BRATTLEBORO -- Catey Yost appears last on her team’s 30-member roster, which goes in alphabetical order. But when it comes to 800-meter races during the season, she’s quite often first overall.
Yost, who qualified for the state meet in the 800 a year ago, and the rest of the Brattleboro Union High School varsity track team will open with a home meet on Thursday at 4 p.m.
"We have a young girls team, with only three seniors and 13 freshmen. However, many of our younger athletes have achieved results that will allow us to compete with more experienced teams," said first-year BUHS head coach Dan Barile, who was previously an assistant for the Colonels and also the head coach at Turners Falls.
Other top scorers for the Colonel girls are: distance runner Nevada Powers, sprinters Eve Pomazi and Kiwi Lewis, middle distance runner Gwendolyn Harris, and thrower Conley Crowder. In the fall, Powers qualified for the New England meet in cross country.
"With 42 boys, we have great depth and numerous potential state meet qualifiers across all of the events," stated Barile.
State Meet qualifiers for the BUHS boys team include Miles Goldenbird (javelin, discus, triple jump), Josh Parro (long jump, triple jump), Dan Burdo (400, high jump, 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles), Jonathon Burdo (110 hurdles, 300 hurdles), and Dan Burke (3,000). Goldenbird earned bronze in the javelin and Parro was sixth in the long jump at the 2013 State Meet.
Barile is also expecting to get plenty of points from Declan King (pole vault, 400), Tyler Clement (sprints), John Lonardo (throws), Dakota Peterson (Multi-Event), Ryan Gilligan (distance) and Ben Janis (sprints).
BUHS track roster: Coach -- Dan Barile. Boys team -- Gabe Britton, Dan Burdo, Jonathon Burdo, Dan Burke, Sheldon Burnell, Jacob Cannizzaro, Adison Clark, Tyler Clement, Junius Dexter, Gabriel Earley, Gabriel Ferrante, Ryan Gilligan, Jonah Goldenbird, ALi Hallal, Josh Hanson, Rowan Hawthorn, Cody Hellus, Ben Janis, Eli Kapral, Declan King, Jonah Koch, John Lonardo, Josh Meachen, Phelan Muller, Jack Ochukpue, Kiley Owen, Josh Parro, Dakota Peterson, Jarrod Price, Dimitar Radev, Liam Reynolds, Simon Reynolds, Thomas Riedo, Devon Rinaldi, Skylar Ross, Ryan Taggard, Ben Tarleton, Owen Toleno, Daniel Villarreal, Garrett Winchester, Drew Wood. Girls team -- Colette Anton, Zanani Beighle, Meyru Bhanti, Kira Boucher, Franny Cornick, Conley Crowder, Hannah Curtiss, Carolina Curvo, Meka Dearborn, Asha Dimatteo-Lepage, Becca Freeman, Laura Freeman, Emily Gale, Gwendolyn Harris, Dorothy Kinney-Landis, Alyssa Lane, Kiwi Lewis, Christol Long, Elizabeth Lussier, Abby Manning, Omei Marshall, Xixi Matathias, Eve Pomazi, Nevada Powers, Molly Schoales, Aisha Schor, Michaela Shea-Gander, Abby Sherlock, Danielle Wood, Catey Yost.
BRATTLEBORO -- Brattleboro Union High School varsity girls tennis coach Tom Weber began this spring in panic mode.
"The weather had not cooperated for practice. Top players had not returned. Our participation is way down," he said. "We only have 15 athletes on the roster. In years past, we have carried 30, so this is a dramatic change. I was concerned."
But with the warmer temps, things started to turn around.
"I have really appreciated working with a smaller group, and I have recognized what a special group we have," stated Weber.
One bright spot for the Colonels is that half of the players on the team have two or three years of varsity experience. Seniors Katie Tsukamoto, Jennifer Hutton and Aidan Earley have been major contributors since they were freshmen.
"Unfortunately, Aidan is coming off a pretty serious wrist injury. I’m not sure how much she will be available to play this year, if at all. Aidan played at number one singles for us last year. It would be great if she can get back with us," added Weber. "In the mean time, Jenn and Katie appear ready to step up and lead this team in the top singles positions. Jenn and Katie will also lead this team as captains."
Juniors Grace Willingham, Aliza Racine and Haley Marcil are all returning for their third year of varsity play.
"Their experience should be helpful. All three have come a long way in their development in the last three years and are good, solid players. Haley has been working on her game all year. Her improvement is astonishing," continued Weber.
Second-year players Emily Bau, Taylor Bird, Greta Larson and Danielle Looman will be in the mix to get a lot of playing time according to their coach.
"Jaida Henry showed tremendous potential last year, before tearing her ACL at the beginning of the season. It will be nice to have her back and healthy and see what she can do," said the Brattleboro coach.
BUHS girls tennis roster: Coach -- Tom Weber. Seniors -- Emily Bau, Aidan Earley, Jennifer Hutton, Katie Tsukamoto, Melanie Kampfl. Juniors -- Taylor Bird, Greta Larson, Danielle Looman, Haley Marcil, Aliza Racine, Emily Tanis, Grace Willingham, Laura Armijo. Sophomores -- Jaida Henry, Kimberly Bau.
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