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

Honorable Mention

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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