July 20, 2019

CVU Girls Lacrosse

May 26, 2011

Courtesy photos by Thomas Spencer

The Champlain Valley Union girls lacrosse team defeated Middlebury, 11-10, last week. The Redhawks beat Burlington by the same score on May 21.

CVU Boys Lacrosse

May 26, 2011

Observer photos by Shane Bufano

Essex snapped the Champlain Valley Union boys lacrosse team’s undefeated streak with a 7-6 victory over the Redhawks on May 21.

Girls On The Run

Observer photos by Karen Pike


The Girls On The Run 5k race took place at the Champlain Valley Exposition in Essex Junction on May 21. All proceeds from the event benefited Girls on the Run Vermont, an educational running program with a curriculum that combines lessons in good food choices, the importance of regular exercise and positive self-image development with a community service component.

VYOA 5k run/walk

Courtesy photos by Nancy Kahn

Jake Kahn held a 5k fun run/walk on May 21 at Williston Central School that benefitted the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association. Approximately 50 people participated, and the event raised more than $1,200 for the VYOA.

CVU Sports Schedule

May 26, 2011



Thursday: at Colchester, 4 p.m.

Friday: MILTON, 4:30 p.m.



Thursday: at Colchester, 4 p.m.

Friday: MILTON, 4:30 p.m.



Tuesday: Sectional Tournament at St. Johnsbury Country Club



Saturday: at Burlington, 11 a.m.



Saturday: at South Burlington, 11 a.m.



Regular season ended Wednesday



Saturday: at Essex Invitational



Schedule dates and times are subject to change

Sports Notes

May 26, 2011




The Champlain Valley Union softball team will cap a busy week of five straight games with a visit to 10-4 Colchester High on Thursday, followed by the regular season finale at home on Friday against 5-9 Milton. On Wednesday (after Observer press deadline), the Redhawks went to Barre and faced Spaulding in the make up of an earlier postponed contest.

On Monday, CVU blasted Burlington, 13-6, but lost the next day to perennial powerhouse BFA-St. Albans, 10-0.

In the BFA loss, the 3-10 Redhawks were paced at the plate by Leah Soule’s two singles.

CVU got some lusty bat work in Monday’s win at Burlington. Leah Leister rapped three hits and scored two runs. Rachel Distler clubbed three singles and went the route on the mound, striking out nine BHS batters.



With medalist Jack Tomashot leading the way, the Champlain Valley Union golf team scored a victory over three others teams on Tuesday at the Ralph Myhre Golf Club in Middlebury. The squad now awaits next week’s sectional Tournament at the St. Johnsbury Country Club.

Tomashot fired a 72 as CVU (317) easily defeated Burlington (365), Missisquoi Valley Union (430), and Vergennes.

CVU’s Peter Scrimgeour came in with a 78, followed by Cam Fitzgerald (79), Todd Forrester (88), and Derek Goodwin (88).


-Mal Boright

CVU girls lacrosse seeks redemption

May 26, 2011

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

The Champlain Valley Union girls lacrosse team defeated Middlebury last week, 11-10. (Courtesy photo by Thomas Spencer)

With its two-game winning string snapped on Monday at home by Middlebury, coach Julie Sloan and her Champlain Valley Union girls lacrosse team hopes to wind up the regular season on a high note with wins at home on Wednesday (after press deadline) against Mount Mansfield Union and Saturday morning at South Burlington.

The 4-7 Redhawks lost to both teams in earlier clashes, but this season is showing that previous scores make lousy forecasts.

For instance, Middlebury (8-2) came to Hinesburg on Monday and thrashed the Hawks, 17-4. CVU nipped the Tigers, 11-10, in overtime last week in Middlebury.

The Redhawks’ victory came despite an eight-goal outburst by the Tigers’ Katie Ritter. On Monday, CVU held Ritter to two scores. However, Chrissie Ritter, Brandi Whittemore and Emily Robinson each scored four times.

With an early overwhelming advantage in territorial play, the Tigers quickly rolled to a 5-0 lead, which became 10-2 by intermission. It was no contest after that.

Amanda Kinneston, who was double and sometimes triple-teamed, Kate Raszka, Michaela Kiley and Brenna Gorman accounted for CVU’s scoring.

