BRATTLEBORO — While many sports fans were glued to the Major League Baseball playoffs this week, a couple of area athletes were delivering walk-offs of their own on the pitch.
Jamison Nystrom and Alex Lier would both become heroes on Wednesday. The former converted a penalty kick in overtime to give the Terriers a 1-0 victory over Windsor and the latter put home a feed by Ayoub Lajhar in the second OT as the Colonels upset Burr and Burton 2-1 on Senior Night.
“What a way for Alex to cap off a great four years. He is one of the best players Brattleboro has seen since I have been involved with the program, and truly embodies Brattleboro soccer,” Colonels coach Ben Brewer said.
Casey was at the bat on Monday evening, as Brattleboro senior Casey Conkling finished off a crossing pass by CC Allembert to give the Colonel girls a thrilling 1-0 varsity girls soccer win over visiting Leland & Gray.
“It was her first varsity goal,” mentioned BUHS coach Ron Svec after the match.
Others have simply been racking up the fantasy points.
Finn Fisher had a monster performance for the Twin Valley boys, with two goals and four assists during a 9-3 rout of Mill River. Leland & Gray’s Riley Barton recorded a hat trick in a 5-0 win over Stratton Mountain School. Hinsdale’s Kleay Steever and Brooke Pagach each tallied twice when the Lady Pacers outscored Keene 6-3.
“They (Steever and Pagach) have been very solid for us all year long. They have probably scored about 95 percent of our goals,” stated Hinsdale coach Sam Kilelee.
On the trails, Bellows Falls junior Abby Broadley was cruising along like Mookie Betts — breaking her own course record with a time of 17:58 on Wednesday in Westminster. Brattleboro’s Hazel Wagner placed second overall during a cross-country meet in Bennington.
“She (Hazel) was in seventh or eighth place at the one-mile mark. She really pushed hard through mile two and was in third place with more than 30 yards to catch the second place runner, which she did in the third mile. Incredible race for her,” stated Brattleboro coach Keith Arnold.
Kiera Noble was swinging like Tampa’s Brandon Lowe when she put away a Katryna Jarvis pass during Brattleboro’s 4-1 postseason field hockey loss at Hartford.
“It was a hard fought battle. I wish the cards could have fallen differently, but everything happens for a reason. The girls left it all on the field and fought until the last second,” said first-year BUHS coach Erin Cooke.
And the Bellows Falls touch football team earned its first victory of the season, topping rival Springfield 21-14 on Tuesday. TD scorers Caden Haskell, Max Hooke and Logan Lisai all made an athletic, Cody Bellinger type of catch for the Terriers.
Stories and photos for area sporting events that took place from Oct. 17-23 can be viewed at reformer.com.