Athletic Director Kathi Bierwirth
Football: Division I
Head coach - Jason Thomas, second season as varsity coach.
The Burr & Burton Academy football team is moving to Division II and will look for the continued improvement of junior quarterback Patrick Jordan, who as a sophomore transfer last season, showed great promise with both his arm and running ability.
Coming off a fantastic 8-2 season last year, the challenge will be to take the next step while also adjusting to a new division and schedule.
The Bulldogs are also a fairly young team, starting five sophomores as the season gets underway.
The running game of Jared Bove and Nash Lancaster will anchor the offense, with senior Nick Perni as QB Jordan's main target on the outside.
Also watch for sophomore Adis Muminivich to be a reliable target as well.
The offensive line is a blend of experience and youth, led by senior tackle James Buss, senior guard Robbie McCall-Verdier, senior tackle Jarrid Cobb. Buss and Muminivich will also play both ways.
Others looking to create an impact on the defensive side of the ball include linebacker Grady Murtheh, safety Eamon Walsh , Matt Fortier, Ben Hunter and Dylen Wilkins.
In the season home-opener, the Bulldogs got off to a rough start against CVU, who also moved up to Division II this season, falling 39-20 at Applejack Field.
CVU turned out to be much more physical up front and controlled both sides of the line of scrimmage.
After quickly falling behind 20-0 at halftime, the Bulldogs did show some fight in the second half, getting touchdowns from quarterback Patrick Jordan, Jake Coyle and Nick Perni.
Boys' Soccer: Division I
Head coach - Peter Mull, third season as varsity coach.
The Burr & Burton Academy boys' soccer team is coming off a tremendous season last year that saw the Bulldogs go 14-2-1, before losing in the second round of the state tournament to U-32.
I think it is safe to say that the Bulldogs have some unfinished business to take care of and appear stacked and ready for the challenge. But now will have to gun for a title competing in Division I.
Coach Mull returns several experienced seniors including three All-State players in Dan Favreau, Chris Antonez and Brandon Ogilvie as well as four senior defenders in Ben Pierce, Steve Mull, Ethan Edson and Natti Shaw. Matt Rosenthal will be the starting goal keeper.
Other Bulldogs looking to make an impact include Alex Miskovsky, Yutong Bai and T.J. Oliver.
Burr & Burton seems to have a deep, well-balanced team and if they stay healthy, should have no problem adjusting to Divison I and in fact, make a serious run at that title they missed out on last year.
In their season opener at Fair Haven, the Bulldogs got two goals each from Antonez and Ogilvie and single-scores from Shaw and Bai, rolling to a 6-1 win over the Slaters.
BBA keeper Rosenthal needed only three saves to notch the win, a true testament to the kind of jail house defense the Bulldogs are capable of.
The Bulldogs followed that up with another road win in North Clarendon, shutting out Mill River, 3-0.
The Bulldogs got two goals from Dan Favreau and one from T.J. Oliver in the win, with Rosethal needing only three saves to preserve the shut out.
After two games, the Bulldog defense had only allowed a combined six shots on goal.
Girls' Soccer: Division I
Head coach - Dan Deforest, twenty third season as head coach.
The Burr & Burton soccer team also moves to Division I and the Lady Bulldogs are coming off a fantastic 14-win season that saw them lose in the championship game to Milton in a shoot-out.
However they should again have a strong team, with plenty of experience up and down the roster, including Jenny and Carla Coppin, Sawyer DeVries, Alicia Trombley, Malanie Thulin and Samantha Labate .
Also watch for offense from the likes of Michaela Madden , Jenna Hoffman, Hannah Corkum and Emma Houser.
In the season home-opener, the Lady Bulldogs came out firing on all cylinders in a convincing, 6-0 shut out win over Fair Haven.
Jenna Hoffman led the way for BBA with three goals, while Karla Coppin, Lizzie Jorgenson and Nina Shehadi also pitched in with goals. Jorgenson, Clare Kelley and Jessica Horst each added assists.
In the net, Jillian Blaisdell and Colby Halligan combined on the shut out win.
The Bulldogs followed the opener up with another strong effort against host Mount Anthony in the MAU tournament, notching a 3-0 shutout for their second win of the season.
BBA spread the wealth on offense, getting goals from Carla Coppin, Emma Houser and Hannah Corkum, while the defense played well once again, with Blaisdell and Halligan once again combining on the shutout.
However the tide turned a little in their next match up against Otter Valley, giving up three goals late, in a 5-2 loss to the Otters.
The Lady Bulldogs got goals from Jessica Dorr and Veronica Weaver, but it would not be enough as the Otters offense gained control of play over the last 15 minutes of the contest.
Because of low roster numbers, BBA freshman Virginia Turso was pressed into action in goal, making seven saves and doing a good job in her first varsity action.
Field Hockey: Division I
Head coach, Julie Fifield, eleventh season as varsity coach.
The Lady Bulldogs field hockey team will be adjusting on the fly as they not only enter a new division, but also adjust to several players moving to new positions after losing a whopping eight starters to graduation.
Coach Fifield however, also has seven returning seniors this season so BBA will bring plenty of varsity experience to the field, led by co-captains Emma Provenzano and Michaela Lewis.
Provenzano is a proven goal scorer from the right wing, while Lewis will be making the jump from mid-field to goal keeper.
Adapting to the goaltending position will perhaps become the Lady Bulldogs biggest challenge defensively.
Other defensive moves include Morgan Alms and Lauren Carter coming from mid-field last year and sophomore Maggie Schroeder emerging at center back.
Despite all the shifting into new defensive roles however, the Lady Bulldogs posses an aggressive offense that should be able to create some scoring chances and take some of the pressure off of their revamped defense.
Watch for likes of Gillian Paradis, Jessica Nutter and Morgan Ams to help produce some offense for BBA.
In the season home-opener against Fair Haven, the Lady Bulldogs carried a 2-0 lead late into the second half, before the Slaters got on the board to make this one a nail-biter until the end.
BBA got goals from Morgan Ams and Gillian Paradis which held up for the win.
Another big key of the game however was the play of the aforementioned re-vamped defense, with goal keeper Michaela Lewis only needing to make four saves to preserve the victory.
Cross Country: Division I
Head coach - Dave Curtis, seventh season as varsity coach. The Bulldogs have had a strong cross country program the last few years, winning two consecutive Division II titles before jumping to Division I last season.
BBA has experienced pretty good overall numbers as well, but have also lost some key senior runners to graduation including Kristen Palmer and David Midura.
This season however, there is still plenty of returning experienced runners including Dylan McNair, George Forbes, J. T. Kemper, Nancy Seem, Maria Schow, Charlotte Palmer, Alisha siderova, Carly Reilly and hannah Harrington to to all be a factor at states.