Bellows Falls speed demons finish first again

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BRATTLEBORO — The Bellows Falls varsity girls cross-country team repeated on the trails and then in the polls.

The Terriers nipped an undefeated team for the second year in a row, collecting 105 votes to earn Brattleboro Reformer Team of the Fall honors.

"They train as a team, race as a team. These ladies are amazing to watch run!! They make it look effortless!!" wrote Sonia LiBritz Comstock on her online ballot.

Bellows Falls defended its Division 3 state championship by beating runner-up Rice by six points in Thetford. Sophomore Abby Broadley was the individual champ, Stephanie Ager finished fifth, Victoria Bassette wound up 14th, and Abby Dearborn took 16th to complete BF's top four.

"Awesome job ladies," commented JoAnna Dent Dickerson on Facebook's Reformer Sports page.

The championship team was coached by Tim Eno. The roster included captain Molly Hodsden, Shelby Stoodley, Ashlynn Boucher, Ashley Bartlett, Alyssa Keefe, Broadley, Ager, Bassette, and Dearborn.

The Terriers were one of four area squads nominated and received four more votes than the Brattleboro varsity football team (101 votes), which went 11-0 to win the program's first state title since 1973. The Division 4 state champion Twin Valley varsity boys soccer team finished third with 44 votes, while the Brattleboro Unified soccer team was next in line with 16 votes.

Last year, it turned into a Bellows Falls battle in the voting booths — the girls cross-country team defeated the undefeated field hockey team 175-147 to earn 2018 Reformer Team of the Fall honors.

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