Derosia voted female athlete of year

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BRATTLEBORO — After her team rallied to knock off Saint Johnsbury in a softball playoff game, Hailey Derosia seemingly had no fear when it came to facing top-seeded Essex in the next round.

"I just want to go up there and beat them," she said, with a we-have-nothing-to-lose mentality.

The Colonels would scare the Hornets in the Division 1 quarterfinal before falling just short, however Derosia would not be denied in an even tougher test that came one month later — receiving 295 votes to earn Brattleboro Reformer Female Athlete of the School Year honors. She was up against one of the best field hockey players in Vermont history in Abbe Cravinho (236 votes) and one of Hinsdale's best basketball players ever in Angelina Nardolillo (93 votes).

"Hailey was a great leader for every team that she played on and absolutely deserves this award. Her work ethic was prodigious and she would always strive to get better...not just better, but to be the best," stated BUHS varsity softball coach Kelly Markol. "She was always very humble and I believe that this allowed her to excel at her team leadership. Kids look up to Hailey because of her focus and attitude."

The senior had a .460 batting average for a team that went 12-6 overall. The ace averaged 10 strikeouts a game inside the circle.

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"She was extremely tough to hit. She threw hard and kept hitters off balance with different pitches," added Markol.

Derosia began her final year of high school as the captain of the BUHS varsity girls soccer team. The talented defender scored three total goals, giving her five tallies and eight assists for her career with the purple and white.

"Hailey understood the game of soccer well, and she was often one step ahead of her opponent in knowing where the ball was. Other crucial characteristics of Hailey's game were her speed, tactical insight, and being able to size up situations in advance. She could man-mark her opponent and so frustrate them. Hailey has the ability to use both feet, has good heading skills, a long throw-in, and good passing technique as well," wrote Colonel girls varsity soccer coach Edwin de Bruijn in a senior letter.

On the basketball court during the winter, Derosia's highlight was a triple-double (25 points, 11 rebounds, 11 steals) when BUHS upset Mount Mansfield in the postseason. She later played in the annual Senior All-Star Game, helping the South defeat the North.

"Hailey is a very special player. She does everything for us. She's an excellent rebounder who will immediately push in transition with her head up, looking ahead to pass to a teammate. She enjoys those assists more than she does scoring herself," South coach Paul Freed noted during an All-Star practice in Putney.

Derosia will now take her talents to Keene State College.


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