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PHOTOS: CVU wrestling

Dec. 22, 2010

Courtesy photos by Jennifer Olson

Champlain Valley Union High School wrestlers faced off against Mount Abraham Union and Randolph on Dec. 20. Individual match winners were Ryan Stearns, Sam Fortin, Alec Johnson, Gabe Bosen, Patrick Shea, James Bosen, Alex Craige, Connor Brown, Chris Roy and Eben Kassel.

PHOTOS: Cochran’s Ski Area opens

Dec. 22, 2010

Courtesy photos by Ed Colomb

Cochran’s Ski Area is open for the season. Ed Colomb sent in these photos from opening night on Dec. 14.

PHOTOS: Brick Church Concert series

Dec. 22, 2010

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

Cantiamo, a 14-voice women’s choral group from Bella Voce Women’s Chorus of Vermont, performed at the Old Brick Church on Friday night. The concert was part of the monthly Old Brick Church Music Series. Dawn Willis directs the choral group.

Heidi Soons, the principal harpist for the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, opened the concert.

PHOTOS: CVU gymnastics at S. Burlington Invitational

Dec. 22, 2010

Observer photos by Shane Bufano (www.shanebufano.com)

The Champlain Valley Union High gymnastics team fared well in the annual South Burlington Invitational on Dec. 18. In the division for juniors, Ashley Bachand won victories in all four events: vault, bars, beam and floor exercise. Sophomore Grace Carey emerged as the all around champ in her division, and Megan Nick ruled the freshman competition all around.

PHOTOS: CVU boys hockey vs. Rice Memorial

Dec. 22, 2010

Courtesy photos by David Yandell

The Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey team faced Rice Memorial on Dec. 18 in the championship game of the Charlie Burchard Tournament. The Redhawks won, 5-4 in overtime.

Sports Notes

Dec. 22, 2010

Redhawks hockey team captures tourney win

Goalie Jason O’Brien protects the Champlain Valley Union High net during Saturday’s overtime win against Rice Memorial. The victory captured the Charlie Burchard Tournament for the Redhawks. (Courtesy photo by David Yandell)

With the annual Charlie Burchard Tournament championship in his back pocket, so to speak, coach Mike Murray and his Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey team get a break until Dec. 30. That Tuesday, the 4-0 Redhawks meet Rice Memorial High in a non-league rematch of the Burchard finalists.

The game is slated for Cairns Arena 1 at 7:20 p.m.

CVU’s Erick MacLean brings the puck up the ice. (Courtesy photo by David Yandell)

CVU prevailed 5-4 on Saturday night in overtime when Kyle Logan knocked in the game winner, with Robbie Dobrowski earning an assist.

Dobrowski and fellow senior Derek Goodwin had big nights Friday in leading the Redhawks to a 4-1 triumph over Colchester high in the opening round. Each netted a pair of scores. Meanwhile, net minder Jason O’Brien made 15 stops.

CVU girls hockey team has plenty of holiday ice time

The 2-1 Champlain Valley Union High girls hockey team will have plenty of opportunities during the holiday period to bounce back from Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Hartford High Hurricanes in White River Junction.

The Redhawks next tangle with Rice Memorial High at 7:20 p.m. Wednesday at Cairns Arena. It is Rice’s home game.

Next Tuesday, 3-0 Hartford will visit the Redhawks at Cairns for a 5:30 p.m. match. Two nights later, on Thursday, Burr and Burton of Manchester will come calling at Cairns with a 5:30 start.

At Hartford, Amanda Armell potted her fourth and fifth goals of the season but the unbeaten Hurricanes prevailed. Redhawks goalie Nicole Sisk had 15 saves and CVU held a slim 19-18 edge in shots on net.

Last Wednesday, Armell and Molly Howard scored the goals as the Redhawks nipped Colchester High 2-1 at Leddy Park. CVU fired 42 shots at Lakers net minder Gretchen St. Pierre.

CVU scores in indoor track and field meet

Three members of the Vermont and New England championship Champlain Valley Union High cross country team ran close together — their trademark — this past weekend at an indoor track and field meet at the University of Vermont, taking the first three places in the 1,600-meter event.

Summer Spillane, Claire Trotter and Adrienne Devita finished in that order and helped the girls team to a third place finish in the team totals.

CVU also earned a victory in the 4-by-800 relay.

The CVU boys took sixth place in the team totals, with Sam Chevalier winning the pole vault with a height of 14 feet, 6 inches.

Busy schedule for CVU Nordic ski team

Members of the Champlain Valley Union High Nordic ski team probably will not add much weight during the holiday season, a time of generous dining and waistline expansion for many folks.

The Redhawks have a meet scheduled for 3 p.m. on Wednesday at Bellows Free Academy in Fairfax, one the following Tuesday at Sleepy Hollow, plus yet another on Dec. 31 in the Northeast Kingdom.

The boys will be seeking to make it two or more victories after opening the season Saturday with a victory in a six-team session at Sleepy Hollow.

