Burr and Burton upset in D2 semifinal

MANCHESTER — Ahead by one score at half, the Burr and Burton football team was stymied in the second half as Bellows Falls advanced to the Division II championship with a 22-16 win at Taylor Field on Saturday afternoon.

BBA quarterback Jay McCoy was injured early in the game with a broken rib, according to coach Jason Thomas, tried to play through it, but had to be lifted in the third quarter for third string quarterback John Morgantini.

In the first half, BBA took a 14-0 lead on McCoy's back. On the first offensive series for the Bulldogs, McCoy hooked up with Cam Hedberg for a 73-yard touchdown to take the early lead. In the beginning of the second quarter, McCoy finished a long drive with a 2-yard run.

On the Terriers' next possession, Shane Clark broke away from the Burr and Burton defense for a 54-yard TD to cut the lead to 14-8 with 4:45 left in the half.

Bellows Falls got the opening kickoff of the second half and drove down the field as Clark scored with 5:36 left in the third quarter to tie the game at 14-14.

The Terriers broke the tie early in the fourth quarter when Logan Cota scored on a 5-yard run to give them a 22-14 advantage.

BBA still had time and were driving in the final minutes but Cota picked off Morgantini at the 1-yard line with 50 seconds to go to seal their championship trip.

BBA got a safety in the last few seconds when Cota kneeled in the end zone to run out the clock.

Before his injury, McCoy was 8-of-13 for 135 yards and two touchdowns, one on the ground and the other through the air. Pressed into emergency service under center, Morgantini was 8-of-22 for 82 yards and an nterception.

Clark got the bulk of the offense for BF, with 155 yards on 25 carries.

BBA finishes the year at 8-2, while Bellows Falls will try to defend its title win from last season on Saturday in Rutland.

MVL all-stars chosen

MANCHESTER — The Northshire had a plethora of Marble Valley League soccer all-stars, released this week after the state championships.

Leading the way were the Arlington girls, who had six players chosen in Division C, along with coach Aaron Wood, after the Eagles went 18-0 and won the Division IV championship.

Tess Belnap, Aimee Frank, Jamie Keel, Gracie Smith, Haley Mattison and Shaana Staab were picked after leading Arlington to its first title since 2009.

Belnap led the area with 44 goals, scoring in all 17 contested games.

Mattison was second on the Eagles with 32 goals, including seven hat tricks.

Frank scored three times and played a strong sweeper spot to keep opponents away from the Eagle net. She was also the free kick specialist. Keel, Smith and Staab were a big part of Arlington's back line, with Keel and Smith working as defenders, while Staab was in net.

Staab allowed only four tallies when in the goal and overall to a GAA of 0.33. She also was credited with 11 shutouts.

In his first year as the Eagles' head coach, Wood's team outscored opponents 104-6 and finished undefeated for the first time in 25 years.

Also in Division D, a pair of Long Trail girls, Sionann Harrington and Markie Moore, were picked as MVL all-stars. Both were star offensive players for a Mountain Lions team that was 9-8 overall and reached the Division IV semifinal for the second straight season.

Long Trail's Molly Sanderson and Arlington's Lilah Ward were honorable mention selections.

The Burr and Burton girls had four players selected after a season in which they went 14-4 and finished runner-up in Division I to CVU.

Grace Pinkus was picked after a 19-goal campaign, while her sister, Hannah, was second on the Bulldogs with nine goals.

Emily Bleakie added four goals and was one of the free kick specialists for BBA. Goalie Sam Citron was also chosen as a MVL Division A all-star after allowing less than one goal a game (15 goals in 18 games) and racking up 10 shutouts.

On the boys side, a pair of Burr and Burton players were chosen as Division A all-stars in Ben Stewart and Nick Plants. Stewart was the leading scorer this season for the Bulldogs with 10 goals. BBA was 7-6-2 and fell to Essex in the playdowns.

In Division C, Arlington had four players chosen after a 9-6-1 season and an appearance in the D-IV quarterfinals.

Wil Stewart led the team in scoring, while Keyshawn King and Lane Nolan patrolled the midfield and defense. Goalie Bailey Cross was the fourth player chosen, allowing only 14 goals in 16 games this season, an GAA of .875.

Jack Lane, Kolby Wilkins and Matt Ritchie were chosen as honorable mentions in Division C.

In Division D, four players from Long Trail School were picked for the MVL all-stars. The team's leading scorer, Will McCullough, was chosen, as were marking back Eli Sanderson, center back and free kick specialist Levin Coe and midfielder Luca Ditursi.

Long Trail finished 14-3-1, the best record in school history and were Division IV runner-up, falling in its first-ever finals appearance to Rivendell.

Bill Koch ski league

WOODFORD — The Prospect Mountain Bill Koch Youth Ski League will hold an informational meeting and ski/gear swap for new and returning families on November 11 at 4 p.m. at Prospect Mountain Nordic Center on Route 9 in Woodford.

The ski and gear swap (selling gently used skis, boots, poles and relevant clothing) will start at 4 p.m. in the Lodge, and will be followed by an information meeting about the Bill Koch Youth Ski League at 4:30. The meeting will provide an opportunity for prospective families to learn about the Bill Koch Youth Ski League, a cross country ski program for youth ages 4-13. The program introduces young people to the life-long sport of cross country skiing with all of its recreational, social, fitness and competitive opportunities. The program attracts children and families from nearby communities in Vermont, Massachusetts and New York.

The Prospect Mountain Bill Koch League practices every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon at Prospect Mountain in Woodford. Practices will begin on December 12 and will run through early March. Interested families attending the meeting on November 11 can register for the Program at that time, and there will be skis, boots and poles available for lease for those participating in Program.

For more information, please contact Katie Swabey at 413-664-7711 or prospectmtbkl@gmail.com.


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