On May 21, Kinneston laid a six-goal package on Burlington at the Seahorses field of business in CVU’s 11-10 win. Jessica Dudley scored the game-winner with just 30 seconds remaining in regulation.

Kinneston, who had four scores in the win at Middlebury for 10 in two games, also had a pair of assists.

Dudley and Raszka had two goals apiece and single tallies came from Devan Wilkins and Kiley.

Goalie Mikaela Gobeille had eight saves in the CVU cage.

Essex snaps CVU boys lacrosse’s undefeated streak

May 26, 2011

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Champlain Valley Union’s Robbie Dobrowski tries to maintain possession during the Redhawks’ 7-6 loss to Essex on May 21. (Observer photo by Shane Bufano)

With its hopes of an undefeated season dashed last Saturday by a defensive-minded Essex unit, the Champlain Valley Union boys lacrosse team took a still gaudy 13-1 record into Wednesday’s (Observer press time) home finale with Mount Mansfield Union.

The Redhawks close out the regular campaign on Saturday with an 11 a.m. fixture at Burlington High School.

The defending Division I champion Essex Hornets buzzed into the Redhawks’ nest last Saturday morning having bowed, 10-8, to CVU in a game staged at Burlington High School’s synthetic turf last month. That was, and remains, the 11-2 Hornets lone in-state loss.

CVU came into the fray with 13 straight wins, having racked up 56 goals in its previous three outings.

But Essex quickly slowed down the hard-running CVU offense to grind out a 7-6 victory, the first time this season the Hawks failed to notch 10 or more scores.

Nevertheless, The Redhawks scored first. Reliable attacker Nate Wells popped the first of his three pointers, with an assist from Taylor Gingras, after midfielder Jeff Palmer recovered a loose ball to set up the offensive thrust. There was 6:43 left in the reel.

The Hornets then sent a message, knotting the game just 38 seconds later on an Owen Walsh long, bouncing shot from 30 feet.

The patient, ball-moving Hornets controlled the second period and grabbed a 3-1 advantage midway through the session, which became 4-2 at intermission. CVU’s Lawrence Dee notched the first of his two goals to get the Hawks to within 3-2 before Hornets sophomore James Olson scored the second of his two tallies out of a pile up in front of busy CVU netminder Eric Palmer with 1:36 remaining in the half.

Outshot and outplayed in the first half – Essex controlled loose balls and had the crisper passing – CVU rallied after the break and forged a 5-5 deadlock 52 seconds into the final segment when Wells converted another sharp pass from Gingras.

But after the tie, Essex again responded in less than two minutes when Thomas Vonzo punched a loose ball into the CVU cage. Just over a minute later, senior Ben Adams scored his second goal and Essex was back up by two, 7-5.

CVU came back to within a goal with 3:42 left on Wells’ third net finder after a solid rush and pass from Robbie Dobrowski.

The ball-hawking Hornets controlled the next two minutes. CVU had some opportunities over the final minute and a half but could not find the range.

Eric Palmer, who had 12 stops in the first half, wound up with 16. Pat Abbott had 14 in the Hornets’ cage.

“Every time we play CVU it is a close contest,” said Essex coach Dean Corkum, who added that his youthful team coming into the season has shown steady progress.

Last Wednesday, Gingras got loose for six goals and a pair of assists while Dee popped three scores and helped out on five others as the Hawks whacked Middlebury on the road, 16-1. Dobrowski, Wells and Nick Spencer each had two goals apiece.

Redhawks baseball catches fire

CVU tops BFA-St. Albans for seventh straight win

May 26, 2011

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Having dispatched a mighty BFA-St. Albans team, 3-0, on Tuesday at its Hinesburg ball yard, the Champlain Valley Union baseball team takes its seven-game winning streak to Colchester on Thursday (4 p.m.) for a big session with the 13-1 Lakers.

The Redhawks return home on Friday (4:30 p.m.) to make up a previous postponement with 2-11 Milton, which got whacked by Colchester (15-0) on Tuesday.

Thus far, it has been a good week for coach Tim Albertson’s 10-4 charges. Monday’s 2-1 nine-inning nipping of Burlington at the Seahorses’ field preceded the important win over the 12-2 Bobwhites.

