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Feb. 24, 2011

The listings below are a small sample of needs from more than 200 agencies, available by going online to www.unitedwaycc.org and clicking on “Volunteer.” If you do not have computer access, or would like more information about the volunteer opportunities, call 860-1677 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

PROVIDING TLC (Talking, Listening, Caring)

RSVP of Chittenden County is looking for caring, compassionate volunteers, age 55 and over, to telephone homebound or isolated seniors in Chittenden County 1-2 times per week. Help provide social connection and reassurance so that elders can stay in their own homes as long as possible, flexible weekday scheduling.

A DRIVING NEED

The Salvation Army needs a driver to transport children from school to their afterschool program, and then home. Must be able to drive a 12-passenger van, pass the Salvation Army driver test, have a clean driving record and pass a background check. Weekdays or Saturdays, about 2 ½ hours per shift.

KICK & PUNCH

Sara Holbrook Community Center is looking for a dynamic volunteer to teach children the art of Taekwondo in their after-school program. Experience managing children a must, 1 ½ hour shifts on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday afternoons. References and background check required.

A SENSE OF TOUCH

Lund Family Center is seeking volunteers who like arts and crafts projects to help create Tactile Boards to provide sensory stimulation for young children. The boards can be made at home with volunteers’ own materials (plywood or bulletin cork board, glue or staples, and materials of various textures such as sandpaper, felt, sponge, objects with bristles, etc.).

BOOKKEEPER NEEDED

Cradle to Grave Arts needs a bookkeeper to set up a shared accounting system, reconcile checking accounts, and prepare materials for the tax preparer. Basic bookkeeping skills, plus the ability to set up and maintain an online bookkeeping system to track of income and expenses are needed. Work can be done from home.

ON THE BOARD

Essex CHIPS and Teen Center is seeking adults with connections to Essex, Essex Junction, and/or Westford to serve on their youth/adult board.  Board members are expected to become familiar with the organization’s mission, goals, programs, finances, etc., and be willing to dedicate about four hours a month to board and committee work. The board meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Hunger Free Vermont needs volunteer Nutrition Educators to guide their Learning Kitchen participants through the lessons and activities in a prepared curriculum.  Some background in food and nutrition is required. Flexible weekday and evening scheduling, opportunities are statewide. Chefs and cooks are also needed to work with the nutrition educator to guide a group of 8-15 participants through the preparation of nutritious recipes. Cooking experience is required and there is a 6-week commitment (2 ½ hours per week). Volunteers are also needed to divide bulk flour and spices to give to each participant in the Learning Kitchen. Flexible scheduling, one hour per session.

OFFICE SKILLS NEEDED

A number of local groups need volunteer office help to continue their vital community services:

  • American Red Cross needs a volunteer to do computer data entry including transferring names, dates, and other donor information from a spreadsheet, about 20 hours a week for two to three weeks.
  • ReSOURCE: A Customer Assistant will greet customers, check receipts, and help customers if staff is unavailable. Four- to eight-hour shifts, weekdays or Saturdays.
  • Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) needs a front desk receptionist to welcome guests, answer phones, help with mailings, etc. Volunteers should be able to commit to at least one shift per week (9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.).
  • Essex CHIPS & Teen Center needs an office assistant to provide support to staff including mailings, data entry, recordkeeping and general office tasks. Flexible scheduling, one- to three-hour shifts.
  • Jericho Town Library: Volunteers are needed to help with a variety of tasks such as covering books, checking and shelving books, preparing story time themes/crafts, helping at workshops, sorting donated books, etc.  Flexible scheduling, at least two hours per week.

This Week’s Popcorn — Handicapping the Oscars

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Handicapping the Oscars

By Michael S. Goldberger
Special to the Observer

Disconsolate over the darned if you do, darned if you don’t trap that ensnares the film critic who dares to predict the Oscar winners, I shivered in my Dolce & Gabbanas as the Feb. 27 Academy Awards presentation loomed. So, rationalizing that Professor Halberstoddter, my dear mentor at Olde Ivy Film Criticism College, would welcome a phone call, I sought his advice.

Now retired and a recluse, he had moved to New Hampshire. The return address on his Hanukkah card simply read: “A recluse in New Hampshire, but nowhere near where J.D. Salinger lived.” He included his phone number. It was good to hear the Viennese inflection when he answered. “Goldberger. You’re still writing?”

“Yes I am, professor. How are you?”

