BRATTLEBORO -- 2012 has been a great year for the Bellows Falls Union High School field hockey program.
The Terriers went 11-2 following a 4-7-3 record the previous season and earned the No. 2 seed in the Divison III Tournament. And one of their own simply dominated at the college level.
Kealy Chipman, a 2009 Bellows Falls Union High School graduate, tallied twice and also set up a goal to help the second-seeded Castleton State College field hockey team to an 8-6 victory over No. 1 Husson.
The senior was named the North Atlantic Conference Player of the Year after racking up 27 goals, 14 assists and 68 total points -- all program records -- this season. She finished her college career with 70 goals and 166 points.
Chipman is only the second CSC player to ever be invited to play in the Division 3 Senior Game. That is scheduled for Nov. 17 at William Smith College.
And other student-athletes from this area have also had their share of success at the next level...
Zack Howe of Bellows Falls caught a 10-yard touchdown pass during the Castleton State College football team’s 52-28 loss to Mount Ida in Saturday’s ECFC league title game.
Springfield graduate Brandon Boyle had a dozen receptions for 182 yards and one score to lead CSC. The Spartans fell to 7-3 overall.
Castleton was selected to take on St. John Fisher College on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Northwest Championship Bowl. This will be the first postseason game in history for the CSC football team.
Chandler Halbur of Wilmington just finished his senior season with the Johnson State College men’s soccer team, which went 1-16 overall. The one bright spot for the team was an 11-0 rout of Fisher College on Sept. 22.
Halbur started all 17 games at fullback for JSC. He took seven total shots, split the posts once and had one assist.
Three of the Badgers’ last four losses were one-goal games, including 2-1 decisions against New England College, Colby-Sawyer and Castleton State.
Shelby DavisLane of Dummerston placed 61st in a time of 25:12 to help the Lady Badgers take eighth out of 10 teams in the NAC Championship meet. The Johnson State sophomore also wound up 39th in the JSC Invitational.
Daniel Rivers of Brattleboro is running for Castleton State College. He took 20th in 30:28 at the Green Mountain College Invitational and crossed the wire 51st overall in 35:36 in the Intercollegiate Championships.
Jacob Ellis, a 2012 Brattleboro Union High School graduate, placed 10th in 16:29.4 in his first cross-country race for Bowdoin College on Sept. 15 at Southern Maine. He then finished 22nd a week later at the Wesleyan Invitational. The Polar Bears took second in Saturday’s New England Division 3 Championships, after earning silver at the State Meet and a bronze in the NESCAC Championships.
If you know of any graduates of BUHS, Bellows Falls, Twin Valley, Leland & Gray, Austine School or Hinsdale High that are playing a sport in college, please let Reformer Sports Editor Shane Covey know by shooting an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or calling him at 802-254-2311, ext. 163.