St. Johnsbury Academy senior football player Colton Hudson and Williamstown High School senior soccer player Dani Jesmonth were chosen as the Athletes of the Month for October by the Vermont Sports Media Association.
Hudson, St. Johnsbury’s dual-threat quarterback, had a scintillating October on his way to a record-breaking season for the Hilltoppers. In October, Hudson threw for 1,004 yards and eight touchdowns in four victories, including 300-yard passing games against Hartford and North Country.
Hudson outpolled nine other nominees: senior Hilltopper teammate Caleb Stowell; two other football players, Otter Valley junior Carson Leary and Spaulding senior Dylan Wilkin; senior cross-country runner Sam Nishi of Harwood; and five soccer players, Mount Anthony senior Brad Anair, Sharon Academy senior Tanner James, Arlington junior Lucas Stroffoleno, Rice senior Hussein Hussein, and West Rutland senior Joshua Smith.
Jesmonth capped her soccer career in October by leading the Blue Devils to their first soccer state final by tallying the Division III semifinal game-winner on Oct. 29, a 25-yard blast. She also scored the lone goal in a 1-0 quarterfinal win over Windsor and assisted in a 4-0 playdown win over Northfield. She also scored four goals in a 5-0 win over Blue Mountain on Oct. 10. Jesmonth ended her career as Williamstown’s all-time leading girls’ soccer scorer with 46 career goals.
Jesmonth prevailed in a field that included eight other nominees: senior field hockey players Abby Daniels of U-32 and Michelle Bolger of Rice; Champlain Valley sophomore cross-country runner Sophia Gorman; and five soccer players, Mount St. Joseph sophomore Bryn McClallen, Middlebury Union junior Kelsey Smith, Proctor junior Abby McKearin, Burr & Burton senior Daisy Sullivan, and Arlington senior Julia Lacoste.
More information about the VSMA is available from organization president Josh Kaufmann of the St. Albans Messenger at email@example.com.