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Proposals would extend local bus service (6/18/09)

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CCTA mulls direct Williston-Burlington route on U.S. 2

June 18, 2009

By Greg Elias

Observer staff

Bus service in Williston, now confined to commercial areas, could extend to the village and speed the ride to Burlington under proposals being studied by the Chittenden County Transportation Authority.

 


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The bus route proposal called Alternative A eliminates existing stops on Industrial and Kimball avenues and Shunpike Road, and adds a separate weekday route that would loop through Marshall Avenue and Maple Tree Place before continuing on to Essex Junction.

 


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Alternative B includes a circulator bus on weekdays. The option would eliminate service from Williston to Essex Junction, including the existing stop at the Amtrak station.

 


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Alternative C eliminates the direct connection between Williston and Essex Junction. Instead of a circulator service, a separate route would begin at Taft Corners, run along Marshall Avenue and Kennedy Drive and terminate on Dorset Street.

CCTA is looking at how to improve service between Williston and downtown Burlington. Williston passengers must transfer at the University Mall to reach Burlington, a trip that can take up to an hour.

Each of the three proposals being considered would allow passengers to ride directly from Williston to the Cherry Street terminal.

“Eliminating the need for a transfer at the University Mall (between the Umall and Williston routes) and offering a more direct service will improve the convenience of public transportation in the corridor for current passengers and hopefully make it a more attractive option to potential riders,” Meredith Birkett, CCTA planning manager, said in an e-mail.

Each option also adds commute-hour service to Williston Village, extending the run as far east as Town Hall.

The route extension would please Whitney Hill Homestead resident Theresa Kellogg, who said she does not have a car and so must depend on van service or family members because buses don’t stop near her senior living community just outside the village.

“If we get a bus, I can go where I want and not depend on someone else,” Kellogg said.

CCTA is gathering public comment on the options, which in general each streamline service with a route that stays largely on U.S. 2 without the numerous detours made by the current Williston bus. Two of the alternatives also include a “circulator” bus that makes stops in commercial areas of Williston and connects with the U.S. 2 route.

So-called Alternative A eliminates existing stops on Industrial and Kimball avenues and Shunpike Road while adding a separate weekday route that would loop through Marshall Avenue and Maple Tree Place before continuing on to Essex Junction.

Alternative B would also include a circulator bus on weekdays. But the option would eliminate service from Williston to Essex Junction, including the existing stop at the Amtrak station.

Alternative C would also eliminate the direct connection between Williston and Essex Junction. Instead of a circulator service, a separate route would begin at Taft Corners, run along Marshall Avenue and Kennedy Drive and terminate on Dorset Street.

The proposals make choices about how many existing stops can be kept without breaking the budget, Birkett said. Each alternative would add roughly $750,000 to the current cost of service in Williston and South Burlington.

“If we were to serve all the areas currently served by the existing two routes with straighter and more convenient service, the cost of the new service would be even greater,” she said in her e-mail. “We are therefore proposing alternatives which include trade-offs between service to certain areas.”

Jim McCullough is one of Williston’s two representatives on the CCTA Board of Commissioners. He said he has lobbied for additional service in Williston since joining the board about a year ago.

“Honestly, the service can’t come fast enough, in my estimation and in others, too,” he said.

McCullough, who also represents Williston in the Vermont House, said he has yet to decide which option is best. He first wants to see how residents respond to a survey now being conducted by CCTA.

The transit authority’s survey, online at www.cctaride.org/route2, asks riders how they feel about each alternative and how often they ride various routes. CCTA has already held three public meetings on the issue, including one at Williston Town Hall on Wednesday, after press deadline. A fourth meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 22 at 6:30 p.m. at Tuttle Middle School in South Burlington.

Public input to date has pointed to the varying reasons people use the bus, Birkett said. But she declined to further characterize the responses, saying CCTA hopes to first gather more input than provided by the 25 surveys that had been received as of Monday.

How soon — or even if — Williston riders will see better bus service remains to be seen. CCTA cannot fund any of the proposals under its current budget, Birkett said, and so is depending on a federal grant. If CCTA wins grant money, she said, another round of public hearings would be held to consider the final route design and schedule.

McCullough said he had high hopes for better bus service in Williston when he began his three-year term on the CCTA board last July. He has since discovered that patience is required because other towns served would also like new routes.

Still, he said he finds cause for optimism because CCTA has put concrete proposals on the table and identified a potential funding source.

“Now I’m a little heartened that this will happen within my three years,” McCullough said.

