The Vermont Sports Media Association chose two high school juniors, a prolific football quarterback and a high-scoring field hockey player, as its Athletes of the Month for October.
In statewide balloting of members, the VSMA elected Burr & Burton Academy's Griffin Stalcup as its October Male Athlete of the Month and Otter Valley Union's Allison Lowell as its October Female Athlete of the Month.
A VSMA member first nominated each athlete for his and her outstanding performance in October.
Stalcup led Burr & Burton to a 5-0 October on the way to what became an 11-0 record and a Division II title, BBA's first since 1948. In October, Stalcup threw for 17 touchdowns and 1,325 yards despite not playing full games in four of the five contests after they became blowouts. In a regular-season game versus Bellows Falls, the No. 2 team in D-II, Stalcup threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns. In the D-II semifinal versus Milton, Stalcup threw for 370 yards.
Also nominated for the male honor were three other football players, Rutland senior Andy Kenosh, Otter Valley senior Carson Leary and Bellows Falls junior Jahyde Bullard.
As October came to a close, Lowell capped her 23-goal, 2-assist season by scoring all four of the D-II champion Otters' playoff goals: The overtime game-winner in a 1-0 quarterfinal versus Woodstock, both goals in their 2-0 semifinal versus Burr & Burton, and the game's only goal in their final victory versus Mount Abe. Overall, in OV's 7-1-2 October Lowell scored 12 times and set up one goal.
Also nominated for the October female honor were Bellows Falls senior hockey player Emily Stoddard and three soccer players, Rutland junior Brooke Woodard, Mount Abraham junior Ernesta McIntosh and Burr & Burton sophomore Hannah Pinkus.
More information about the VSMA is available from organization president Andy Kirkaldy of the Addison Independent at firstname.lastname@example.org.