4 area teams, 2 runners start strong


BRATTLEBORO >> The title of the popular Ariana Grande song is probably the best way to describe Leland & Gray varsity soccer player Ashley Bates this fall.

The senior striker has certainly been a "Dangerous Woman" on the pitch.

Bates already has a dozen goals this season. Her highlights thus far are five tallies in the season opener against Otter Valley and a game-winning burial in overtime against Twin Valley.

Her Rebels are 5-0 and ranked second in the Division 3 standings. Three other area teams are also undefeated, including the 4-0 Twin Valley boys soccer team, 4-0 Bellows Falls stickers, and 3-0 Purple Gang.

Freshman goalie Logan Boyd has three shutouts for the Wildcats, who have blanked Otter Valley, Leland & Gray and Fair Haven in recent varsity boys soccer action. In fact, the only goal he has allowed was scored by Windsor's Tristan Robison in Twin Valley's first contest.

Abbe Cravinho has been on fire for the BF field hockey team. She had a hat trick and two assists in an 8-2 rout of MAU and then contributed with two tallies and a helper in a 5-0 victory over BBA. The defending Division 3 champions have also downed Brattleboro and Springfield.

The Bellows Falls football team joins BBA and Burlington as the only unbeatens in the D-2 standings. Split end Jacob Streeter has been delivering quick sixes lately, with an 87-yard TD catch versus Mount Abe and then a 54-yard bomb against North Country.

Brattleboro cross-country runner Isaac Freitas-Eagan is off to a fine start. He led off with a victory in Thetford in a time of 18:46 and followed that up with a gold medal in the Bellows Falls meet in 17 minutes flat.

And Maggie St. John has been one of Hinsdale's standouts this fall, finishing fifth for the girls cross-country team in 22:49 when competing in a five-school meet at Mascenic.


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