Along with clutch high school goal scorer Shane Haley, an outstanding high school cross-country runner, and a Middlebury College senior who earned national recognition were honored by the Vermont Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association (VSSA) for their efforts in the month of November.
The VSSA chose Champlain Valley Union senior soccer player Shane Haley as its Male High School Athlete of the Month, Richford High School senior runner Elle Purrier as its Female High School Athlete of the Month, and Middlebury College’s Lauren Greer as its Open Division Athlete of the Month.
Each was elected in a statewide vote of the VSSA membership after being nominated by a VSSA member.
Haley racked up 25 goals and six assists this fall, including his November game-winning overtime strikes in the D-I semifinal and title games to help lead the CVU boys’ soccer team back to the state championship after a three-year hiatus.
Haley, nominated by Sheri Duff of the Shelburne News and The Citizen was named the 2012 boys’ soccer player of the year by the “Burlington Free Press” and plans to continue his soccer career at the University of Vermont.
Haley out-polled one other soccer player, Stowe junior Robert Buonanno, and three football players, Hartford seniors Michael Dulac and Josh Claflin and Rice senior Billy O’Brien.
Also nominated for the VSSA’s November female high school honor was CVU senior and soccer standout Kate Raszka.