6 nominated for week's top athlete

BRATTLEBORO — The defending state champion Brattleboro Union High School Unified basketball team got off to a 3-0 start, thanks to the hot shooting by Kayli Nicholson and glass cleaning from Zach Smith.

Todd Bell's powerhouse was clearly this area's Team of the Week, but the Brattleboro Reformer Athlete of the Week prize — a couple of Cosmic Bowling passes to Brattleboro Bowl — is still up for grabs.

The six nominees are shown below. Readers are encouraged to vote by "liking" their choice on the www.facebook.com/ReformerSports page.

Leif Bigelow

The UConn commit threw a no-hit shutout when the Brattleboro varsity baseball team zipped Bellows Falls 9-0 in the season opener. He struck out 16, walked two, and hit one batter, along with driving in one-third of his team's runs.

Patrick McDonald

The Leland & Gray shortstop had two hits, drew three walks, and drove in three runs during his team's 15-7 varsity baseball victory over Springfield in the season opener.

Liz Day

She scored a dozen goals in a pair of wins for the Brattleboro varsity girls lacrosse team, including five against Woodstock and seven more versus Kearsarge.

Caleb Steever

The Hinsdale senior started the track and field season strong, winning the triple jump and high jump with state qualifying marks during a meet at Conant.

Hailey Derosia

Brattleboro's junior ace threw a no-hit shutout, fanning nine, and walking just one, during a 17-0 rout of Bellows Falls. She also powered her team offensively, with two hits and four RBI.

Jasper Reed

He led the Brattleboro boys in an eight-school track and field meet at the Freeman Oval, winning the 100, 200, long jump, and triple jump.


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