Led by Hans Fredrik Fahle’s 40-second victory over runner-up Nick Shallow from Mount Mansfield Union, the boys captured the team title with 17 points to 33 for the second place Cougars.

CVU’s Kilian Muller was third, Sam Epstein fourth and Jake Marston ninth.

The girls team finished third with 51 points while Mount Mansfield earned the win with 27 points, led by individual victor Hailey Burkhart.

Sierra Frisbie led the Redhawks with a sixth place finish.

CVU gymnasts start strong

Redhawks meet defending champs on Thursday

Dec. 22, 2010

Champlain Valley Union High gymnast Megan Nick performs during the annual South Burlington Invitational on Saturday. (Observer photo by Shane Bufano)

The Champlain Valley Union High gymnastics team proved it has enviable depth and youth Saturday in the annual South Burlington Invitational.

This week, the Redhawks will see where they stand in state competition when they travel to Essex High Thursday for a 7 p.m. test against five-time state champion Essex High.

At South Burlington, in a meet that set competition by class rather than overall teams, the Redhawks took the all-around honors in the junior, sophomore and freshman groupings.

Leading the juniors was veteran Ashley Bachand, who swept victories in all four events: vault, bars, beam and floor exercise.

Emma Sienkiewycz took a third on the bars.

CVU athletes crowded into the top three in the sophomore class with Grace Carey emerging as the all around champ after winning on the beam and in floor exercise and finishing second on the bars.

Sarah Kinsley won the vault and bars, took second on the beam and third in floor exercise for runner-up in all around. Madison Bourdeau was third in all around while finishing second on the vault and third on the balance beam.

CVU’s Madison Bourdeau leaps above the balance beam at the Invitational. (Observer photo by Shane Bufano)

Megan Nick ruled the freshman competition all around after wins in the vault, bars and floor exercise and a second on the beam.

On Thursday in Duxbury, the Redhawks defeated Harwood Union, 128.25 to 123.3. Bachand took the all around with wins on the vault, balance beam and floor exercise.

CVU gymnast Grace Carey works through her balance beam routine. (Observer photo by Shane Bufano)

Kinsley was runner-up in all around by taking second on the bars and third on the beam. Bourdeau tied for second on the vault and was third in floor exercise. Carey was second on the beam.

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent

South Burlington squeaks past CVU in hoops

Redhawk girls to host Rice on Thursday

Dec. 22, 2010

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Zinged by a narrow 36-35 loss at 2-0 South Burlington High Friday night, the 1-1 Champlain Valley Union High girls basketball team made a road appearance at Vergennes Union High on Tuesday night.

The game was scheduled for after press deadline.

Head coach Jeff Evans and his Redhawks return home Thursday for a 5:30 p.m. engagement against a Rice Memorial High squad thought to be its usually difficult to handle outfit.

CVU was difficult for the Rebels to handle, but could not get a good clear shot for the win in the closing seconds. Shae Hulbert’s free throw with 18.7 seconds left pulled the Redhawks within one point at 36-35, and a cleverly executed mid-court trap got the ball back with 12 seconds to go.

But CVU missed an 18-foot shot in the final seconds and the Rebs had their second victory of the young season.

Three veteran seniors — Rachel Crews, Natalie Wimett and Caitlyn Bishop — kept the South Burlington effort on track by combining for 23 points and 20 rebounds. Wimett, who swished four vital three-pointers, paced the scorers with 14 points. Crews added nine points and 13 rebounds.

CVU won the first period, helped by Sara Riordan, who came off the bench into a generally offensively challenged game and quickly nailed two treys to put the Redhawks up 5-1 and 8-3.

CVU led 12-8 early in the second quarter when matters suddenly went, er, south.

Nine turnovers and 3-for-9 shooting allowed the Rebels to pull ahead 18-17 by halftime as Wimett uncorked a pair of treys plus a deuce for a seven-point session.

The Redhawks trailed by five points in the third quarter, but pulled back into a 28-all deadlock on a Riordan two-point shot with an assist from Amanda Kinneston early in the fourth.

After the Rebels, keyed by another Wimett threebie, went back in front 33-28, Remi Donnelly hit two inside hoops and set up a Kinneston two-pointer while South Burlington’s Crews hit a free throw. Thus the game was tied at 34 with less than two minutes left.

At 1:22 the Rebs’ Reilly Simoneau went to the line and calmly sank two charity shots for her only points of the game and a 36-34 South Burlington advantage.

CVU’s backcourt tandem of Carlee Evans and Kinneston drove the Rebs a little whacky in the final reel, combining for four steals and a pair of assists to fuel the Redhawks’ comeback against the Rebs, who committed seven turnovers in the last eight minutes.

Donnelly’s 10-spot led CVU scorers while Riordan had nine points and Kinneston seven. Hulbert paced the rebounders with seven grabs and also contributed three blocked shots.

The junior varsity engaged in an overtime drama, losing 49-48 but only after the Hawks’ freshman Kaelyn Kohlasch forced the extra session with first a running one-hand two-pointer and then a three-pointer as regulation time expired.


