Martinez is headed to Castleton

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BRATTLEBORO — Just after the Castleton University football coaches said "goodbye" to standout receiver Soren Pelz-Walsh, they will be saying "hello" to another Brattleboro Union High School graduate who will play the same position.

Tony Martinez, who was the starting quarterback for the Colonels, will convert to split end for the Spartans.

"I went to a camp there over the summer and the Castleton coaches gave me a really good vibe," said the BUHS senior, adding that he will bring his athleticism to the college team and that he will work as hard as he can.

In just two games at wide receiver for the purple and white, Martinez had 10 catches for over 100 yards and a touchdown.

"Receiver should fit him much better at the next level. He has really good hands and he's athletic," stated BUHS head coach Chad Pacheco.

Martinez could be the next Pelz-Walsh, who didn't join the Brattleboro football team until his senior year, earned a spot on Vermont's Shrine squad, and then caught 18 TD passes in his four years with the Spartans.

"Tony is just a hard-nosed kid. He gives you 100 percent all the time. He's definitely someone that we will miss big time," coach Pacheco said. "He has grit. He is a downright football player."

Martinez, whose career goal is to become a Physical Education teacher, stated that his best high school football memory is of the Colonels making the playoffs for the first time in 10 years during his junior season. After a controversial ending, Brattleboro lost that quarterfinal game to visiting CVU 19-16.

"It's been amazing. It's been a lot of fun," responded Martinez, when asked about his four years of football at BUHS. I've had a lot of good teammates."

One of them, linebacker Conor Hiner, will be on the opposing team when Castleton University opens up at Plymouth State on Sept. 2 at 1 p.m.


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