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Fall Sports Report 2022: Otter Valley Union High School

Brandon — as an otter valley The 2022 fall sports season heats up, a strong field hockey team looks competitive, and the school’s golf team has its sights set on returning to the state championship to defend its 2021 title. , a competitive soccer and football program has been created.

Golf: repeat champion?

Last year, the OV Boys golf team wrapped up what was arguably the best golf season in the school’s history at the NHSGA High School Golf National Invitational Tournament at the famous Pinehurst Golf Course in Pinehurst, North Carolina. .

The boys earned OVUHS immortality in the fall of 2021, defeating the Vermont Division II State Tournament outright and qualifying for the 53-team national tournament. Notice before the start of the season.

They may have liked to finish high in the national competition (they finished 47th), but 2021 graduate Hayden Bernhardt is the only team not to return this season to defend their title. Having been a member, the future looks bright for the Otter team this fall.

Golf coach Greg Hughes said four of last year’s five state champions (Lucas Politano, Thomas Politano, Matthew Bryant and Jordan Bjorn) were returning and said, “Hayden was a big factor in the team’s chemistry and leadership. but got a freshman (Jackson Howe) who has done very well in the game so far and should help the team get to state time again. is back as a sophomore, and we also have a new sophomore, Jacob Tripp.”

As for the team’s goals, Hughes said: I think our peers are confident and have high hopes for repeating their state wins this year. Their success has reached that goal. As a coach, I am nothing but that mentality. “

The OV women’s golf team hasn’t lost anyone, Hughes said, adding Anna Lee and Elena Politano (three Politanos who also play football) are now seniors and are “trying to improve from last year.” Stated.

Otter Valley Women’s Soccer

Women’s soccer

In the women’s soccer program, coach Tammy Blanchard has most of the teams back and hopes for a stronger season.

“We are very fortunate to have lost only one senior to graduation, so we have a strong group coming back this year,” she said. “The players to watch are Elena Politano, Brynn Blanchard, Emily Pedutto, Ella Britowski and Lexi Heading, five seniors. They are the backbone of our team.”

Blanchard said the team will also include an experienced returning goaltender in junior Linnea Faulkner, along with juniors Brooklyn Kimball and Sierra Cormany, as well as sophomores Laura Allen, Randy Rancourt, He added that Marie Richardson, Clara Chiffon and Miley Rape are also players to watch. , Lauren Palmer, Savannah Cook. Joining the team this year are his two strong freshmen, Jazzy Madrigal and Emma Stanley.

“The key to the team’s success this year is playing together as a unit,” Blanchard said, adding that the team’s focus is “making intentional passes and getting them to their feet.”

“Communicating with each other on and off the field to improve each practice and game will be a ‘successful’ season for our team,” added Blanchard.

The team “struggled with injuries last year (one win) and had very little subs on the bench, but by the end of the season they made a huge improvement”. increase.

“We have so many great teams in our division and the competition is tough,” said Blanchard. “Hopefully we can be more competitive this year and show our true potential.”

Otter Valley Boys Soccer

boy soccer

In the OV Boys soccer program, new coach Brian Thomas takes over from Dick Williams, who coached him for seven years. Thomas was the coach of the junior high school soccer program at OV and he was the coach of the JV program when he was a boy, and was previously the assistant and head coach of the school’s middle school soccer program (he was previously the coach of the school’s JV program and middle school basketball). was a program coach).

Thomas said he wanted a rebuilding season as the team would be missing “seven good seniors” by graduation and “filling in the gaps” with seniors Raiden Richardson, Thomas Politano and goalkeeper Brian Stanley. I’m looking forward to it. Juniors Alden Decker, Max Darby, Owen Thomas and goalkeeper Isaiah Wood. Sophomores Lucas Politano, Logan Letourneau, Drew Pelkey, Luke Calvin, Haston Byrne, and Cayden Lee.

Joining the team, Thomas said, are a “very energetic group of freshmen,” including Conor Dennis, Brody Lathrop, Jacob Worrell, Timothy Barron, Benjamin McGuigan, Jason Hartwell and Taber Kerrins. “was.

The team captains are juniors Owen Thomas and Aiden Decker and senior Brian Stanley.

