. We gave up just three goals all year. The girls have worked really, really hard."
The 10-3-0 Otters are ranked second in Division 2 and the Terriers are atop the Division 3 standings.
"It was a really, really good game," noted Coursen. "We’re OK with losing a good, hard-fought game."
Tai Chi classes
BRATTLEBORO -- Guilford resident Susan Hebson, certified Tai Chi instructor, is offering a series of six classes this fall at the Gibson-Aiken Recreation Center. Tai Chi is the ancient Chinese art practiced for its health benefits.
Hebson has been teaching for 22 years. "Tai Chi is a powerful tool in healing and strengthening the body, mind and spirit. The flowing movements calm the mind, improve balance and increase flexibility. This slow-paced, 60-minute class is very accessible for students of all levels and is especially beneficial for seniors," she explained.
Classes will start on Monday, Oct. 21 and continue until Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., in the third-floor blue room at the Gibson-Aiken Recreation Center.
For information, contact Hebson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-257-9425.
Road Race Results
WINDSOR -- The 11th annual Harpoon Octoberfest Race in Windsor was highlighted by many strong performances from the Brattleboro area. Greg Hammett of Chesterfield, N.H. was the top runner in a field of 1,167 competitors. Hammett blazed through the 3.66-mile, hilly terrain in 19:35 to lead the Sandbaggers Track Club to victory in the 15-team contest.
Claiming second in the team competition was Team DRM. They were led by Bob Parks of Brattleboro who finished 13th in 21:29. Nate Antaya (18th, 22:06), Robert Bezio (27th, 23:02), and Timothy Copeland (34th, 23:33) rounded out the scoring for the law firm. Dimick’s Disciples just missed a return trip to the podium, finishing fourth behind the Upper Valley Running Club. They were led by Josh Fields (14th, 21:57), Dan Barile (22nd, 22:30), Jason Larochelle (110th, 26:46), Brian Lashway (115th, 26:51), and Brendan Rogers (378th, 31:27).
On the women’s side, Upper Valley Running Club repeated as champions and Team DRM raced to a 12th place finish. Monique Antaya (226th, 29:12) led the way for DRM and was followed by Sarah Copeland (464th, 32:42), Anna Copeland (969th, 40:12), and Elizabeth Rattiagn (1,047th, 42:53). Other standout local finishers included Michael Fink (17th, 22:04), Evan Chadwick (46th, 24:25), and Douglas Rogers (164th, 28:14).