Sportswriters pick three as state’s top athletes

VERMONT — The Vermont Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association has chose Burr & Burton Academy quarterback Jake Stalcup, Lake Region Union High School girls’ soccer striker Tyrah Urie, and Norwich University women’s rugby player Rose Bernheim as its September athletes of the month.
In a statewide vote of VSSA members, Stalcup became the Male High School Athlete of the Month, Urie was elected as the Female High School Athlete of the Month, and Bernheim was picked as the Open Division Athlete of the Month.
Each was nominated by a VSSA member for his or her efforts in the month of September, according to VSSA president Josh Kauffman of the St. Albans Messenger.
Among others, Urie outpolled Mount Abraham senior field hockey goalie Lizzie Huizenga, and Bernheim garnered more votes than Middlebury College senior field hockey player Lauren Green.
Stalcup, a Burr & Burton senior and the Vermont Gatorade Player of the year, completed 55 percent of his passes for 1,328 yards in four games, an average of 332 yards per game. He threw 16 touchdown passes and just three interceptions. That haul includes a performance against Bellows Falls in which Stalcup threw for 575 yards — thought to be a state record — and six TDs while completing 28-of-54 attempts. Austin Danforth of the Bennington Banner nominated Stalcup.
Stalcup prevailed in a field of seven nominees, including soccer players Camden Celley of Cabot, Sam Boylan of Harwood and Matt McBride of Colchester; cross-country runners Marc Brandmeyer of Mount Anthony and Nathan Severance of  Lamoille; and football player Joey Picard of Essex.
 Urie scored 14 goals and added four assists in leading the Rangers to a 7-2 record in September. Urie has 35 career goals and is already the program’s second leading career scorer. Urie netted six game-winners in September and recorded one four-goal game and four two-goal games. Ken Wells and Mike Olmstead of the Newport Daily Express nominated her.
Urie also prevailed in balloting among seven candidates: soccer players Katie Stames and Hannah Merriam of Peoples, Shelby McLenithan of Mount Anthony and Anissa Hartmann of BFA-Fairfax; and two field hockey players, Huizenga and Anne-Marie Farmer of South Burlington.
Huizenga, a four-year starter, backstopped the Division II Eagles to a 5-2-1 record against D-I Metro Conference competition in September. She posted three shutouts, including a seven-save effort vs. previously undefeated South Burlington in a 1-0 win, and compiled a 0.908 save percentage (69 saves, seven goals against). Huizenga also uses her great quickness to range out of the goal and break up offensive plays, has a knack for clearing the ball to her teammates to trigger the attack, and quarterbacks the defense, according to Coach Mary Stetson. 
Bernheim, a junior fullback for the Norwich women’s rugby team, broke the program’s all-time career try-scoring record with three tries in a 34-15 win at the United States Military Academy on Sept. 8. Bernheim scored at least three tries in each of Norwich’s wins as the Cadets finished the month at 7-0. She was featured in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd on Oct. 8. Anna Grearson of the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus nominated Bernheim.
Bernheim outpolled football players Danny Triplett of Norwich and Shane Brozowski of Castleton State College, soccer player Kaitlyn Forant of Southern Vermont, and Greer of Middlebury.
Greer, NESCAC’s leading scorer and NCAA D-III’s leading per-game scorer, tallied at least one goal in every game as the Panthers went 7-0 in September, including five wins over teams ranked in the top 20. Greer finished with 11 goals and seven assists in the seven games. Since then she has scored the 100th goal of her career and the Panthers have earned the No. 1 ranking. 

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