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PHOTOS: ‘Once On This Island’ rehearsal by Stephen Mease

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Oct. 28, 2010

Observer photos by Stephen Mease (www.stevemease.com)

The cast of the Champlain Valley Union High’s fall musical, “Once On This Island,” held a dress rehearsal on Oct. 26.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 and 29, and 2 p.m. on Oct. 30. Tickets are $6 for students and faculty and $8 for general admission. They can be purchased in advance at CVU during lunch periods or at Brown Dog Books in Hinesburg.

PHOTOS: CSWD trash sort

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Oct. 28, 2010

Observer photos by Greg Duggan

Staff from the Chittenden Solid Waste District picked through garbage on Oct. 22 as part of the waste district’s trash sorting effort, performed to learn about the composition of waste in Chittenden County. The trash sort took place each morning from Tuesday to Friday. CSWD Marketing Coordinator Clare Innes said data from the sort will help CSWD evaluate its education and outreach programs.

PHOTOS: ‘Once On This Island’ rehearsal by Stephanie Choate

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Oct. 28, 2010

Observer photos by Stephanie Choate

The cast of the Champlain Valley Union High’s fall musical, “Once On This Island,” held a dress rehearsal on Oct. 26.

Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 and 29, and 2 p.m. on Oct. 30. Tickets are $6 for students and faculty and $8 for general admission. They can be purchased in advance at CVU during lunch periods or at Brown Dog Books in Hinesburg.

PHOTOS: CVU boys soccer vs. Essex

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Oct. 28, 2010

Observer photos by Greg Duggan

Champlain Valley Union High’s boys soccer continued its undefeated season with a 1-0 win over Essex High on Oct. 21.

PHOTOS: CVU football vs. Milton

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Oct. 28, 2010

Courtesy photos by Joe Kropf

The Champlain Valley Union High football team played under the lights in Milton on Oct. 22, defeating Milton High 21-0.

CVU soccer girls open second season at home

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Redhawks have top seed in Div. 1

Oct. 28, 2010

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

For the 13-1 Champlain Valley Union High girls soccer team, it was a lollapalooza regular campaign. Now the second season — the playoff chase for the Division 1 state crown — begins.

Thanks to their number one position, coach Brad Parker’s Redhawks were seeded directly into the quarterfinals. At 3 p.m. on Saturday, the Redhawks will host the winner of Wednesday’s opening round contest between defending champ and ninth-seeded Burlington High (6-5-3) and eighth-seeded Spaulding High of Barre (8-5-1).

It was about a year ago that Burlington captured the title with a 1-0 victory over the Redhawks at the BHS field.

That outcome still stings a little in the CVU craw.

“We have worked really hard to get where we are,” said veteran senior defense specialist Lindsay Hawley, also a significant player in 2009.

To crank up for the playoffs, the Redhawks dispatched visiting Burlington 4-0 on Friday at Hinesburg Heights. Shelby Hanlon knocked in two first half goals while Sophia Steinhoff and Molly Howard scored in the second half.

Steinhoff, who has had several big games of late, assisted on the two Hanlon goals. Kendall Berry and Devan Wilkins also had assists.

Net minder Emily Sackett did some effective work outside the goal mouth in her five saves. She also got her mitts on a BHS penalty kick to preserve the Redhawks’ 10th shutout of the season and fifth in a row.

Overall, CVU has outscored the opposition 58-3.

The victory over the Seahorses was CVU’s second in three days and ninth straight.

Last Wednesday, the Redhawks motored to Essex High and dropped a 3-0 stinging on the 4-8-1 Hornets.

Hanlon, Berry and Emma Eddy popped white spheres into the Essex net while Steinhoff, Amanda Kinneston and Kate Raszka gathered assists. Sackett rounded up six stops in the CVU cage.

Redhawks earn top seed in boys soccer

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CVU opens postseason at home Friday

Oct. 28, 2010

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Champlain Valley Union High defender C. Todd Forrester (14) contains Essex High’s Devin Renca during last Thursday’s soccer game. CVU improved to 11-0-1 with a 1-0 victory. (Observer photo by Greg Duggan)

As some soccer aficionado might have said, “Home is where the goals are.”

The Division 1 top-seeded Champlain Valley Union High boys soccer team earned the friendly confines designation by sweeping through the regular season schedule with a 12-0-1 record while scoring 43 goals and allowing only one. Thus its first two playoff contests — assuming a win in the first — will be on the Hinesburg Heights home grass.

The postseason trek toward a possible second straight crown starts at 3 p.m. on Friday with a quarterfinal contest eighth-seeded Harwood Union (9-6), which beat Spaulding High of Barre (6-9) by a 4-1 score in the opening round on Tuesday.

CVU’s Ryan Boland controls the ball last Thursday. (Observer photo by Greg Duggan)

Last Saturday, the Redhawks laid a 7-0 licking on visiting North Country Union High (6-6-2) in the regular season finale.

The man from Norway, forward Hans Fredrik Fahle, had a momentous game by launching three goals.

Also scoring were Tino and Tanner Tomasi, Shane Haley and Ben Comai. Nick Spencer helped out on three scores and Parker Cornbrooks also had an assist.

CVU out shot the Falcons, 25-4.

Senior Mike Clayton, last year’s top goal scorer who has been forced to the sidelines due to a knee injury this past spring, said he has been impressed with this year’s team.

“We have so many guys who can score,” Clayton said after the win over North Country. “If we were not winning as we are I would really feel bad, but the team is playing well.”

