Caron reels in Marina prize

Bellows Falls varsity field hockey goalie Jaia Caron (77) celebrates an upset victory over second-seeded Champlain Valley Union with teammates Taylor Goodell (9) and Halle Dickerson (12). Caron made 11 saves in the game to earn a shutout.

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BRATTLEBORO — The name Jaia is said to mean "Victory."

And the Bellows Falls varsity field hockey team's goalie has celebrated her share of them this fall.

After helping the Terriers win nine games, including a pair of upsets in the Division 1 Tournament, Jaia Caron received 305 votes to earn Brattleboro Reformer Athlete of the Season honors. Her prize for this victory is a $25 gift certificate from the Marina.

"Max dedication and a team player," is what Joshua Toole said of Caron on his online ballot.

Brattleboro football player Tyler Millerick, Brattleboro soccer player Ayoub Lajhar, Bellows Falls field hockey player Grace Wilkinson, Bellows Falls soccer player Emma Graham, Bellows Falls field hockey player Maya Waryas, Bellows Falls football player Jed Lober, Brattleboro Unified soccer player Rose Isham, Bellows Falls cross-country runner Abby Broadley, Bellows Falls cross-country runner Stephanie Ager, and Caron were the 10 athletes of the week during the fall season. All of them were in contention for the Marina prize.

The nominees for the Brattleboro Reformer Team of the Season are shown below. In order to vote, simply go to and "like" your choice.

The Wildcats

Lucas Messing had a hat trick to power the Twin Valley varsity boys soccer team to a 4-1 win over Arlington in the Division 4 state championship game. Colin McHale also scored in the finale for the Wildcats, who ended up with a 14-2-1 record.

The Colonels

The Brattleboro varsity football team defeated Bellows Falls 46-7 in the Division 2 championship game to cap off an 11-0 season. It was the program's first state title since 1973.

The Terriers

The Bellows Falls varsity girls cross-country team repeated as Division 3 state champions. Individual champ Abby Broadley (1st), Stephanie Ager (5th), Victoria Bassette (14th) and Abby Dearborn (16th) helped the Terriers beat runner-up Rice by six points.

Brattleboro Unified Soccer

Coached by Tyler Boone and Lauren Allembert, the Brattleboro team nipped Saint Albans 1-0 for the gold medal in a one-day tournament at Norwich University. Rose Isham scored five goals for the champs, including a hat trick in their tourney opener.


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