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Colonels fall to 0-2; Terriers clobber MSJ

BRATTLEBORO—This football season is not starting out well for the Brattleboro Colonels. They got clobbered by BFA-St. Albans, 55-14, in the Colonels’ home opener last Friday night at Natowich Field.

As was the case with Brattleboro’s Week 1 loss to Burlington, the Colonels kept it close at the start of the game before being overwhelmed by a stronger opponent.

The Colonels had a 14-13 lead in the first half as quarterback Nate Forrett threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to Griffin Sparks and then scored on a 37-yard scramble. The Bobwhites then scored 42 unanswered points. Tailback Connor Roberts scored three touchdowns as he carried the ball 11 times for 76 yards. Fellow running back Sam Rose rushed for 118 yards on 13 carries; he and reserve Mike Martell each ran for a touchdown.

Now 0-2, the Colonels host Keene, N.H., on Saturday at 7 p.m.

The Bellows Falls Terriers evened up their record at 1-1 with a 56-8 thrashing of a young and undermanned Mount St. Joseph squad at St. Peter’s Field in Rutland last Saturday.

BF did not throw a single pass as the Terriers rushed for 306 yards and eight touchdowns against MSJ. Bruce Wells ran in for two scores and Brendan Hackett, Joe Aslin, Leo Barnett, Ryan Hayward, Jeremy Kilburn and Ethan Amidon each all scored a touchdown.

The Terriers host the Oxbow Olympians on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Hadley Field.

Girls soccer

• Brattleboro lost its first game of the season in a wild 5-2 shootout against Burr & Burton in the John James Tournament in Bennington last Thursday. Halle Lange scored both goals for the Colonels. In the consolation game of the tourney on Saturday, Brattleboro beat Mount Anthony 2-1. Leah Short scored off a deflection of a Lange shot off the crossbar, and Lange scored the game winner on a penalty kick.

• Bellows Falls lost to Fair Haven, 1-0, in the opener of the John Werner Tournament in Arlington.

• Also in the Werner Tournament, host team Arlington blitzed Twin Valley, 5-1. Shannon Lozito had the lone goal for the Wildcats. Twin Valley took on BF in the consolation game of the tournament last Saturday and shut down the Terriers, 4-0. Devin Nesbitt, Savannah Nesbitt, Abbi Moner and Kylie-blu Crawford all scored for Twin Valley.

Boys soccer

• Twin Valley lost in the finals of the John Werner Tournament to the host team, Arlington, 2-0, last Friday. Colin Brady scored both goals for the Eagles.

• Bellows Falls avenged a 5-0 loss to Proctor in their season opener with a 1-0 win over the Phantoms last Friday. Matt Guild headed in a corner kick from Matt Marchica with just three minutes left in regulation to seal the victory for the 2-1 Terriers.

• Leland & Gray scored seven goals in the first half as they crushed Mount St. Joseph, 8-0, last Saturday. Noah Chapin tallied three goals to lead the Rebels. Matt Bizon scored twice and Zach Wilkins, Chayse Jarvis and Colin Nystrom each scored one.

Field hockey

• Woodstock scored three goals in the last 10 minutes of the game to shut out Bellows Falls, 3-0, last Thursday. The Terriers then played St. Johnsbury to a scoreless tie on Saturday in Bellows Falls. Freshman goalie Shea Wilkinson had six saves to earn her first varsity shut out.

Squier inducted into Motorsports Hall of Fame

Vermont broadcaster Ken Squier of Stowe was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America during ceremonies last month in Detroit.

The 75-year-old Squier —  the owner of WDEV Radio in Waterbury and the owner and founder of Thunder Road track in Barre Town — was one of the pioneers of stock car racing coverage on radio and television. He was the lead voice of the Motor Racing Network, which he co-founded, providing NASCAR coverage on national radio. 

On television, he started out as a motorsports announcer for ABC in 1964, before moving on to CBS in 1973. Squier was the lead announcer on CBS for the first flag-to-flag live coverage of the Daytona 500 in 1979. His call of that historic race is credited by many as the moment that NASCAR went from a mostly Southern sport to the national phenomenon that it is today.

Squier went on to work for CBS and TBS for 20 years and was the lead announcer for every subsequent Daytona 500 until 1997. He still works as a commentator on the Speed Channel and Fox Sports.

He is also a charter member of the Vermont Broadcasters Hall of Fame, and a five-time winner of the Vermont Sportscaster of the Year award. You can still hear him doing sportscasts on WDEV, as well as his Saturday morning “Music to go to the Dump by” show.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #67 (Wednesday, September 15, 2010).

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