“A successful season consists of continuing Williams’ base of defending the ball perfectly, maintaining possession and consistently finding the back of the net,” Thomas said. I just want to try and fight in every match.”

otter valley field hockey

field hockey

After a stellar season last year when OV went 11-3-1, OV field hockey coach Jody Keith says the team has some big holes to fill this year as four starting seniors graduate. I admit that Despite this, OV is returning with a promising and strong team.

“There are definitely some big holes that need to be filled this year,” Keith said. “Four starters have graduated: Riley Keith, Alice Keith, Britney Jackson and Marissa Connors. Experience at the national level will be overlooked.

“We have 10 returning players, all of whom played for the national team last year. Our goalkeeper is in his third season this year, so the presence of an experienced goalkeeper at the net will be a key factor in our success this season. It’s very important for us,” she added.

More specifically, Keith has singled out some of the players to watch this season.

“We have four returning defensive players, one returning midfielder and four returning offensive players. Sidney Gallo and Alice Keith have worked tirelessly in midfield last year, so Sydney is back this year. Riley LaPorte and Mackenzie McKay started on offense last season and will be back this season. ”

This year’s team captains are Sidney Gallo, Riley LaPorte and Mackenzie McKay.

“The key to team success is communication and teamwork,” said Keith. “Even if one player plays well, it doesn’t mean that they can win the game for us. I want to work hard every day to find and improve each other’s strengths, both in practice and in games.” We have one player graduating in 2021, so everyone who came back last year was very used to playing with each other, and this year we have seven new players, four of whom are stars. It’s been a solid position, and as the season progresses and the relationships between the returning players and the new players build, we’ll see just how strong this team is.”

Heading into the season, Keith, whose team is currently 3-1, losing 4-0 to a very good Woodstock team, will beat Division III state champions Windsor 2-1 this Monday night. I broke it with

“I feel like I can be as successful as last season,” Keith said. “This is a very talented group of players and they love the field his hockey. That’s the most important thing.”

OVFootball

Two interceptions at key moments and an unfortunate penalty that recalled the winning touchdown run off an interception thrown by OV senior quarterback Caleb Whitney saw the Otters drop out of the second contest of the season 12-7 to Mill River. I was allowed to. They lost to Rice in their season opener. The Otters will play Springfield at home this Saturday, September 17th.

This year’s team is led by returning quarterback Whitney and fellow seniors Richard LaFountain, Cody Pariseau, Tucker Babcock, Kevon Parkes and Carter Blair. Juniors Gavin Disolda, Luca Polly and Cody Mulcahy. Sophomores Robert Hutchins, Tucker Mullanville, Noel Pearsons, Mark Jackson, and Isaac Whitney. Head coach Jordan Toller, defensive coordinator Ken Stanley, assistant coaches Mitchell Caron, Bill Rose, Alexander Polly and Dylan Stevens-Clark.

cross country

OVUHS Cross Country Team Coach Cameron Perta said of the team’s season: He was the only one to graduate, so the program didn’t lose too many runners. I actually added some. That said, you could certainly use a few more runners. Our numbers are still pretty low – especially in the lower grades. He is the only runner in grade 10 and under. “

Kelsey Adams is the only senior returning to the 11-man squad. He is supported by his juniors Isaiah Bagley, Dillon Rudd and Baker Larocque. Sophomores Luke Calvin, Calvin Rudd, Jilly Rape, Sarah Roisel, Jazmin Rivera and Eighth grade Jonathan Johnson.

Regarding the team’s prospects, Perta noted the improvement of each individual on the team.

“In a sport like cross-country, I generally want to define success in terms of personal growth. How fast have you been compared to last year or to the beginning of the season? Having that kind of mindset always gives you something to strive for.”

The team will compete in 10 races this year.

cheer leading

This year’s Otter Valley Cheerleading Team consists of seniors Zoe Elliott, juniors Brooklyn Kimball and Rajay O’Connor, sophomore Grace Kenyon, sophomore Noel Siegle, sophomore Chloe Toe, and sophomore Leah Chapin. .

Editor’s Note: Not all team photos were available by press time. Look for it at Brandon Reporter.

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