“We are playing well,” said Albertson’s, after Tuesday’s victory in which starting hurler Curt Echo worked six solid innings and slugger-slinger Davis Mikell unloaded a home run. He also pitched the seventh inning for the save by notching three whiffs.

Echo, the junior right-hander, set the stage for the victory. Getting first pitch strikes on seven of the first eight BFA batters, Echo allowed only four scattered hits in six-plus innings. He struck out four, walked none, and hit two batters.

Echo had a serious situation only in the top of the fourth when, with one out, a hit batter and Taylor Rafferty’s solid double down the left field line put BFA runners at second and third. The cool Echo responded by getting a strikeout and inducing a pop fly to right.

“I tried to work both sides of the plate and hit my spots,” Echo said of his game plan.

He admitted he might have tired a bit when he was lifted after surrendering a single and hitting a batter to lead off the seventh. He did not go far. Albertson inserted Echo behind the plate to catch Mikell’s scorching heat as the big sophomore fanned three, and walked one to close out the contest.

The lone run needed by the victors in the well-played (by both teams) game came in the top of the second frame when Mikell, leading off, deposited BFA righty Andrew Delaricheliere’s third pitch over the fence in right center – a place becoming known as Mikellville. It was his third round tripper of the season.

Shortstop Tucker Kohlasch, who started the CVU bat works in the bottom of the first with a 12-pitch session before lining out to left, cracked a double to left to lead off the third. He later scored on Ryan Machavern’s sacrifice fly to deep right.

In the fourth, Drew Nick and Lawrence Halverson (two hits each) singled to start the inning with Nick coming home on Tim Jones’ sacrifice fly to center.

Nick earned the win on Monday, going eight innings and striking out 10 Seahorses before Mikell blew down BHS batters in the ninth for the save.

“I used mostly the fastball,” Nick said of the winning performance.

Jones produced the winning run in the top of the ninth with a sacrifice fly. Kohlasch rapped a pair of hits for the Hawks.

Lecturer offers glimpse inside the adolescent brain

May 26, 2011

By Adam White
Observer staff

Michael Nerney, an expert on adolescent brain development and consultant in substance abuse prevention and education, will give a lecture entitled ‘Welcome to the Adolescent Brain’ on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Champlain Valley Union High School auditorium. The lecture is intended for parents of middle and high school-aged children. (Photo courtesy of Michael Nerney)

It is a line muttered by many an exasperated parent toward a troubled adolescent: What were you thinking?

Michael Nerney, an expert on adolescent brain development and consultant in substance abuse prevention and education, will explore the answer to that question in a lecture entitled “Welcome to the Adolescent Brain” on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Champlain Valley Union High School auditorium. The presentation will include an examination of diffusion spectrum imagery of teenagers’ brains, to illustrate the increased role that emotion plays in their decision-making processes.

“These images are fascinating – it’s like looking at billions of strands of colored thread,” Nerney said. “They help us to understand that kids’ brains do not process information the same way that adults’ do; they experience a lot more emotional intensity.”

Nerney said that emotional intensity becomes particularly important when adolescents face choices associated with risk.

“Research has found that adolescents receive a higher level of emotional reward from both considering and taking risks,” said Nerney, citing the example of kids raising their hands and cheering on a descending rollercoaster, while parents on the same ride maintain a “death grip” on the safety bar.

Margo Austin, a Peer Prevention Educator with Connecting Youth, first got the idea of bringing Nerney to CVU after listening to him speak at a Northeastern Family Institute conference last fall. Austin was most impressed with the way Nerney got his message across to the audience.

“Michael is incredibly knowledgeable, and his delivery is outstanding,” Austin said. “He is able to take some abstract concepts and combine them with real-life storytelling to make the material completely relatable.”

Nerney’s lecture is part of Connecting Youth’s continuing outreach effort aimed at educating and empowering parents to deal with critical issues in their children’s lives. Austin, a licensed drug and alcohol counselor, sees the event as an opportunity for parents to connect and form networks of support.

“My hope is always to get parents out and talking to one another, so they know that they’re not alone and they understand that there are resources available to them within the community,” Austin said.

Welcome to the Adolescent Brain was set up through a partnership between Friends of CVU, the Northeastern Family Institute and Connecting Youth, and is free and open to the public. More information can be obtained by contacting Austin at 482-7156 or maustin@cvuhs.org.