“Never better. Reclusion is great. I heartily recommend it. Hurry up and finish your career. But you can’t come here. So how can I help my old student? Still agonizing with the Oscar picks?”

“Yep, that’s it. Get ‘em right and there’s nary an accolade. But just get a few wrong and they want to run you out of town on a rail.”

“Goldberger, Goldberger, the pupil in the first row, still looking for approval… the only college student I had to give gold stars. Don’t you remember, it’s about the work? Besides, we are in a profession of opinions. Take heart. Be bold. Send a message of this task’s absurdity.”

“By doing what?”

“Go among the people. You’re not a recluse yet. Show how talent and knowledge have no place in this crap game. Seek the biggest fools, idiots and self-absorbed ne’er-do-wells to make your Oscar picks. When they get them right, you’ll be vindicated.”

“But wait, I got most of them right last year.”

“Precisely.”

“Well, any suggestion where I should start?”

“Try the streets and highways. Easy pickings. Absolutely loaded with dumbbells. There, now you have your assignment. And remember to have fun. I will see if I have any gold stars left. ”

I thanked the good professor and set out on my mission. I got no farther than the stop sign at the corner of my block. When she pulled over to drop off a kid, I hailed a handsome woman in a huge SUV who had just sailed right through said stop sign.

“Two questions, if you don’t mind. First, are you aware that you ran that stop sign? Secondly, which do you think will win the Oscar for Original Song?”

“Listen, you. I’m on Zoloft, my husband’s a scurrilous stock broker who’s cheating everyone including me, the Botox isn’t working anymore, and I don’t have enough hands to drive, smoke this cigarette, and drink my latte all at the same time. I can’t be concerned with a stop sign, especially when no one is coming anyway. I don’t even like lattes. ‘I See the Light’ from ‘Tangled’ will win Best Original Song.” She floors it.

I didn’t have to move an iota to find my next prognosticator. Happily, the Generation Y male wearing dark sunglasses and a yellow Polo sweater brought his 5 series BMW to a full stop. Unhappily, he was in an animated exchange on a handheld cell phone when he lowered his window at my behest. This is what I heard: “Nah, those jerks don’t know this market. Tell ‘em it was Babe Ruth’s winter house. Ask 100 G’s more. Look, I gotta go, there’s some bum here wants to ask me something. Yeah, what is it?”

“A. I assume you can afford a Bluetooth. Why not buy one to ensure safer driving?” B. Who do you like for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role?

“Hey pal, I can buy and sell you. No one tells me how to drive. Bet what few bucks you have on Melissa Leo in ‘The Fighter.’”

My next cinematic soothsayer, picked to select Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role, was heatedly pontificating to friends from a park bench.

“Too bad for someone who has a preexisting condition. He should have thought of that before he got sick. You want to hurt the health insurers’ bottom line? Next thing you know people will want a law that keeps long-term care from eating up their life savings…lousy Socialists.”

As he apparently knew everything, I hadn’t even asked him my question when he looked in my direction, wagged a menacing finger and blurted, “And you, Christian Bale for ‘The Fighter.’”

I located my next clairvoyant in the supermarket, obviously unhappy with the cereal her cute little daughter had selected. “Don’t be stupid, Jessica. You know we don’t buy that brand.”

Begging her pardon for interrupting whilst she planted a preexisting condition of low self esteem in the poor cherub, I asked, “Have any idea who will win the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role?”

Looking at me with utter disdain, she lashed out: “Jesse Eisenberg for ‘Social Network.’ Don’t you know anything? I swear, I’m surrounded by morons.”

To assure the poor character of he who I hoped would guess the next category, I brought the old Bugatti – recently blessed as perfect by my own trustworthy mechanic – to a wrench of suspected repute.

“It just doesn’t sound right,” began my subterfuge. “What’s wrong with it, what will it cost, and while you have it on the lift anyway, can you tell me who will win Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role?”

Popping the hood, he went into his own Oscar worthy performance, doubtlessly well rehearsed: “Geez, who worked on this last?” Wiping his hands on a greasy rag, he looked me directly in the eyes and said, “Bad news. You’re gonna need a new thingamajig valve…maybe two. Aw, let’s see, if you pay me cash, $2,895. Add $200 ‘cause I’m guaranteeing you Natalie Portman wins for ‘Black Swan.’”

Of course no survey of the ignoble would be complete without at least one politician. Banking on his egotism to tell the tale on him, I promised an elected official I would relate his secret to success if he would name Best Achievement in Directing.

