Clutch performance earns Newton weekly prize

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BRATTLEBORO — Brattleboro Union High School student Adam Newton received 132 votes to earn Reformer Athlete of the Week honors for May 27 to June 2.

His walk-off single in the seventh inning completed the Brattleboro baseball team's 5-4 comeback victory over Essex in a Division 1 quarterfinal. He also struck out nine, walked just one, and allowed six hits in the complete game effort.

"Boom! Nice job Adam Newton!!!" wrote Luke Higley on his ballot.

Newton joins Brattleboro's Hailey Derosia (softball), Brattleboro's Olivia Romo (lacrosse), Brattleboro's Tobin Lonergan (lacrosse), Brattleboro's Rachael Rooney (softball), Emily Bazin (softball) and Spencer Clark (baseball) of Bellows Falls, and Leland & Gray's Christian Thomsen (baseball) as spring winners. His prize is a night of free Cosmic Bowling for two at Brattleboro Bowl, which takes place Friday and Saturday evenings from 9-11.

Bellows Falls track star Shane Clark was the runner-up with 98 votes. Jasper Reed, who is now the state record holder in the long jump, was next with 87 likes.

The nominees for the Brattleboro Reformer Team of the Spring are shown below. Readers are encouraged to vote by "liking" their choice on the www.facebook.com/ReformerSports page.

Brattleboro Baseball

The Colonels went 17-2 on the diamond under coach Chris Groeger, losing only to Keene during the regular season and then Colchester in a Division 1 semifinal.

Bellows Falls Track

In Chester, the Terriers swept the Division 3 state meet. Shane Clark prevailed in three events as the BF boys racked up 154 points and the Bellows Falls girls dominated the pole vault on their way to scoring 162 points.

Brattleboro Girls Lax

After earning a first-round bye, the purple and white beat Rutland in a quarterfinal in double overtime on a goal by Megyn Ayotte. The Colonels then fell to eventual state champion Middlebury 7-6 in a Final Four contest to finish up with a 14-4 record.

Leland & Gray Baseball

First-year coach Marty Testo guided the Rebels all the way to the Division 3 semifinals, where they lost to Windsor 8-2 and ended up with a 12-7 mark.


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