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Border Country Sports-September 7

Good Morning! With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.

Yesterday was closing day for the 2021 Saratoga horse horse meet. And as usual the stars were out at The Spa. No I'm not talking about Food Network star Bobby Flay who was there to watch one of his horse runs. I am talking about the local celebs who were in the house. Both who I had not seen in awhile.

First, as I was waiting to congratulate my parters with America's Pastime Stables for their win with Frills in the fourth race someone was waving to me. "I thought that was you," she said.

It was former Castleton University women's basketball star Jessica (Banks) Turner. Turner is a CU Hall of Fame member. After leaving Castleton she was an assistant coach at Middlebury College. She is now the Head Women's Basketball Coach at Skidmore College in Saratoga and lives in nearby Gansvoort.

A little later in the day I found out that Alphonso Howlett was in the house. I found Zo at a table in the clubhouse at the finish line having some dinner with friends.

Howlett played college basketball at Green Mountain. He was the Head Men's Basketball Coach at St. Joe's before the school closed. He is now an Assistant Coach under Paul Culp at Castleton.

It was great to see both local coaches.


A Great Start For Local Girls High School Soccer Teams

The local high school sports season kicked off this past weekend, and indications are that we are going to have a very fun girl's soccer season. Proctor, Fair Haven, Poultney and West Rutland all got off to impressive starts in their season opemers.

Proctor won the Black River Invitational tournament with a 6-2 win over Lealnd & Gay. Maggie McKearin and Emma Palmer scored two goals each for the Phantoms. Palmer is just an 8th grader.

Laci French and Isavel Greb also scored.

Angel Traverse was strong in the goal for Proctor.

Fair Haven made short work of Bellows Falls in a 13-1 victory for their first win of the season. Eight Slaters scored in the contest.

Lily Briggs scored three times to record a hat trick for Fair Haven. Maddie Perry, Brittney Love and Elizabeth Love all had two goals apirce for the Slaters. Holly Gannon, Isabella Carrara, Clara Young and Ayame Merkle.

Poultney has been tabbed as an up and coming team for the past couple of years under coach Hannah Corkum and it looks like the Blue Devil's work is starting to pay off.

The Blue Devils opened their season at home with an impressive 4-0 win over Twin Valley.

Kaitlyn DeBonis scored two goals for Poultney. Hannah Webster and Hannah Welch also found the back of the net for the Blue Devils.

Kenzie Ezzo earned the shutout in goal.

West Rutland opened the season with a 4-1 win over Long Trail.

Olivia Cyr scored twice for the Golden Horde. Peyton Guay and Anna Cyr also scored for Westside.

Mill River opened the season with a 0-0 tie with Rivendell.

Malori Carlson had an incedible 30 saves in goak to record the shutout for Mill River.

Rutland nipped Mount Mansfield 1-0 behind a goal from Camryn Kinsman.

Kathryn Moore had the shutout in goal.


With the Border Country Sports Blog, I'm Keith Harrington.

Photo Credit-Brooke Kimball

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