Clark voted top male athlete

Bellows Falls senior Dylan Clark catches a touchdown pass during his team's season opener versus Brattleboro in Westminster.

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BRATTLEBORO — The Terriers have completed the sweep.

One week after Bellows Falls senior Taylor Goodell was voted this area's top female athlete, classmate Dylan Clark received 379 "likes" to earn the top male athlete honor.

"Hard work always pays off," mentioned Dick Westney on his online ballot.

Clark helped the Terriers to the Division 2 state championship football game last fall. The linebacker ended his final high school season with 83 tackles, seven sacks, an interception, a safety, and a blocked punt for a touchdown.

"It is his presence on the field and his nose for the ball that make him so valuable," said Bellows Falls varsity football coach Bob Lockerby. "Offensively, you know we run and run and run. On a passing team, he would have outstanding stats. In defense of his offense, he drew many double team coverages, which helped to open up our run game."

As a track and field athlete, Clark was part of BF's championship team in 2019. He struck gold in the javelin with a throw of 147-05 at the Division 2 state meet.

And on the court, "Clarkie" scored a team-high 16 points when the Terriers defeated Oxbow 57-45 in the first round of the Division 3 playoffs.

"I applaud Dylan Clark's total effort, and especially the extra time after practice he has invested in his free-throw shooting," stated first-year BF coach John Hollar after that contest.

Clark will play football at Westfield State University this fall.

Brattleboro's Tyler Millerick, who was the Reformer's 2019 male athlete of the year, finished just six "likes" behind Clark in second when the votes were counted on Friday at noon. The quarterback threw 29 touchdown passes and ran for 21 more to help the Colonels to a perfect 11-0 season.

Hinsdale's Dylan Harden placed third in the voting. He averaged a double-double on the court as a senior, scoring 22.3 points and pulling down 11 rebounds per night.

And finishing fourth is Jack McHale, who racked up 43 goals and 29 assists during his Twin Valley soccer career.


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