Vermont Varsity Insider Athletes of the Week: Ballots for Oct. 12-18

Welcome to the third installment of the 2020-21 school year for the Vermont Varsity Insider Athletes of the Week voting by high school sports fans.

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This week, and every week during the three sports seasons, members of the public may vote for a top girls athlete and a top boys athlete (see below for this week’s ballot).

How do I cast my vote?

All voting is through the two ballots, which can be found below. We will not accept votes through email or through social media.

Voting began Monday, Oct. 19, and continues through midnight Thursday.

How do we learn who wins?

The two winners will be announced in a story published at on Friday.

May I nominate a deserving athlete for a future ballot?

Yes. Please nominate a Vermont high school athlete one of two ways:

Send an email to (Subject Line: Athletes of the Week nomination)

Join our Vermont Varsity Insider group on Facebook and post your nomination.

For for the Girls Athlete of the Week

More about each candidate:

Sara Ambrose, Milton soccer: The Yellowjackets goalie recorded back-to-back shutouts last week, a 10-save performance vs. Middlebury followed by seven stops for the clean sheet to halt rival Rice 1-0.

Emily Bloom, Rice XC running: The senior hammered to the day’s best time at the NVAC Metro Division championships at Missisquoi on Saturday, seizing the small-schools race in 18 minutes, 56.2 seconds. 

Ava Hamme, South Burlington soccer: Hamme set up her teammates on a pair of first-half corner kicks and then struck for the insurance tally after the break in a 3-1 win over Burlington on Saturday night.

Ellie Reed, Essex field hockey: The senior midfielder racked up four goals and two assists in a trio of wins for the Hornets last week. To highlight her week, Reed had a pair of tallies and two assists in a 5-1 win over Colchester.

Vote for the Boys Athlete of the Week

More about each candidate:

Owen McKinstry, Enosburg volleyball: On senior day, the captain recorded six kills, five aces, two assists and a pair of blocks to steer Enosburg to the straight-sets victory over visiting Burlington.

Caleb Nye, Champlain Valley XC running: The senior posted a winning time of 16:20.1 in the large-school race at the NVAC Metro Division championships at Missisquoi on Saturday. Behind Nye, CVU placed four runners in the top 11 to capture the team crown.

Tommy O’Leary, South Burlington soccer: The senior forward tucked away six goals during a 2-1 week for the Wolves. O’Leary’s hat trick at Burlington rallied his side from a two-goal deficit, and his two strikes vs. Mount Mansfield earlier in the week led to a 3-1 road win.

Owen Trudeau, Mount Mansfield football: Trudeau connected on 17 of 31 passes for 217 yards and four TDs in a win over BFA-Fairfax/Lamoille. He also had 63 passing yards and a score plus a pair of interceptions on defense as the Cougars bested Milton.

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