As we enter October, our teams are beginning to wrap up their regular seasons and prepare to head into the playoffs. Here is a brief look at each team, and what you need to know about them as we head into this ever-important time of the year.
The Field Hockey team, currently sitting at 6-7, and are in sixth place in Division 1. However, don’t let the record fool you as Bellows Falls is not a matchup anyone in the division would look forward to in the playoffs. The Terrier ladies have made their way up in divisions winning division three, two, and one in consecutive years – with the division one championship just last year. They are a very young team, but leadership from returning senior captains Halle Dickerson, Meagan Kelly, and Taylor Goodell could provide the spark this team needs to secure a playoff spot and knock off a likely favored, northern team. Senior Captain Taylor Goodell believes in her team, saying “We just need to continue to stay positive and grow as a team. We also should be looking to improve our scoring numbers, as they have been down a bit. If we do that, I think we will be a tough team to beat.” Standby for the playoff brackets!
The Boys Soccer team is currently 3-6, and in 11th place in Division 3. However, things are looking up for them, as they are a young team. When asked about how the team was looking, junior Tylar Stanley stated “We are seeded better than last year. We are definitely going to make the playoffs. We just have to keep working hard to make sure that we improve our seeding, so that we are not faced with the top seeded team in our first matchup.” The boys have been fun to watch this year, especially in their recent double overtime victory. The boys will face Otter Valley in their next matchup, on Friday, October 11th.
The Girls Soccer team is currently 2-9-2, sitting at 15th in Division 3. There are a mixture of youngsters and veterans on the team, and they have also been exciting to watch. This includes one of their recent wins, as similarly to the boys soccer team, they came out on top in a double overtime 2 -1 at home against Sharon Academy. According to senior Emily Bazin, they are “only improving” and are “going to win more games”.
The football team is 5-2, in third place in division two. They are a very young team, returning only half of the team from last year. Following a tough loss to U-32 over the weekend, they headed to Springfield for a tough game with a perennial rival. The game held much more water than it has in almost a decade for the Terriers, as they prevailed in a grinder for a 19 – 8 win over the 4-1 Cosmos. Since the Cosmos were ranked well in Division 3, the win gave BF a boost to their standing through the QPR standings, which creates the playoff brackets based on strength of schedule. The boys know they are in for some dog fights down the road, as Senior Captain McGregor Vancor says, “I think the upcoming games and the postseason will challenge our mental toughness. We are going to face adversity, and how well we handle it will determine how successful we are.” The Terriers head to Newport, VT for a far-away night game on October 11. [ed. Note: BF won the Newport game 42 – 21 to move to 5-2 overall!!].