 

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CVU grads depart with memories, advice (6/18/09)

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June 18, 2009

By Tim Simard

Observer staff

The 2009 Champlain Valley Union High School graduating class marched into a new chapter of life on Friday with diplomas in hand and words of wisdom on how to best succeed in the future.

 


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Champlain Valley Union High School seniors sit through graduation ceremonies on June 12.

 


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Graduates line up inside Patrick Gymnasium.

 


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Best friends (from left) Shaun Senior, Alex Shea and Tommy Powers, all of Williston, celebrate their graduation just after receiving their diplomas.

There was not a seat to be had at the University of Vermont’s Patrick Gymnasium Friday afternoon. Thousands turned out to watch the 330 graduates finish their high school careers.

Due to heavy vehicular traffic in and around the university, many attendees arrived while graduates entered the gym. Late arrivals, however, didn’t slow the ceremony once it began. And morning rains gave way to bright sunshine, just in time for families to gather outside and celebrate after the commencement ended.

Before receiving their diplomas and officially capping off four years at CVU, graduates listened to a number of speeches from their peers. Embracing change and remembering the life lessons learned in high school were themes echoed throughout several speeches. Former teacher and guest speaker Bill Mares urged graduates not to fear failure and even embrace it when it inevitably occurs.

The seniors of 2009 also unveiled their class gifts to the school: an industrial-strength coffee maker for CVU’s janitorial staff and a $5,000 donation to the high school’s auditorium renovation project.

Senior Jahala Dudley kicked off the commencement ceremony, saying she hoped to keep her speech “short, funny and good looking.” But she also wanted to inspire her peers. After 13 years of education, from kindergarten to middle school to CVU, Dudley said the graduates should not be afraid of what lies ahead.

“After you depart here this afternoon, everything will change,” Dudley said. “I’m here to reassure you that change is a good thing.”

Three other seniors gave brief addresses to the crowd. Timothy Reichert spoke about the importance of what his peers learned while in class at CVU. He also urged his fellow graduates to take risks in life and not to be afraid of doing so.

“We must apply what we learned here to our future,” Reichert said.

Hillary Benoit said the last four years at CVU helped define everyone as unique individuals. Benoit spoke about her own difficulties while in high school, including apathy toward learning during her freshman year. Many teachers and administrators did not support her, Benoit said, and some even urged her to “drop out.”

“Nobody thought I was ever going to graduate,” Benoit said. “What I really wanted to do was just succeed. This was hard, but I did it.”

Benoit credited her time with CVU’s Life Program, an alternative school learning curriculum, with helping her graduate.

“I couldn’t be more excited to be moving on,” she said.

Sara Kassel’s speech took the nontraditional route as her speech rhymed and flowed like poetry. Using imagery and color, Kassel enthusiastically said graduating from CVU was only the beginning of the best years to come.

“Take a breath and shut your eyes because the chlorine in the pool of life will turn your hair green if you’re not careful,” Kassel said, before finishing with, “I will get a job, I will travel the world. My voice will be heard!”

Former CVU teacher and renowned author Mares talked about the positives of failing and how some of the best success comes through epic failure. In a fast-changing world, it’s important to not be afraid to fail, he said.

Quoting writers and historical figures such as Henry David Thoreau, Thomas Edison and Mark Twain, Mares finished with a Michael Jordan quote from a Nike television commercial.

“I fail over and over and over again in life, and that’s why I succeed,” Mares said.

Commencement ended on a high note, as Benjamin Bond and Jacob Tischler surprised the class. With an animated display of stunts and juggling, thanks to a cushion mat laid upon the stage prior to their routine, the two quickly wrapped up four years at CVU.

“We’ve learned all the skills we need to take on life’s projects,” Bond said, and together with Tischler, shouted: “We truly deserve to graduate!”

 

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Supple pitches Armadillos to sixth victory (6/11/09)

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Martin blasts homer to ensure win

June 11, 2009

On Sunday, the Williston Armadillos scored early and never relinquished the lead en route to an 8-1 victory over the Woodsville, N.H. Red Sox. The victory moved the first place Dillos to 6-0 in the Vermont Senior Baseball League, while the Red Sox dropped to 2-4.

While the game remained close through seven innings as the Dillos left nine men on base, the team blew it open in the eighth inning while scoring four runs, three of which crossed the plate on Pookie Martin’s (1-4, HR, 1 run, 4 RBIs) monster homer off the boat in the neighbor’s yard beyond the left field fence.