Coach T.J. Mead was of two minds about a six-day layoff before the quarterfinal contest.

“We can use the time to let some injuries heal, but on the other hand the layoff interrupts the flow of action,” he said.

That flow got tested somewhat last Thursday when the Redhawks, on a Tanner Tomasi second half score, nipped invading Essex High 1-0 on a muddy and slippery field.

“We made the most of our opportunity and generally controlled the game,” Mead said.

Saturday’s game was the regular season farewell for a large group of talented and veteran seniors including Kyle Logan, Fahle, Mac Edgerton, Jamie Thayer, Tino Tomasi, Luke Dorfman, Chris Sulva, Ryan Boland, Henry Sengle, Spencer, Erick MacLean, Zach Blanchard and goalkeepers Jeffrey Wettstein and Golden Golann.

CVU football team aims for high playoff seed

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Redhawks face U-32 in regular season finale

Oct. 28, 2010

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Nick Meunier (center) makes a tackle during Champlain Valley Union High’s football win over Milton High on Friday. Meunier had a strong game on defense in the 21-0 victory. (Courtesy photo by Joe Kropf)

Champlain Valley Union High’s football Redhawks (4-0 at home) need to defend their nest one more time to assure a solid seed in the upcoming Division 2 playoffs.

A win would likely net the Redhawks a second seed in the playoffs.

Rolling in at 1 p.m. Saturday to square off with CVU — 6-2 against all foes and 6-1 in the division — will be the U-32 Raiders, who are 3-4 overall after losing 48-21 Friday night to North Country Union High in Newport.

Although his Redhawks are coming off a solid 21-0 triumph at Milton High on Friday night, head coach Jim Provost is not taking the visiting Raiders for granted.

“They have an offense with a lot of misdirection and a big fullback,” he said, adding that a key for CVU will be discipline on defense.

Friday, the Redhawks established control of the game on their very first play from scrimmage when quarterback Konnor Fleming rolled out and sped 54 yards for a touchdown.

“I always hope that the second play I call in a game is for Tucker Kohlasch to kick the extra-point,” Provost said.

He did and Kohlasch did.

“That play really took the wind out of Milton’s sails,” the coach said.

Later CVU scores came on a 31-yard pass from Fleming to halfback J.P. Benoit and a 5-yard run by back Derek Goodwin.

Goodwin, a stalwart senior defensive back, saw his first significant offensive action since playing nearly a half at quarterback in relief of an injured Fleming at Essex High in the second game of the season. The 5-11, 180-pound senior rushed for 87 yards in 16 missions.

“We had a gut feeling about Goodwin,” Provost said. “We have some good running backs.”

Provost also praised the team defense that held Milton “to very few first downs.”

One individual the coach cited was linebacker Michael Fournier, who was in his first varsity contest after being elevated from the junior varsity.

Defensive lineman Cameron Fitzgerald, who along with Crawford Morris and Dale Conger comprise the pachyderm people of the tough interior trench, recovered another opposition fumble but made it only to the Milton 4-yard line before being brought down, no easy task.

The Redhawks will be without sophomore lineman Alec Distler this week after he sustained a cut below a knee.

As for the upcoming battle, Provost said there is work to be done.

“We got deep into Milton territory a couple of times and didn’t score,” he said. “We have to get better.”

CVU field hockey team earns 4th seed

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Oct. 28, 2010

The youthful Champlain Valley Union High field hockey team has earned fourth seed in the Vermont Principals Association playoff lineup and will play host to fifth-seeded Rutland High on Saturday morning at 11.

Last Friday’s 2-0 home victory over Mount Abraham Union earned the Redhawks a 7-4-3 regular season mark. Rutland, from out of the south, comes with an 8-5-1 record for its initial meeting of the year with CVU.

Swift forwards Mollie Burke and Sarah Reed had the goals in the Redhawks’ victory over the Eagles, with Louise Gibbs getting an assist.

Goalkeeper Sami Kassel had a trio of stops in the CVU cage.

It was the final regular season home contest for senior tri-captains Gibbs, Mallory Hillman and Aubrey Deavitt, along with Kassel, Holly Bertolet, Kelsey Barrett and Madison Wetmiller.

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent

CVU runners chase state titles

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Oct. 28, 2010

The Champlain Valley Union High cross country teams return to the hills of Thetford Saturday hoping to bring home state championships.

It is the Redhawks’ second appearance of the season on the course that overlooks the Connecticut River. Both the boys and girls teams took part in a regionally significant invitational run at the beginning of the month.

The girls will be running Saturday as the number one large school team in the Northern Vermont Athletic Council championships, which they captured Saturday at Swanton in a tight contest with Essex High.

CVU’s fantastic four-pack of Summer Spillane, Taylor Spillane, Adrienne Devita and Aleksey Jordick placed third, fourth, fifth and sixth behind winner Markie Palermo of Essex and runner-up Elle Purrier from Richford High.

Palermo’s winning time was 18 minutes and 32.2 seconds.

Summer Spillane’s third place time of 18:57.1 was a little more than four seconds better than cousin Taylor’s. Teammate Sophie Hess took 13th.

CVU won the team title with 27 points, while Essex, with the winner and four others in the top 10, had 35 points.

The boys took second to team winner Mount Mansfield Union. The Redhawks had 72 points to the Cougars 27.

Jack Hegman of MMU was the winner in 16:24.3.

Dan Hebert led the Redhawks with a fourth place finish. Jared Keyes was seventh and Nick Bouton 14th.

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent