Brianna Hillier

Intern, The Herald of Randolph

United States

I am a student at the University of Vermont living, writing, and learning in beautiful Burlington, Vermont.

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Mountaineers Claim D-IV Softball Title | The Herald of Randolph

Whitchester senior Hayley Mears scoots in to take the throwdown on a steal by Proctor's Sydney Wood. Whitchester defeated Proctor 8-7 in walk-off fashion to capture the Division IV softball championship in Castleton on Saturday evening. The Mountaineers' victory was bittersweet as it was their last game before Rochester closes and Whitcomb merges with South Royalton next school year.

Sports Reporting

Gillette Reaches 100th With Trifecta of Goals | The Herald of Randolph

By Brianna Hillier On Thursday, Sept. 27, Zakery Gillette, a captain of the Whitchester varsity boys' soccer team, reached a milestone in soccer that few from Whitcomb have ever accomplished. Despite a 5-3 loss to the South Royalton Royals, senior Gillette went into the game with 97 goals in his now five-year varsity career and produced a hat trick game that earned him his 100th goal.

Whitchester Girls Near 50/50 on Regular Season | The Herald of Randolph

The Whitchester girls defense scramble to control a loose ball in Saturday's match against South Royalton. The Lady Royals won the game 3-1 over the Mountaineers. (Provided / Steve Hillier)A sunny autumn morning set the stage for the Whitchester Mountaineers girls' third game against the South Royalton Lady Royals on Rochester's field on Saturday.

Walker Shoots to 1K at the Launch Pad | The Herald of Randolph

Rochester sophomore Troy Walker tallied his 1,000th point Monday night at his home court as the Rockets hosted South Royalton. (Herald / Tim Calabro)On Monday, Jan. 2, the 8-5 Rochester Rockets welcomed the South Royalton Royals to the Launch Pad for their first matchup of the season.

Summer Series- 2016

Barnard Farm Finds Summer Harvest | The Herald of Randolph

Maggie Howard, left, and Ashley Cook give love to Daffodil and Yoohoo during milking time at Kiss the Cow Farm in Barnard. (Herald / Tim Calabro)Kiss the Cow Farm in Barnard is more than your average small Vermont dairy farm.

Doanes Brought First Shetlands to U.S. | The Herald of Randolph

Tut and Linda Doane's sheep farm in Braintree is home to the U.S.'s first herd of Shetland sheep. (Herald File / Tim Calabro)SECOND PART IN A SUMMER SERIES ON UNIQUE AREA FARMS L inda and Tuthill Doane bought their first flock of sheep in 1986, just six years after Col.

Building a Relationship with the Land | The Herald of Randolph

Carl Russell and his sons, Timber and Basil, work with a young steer, Lucky, to run a cultivator between the rows of the farm's garden. Russell, along with his wife, Lisa McCrory are proponents of small scale, low-impact farming.

General News

Rochester Board Examines Closure | The Herald of Randolph

The Rochester School Board took no definitive action regarding the future of Rochester High School at a special meeting last Thursday, July 13, at the school. The single topic for the night was to discuss whether the board should seek to fill teacher vacancies at the high school or offer full choice to Rochester High School students for the 2017-18 school year.

Kids Experience Foreign Way of Life | The Herald of Randolph

Chase Christiansen and Jillian Sherwin take a break a project site in Sablog, Ecuador, and are joined by two local sisters. (Provided)When a group of 14 Rochester High School students and chaperones touched ground 9,350 feet above sea level in the bustling capital of Quito, Ecuador, the moment was unforgettable.

No Easy Answers | The Herald of Randolph

American academic and Syria expert Joshua Landis visited Rochester's Pierce Hall Sunday evening to give a sobering lecture on the effects U.S. policy has had on the Middle East, the future of Syria and Iraq, and the war against ISIS. Landis is director of the Center for Middle East Studies and an associate professor at the University of Oklahoma.

Hunt Supports Kids with Big Heart, Camera | The Herald of Randolph

Joyce Hunt, known throughout the region for her court-side photography, snaps a shot at the Barre Aud during the 2013 Rochester championship. (Herald File / Tim Calabro)For the past 25 years, Joyce Hunt has taken thousands of pictures at hundreds of elementary, high school, and men's and women's league games.