BRATTLEBORO — This winter's first athlete of the week competition was a lot like the Heisman Trophy race, with each one involving four superstars from successful teams.
In the end, Rachael Rooney is striking the pose.
The senior guard sank two clutch free throws with .1 seconds left to complete Brattleboro's comeback victory over Burr and Burton. She was later named Tip Off Tournament MVP after scoring 26 points, pulling down eight rebounds and adding nine steals in her first two games of the season combined.
"I'm so proud of Rachael. She is the MVP," wrote Martha Wells on her online ballot.
Rooney, who received four more votes than runner-up Sydney Hescock of Leland & Gray, is now in position to win one of the Marina's $25 gift certificates. The first of those went to Bellows Falls field hockey goalie Jaia Caron (the Brattleboro Reformer Athlete of the Fall).
The nominees for the Dec. 15-21 athlete of the week are shown below. In order to vote, simply go to www.facebook.com/ReformerSports and "like" your choice.
He went off for 26 points during the Leland & Gray varsity boys basketball team's 64-62 overtime loss to Arlington in the season opener.
The Twin Valley varsity girls basketball player had a double-double (14 points, 10 rebounds) in the finals of the Green Mountain Holiday Tournament versus MSJ. She had 20 points and 15 boards in her team's first-round win.
When the Bellows Falls varsity boys basketball team came back from a 17-point deficit to beat Woodstock, he erupted for 20 points and 15 rebounds.
She drained nine shots from downtown and finished with 27 points to power the Hinsdale varsity girls basketball team to a 53-33 victory over Portsmouth Christian.
The Brattleboro varsity boys ice hockey team's goalie made 30 saves when the Colonels downed Lyndon 3-1 at Memorial Park.