“(Greg) Bolger told us if we wanted to stop at P & H Truck Stop for pie after the game, we had to win,” Martin said about his homer.

Beyond Martin, the other offensive stars for the Dillos were pitcher Bill Supple (3-5, 1 run, 4 RBIs), center fielder Ray Danis (3-4, BB, 3 runs), shortstop/pitcher Bolger (3-4, BB, 1 run), catcher Tom “Bambino” Fitzgerald (2-5) and first baseman Dennis Johnson (2-5, 2B). In all, the Dillos collected 15 hits, with seven of nine players hitting safely.

On the mound, Supple picked up the victory to improve his record to 3-0, pitching 7 2/3 innings while allowing just one run, which was unearned, on five hits and no walks. Supple had a season high 10 strikeouts.

“Supple was in control of the game. His pitch count was minimal, throwing just eight or nine pitches in some innings,” the Bambino said of his battery mate.

Bolger relieved to get the final four outs, allowing only one hit and no walks or runs.

The Dillos scored two in the first inning. Danis, Bolger and Supple all singled to open the game, the latter scoring Danis. Martin then brought home Bolger with a sacrifice fly.

The Red Sox cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the frame on two singles and a throwing error by Martin at third base.

The Dillos came close to scoring another in the third as Dann van der Vliet hit a gapper in left center for a triple but was nailed at the plate as he tried to turn it into a homer.

“It took two relays to get Dann at home. In the Senior Men’s League, two perfect relay throws is not the typical,” summarized player/manager Johnson.

The lead increased to 4-1 in the fourth inning as right fielder Brian Donahue (0-3, 2 BB, 2 runs) drew a walk, Danis bunted for a single and Bolger singled to load the bases. Supple then helped his own cause by singling in the two lead runners.

The Dillos capped the scoring with four runs in the eighth. Second baseman Darby Crum (0-4, BB) walked but was forced at second on Donahue’s grounder. Danis laid down his second bunt single of the game and Bolger walked to load the bases. Donahue then scored on Supple’s ground out and Martin deposited the ball deep over the fence in left center for a three run blast.

Next week, the Dillos finally move back home to Williston Central School after playing five of their first six games on the road, taking on the 2-4 Chelsea Bat Company. Game time is noon.

League standings and individual and team statistics are online at www.scorebook.com. Enter “Vermont Senior Baseball League” under league name search.

 

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Sunny forecast for CVU girls lax in 2010 (6/11/09)

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June 11, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

There were few bowed heads Thursday when the Champlain Valley Union High girls lacrosse team shook hands with their Essex High counterparts in the wake of the Hornets’ 17-7 playdown victory over the Redhawks at the Essex nest.

CVU wound up 0-17 on the season, but first year head coach Julie Sloan was not totally unhappy.

“I think we were the most improved team in the state,” the coach said, looking back on the entire season.

With some 19 players back next spring, the outlook is onward and definitely upward. The Redhawks carried five seniors and at least two of those, Michaela Cornbrooks and Elizabeth Beckett, missed considerable playing time due to injury.

Thus it was an athletic group of sophomores and juniors who helped make the unit very competitive by season’s end.

Returning to Essex, where they lost by just three scores to the 11-6 Hornets the previous week, the Redhawks opened an early 2-1 edge on goals from sophomore Amanda Kinneston and Beckett.

After Beckett’s score gave CVU the lead with 15:29 left in the first half, Essex took total control for the next 10 minutes, exploding to a 10-2 advantage.

Leading the Hornets splurge was sophomore Jamie Panton, who scored two of Essex’s eight straight goals and assisted on another. But Panton’s most vital chores were in midfield draws, which she and the Hornets won without fail, keeping the ball away from the CVU offense.

At 5:36, the Redhawks finally broke through, Kinneston scoring the second of her three goals after getting a sharp pass from sophomore Gillian Shelley.

Shelley followed with a score from a penalty situation, but Essex’s Tina Whalen fired in the third of her four goals to give the Hornets a comfortable 11-4 edge at the half.

“We started strong,” said Sloan, “but they started stronger.”

Essex opened up a 10-point lead by the 18-minute mark of the final segment, and there it stayed, CVU getting two scores from Devan Wilkins and Kinneston’s third.

Freshman Micheala Gobeille had a busy afternoon in the CVU cage with 18 stops. Becky Anderson had six saves for Essex.

 

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Softball team has solid foundation for 2010 (6/11/09)

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June 11, 2009

While a trip to the softball mecca of St. Albans and a test against the second-seeded Bellows Free Academy Comets may not be the most fruitful way to end a season, the Champlain Valley Union High Redhawks can nevertheless look forward with relish to next season.

