Twelve-year-old Vermonter Bentley Davis Seifer drowned while swimming in the Bolton potholes during the summer.
By all accounts, 12-year-old Bentley Davis Seifer was well liked among his young peers. The bright boy, a student at the Edmunds Middle School in Burlington, died this summer while swimming in the dangerous Bolton potholes. That’s why the news of his death was such a shock to the community.
Since 2000 the Bolton potholes, formed by water erosion along Joiner Brook in the Huntington quadrangle, have been the scene of several drownings.
Members of the Edmunds Middle School Boy’s Soccer Team announced that the opening home games for both the A and B teams will be dedicated to Seifer, a former soccer player at the school.
According to Bruce Seifer, Bentley’s father, the boy began playing soccer when he was five years old.
“Throughout the years he has played for the Catamounts, Far Post, Burlington Parks and Recreation, and various summer camps. He was known as a fast and tenacious player who never gave up, and was not afraid to challenge opponents,” according to the boy’s father.
One of Bentley’s long-time teammates said, “what I remember about Bentley was his team spirit and that whenever he would fall or get knocked down, no matter how hard the hit or how tough the tackle, he would always get back up.”
The opening home games are scheduled at Callahan Park in Burlington on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 4 p.m. The Edmunds Seahawk teams will be playing the Milton Eagles. Seahawk members will be sporting black armbands in honor of their former teammate, classmate and friend.
The dedication ceremony will be held after the B team game and before the beginning of the A Team game at 5 p.m.
The dedication will include a tribute from Bentley’s long-time soccer coach Ron Krisak, a ceremonial cake, and a balloon release. Bentley inspired t-shirts and posters will be available for sale to benefit the Bentley Davis Seifer Memorial Foundation.