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Joe Milliken - Sports Editor
Bellows Falls Terriers
The Bellows Falls boys' basketball team will be going through a rebuilding year, putting a young team on the court after losing a half dozen key seniors to graduation.
What makes matters worse is the fact that the Terriers recently lost three seniors and a sophomore to academic ineligibility.
Therefore, the Terriers will be searching for offense this season, with several players getting the opportunity to step up, including Will Bourne, Drew Guild, Justin Ruggerio, Jeremy Kilburn and Peter Falzo.
A big concern will be the ability to hit the outside shots and being undersized in the paint and under the boards, therefore the Terriers will need to play tough defense.
However, even if this can be accomplished, coach Evan Chadwick will still need one of his players and become a shooter, a go-to offensive leader on the floor.
The Lady Terriers are also in a rebuilding phase, after not only losing a few key seniors to graduation, but also their long-time coach Jayne Barber to retirement.
Therefore, new varsity coach Justin Aube will need some time to implement his new way of doing things.
Aube's current squad is relatively small, which might cause a problem in the rebounding department.
However, Bellows Falls does possess some speed, especially in the back court, therefore if they can play scrappy defense and cause turnovers, this could lead to some easy transition points.
Sophomore guard Sarah Dumont, who got some important playing time as a frosh, appears to be the young leader of this team at the point. She handles the ball well, plays that scrappy defense and can take the ball to the basket.
However, others need to step up as well, including seniors Julie Cermola, Marissa Smith and juniors Megan LaBeau and Ally Davis.