Coach Corinna Hussey loses only third baseman Holly Bachilla from her 2-15 team. Bachillas, who swung a big bat, will be missed.

The remainder of the roster will return and hopes to build on some late season punch. The team won its two games in the closing weeks, helped by the pitching of junior Anna Supple and the hitting of sophomore Susan Parmelee and juniors Chrissi Whitaker and Heather McLaughlin.

In a playoff game at 14-2 BFA last Thursday, CVU ran into two fog-producing pitchers in Callie Lumbra and Chelsea Abbott, who set down the Redhawks without a hit while striking out 13 in a five-inning, 15-0 blanking.

Whitaker, who worked Abbott for a walk in the fourth, was the lone CVU base runner.

Wait till next year.

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent

 

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Close call, but no advance for CVU baseball team (6/11/09)

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June 11, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

A young Champlain Valley Union High baseball team will have to wait until 2010 to keep improving.

The Redhawks, 4-13 for the season, closed out the current campaign Thursday with a narrow, 3-2 playoff loss to Mount Anthony Union High in Bennington. The 13-4 Patriots were seeded fourth in Division 1, while the upset-minded Redhawks were the 13th seed.

Mount Anthony went on to nip Rice Memorial 5-4 Friday in a quarterfinal and knocked off top-seeded Essex High, 8-5, in a semifinal on Monday.

“It was a great game, one of our best of the year,” CVU head coach Tim Albertson said Sunday of the playoff test in the Monument Town.

He said the winners earned all three of their runs (no errors or walks), which came in the first two frames.

Trailing 3-0 early, the Redhawks were able to get scores in the third and fifth innings. Both were produced by senior thumper Shane Montani, with a double and infield grounder. A potential tying run was nipped at the plate.

Junior Theron Fuller started on the mound for CVU and gave way to lefty Alex Hopkins, another junior, in the fourth. Hopkins got out of a bases loaded, no outs jam unscathed and shut down Mount Anthony the rest of the way.

Eric Ware went the route for the Patriots, limiting the Redhawks to six hits while fanning seven and walking none.

“Their pitcher threw well,” Albertson said.

Looking back at the season, the mentor was pleased with what he called “steady improvement” of the team after it opened the season with six straight defeats.

“We learned how to adjust and got our bats rolling,” the first year head coach said. “We were getting up to between seven and nine hits a game.”

Montani, catcher Joe Myers and outfielders Carl Lozon and Jared Badger are the seniors who will be departing.

The pitching staff of Fuller, Hopkins, fellow juniors Collin Teator and Andrew Leckerling, sophomore Emily Sackett and freshmen Curt Echo and Drew Nick will all be back.

 

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Fun in the sun

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Mike Thomas, a design and technology instructor in the Williston School District, watches as Eric Shepard (center) and Justin Olson set up their vehicles to race in the Solar Car Competition held at Williston Central School on May 30. Shepard, a fourth grader, won the speed competition. Along with second place finishers Greg Goldman and Sean Yarolin and third place finisher Drew Fisher, he has the opportunity to compete in the Northeast Regional competition in Springfield, Mass. on Sunday. Team members Tyler Poulin and Henri Provost won awards for the best Craftsmanship and Technical Design, and can also compete Sunday.

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CVU track & field athletes qualify for New Englands (6/11/09)

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June 11, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

After solid performances in the Vermont State Meet at Burlington High School Saturday, nine members of the Champlain Valley Union High School track and field team are qualified to return to BHS this Saturday for the New England meet.

 


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Tony Sulva of Champlain Valley Union High runs in the 4-by-800 meter relay during the track finals on Saturday. The Redhawks placed first in the event.

Qualification for the regional event was through the Essex Invitationals two weeks ago, in which the top six finishers in each discipline became eligible.

CVU coach Eli Enman said Tuesday that a few of the CVU athletes may not compete Saturday but that at least six probably will.

The Redhawks’ 4-by-800 girls relay team won in Essex but was later disqualified due to one of the runners wearing a small earring, thus violating a rule against jewelry. CVU protested the disqualification to the Vermont Principals’ Association, but the ruling was upheld.

CVU athletic director Kevin Riell said the protest was made in an effort to eventually get the national Federation of High School Athletics rule modified for Vermont use.

