Burr and Burton athletics have started off the fall 2020 sports season strongly. The boys and girls soccer, boys and girls cross country, field hockey, and football team all have winning records as of Oct. 10.

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MANCHESTER — The sound of sirens in the distance could be heard from Judy McCormick Taylor Field on Thursday.

The Burr and Burton field hockey team was well on their way to another victory, their fourth in five games so far this season.

With about seven minutes left in the game, with BBA ahead 5-0 over visiting Woodstock, a Manchester fire truck appeared from Seminary Avenue. Behind it were more trucks and busses, with BBA girls golf team members hanging out the window in celebration of their state championship win on Tuesday, the first ever for the Bulldogs program.

Saturday marks the three week point of the fall 2020 season, and BBA’s success throughout their fall varsity programs is nothing to laugh at.

The varsity field hockey program is 4-1, with three of those wins being shutouts. Coach Barbara Miceli noted that she has a deep roster this year, and her rotations show it. Lots of girls get playing time for the field hockey team, and the results are speaking for themselves to this point.

The defending state champion football team, who took home the Division II title in 2018, and then claimed the Division I trophy last season, looks very strong. They are now 3-1 after a 21-14 loss at Mount Anthony on Thursday.

Even with the loss, the Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 140-86.

The offense was slowed on Thursday, but in their three wins they are averaging 42 points a game. A lot like last year’s team who put up more than 50 a game. There are no playoffs in football this year, but if there were BBA would be in contention for a three-peat.

The girls soccer program, who lost the reigning Vermont Gatorade girls soccer player of the year in Grace Pinkus to graduation, hasn’t lost a step.

They are undefeated, sitting at 3-0 on the season. Every facet of their game looks strong so far. They have only allowed one goal through 240 minutes of play. Sophomore Charlotte Connolly has filled Pinkus’s role as the go-to scorer for the Bulldogs. Connolly registered a hat trick before halftime in BBA’s latest game, a 4-1 victory over Rutland at Applejack Stadium. Coach Suzanne Mears’s team once again looks poised for a deep playoff run.

Patrick Zilkha has taken over as the boys soccer coach. He has returned early success, as his team currently sits at 3-0-1.

The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 13-4 thus far. Their next test is a Saturday home game against Brattleboro at 10 a.m.

The boys and girls cross country team swept a meet at Willow Park in Bennington on Tuesday. The first three girls to cross the finish line were all Bulldogs. On the boys side, BBA runners Sean Foley (20:41) placed first while teammate Isaac Vernon (20:42) earned second place in the 5K.

Across the board, the varsity programs at BBA are off to a hot start.

If the early season success continues, it could be a historic fall season for the Bulldogs.

Sports Reporter

Michael Mawson is a sports reporter for the Bennington Banner. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of New Hampshire in 2019. Michael was the sports editor of UNH’s student newspaper where he covered NCAA Division I athletics.


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