Goodell is voted top female athlete
BRATTLEBORO — Taylor Goodell spent her fall seasons helping to protect the goal.
But each winter, she attacked them.
The Bellows Falls standout, who won two state championships with the BF Stickers and scored 1,023 points for the Terriers on the court, received 220 votes to earn Brattleboro Reformer Best Senior Female Athlete honors and a $25 gift certificate to the Marina Restaurant.
"She has had numerous goalie saves as a rock solid defender. She had one specific goalie save in the Division 1 state title game that was incredible. She rarely let balls get by her. She was a huge part of the Bellows Falls field hockey team," said BF coach Bethany Coursen.
The Terriers went 43-8 with Goodell on the roster, including perfect seasons in 2017 and 2018.
"We got to the Division 1 finals again this year in part because of her hard work on the field, her defense in front of the net, and her leadership off the field," Coursen noted.
Goodell also led Bellows Falls in points and assists in all four of her varsity basketball seasons. The Terriers went 59-26 during her career.
"Taylor was a silent leader," stated BF girls hoops coach Todd Wells. "She just shows up every day and works hard to be the best she can be to help her team win games."
Last winter, she finished with 345 points, 151 rebounds, 75 assists and 55 steals. Her individual highlight took place on March 3, when a left-handed shot dropped in during a playoff game against Winooski to give her 1,000 career points.
"It was amazing. It's a huge accomplishment for me and my teammates," the senior said after the victory.
Goodell will attend Castleton University, where she will play basketball and major in Athletic Training.
Brattleboro's Maggie Lonardo, who is the reigning state champion in the 100-meter dash, finished second with 207 votes. She was followed by clutch BUHS shooter Rachael Rooney (150 votes), Leland & Gray soccer star Arin Bates (132 votes), three-sport Bellows Falls athlete Halle Dickerson (131 votes), and Hinsdale speed demon Maggie St. John (99 votes).
The nominees for the top male athlete in the Brattleboro Area over the past four years are shown below. In order to vote, simply go to www.facebook.com/ReformerSports and "like" your choice.
The quarterback threw 29 touchdown passes and ran for 21 more to help the Brattleboro varsity football team to a perfect 11-0 season last fall. He also had a couple of hits and picked up the save when Post 5 defeated SD Ireland 5-2 to win the 2019 American Legion state title.
The Hinsdale star averaged a double-double over the winter, scoring 22.3 points per game and pulling down 11 rebounds a night. The versatile soccer player earned a shutout when playing goalie versus Newport last fall and later tallied twice during the rematch.
In 57 career starts for the Twin Valley varsity boys soccer team, he racked up 43 goals and 29 assists. McHale helped the Wildcats to a 4-1 victory over Arlington in the 2019 Division 4 state championship game. He also averaged a team-high 12.8 points per game on the court as a senior, scoring 11 points in a finals loss to Proctor.
"Clarkie" struck gold in the javelin, thanks to a throw of 147-05, at the 2019 Division 2 state track and field meet. He was also a force defensively for the Bellows Falls varsity football team as a senior — making 83 tackles, recording seven sacks, picking off one pass, blocking a punt a for a touchdown, and even adding a safety.
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