CVU (35)

Hulbert 0 1-2 1, Bayer-Pacht 0 0-0 0, Donnelly 4 2-3 10, A. Kinneston 3 0-0 7, C. Evans 0 0-0 0, Riordan 3 0-0 9, Giles 0 0-0 0, Schenck 2 0-0 4, Lozon 1 0-0 2, Limanek 1 0-0 2, E. Kinneston 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 3-5 35.

South Burlington (36)

Crews 2 5-9 9, Simoneau 0 2-2 2, Derda 4 0-0 8, Bishop 0 0-0 0, Wimett 5 0-0 14, Audette 0 1-3 1, Flaherty 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 8-14 36.

CVU 10            7            9            9   –   35

SBHS 7            11            9            9   –   36

(Junior varsity: South Burlington 49, CVU 48 in overtime)

Redhawks fall to Vergennes in boys hoops

Thunderbirds next for CVU

Dec. 22, 2010

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Holiday season exams continue Thursday night for the Champlain Valley Union High boys basketball team when it travels to Swanton for a 7:30 p.m. contest with a tough Missisquoi Valley Union High squad.

The Thunderbirds are 3-0 after Monday night’s home 53-47 victory over Mount Mansfield Union. The Redhawks opened their season with a 44-43 triumph over the Cougars in Jericho Center when senior guard Ryan Boland canned a pair of free throws with just 2.9 seconds remaining in regulation.

But in their home opener Tuesday, the Redhawks got their feathers twisted by a quick, scrappy and extremely motivated Vergennes Union High outfit. The Commodores took advantage of CVU turnovers and missed pressured layups to register a 51-48 win.

It was the third straight victory for the Commodores, while the Hawks fell to 1-1.

Down by six points with less than five minutes to go, CVU rallied behind Jake Donnelly’s three-point bomb from the corner and two charity flips at 3:22 (his first time at the line despite a series of hard moves to the basket all game long) to pull to within 49-48.

The Redhawks were unable to convert layup opportunities after that and Vergennes’ Zach Ouellette’s (10 points) jumper from the side of the key with two minutes left was the final tally.

CVU misfired a few more times including a long three-point try for a tie that rimmed out with seven seconds remaining.

The Redhawks’ prospects looked good early in the second period when they completed an 11-point run for a 17-9 advantage. But the ever-present Vergennes three-quarter court pressure defense then discombobulated the CVU offense, leading to a series of five turnovers from which the Commodores scored.

By halftime, the visitors, who resembled pesky little worker bees, had forged a 26-26 deadlock.

Vergennes jumped out to a five-point lead early in the third quarter on Collin Curler’s (6 of 8 from the floor, 18 points) hoop and Cody Quattrocci’s corner trey, which followed another CVU turnover.

The Commodores kept the lead between three and seven points until the late CVU rally.

Chilling that rally was the Redhawks’ icebox-like 2-for-14 shooting from the floor down the final eight minutes.

The two senior vets Donnelly (20 points) and Robert Russ (14) led the CVU point producers. Sophomore Brad Bissonnette had a solid initial varsity home game with eight points (two treys), nine rebounds and three assists.

Two CVU starters, Boland and big Eoin Karnes, got in early foul trouble.

Donnelly netted 15 points in the win over the Cougars last week. CVU led 38-22 before Mount Mansfield rallied to grab a late one-point lead before Boland’s clutch charity shots brought victory.


Vergennes (51)

Burmania 0 0-0 0, Bushee 3 0-0 6, Quattrocci 4 0-1 9, Curler 6 5-6 18, Carter 2 0-0 5, Stapleford 0 0-0 0, Ouellette 5 0-1 10, Hayes 1 0-0 3, Salley 0 0-0 0, Paquin 0 0-2 0. Totals 21 5-10 51.

CVU (48)

Donnelly 8 2-2 20, Bissonnette 3 0-0 8, Karnes 0 2-2 2, Boland 1 0-0 2, Russ 7 0-0 14, Spencer 0 0-0 0, Gale 0 0-0 0, Keen 0 0-0 0, Lambert 0 0-0 0, Kohlasch 1 0-0 2, Pierson 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 4-4 48.

VUHS                                    9                  17                  19                  6   –   51

CVU                                    13                  13                  13                  9   –   48

Junior varsity: CVU 62, VUHS 11

Publicly funded pre-school available

Dec. 22, 2010

St. George and Williston children between the ages of 3 and 5 are eligible for publicly funded prekindergarten in the 2011-2012 academic year.

Prekindergarten includes six to 10 hours per week of early development and learning experience. It is available in the Williston School District, as well as several private locations.

Chittenden South Supervisory Union partners with 20 community early care and education programs, including the Bellwether School, Heartworks and Williston Child Care Center.

The program is tuition-free, but private centers may charge families the difference between their operating costs and what Chittenden South Supervisory Union pays. Also, if applications rise above the supervisory union’s enrollment cap, the union will use a random selection process to determine which children get a publicly funded slot.

For more information or to apply, contact Wendy Clark at 383-1235 or wclark@cssu.org. Applications must be postmarked by March 10.