BRATTLEBORO -- Nine area students played a spring sport at one of the Vermont State Colleges this year.

Kayla Wood, who pitched the Brattleboro Union High School varsity softball team to three state titles, went 6-6 in the circle as a freshman at Castleton State College. She got 73 innings of work, fanned 80 batters and finished with a 2.68 Earned Run Average for the 16-16 Spartans.

Six other locals also played a sport at Castleton State, including BUHS grads Andrew Worden, Nik Rancourt, Sarah Clark, Mariah Lesure and Soren Pelz-Walsh, and Michael LaBeau from Bellows Falls Union High School.

Lesure of Vernon and Clark of Guilford combined for nine goals and 10 assists for the CSC women’s lacrosse team. Rancourt (12 goals, 1 assist) and Worden played for the 12-6 men’s lacrosse team, while Pelz-Walsh (.248, 12 RBIs, 23 runs) and LaBeau helped the school’s baseball team to a 29-12 mark.

BUHS grad Kyle Whitworth batted .253, swiped 14 bases and scored 16 runs as a senior on the Lyndon State College baseball team. The Hornets went 10-19 and finished fourth in their conference.

Philip Perkins, who was a hockey and lacrosse standout at BUHS, is now a freshman Outdoor Education major at Johnson State College. He finished with 32 ground balls and 16 forced turnovers as a defenseman for the Badgers’ men’s lacrosse team that went 0-11, including a 7-6 overtime loss to Green Mountain in their finale.


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