“My secret,” he proudly informed, “is basic Machiavellian stuff. People are greedy and scared. So I play ‘em against each other, demonize a particular group. Y’know, a scapegoat. This year it’s public employees. All your famous demagogues did that. Oh, and you have my solemn word, David Fincher will win for ‘Social Network.’”

Like many of the guilt-ridden folks who patronize his notoriously anti-union company, I’m embarrassed to admit I sought the counsel of this executive to determine what film will be deemed Best Motion Picture of the Year. “Ha, ha,” he chortled as he walked me into his office. You can’t beat the price I’m charging you for my prediction—nothing. Now, if I were unionized, I’d want some sort of benefits, maybe even a living wage for my labor. ‘Social Network’ will win Best Picture.”

To pick the remaining categories, I sought a commonality among picture prophets that would certify their lack of common sense. Each of the following was selected by someone who not only believed President Obama was a Muslim, but that he wasn’t born in the United States. You can’t get too much more ridiculous than that. The winners include:

  • Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen- “The King’s Speech”
  • Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Published or Produced- “The Social Network”
  • Best Animated Feature Film-“Toy Story 3”
  • Best Foreign Language Film – “Biutiful” (Mexico)
  • Best Cinematography- “Inception,” Wally Pfister
  • Best Editing-  “Black Swan”;
  • Best Art Direction-  “True Grit”
  • Best Costume Design-  “The King’s Speech”
  • Best Makeup- “The Wolfman”
  • Best Original Score- “The King’s Speech”
  • Best Sound Mixing-“Salt”
  • Best Sound Editing- “TRON: Legacy”
  • Best Visual Effects- “Inception”
  • Best Documentary, Features- “Inside Job”
  • Best Documentary, Short Subjects- “Poster Girl”
  • Best Short Film, Animated- “Day and Night”
  • Best Short Film, Live Action- “The Crush.”

Enjoy the Oscars this Sunday evening.

PHOTOS: CVU boys hockey

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Feb. 24, 2011

Courtesy photos by David Yandell

The CVU boys hockey team blanked Missisquoi Valley Union, 5-0, on Feb. 19.

PHOTOS: CVU JV wrestling

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Feb. 24, 2011

Courtesy photos by Jennifer Olson

The Champlain Valley Union wrestling squad competed at the JV state tournament on Feb. 19. Alex Craige won his weight class (103) and Chris Roy finished second in the 119-pound division.

PHOTOS: CVU gymnastics

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Feb. 24, 2011

Observer photos by Scott Yates (http://scottpyatesphotography.blogspot.com)

The Champlain Valley Union gymnastics team competed at the Vermont Principals’ Association Gymnastics Championships at Essex High School on Feb. 19. CVU placed second overall for the third time in the last four years, finishing behind Essex each time.

PHOTOS: WCS Student-Faculty basketball

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Feb. 24, 2011

Observer photos by Scott Yates (http://scottpyatesphotography.blogspot.com)

The Williston Central School students versus faculty game was a nail-biter. The students squeaked out a 48-47 victory. The children went wild and Jenn Oakes, WCS athletic director, had to simmer them down using the public address system. The game was a part of the school’s theme week of healthy body, healthy mind, and healthy world.

CVU Sports Schedule

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ALPINE SKIING

Monday: Girls Vermont Championships, Burke Mountain

Wednesday: Boys Vermont Championships, Mount Okemo

BOYS BASKETBALL

Friday: at Colchester, 7 p.m.

Tuesday: NORTH COUNTRY, 6:30 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Thursday: BFA-ST. ALBANS, 5:30 p.m.

End Regular Season

BOYS HOCKEY

Saturday: NORTH COUNTRY, 4:15 p.m.

End regular Season

GIRLS HOCKEY

Saturday: at Spaulding, 3:45 p.m.

NORDIC SKIING

Monday: State Championship Meet, Craftsbury, 10:30 a.m.

WRESTLING

Friday and Saturday: at Mt. Anthony, 6 p.m. and 10 a.m.

HOME CONTESTS IN CAPS

Sports Notes

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Feb. 24, 2011

DOBROWSKI TO BE A MIDDLEBURY MAN

After skating and scoring for the Champlain Valley Union Redhawks the past four years, Robbie Dobrowski will be a Middlebury College Panther next season.

The CVU senior made his choice earlier this week and has been welcomed by Middlebury.

With more than 90 goals in his CVU career, Dobrowski has fired in 34 scores and assisted on 23 others this season.

