Bullock defends state title on trails
The Brattleboro boys and girls teams placed sixth and seventh respectively in Division 1. Isaac Freitas-Eagan (17:25) placed fifth, Trevor Kipp (18:30) was 29th, Colin Costa-Walsh (18:45) finished 36th, Bram Tabachnik (19:24) wound up 52nd and Evan Koch (19:41) took 56th to lead the BUHS boys, while the first five for the Colonels girls were Sarah Gallagher, 7th, 20:34; Emilia Dick-Fiora del Fabro, 37th, 22:34; Annie Takacs, 40th, 22:40; Alexandra Miskovich, 50th, 23:19; and Liz Morse, 67th, 24:27.
Bullock, Gallagher and Freitas-Eagan all qualified for the New England Championships. It was a solid year for the BUHS teams, which swept the Marble Valley League titles and earned silver in the Connecticut Valley Conference Championships.
The Bellows Falls boys placed fourth in the Division 3 meet, behind Timothy Salter-Roy (9th in 18:52), Ian Wallace (18th in 19:19), Colton Baldasaro (32nd in 20:08), Collin Robertson (37th in 20:20) and Nicolas Potter (38th in 20:25). The BF girls ended up fifth thanks to the efforts of Lia Clark (5th in 21:48), Molly Hodsden (28th in 25:06), Haley Covillion (32nd in 25:21), Jasmine Boucher (44th in 26:19) and Brigid Hodsden (52nd in 27:56).
And in the Division 3 New Hampshire girls race at Derryfield Park, Maggie St. John finished fifth in 20:20 to help Hinsdale place ninth overall. Alex Schwartz took 69th in 19:34 to lead the Hinsdale boys team.
"She ran a smart race. She was in the top 15 after the first climb and made big gains after the first mile," said Hinsdale coach Glenn Hammett of St. John, whose Pacer girls were the first D-4 team in the scoring. "We thought she could be top 10 on a great day, but top five was magical. She was only 20 seconds behind the winner. I can't say enough about her ability to rise to the occasion when it matters most."
WILMINGTON — Jack McHale scored with 28 seconds remaining, off of a Dylan Howe throw-in, and No. 3 Twin Valley nipped No. 6 BFA-Fairfax 1-0 in Saturday's Division 3 quarterfinal at Hayford Field.
Jake Millette's 20-yard blast off of the crossbar was the best chance for the visitors. Josh Carpenter-O'Hearn finished with four saves to earn the shutout.
The 15-1 Wildcats will play at No. 2 Stowe in Tuesday's semifinal matchup at 3 p.m.
ARLINGTON — The top-seeded Eagles defeated No. 8 Twin Valley, 3-1, in a Division 4 quarterfinal on Saturday.
Tess Belnap tallied twice for the winners, while Lilah Ward also scored. A direct kick by Tatyanna Bowman put the Wildcats on the board.
Twin Valley, which ended the season with a 5-10-1 mark, made things difficult on the hosts by using a bunker style defense — packing nine players in the top of the 18. Rita Messing shadowed the talented Belnap for most of the contest.
BARRE — Ali Ahern had a hat trick and No. 2 Spaulding edged seventh-seeded Brattleboro, 3-2, in Friday's Division 2 quarterfinal.
"We're very pleased with the way our girls played," Brattleboro co-coaches Sherryl Libardoni and Kelly Markol agreed. "I don't think we could've played any better except perhaps putting another goal in. Our goalkeeper was sensational and we made a great deal of progress as the year went on. We really became a team in the last couple of weeks."
Kayla Leonard-Houle and Kalin Noble did the scoring for the Colonels, with an assist coming from Kharisma Boyd. Natalya Forkin racked up 14 saves, Meara Seery and Hannah Blake anchored the defense, and BUHS got solid play up front from Gracie Frost, Noble, Boyd and Leonard-Houle.
BARRE — Brattleboro got touchdown runs from Kyle Derosia, Tyler Millerick and Durin Hoyer during a 21-20 victory over Spaulding in Friday night's Wildcard game, with Derosia's 49-yarder being the highlight. The Colonels finished the season with a 2-7 record, including a 28-14 win over rival MAU.
Area Sports Schedule
No. 1 Bellows Falls field hockey vs. No. 4 BBA, at Middlebury College, 6 p.m.
No. 3 Twin Valley boys soccer at No. 2 Stowe, 3 p.m.
No. 4 Bellows Falls football at No. 1 BBA, 1 p.m.
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