Among Redhawks set for the big meet as of Tuesday were boys runners Tony and Matt Sulva, who will compete in the 800. From the girls team will be Haleigh Smith in the triple jump, Maya Grevatt in pole vault and Virginia Farley in the 1,600 and 3,200 runs.

As for the CVU showing in the state meet, Enman was pleased with the overall work of his team, which produced a sixth place team finish for the boys and seventh place finish for the girls.

Burlington took the boys side with 81 points, the Seahorses’ first title since the late 1970s. CVU totaled 47.7 points.

Essex High rolled up a big victory in the girls division, racking up 145 points. CVU earned 35.

The lone Redhawks’ victory of the day went to the boys 4-by-800 relay team of Jason Clairmont, Zak Pete and the two Sulvas in a time of 8 minutes, 12.38 seconds.

Tony Sulva took second in the 1,500 and fourth in the 800, both times finishing behind winner Adron Pitmon of Mount Mansfield Union High, who set a meet record of 1:54.80 in the 800.

Matt Sulva, who was ill, was held out of the individual races but made his presence felt in the relays. Also including Clairmont, Scott Cherhoniak and Tony Sulva, the group took third in the 4-by-400.

Other CVU boys high finishers included James Pieper-Lococo (3rd, 300 hurdles), Cherhoniak (5th, long jump), Dale Conger (5th, shot put and javelin) and pole vaulters Brayden McKenna and Josh Campagna, who were in a three-way tie for third.

Among the girls, Kendall Berry took second in the 400. Maddy Christian gained a fourth in the 1,500 and fifth in the 3,000. Summer Spillane took sixth in the 1,500.

The 4-by-800 relay team of Sara Lewis, Berry, Lily Roberts-Gevalt and Spillane took a second place while Smith was runner-up in the triple jump and Grevatt fifth on the vault.

 

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Hornets late sting ends CVU boys lax season (6/11/09)

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Clutch plays vs. BFA put Redhawks in semis

June 11, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

The drama of the Champlain Valley Union High boys lacrosse postseason continued unabated Tuesday in Essex Junction until the defending state champion Essex High Hornets prevailed 7-5 with two fourth period goals in an engrossing Division 1 semifinal contest.

 


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A swarm of Redhawk defenders converge on Nohea King of BFA St. Albans during the first quarter of Friday’s semifinal match-up in Hinesburg. Champlain Valley Union High scored a last minute goal to tie the game, then won 4-3 in overtime.

 


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Tim Reichert (right) of CVU wins the opening face-off in the semifinal game against BFA St. Albans.

Essex, 13-5 after its third victory in three 2009 games against CVU, will advance to the championship contest this weekend against top-seeded South Burlington High. The Rebels defeated Middlebury Union High 11-5 Monday to make it to the title game for the first time in 16 years.

Coach Dave Trevithick’s Redhawks, who lost early in the season by a pair of scores in Essex and got flattened by the Hornets two weeks ago in Hinesburg, were at the top of their game in this all-the-marbles contest.

The two teams were tied 5-5 going into the final stanza. Essex got what proved to be the winning tally at 9:38 on Bill Hennessy’s first of two goals. Hennessy then added an empty net score at the one-minute mark when desperate CVU defenders were converging on the ball.

“They (Essex) are a strong and disciplined team,” said Trevithick. “We had chances but could not put the ball into the net.”

The loss left CVU with a 12-6 record for the season. It was the final game for 11 seniors, including tri-captains Ben Soll, Owen Smith and Tim Reichert.

Reichert, who won seven face-offs, his trademark, said the team’s game plan was to step things up at the defensive end; the Redhawks did so, holding down the Hornets after they had put 13 goals on the board in that recent win at the CVU field.

But the Hawks had their own problems putting the ball in the cage until after intermission. Trailing 4-2 at the half, CVU got on the board at 8:28 of the third period when Alex Hennessey advanced to the front of the Essex net and deposited the ball with a quick shot.

Essex then went back up 5-3, but CVU potted the next two scores, John Marston registering a pointer at 3:44 off a Nick Spencer assist, and at 0:31 on a Nate Wells shot after a pass from Sam Spencer.

Reichert then won the face-off and Owen Smith’s attempt to give CVU the lead was stopped by Essex goalie Sam Mattson.

Essex drew three penalties in the final reel, but CVU could not break through the Hornets’ defense while Essex got two scores.

Trevithick praised the Hornets play while a man down, noting, “They do that very well.”

Early goals for CVU came from Wes O’Brien on a first period side-to-side sortie in front of the Essex goal, and Sam Spencer. Nick Spencer had a pair of assists.

