7 area players, coach Coursen are honored
BRATTLEBORO >> After guiding the Bellows Falls field hockey team to its first state championship since 1991, Bethany Coursen was named the Marble Valley League A Division's coach of the year.
Her Terriers went 12-2-2 during the regular season to earn the top seed in the Division 3 Tournament. They then shut out Montpelier, Missisquoi Valley and Stowe in the playoffs to capture the crown.
BF's back line of Emily Stoddard, Murphy Hicks and Paxton Santorelli were all given MVL honors after playing a big part in their team's 14 shutouts and just five goals allowed. Forward Abbe Cravinho, who scored four goals during the regular season and a couple more in the playoffs, was given Honorable Mention along with Santorelli.
Brattleboro's Hannah Wilson, Laura Freeman and Marly Lynch all made the MVL B Division's First Team. Freeman tallied twice and Lynch had a pair of assists when the Colonels ended a long losing streak by beating Fair Haven 3-1 in mid September. Wilson, who also set up a burial in that contest, is known for her powerful strokes from midfield.
"Those two seniors have done an unbelievable job this year. They are positive, they are true leaders, and they really brought this team together. They work hard. They lead by example. They are really two great kids. They are model student-athletes," said Brattleboro co-coach Sherryl Libardoni of Freeman and Wilson on Senior Night.
The complete MVL All-Star teams for each division are listed below:
B Division 1st Team
Hannah Wilson — Brattleboro
Laura Freeman — Brattleboro
Marly Lynch — Brattleboro
Alisha Dykes — Springfield
Kelsey Gould — Springfield
Aunna Parker — Springfield
Kaitlyn Pellerin — Fair Haven
Megin Eaton — Fair Haven
Cydney Jeffrey — Burr and Burton
Erin Cairns — Burr and Burton
Amelia Cummings — Burr and Burton
Audriauna Bryant — Burr and Burton
Coach Barb Miceli — Burr and Burton
Coach Julie Fifield — Burr and Burton
A Division 1st Team
Emily Stoddard — Bellows Falls
Murphy Hicks — Bellows Falls
Abbie Foley — Rutland
Devon Sanborn — Rutland
Mia Sanborn — Rutland
Lily Doton — Woodstock
Loretta Blakeney — Woodstock
Allison Lowell — Otter Valley
Maia Edmunds — Otter Valley
Megan Newton — Hartford
Kristin Davis — Hartford
Rachel Loseby — Hartford
Kori Bow — MAU
Claire Taub — MAU
Coach Bethany Coursen — Bellows Falls
Paxton Santorelli — Bellows Falls
Abbe Cravinho — Bellows Falls
Maddie Schultz — Woodstock
Morgan Horne — Hartford
Keilani Pellerin — Fair Haven
Emily Sullivan — Burr and Burton
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