MANCHESTER -- The Bellows Falls varsity football team went with their running game to defeat Burr and Burton, 51-44, in a conference showdown on Friday at Applejack Field.
"We (either team) couldn’t stop each other," said Bellows Falls coach Bob Lockerby. "Watching film of the game, I can see where we need improvement positioning our players. We would have done even better if we had them in the right spots."
Both teams went scoreless through the first quarter. It was 15-13 at the break, with Bellows Falls maintaining a slight lead. Lockerby describes the rest of the game as a lot of back and forth, as the teams traded touchdowns.
The Terriers rushed for over 450 yards, a majority of those picked up by running back Zachary Rawling. "He was phenomenal," said Lockerby.
The Bulldogs’ last attempt to mount a comeback was washed with a failed onside kick.
"I don’t want to take anything away from Jake Stalcup (Burr and Burton’s QB). He did a great job and was a thrill to watch."
Bellows Falls moves to 2-1 on the season and plays at Windsor on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Burr & Burton 2, Brattleboro 0
BENNINGTON -- After beating Mt. Anthony to get to the final round, the Colonels fell to Burr and Burton, Saturday at the 44th Annual John James Tournament held at Spinelli Field.
Jordan Renouf suffered a concussion in a prior game, so the Colonels relied
"We had to make a change for more speed in the back and Batchelder did a great job," said Brattleboro coach Paul Sather.
The Colonels held Burr and Burton through the first half, until Ian Conde and Axel Sapera put away the Bulldogs’ goals, both coming in the second half, and just four minutes apart. Brattleboro keeper Galen Finnerty blocked four shots.
"We had a breakdown in our communication," said Sather, "but we held them for a while and gave them a tough game."
Brattleboro goes to 2-2 and play at Rutland on Saturday.
Gymnastic coach with Olympic ties comes to Vt.
WESTMINSTER -- Le Studio Gymnastics and Dance has hired on a new head coach with ties to Olympic Gold.
Coach Colleen Ryan has relocated to Vermont to continue her coaching career at Le Studio.
Colleen has come to Vermont from Brestyn’s Gymnastics in Massachusetts, home of Olympic champions, Aly Raiseman and Alicia Sacromone.
With a coaching background that spans over 20 years, Colleen brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to Le Studio. She has a wonderful passion for the sport of gymnastics and a true love of children.
This combination has proved to be a winning one as Colleen’s athletes have earned state, regional and national titles, as well as consistently having athletes names to the TOPS and Jump State National teams.
Colleen was also the coach of the double silver medalist of the 2009 world age division championships in St. Petersburg, Russia. Colleen was the Southern California state TOPS director for two years, and has perfected her craft while training under many of the USA Gymnastics national staff members, at the national team training center in Texas.
Colleen is thrilled to be at Le Studio and to continue her career in Vermont. For more information, please call 802-463-9010.