Soll, Cullen Millikin and Nate LaCroix were among those with some glittering moments on defense. The goalies for both teams had many difficult saves, Mattson coming up with 13 stops for the Hornets while CVU’s Eric Palmer had 11 rejections.

Also among seniors for whom this was their finale with the CVU lacrosse sticks were Max Valentine, O’Brien, Hennessey, Brady DeHayes, Timothy Davis, Sam Spencer, Dean Priest and Jake Thibault.

Priest, a leading scorer and passer, was sidelined after suffering a concussion in the quarterfinal win over Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans.

Comeback win over BFA

Game story: 26 seconds plus a split second.

Those were the narrow margins that meant the difference for the Redhawks between packing up the equipment for the year or advancing to the semifinals against Essex.

Sixth-seeded Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans had the Redhawks in serious trouble Friday in Hinesburg before CVU, on a Wells tally, tied the contest 3-3 with 26 seconds remaining in regulation.

Sam Spencer then potted the game winner 3:19 into overtime to boost the Red and White to the next round.

The split second came at the end of regulation, when a hard shot by a fast charging Kris Sabourin of BFA snapped into the CVU net just after the period-ending horn sounded.

“Had them all the way, right coach?” someone chuckled to Trevithick after the game. The much relieved coach simply looked skyward and rolled his eyes.

For three quarters, BFA used a tough and physical defense to put CVU on the ropes, shutting out the Redhawks and leading 2-0 into the final reel.

The Hawks’ troubles were often self-inflicted due to imprecise passing and turnovers that prevented sustained offensive thrusts.

The string of zeros ended at 10:43 from regulation time’s end, when O’Brien scored off a pass from Reichert, the first of three assists for the senior.

CVU, which had been mounting a serious assault on the BFA goal in the second half (Bobwhites net minder Frank Tirado had 16 game saves in a brilliant effort), had a potential game tying goal nullified at 7:20 due to a goal crease violation.

That play appeared huge minutes later when BFA went up 3-1 at 3:25 on Ryan Gaudette’s shot from the right side of the cage.

But suddenly Reichert, CVU’s midfield weapon, and his unique ability to win face-offs came into play and brought the Redhawks back to life.

Following the BFA score, Reichert took the face-off deep into BFA territory and passed off to a well-position Nick Hart, who slammed home the goal with 3:10 left.

Time was running out when Reichert later advanced the ball into Bobwhites territory. Hart got the sphere and passed to an open Wells, who tied the score with just 26 seconds to go.

But in the final clicks of the clock, BFA took advantage of a turnover. Sabourin rushed the CVU cage from the left side, but his blazing shot connected just after the horn sounded.

Reichert won the overtime face-off and a little more than three minutes later Sam Spencer found rare space at the BFA net and ended the game.

“It opened up in front of the goal and I was able to score,” said the CVU senior, who has been a leading points man all season.

Spencer admitted that the team was getting frustrated prior to the fourth quarter.

Limited to three shots at the BFA goal in the first half, the Redhawks got things going in the third period, only be held off the scoreboard by Tirado, who had seven saves in the stanza.

Spencer and Trevithick praised the face-off work of Reichert.

“I love getting those face-offs,” said the veteran senior Reichert, one of the state’s leaders at this particular skill. He won eight of nine in the game.

Soll and junior Cody Lee were among several CVU defensive standouts that held down BFA’s offense.

 

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CVU tennis teams compete for titles (6/11/09)

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June 11, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

The Division 1 top-seeded Champlain Valley Union High tennis teams will be going for the state’s blue ribbons Thursday afternoon. If weather permits, the action will be on their home courts at Davis Park in Shelburne.

The 13-1 boys will square off against seventh-seeded South Burlington High at 1 p.m. The 14-0 girls have a 3 p.m. fixture with third-seeded Burlington High at 3 p.m.

In the event of rain, the matches will be moved indoors to University of Vermont courts.

The girls continued their unbeaten ways Tuesday with a 4-3 semifinal victory over a stubborn Rice Memorial High unit.

Vermont individual champ Cassie Smith led the way to four singles triumphs and was joined in the victory circle by teammates Kylie deGroot, Anna Clare Smith and Abby Stoner.

Rice captured the two doubles matches and a singles contest.

The boys scored a 5-2 semifinal win over fourth-seeded Rice on Monday.

David Hilderbrand, Marc Vecchio and Tabor deGroot captured singles contests while teams of Will Hurd-Cory Dawson and Will Hall-Bennett Hadley earned doubles victories.

 

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