Friday November 30, 2012

BENNINGTON -- The Vermont Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association chose two standout high school cross-country runners and a prolific college quarterback as its athletes of the month for October.

In statewide balloting, VSSA members elected Mount Anthony Union senior Marc Brandmeyer as the High School Male Athlete of the Month, Champlain Valley Union senior Taylor Spillane as the High School Female Athlete of the Month, and Castleton State College senior Shane Brozowski as the Open Division Athlete of the Month.

Each was nominated by a VSSA member, Spillane by Josh Kaufmann of the St. Albans Messenger, Brandmeyer by Adam Samrov of the Bennington Banner, and Brozowski by Jack Healey of the Northeast Sports Network.

Brandmeyer won all six races he ran in September and kept rolling in October. He broke the Brattleboro course record by 35 seconds in a victory; finished second at Thetford by one second; earned another second place and was the third-fastest runner in all divisions at the Burnt Hills Invitational, a prestigious New York meet; and broke his home course record (Willow Park) at the Marble Valley League championships, leading the MAU boys to a perfect score.

On Oct. 20, he finished second at the Greenwich Invitational, and then ended his month with a flourish by winning the Division I race at the Vermont state championships at Thetford Woods.

Not only did he win that race by 23 seconds, he won the overall title in 16:37, the fastest time in the Vermont state meet since 2004. He became the first Patriot to win a cross-country state championship.

Also nominated for the October high school male honor were senior cross-country runner Daniel Grosvenor of Montpelier and senior soccer player Connor Collins of Middlebury Union.

Spillane cemented her place as CVU’s all-time top distance runner in October by winning a second straight Thetford Woods Trail title (by 42 seconds in a field of 585 from throughout the Northeast), finishing sixth (among 2,335) in the elite Manhattan Invitational, and claiming her first district and Division I state (by 15 seconds) championships.

CVU Coach Scott Bliss called Spillane "by far the most accomplished" runner in a program that won back-to-back New England team championships in 2010 and 2011.

Also nominated for the October high school female honor were two junior cross-country runners, Quinn Bornstein of St. Johnsbury and Haddie Lary of Randolph; senior field hockey player Camile Rainville of Missisquoi; and three soccer players, freshman Abby McKearin of Proctor, senior Morgan Young of BFA-Fairfax, and senior Rayleen Sherman of Arlington.

Brozowski completed 114 of 186 passes (63 percent) as Castleton went 4-0 in October. He tossed 17 touchdown passes for 1,657 yards and was intercepted just three times. In a 35-27 victory over Norwich, Brozowski went 33 of 47 for 499 yards and five TDs.

In a 45-13 victory over Becker, Brozowski went 24 for 44 for 417 yards and four TDs. In a 54-33 win over Anna Maria, Brozowski went 29 for 46 for 403 yards and five TDs, and in a 28-20 victory over Gallaudet, Brozowski went 28-for-49 for 338 yards and three scores.

Brozowski outpolled two other college football quarterbacks, Norwich senior Kris Sabourin and Middlebury junior McCallum Foote; Middlebury senior field hockey player Lauren Greer; Norwich senior soccer player Brittany Casey.

Southern Vermont College senior volleyball player Danielle Healis. was also nominated.

For information about the VSSA contact president Josh Kaufmann at sports@samessenger.com.