Numbers are up for Brattleboro stickers
BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Union High School varsity field hockey team, which hasn't won a playoff game since 2008, has enough players to field a junior varsity squad for the first time in years.
"Practices have been going well and the players are working hard to prepare for the first game," said BUHS co-coach Sherryl Libardoni, whose team will host Springfield in Friday's season opener at 7 p.m. "The returning players all have some varsity experience due to the fact that there hasn't been an official JV team for the past few years."
Kharisma Boyd and Meara Seery have been named co-captains for the Colonels. Natayla Forkin will be starting in goal.
Roster: Coaches — Sherryl Libardoni, Kelly Markol. Players — Kylee Shatrau, Kayla Leonard-Houle, Hannah Blake, Molly Durling, Kharisma Boyd, Meara Seary, Olivia Stent, Mya McAuliffe, Gracie Frost, Emily Crespo, Neveah Beauchamp, Katie Taggard, Natayla Forkin, Kalin Noble, Olivia Reihl, Abigail Wimer, Matea Cusack, Camden Haskins, Alanna Ward, Lily Quintano, Avalon Johnson, Edie Cay, Jessica Tatro, Devi Ethier, Mya Bailey, Kaylyn Bailey, Madison Johnson, Makenna Severance, Austin Haskins, Katryna Jarvis, Sarah Butterfield, Kiera Noble, Rosie Carignan, Katelyn Hamilton.
While the BUHS stickers will be playing at home on Friday night, Brattleboro's varsity football team will be in action in Rutland. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
The Colonels went 4-5 last fall, with victories coming against Middlebury, South Burlington, rival MAU, and BFA-Saint Albans. The team with the "Win the Day" motto scored 171 total points and gave up 181 on the season.
Roster: Coach — Chad Pacheco. Players — Isiah Gilbeau, Tyler Millerick, Kris Carroll, Jeremy Rounds, Ryan Tyler, Tanner Root, Colton White, Malik Mane, Evan Finnell, Kyle Derosia, Chris Frost, Alex Province, Jack Price, Jem Cohen, Shane Cyr, Timmy Velaquez, JoJo Matias, Dylan Carrasquillo, Jacob Gouger, Durin Hoyer, Reed McKay, Devin Clark, Ethin Wunschel, Sam Fontaine, Grady Derosia, Joseph Koes, Tyler Sarringer, Kalobe Brown, Jarod Seylhouwer, Zach Dunbar, Brandon Gilbert, Liam McNeil, Brenden Gilbeau, Joey Velaquez, Hunter Beebe, Adain Murphy.
Varsity Girls Soccer
Axis Balsley-Petraska, Evy Williams and Kai Boyd are the tri-captains for the Colonels, who will welcome Mount Mansfield in Tuesday's season opener at 4:30 p.m.
Brattleboro went 4-8-1 last year, earned the No. 13 seed in the Division 1 Tournament and fell to CVU 6-0 in a playdown game. The program's last winning season came in 2010, when the purple and white went 7-5-2.
Roster: Coaches — Edwin de Bruijn, Anna Kayes, Ron Svec, Kevin Freitas. Players — Eliya Petrie, Megyn Ayotte, Rachael Rooney, Venus Fu, Olivia Romo, Jenna Murrow, Samantha Cragin, Evy Williams (captain), Natalie Gadowski, Darien Abdallah, Hailey Derosia, Axis Balsley-Petraska (captain), Juniper Dimatteo-Le Pape, Ashley Dierkes, Sophia Capy, Kai Boyd (captain), Amelia Glickman, Sarah Wright, Lauren McKenney.
Brattleboro's girls and boys teams each return their top runner from last season in Sarah Gallagher and Isaac Freitas-Eagan. They both qualified for the New England Championship meet a year ago.
"We are looking forward to a good season for both the boys and girls team. Last season both teams placed first in the Marble Valley League Championship and we hope to repeat that fine performance this season," noted BUHS coach John Dimick.
The Brattleboro girls have their top five runners back after placing seventh at the 2016 state meet. The BUHS boys graduated two of their top five runners, but coach Dimick believes the newcomers will make up for it.
The Colonels will debut at Bellows Falls on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
Roster: Coach — John Dimick. Runners — Annie Takacs, Isabella Thurber, Emilia Dick-Fiora del Fabro, Sarah Gallagher, Elery Loggia, Liz Morse, Molly Patenaude, Kathryn Wocell, Alexandra Miskovich, Bella Takacs, Lily Tessitore, Colin Costa-Walsh, Isaac Freitas-Eagan, Evan Koch, Kyle LaBounty, Joe Meima, David Pierce, Martin Sipowicz, Charlie Gerard, Trevor Kipp, Orion Stone, Brett Worden, Ernie Brunton, Logan Makay, Cullen O'Hern, Bram Tabachnik, Miles Anton, Jonah Bingham, Elijah Burdo, Sam Freitas-Eagan, Nolan Holmes.
Varsity Boys Soccer
The Colonels return eight players from a team that went 6-7-1 last season, earned the No. 12 seed in the Division 1 Tournament and lost to Rice 6-1 in the opening round.
"We have a young team — only two seniors starting. Our game plan is developing as we get to know our strengths and weaknesses," said BUHS coach Paul Sather. "We hope to be able to maintain possession and utilize some speed for long balls. Making the playoffs is always a goal."
Brattleboro's varsity boys soccer roster was not received by press time.
The early fall schedule for Brattleboro's varsity teams is shown below.
Friday, Sept. 1
Brattleboro football at Rutland, 7 p.m.
Brattleboro field hockey hosts Springfield, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 5
Brattleboro cross country at Bellows Falls, 4:30 p.m.
Brattleboro girls soccer hosts Mount Mansfield, 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 6
Brattleboro field hockey at Woodstock, 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 7
Brattleboro girls soccer at MAU Tourney, 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 8
Brattleboro boys soccer hosts Burr and Burton, 4:30 p.m.
Brattleboro girls soccer hosts Burr and Burton, 4:30 p.m.
Brattleboro football at Bellows Falls, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 9
Brattleboro boys soccer at Taconic, 1 p.m.
Brattleboro girls soccer at MAU Tourney, 5 p.m. or 7 p.m.
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