CVU ICEMEN CLOSE REGULAR SEASON AT HOME SATURDAY

Looking for a solid Division I playoff berth, the Champlain Valley Union boys hockey team took a 14-3-1 record to Harwood Union at the Washington County Ice center Wednesday hoping for its second victory over the 13-4 Highlanders this season.

The Redhawks then return home to Cairns Arena Saturday (4:15 p.m.) to close out the regular season against North Country.

After having a three-game winning streak interrupted last Wednesday, 4-3 by 12-4-1 Spaulding, the Redhawks restored their winning ways Saturday with a 5-0 blanking of Missisquoi Valley Union at Cairns Arena.

Dobrowski struck for two goals and now has 12 in the Hawks’ last three games. Linemate Kyle Logan also scored along with Mayson Kropf and Jamie Thayer. J. P. Benoit and Wilson Yandell added two assists.

Goalie Jason O’Brien had six saves in racking up CVU’s fourth shutout of the campaign.

The loss at Spaulding meant a split in two one-goal games for the Hawks against the Crimson Tide.

CVU outshot the Tide 24-19 with Dobrowski netting a pair of goals while Jeff Thompson got one.

Freshman Zack Weimer had 15 saves between the CVU pipes.

CVU GIRLS HOCKEY TEAM HOPES TO STEM TIDE

With a narrow 3-2 loss to BFA-St. Albans Tuesday hurting their chances for a Division I home playoff game next week, Coach Tom Ryan and his Champlain Valley Union girls hockey team wrap up the regular season Saturday (3:45 p.m.) against a solid 13-1-4 Spaulding unit.

The Crimson Tide owns two previous victories over the 12-7 Redhawks and is chasing the division’s top playoff seed.

In Tuesday’s nipping by the 12-6-1 Comets, the two teams traded solid periods of play before BFA managed the lone third period score, a lifter into an open side of the cage by senior forward Taylor Girard.

CVU trailed 2-0 after the first period despite out-shooting BFA 12-7.

But the Redhawks went to work in the second stanza with Molly Howard turning in some more magical moments. With 10:25 remaining, Howard pulled the BFA defenses to the right side of the cage and slipped a pass to Armanda Armell on the left side for a nifty score to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Fast moving blue liner Alyx Rivard helped setup the play when she advanced the puck with a sortie through the BFA fore checkers.

Less than two minutes later, Sophia Steinhoff got the puck to Howard at the top of the offensive zone. Howard snuck to the front of the cage and knocked the puck past BFA netminder Shannon Howigan.

Howard, Steinhoff and Rivard all had narrow misses in an effort to break the deadlock after Girard snapped the 2-2 tie in the final frame.

Emily Sackett came up with 18 stops in goal for the Hawks. She had little chance on the first period goals by BFA’s Ali Evans and Kate Howard, both from point-blank range.

On Saturday, Howard fired in a pair of scores and Molly Dunphy added one as the Redhawks edged visiting Essex 3-2. Rivard and Hannah Johnson had assists while Sackett made 15 saves.

THREE FROM CVU NAMED TO SHRINE FOOTBALL ROSTERS

For the second straight year, the Champlain Valley Union football program will be represented in the annual Vermont-New Hampshire Shrine football game.

The players named in last week’s announcement were quarterback-defensive back Konnor Fleming, lineman/punter Cameron Fitzgerald and linebacker Eric Palmer.

In addition, CVU head coach Jim Provost will pilot the Vermont squad.

In 2010, CVU had its first two players make the Vermont squad, end Matt Long and lineman Nathan Mills.

STATE TITLE RUNS NEXT FOR CVU ALPINE SKIERS

Taylor Spillane will lead the Champlain Valley Union girls alpine ski team into the Vermont State Championships Monday at Burke Mountain. The boys will have their chase for the crown Wednesday at Mount Okemo in Ludlow.

Spillane won the Northern Vermont Athletic Council regional event last Monday at Burke but got disqualified Wednesday in giant slalom at Sugarbush Resort’s Lincoln Peak. The Redhawks were second in the team totals at both events.

After finishing fourth at Burke, the boys improved to second place at Lincoln Peak. Cody Putre won the competition and Dan Caffry took fourth despite a fall on his second run.

According to coach Mike Minnerly, Christian Goulette finished just out of the top 10.

“If our boys ski to potential we can do quite well,” Minnerly said of the upcoming states.

