While it’s near impossible to give proper credit to all the outstanding performances and accomplishments, here are other Vermont high school standouts who caught our attention throughout the 2013-2014 school year:
• Courtney Barrett, South Burlington: Her superlative form between the pipes helped fuel the Rebels’ fourth straight lacrosse championship. She was also a Free Press first-team forward in field hockey and ultra-versatile — skating or in net — for her ice hockey team.
• Hailee Barron, Rice: A four-year starter and two-time champ with the Green Knights, Barron earned her third consecutive Free Press first-team selection in basketball, led the girls soccer team in scoring and competed in track and field.
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• Makayla Farrara, Mount Anthony: No stranger to varsity letters, the senior was a key three-sport contributor for the Patriots: first-team all-league in field hockey, a 3-point sniper for the semifinalist basketball team and rock-solid third baseman for the title-winning softball team.
• Sarah Fisher, South Burlington: Three-sport athletes are rare and four-sport athletes are rarer yet, but that’s precisely what Fisher was. The junior played soccer and basketball for the Rebels and was an all-state caliber game-breaker in hockey and lacrosse.
• Katherine Furland, Essex: After winning four individual events (55 hurdles, high jump, triple jump, pole vault) at the Division I indoor track and field championships, the senior won two more events (100 hurdles, high jump) at the outdoor meet to lead the Hornets to a title sweep. She wrapped up her career by winning the decathlon state title, a year after winning the now-defunct heptathlon.
• Kate Goodell, Mount Anthony: A top scoring threat for the Patriots on the soccer field, the senior point guard was a Free Press second-team selection in basketball and starting shortstop for MAU’s championship softball team.
• Emily Kinneston, Champlain Valley: Able to play nearly any position on the pitch for the Redhawks’ undefeated girls soccer team, Kinneston was once again the catalyst for their undefeated basketball team, repeating as the Free Press’ Miss Basketball and finishing her hoops career on a 47-game winning streak.
• Katie Stames, Peoples: The two-time Vermont Gatorade player of the year in soccer, Stames tallied 35 goals and 20 assists as a senior to lead the Wolves to a third straight crown and wrap up Free Press player of the year honors too. She was also a central figure for the Stowe hockey team and ran track.
• Charlotte Stuart, Essex: Perhaps the state’s most dangerous striker, Stuart was a first-team Free Press selection in soccer, won the Division I indoor shot put crown and placed in the 55 meters, and a top scorer on the girls lacrosse team.
• Kathleen Young, Essex: The Free Press player of the year in field hockey for the title-winning Hornets, Young, a junior, was also on the shortlist for Miss Hockey honors, too, after another crown for Essex.
• Nick Berno, BFA-St. Albans: The Bobwhites forward was a Free Press second-team selection in hockey, a first-team shortstop and Metro Division home run leader in baseball and a quarterback/defensive back on the football team.
• Alex Bulla, Champlain Valley: A Free Press first-team selection in basketball and hockey, where he anchored the title-winning Redhawks’ blue line, Bulla captained the championship boys lacrosse team, too.
• Alec Eschholz, Mount Mansfield: The state’s Gatorade track athlete of the year after rewriting the record books in outdoor hurdle events (110 meters, 300) while also winning four events at states. He also started for the Cougars’ soccer and basketball teams, and ran indoor track.
• Brendan Gleason, Essex: Gleason was a three-season playmaker for the Hornets — a game-breaker on the football field, top goal-scoring threat on the ice for Essex’s finalist squad and among the state’s premier lacrosse attackers.
• Kyle Johnson, Danville: A three-sport star for the Indians, Johnson was an Division IV coaches’ all-state selection at goalie, poured in 55 points in a quarterfinal win for the title-winning basketball team, and an ace pitcher on the baseball diamond.
• Tobias Muellers, Burlington: Vermont’s premier defender on the soccer pitch was an extremely versatile, record-setting (400 meters) track athlete — indoor and outdoor — and state decathlon champion.
• Cam Nolting, South Burlington: A big, fast target for the runner-up Rebels, Nolting was a Free Press first-team selection at wide receiver. On the lacrosse field, he pumped in more than 50 goals to lead his team to the state final.
• James Shufelt, Lyndon: Shufelt was the hard-charging quarterback on the Vikings’ march to the D-II football final, point guard on Lyndon’s first boys hoops championship team and a starter on the semifinalist baseball squad.
• Jakob Trautwein, Middlebury: A strong, dynamic athlete, Trautwein was a big-play fullback and defensive tackle for the Tigers’ D-I championship football team, the state’s No. 2 wrestler at 182 pounds, and third in D-II in the javelin and discus.
• Jackson Tucker, Northfield: Described by his hockey coach, Paul Clayton, as an athlete with “liquid ankles,” the forward amassed 71 points on the ice to finish with 241 for his career, and scored 19 of the Marauders’ 21 goals on the soccer pitch.