— Mal Boright

CVU girls basketball builds momentum toward playoffs

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Feb. 24, 2011

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

It has been a week of grit and grind for the Champlain Valley Union girls basketball team.

With three consecutive home games against foes who in their own dens beat them the first time around, the Redhawks retaliated with victories on Feb. 17 against St. Johnsbury Academy and Monday against Essex.

BFA-St. Albans now comes to Bremner Gymnasium Thursday (5:30 p.m.) to close out the regular season.

The grit this past week came in tough, laborious defenses by the Redhawks and their foes. The grind was of teeth, as the Hawks and their opponents endured long stretches of shooting woes.

The Big D was CVU’s rite of passage Tuesday in a 40-29 win over 14-5 Essex in which the man-to-man playing Hawks held the Hornets to 19 percent shooting (10-for-53) and outrebounded them, 43-26.

“Yeah, this was much better,” said a smiling CVU guard Carlee Evans, who recalled the 41-19 loss CVU suffered at Essex after a 10-day layoff in January.

“It was a big win,” agreed Carlee’s dad, coach Jeff Evans, who was thinking about how it could give the Redhawks a higher playoff seeding.

The Redhawks took the lead for good in the second period, breaking out of a 9-9 first period tie with a 9-4 run sparked by Shae Hulbert’s inside work of a hoop and feed to Remi Donnelly for an inside turn around twine twitcher.

Sophomore Lauren Miles came off the Essex bench and sank four straight deuces to haul the Hornets back to within 20-19, but Hulbert’s two charity tosses with 2:02 left in the half started a five-point CVU run to intermission.

Defenses took charge in the third period. CVU was 1-for-11 from the floor, and Essex was 1-for-12.

The Redhawks snapped an 0-for-8 scoring slump when Amanda Kinneston hit Carlee Evans with a sharp pass for an easy layup to help CVU enter the final reel with a 27-23 advantage.

The Hawks then snapped off a 9-2 run started by another Kinneston pass to Evans for a layup, followed by inside lay-ins from Caroline Limanek and Hulbert. That put Essex down by 11 points, and it never got closer than eight.

Hulbert had a big day with 17 points, 10 rebounds and a pair of assists. Joining her in the rugged stuff on the boards were Lazrin Schenck (8 rebounds), Donnelly (7). Limanek, Elana Bayer-Pacht and Carlee Evans each had five grabs.

Amanda Kineston had four assists, four rebounds, and four steals.

CVU stymies St. Johnsbury

In whacking defending Division 1 champ St. Johnsbury, the defensively gritty Redhawks dug in for a 21-6 lead at halftime, containing the Hilltoppers to 3 of 19 shooting in the first half.

St. Jay had its own tough defense and showed it in the third period, holding CVU scoreless and forcing seven turnovers.

The Hilltoppers crept to within 21-14 early in the fourth quarter, and furrowed brows of worry were seen on the CVU bench.

A Hulbert free throw and shortly thereafter a 3-point bomb by Amanda Kinneston (assist to Hulbert) got CVU past the crisis.

The Redhawks held the Hilltoppers to 18 percent shooting from the floor and held a 33-23 rebounding. Limanek, Hulbert and Bayer-Pacht lead CVU’s board fury with six rebounds apiece. Hulbert paced the scorers with eight points. Amanda Kinneston and Schenck each scored six.

Box Scores

Monday

Essex (29)

Lavalette, 0 3-6 3; B. Panton, 2 2-4 6; Sheftic, 1 0-0 2; Wells, 2 0-0 4; J. Panton, 0 2-2 2; Harris, 1 2-2 4; Miles, 4 0-0 8; Esposito, 0 0-0 0; Barry, 0 0-0 0; Maglione 0 0-0 0. Totals: 10 9-14 29

CVU (40)

Hulbert, 5 7-9 17; Bayer-Pacht, 1 2-4 4; Donnelly, 2 1-2 5; A. Kinneston, 1 0-0 2; C. Evans, 2 4-5 8; Riordan, 0 0-0 0; Giles, 0 0-0 0; Leach, 0 0-0 0; Schenck, 0 1-2 1; Lozon, 0 0-0 0; Limanek, 1 0-0 2; E. Kinneston, 0 0-0 0; R. Evans, 0 1-2 1. Totals: 12 16-24 40

Essex 9  10   4   6  – 29

CVU 9   16   2 13  - 40

Junior Varsity: CVU (15-4) 47, Essex 31

Feb. 17

St. Johnsbury Academy (20)

Calkins, 0 0-0 0; Carbone, 1 0-0 2; Kay, 4 1-4 9; J. Brown, 0 4-6 4; Bruckner, 2 0-0 5; A. Brown, 0 0-0 0; Thomas, 0 0-0 0; Elliott, 0 0-0 0. Totals: 7 5-10 20

CVU (33)

Hulbert, 0 8-12 8; Bayer-Pacht, 0 1-3 1; Donnelly, 1 2-2 4; A. Kinneston, 2 1-1 6; C. Evans, 1 0-3 2; Riordan, 0 0-0 0; Giles, 0 0-0 0; Leach, 0 1-2 1; Schenck, 3 0-0 6; Lozon, 0 0-0 0; Limanek, 1 0-0 2; E. Kinneston, 1 0-0 2; R. Evans, 0 1-2 1. Totals: 9 14-25 33

St. J. 4   2   8   6  – 20

CVU 10  11   0 12  – 33

Junior Varsity: CVU 36, St. J. 25

CVU boys basketball struggles continue

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Feb. 24, 2011

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

The Champlain Valley Union boys basketball combine got a second look at the high-flying 15-2 Rice Memorial Green Knights Tuesday at Bremner Gymnasium – and a second loss.

Rice, likely the playoff’s top seed, handed 5-12 CVU its seventh consecutive loss, 55-37.

Coach Scott Bliss’ squad will try to heat things up for the playoffs Friday night (7 p.m.) at Colchester. The final home contest of the season is Tuesday night when North Country comes to Hinesburg for a 6:30 p.m. tap.

CVU bowed 56-55 at home to Colchester a little more than a week ago. North Country nudged the Redhawks 47-44 on Feb. 11 in Newport.

The Hawks hung with Rice until the final two minutes of the second quarter. Ahead by just 19-16, The Knights unleashed a 16-0 run that carried into the second half, taking advantage of CVU turnovers to fuel an effective transition game.

Chief culprit for Rice at the start of the third quarter was 6-6 center Tim Rensch, who popped in four straight inside shots to help carry the Green Guys to a commanding 36-18 edge with more than five minutes to go in the period.

By the end of a 21-point third reel, the Knights were up 47-26 with the Redhawks unable to create a serious multi-point run on the tough Rice defense. For the game, the Hawks shot a reasonable 36 percent but pegged just 39 shots at the hoop, hitting 14. Rice was 23-for-53 (43 percent).

The Knights also held a 27-18 advantage on the boards.

Sophomore guard Casey Tipson led scorers with 17 points including three treys. Austin Robinson had 11 points and Rensch finished with 10.

Robert Russ hit 4 of 6 shots from the floor to lead CVU with 10 points. Jake Donnelly had eight points, four rebounds and two assists. Ryan Pierson came off the bench to hit six points.

Essex drops CVU

Russ and Donnelly had solid nights Friday when the Redhawks fell to 8-8 at Bremner Gym, 46-42.

Essex, which had rapped CVU in the Junction a couple of weeks ago, had no easy time Friday, winning on a late 3-point play from out-of-bounds that had Ben Ferris (24 points) get to the hoop and convert the deuce plus a free throw to snap a tie with 25 seconds left.

Russ fired in 15 points for the Redhawks. Donnelly had 13 points and 13 rebounds.

Tuesday’s Box Score

Rice Memorial (55)

Robinson, 5 1-3 11; McCormick, 3 2-2 8; Willingham, 1 0-0 2; Rensch, 5 0-1 10; Tipson, 7 1-2 18; Maynard, 1 2-2 4; Poland, 0 0-0 0; Bellows, 0 0-0 0; Conroy, 1 0-0 2; Langlais, 0 0-0 0. Totals: 23 6-10 55

CVU (37)

Donnelly, 2 4-4 8; Bissonnette, 1 0-0 2; Gale, 2 0-0 4; Kohlasch, 0 0-0 0; Russ, 4 2-4 10; Lambert, 0 1-2 1; Karmes, 1 0-0 2; Boland, 0 0-0 0; Spencer, 1 0-0 2; Pierson, 2 1-2 6; Keen, 1 0-0 2; Burns, 0 0-0 0; Whitbeck, 0 0-0 0. Totals: 14 8-12 37

Rice 12   14   21    8  -  55

CVU 7     9   10   11  -  37

Junior varsity: CVU (12-5) 47, Rice 39.