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PHOTOS: CVU field hockey vs. Colchester

Observer photos by Shane Bufano

The Champlain Valley Union field hockey team lost to Colchester, 2-1, on Sept. 27.

PHOTOS: Lake Iroquois

Observer photos by Steven Frank

An unseasonably warm day on Sept. 27 creates a serene scene at Lake Iroquois in Williston.

PHOTOS: CVU football vs. St. Johnsbury

Courtesy photos by Joe Kropf

The Champlain Valley Union football team stayed undefeated (4-0) with a 14-7 win against St. Johnsbury on Sept. 24.

CVU girls soccer prepares for Rebels

Sept. 29, 2011

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

With their season record hiked to 5-0-1 after Saturday’s (Sept. 24) “Spirit Day,” 3-0 home triumph over Mount Mansfield, the Champlain Valley Union girls soccer team’s attention began turning towards this Saturday’s meeting at undefeated (as of Monday) South Burlington (1 p.m.).

But first, the Redhawks had some nocturnal business to take care of Tuesday evening at Colchester. Under Colchester High School’s lights, the Hawks hiked their season mark to 6-0-1 with a 4-0 zipping of the 4-3 Lakers. Shelby Hanlon fired in two second-half goals. Emily Kinneston and Sophia Steinhoff popped scores in the first half.

Coach Brad Parker’s Hawks dominated the visiting Mount Mansfield unit, out shooting the Cougars, 23-2, with fate and the superlative efforts of MMU goalie Mallory Fischer keeping the score reasonably close.

Kaelyn Kohlasch, Sophia Steinhoff and Emily Kinneston booted home the goals for the Redhawks with Kinneston, Emma Davitt and Haliana Burhans notching assists.

The mercurial Burhans — a sophomore as are Kinneston, Davitt and Kohlasch — raced down the right side and centered the ball to the front of the MMU cage, where Kinneston finished off the play to give CVU a 2-0 lead with just over two minutes played in the second half.

Kohlasch potted the Redhawks’ initial score from Davitt in the first half.

Steinhoff, robbed on at least two occasions by the busy Fischer, came into the game after a rest and immediately scored the final goal (Kinneston assist) with 8:55 left in the game.

Senior co-captain Shelby Hanlon later rattled a hard shot off an upright. Audrey Morehouse, a sophomore midfielder, had a goal called back due to an offside’s call. Moments later, Fischer made a diving save off a point blank shot. Kate Raszka was also a victim of the Cougars’ keeper, who made a falling hand deflection of a rocketed blast that appeared net bound.

At the other end of the field, CVU’s Bryn Philibert made two stops in recording her second straight shutout.

Observer photos by Shane Bufano The Champlain Valley Union field hockey team lost to Colchester, 2-1, on Sept. 27.

This week’s Popcorn: ‘Drive’

Fasten your seatbelts

Sept. 29, 2011

3 popcorns

By Michael S. Goldberger

Special to the Observer


Director Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Drive,” starring Ryan Gosling as a stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway man (or is it vice versa?) is equipped with four speeds. There’s the prelude, where maybe we learn something about Driver: the complication, when he meets the gal, the ensuing crime drama and then a power shift that throws us for a loop.

In gearhead parlance, what ultimately explodes into a death-defying race for cash and creds — replete with lots of grisly scenes — you should know about before buckling up. Like the 1973 Chevelle in gray primer he drives, there’s no way to guess what’s under the hood. Just suffice it to note, there are plenty of twists and turns ahead.

But while certainly there is big American horsepower propelling this action-thriller along, filmmaker Refn’s decidedly European sense of mood and evocation has us expecting someone like Jean-Paul Belmondo to appear just around the next hairpin. Thoughtful pauses increase the effect, as does a haunting, seemingly disassociated score.

It’s a fine mesh of film styles, unavoidably self-conscious at times, but in the long haul effective and to be applauded for its bold stroke. And, on the plain old Philistine level, the appeal to both cineastes and car nuts paints a wide swath of marketing potential. I know both of me — the fop and the white-knuckled fanatic — were in attendance.

Sitting in the driver’s seat, in a high performance characterization somewhat reminiscent of the less-is-more technique Steve McQueen made his own, Ryan Gosling smiles oddly, ponders, and surfaces a strange look you’ll have to scrutinize for yourself. He downshifts to low key real fast. It’s an intriguing study, a puzzle you try to piece together on the run.

Among the other players, representing every make and model metaphor appropriate to the allegorical tale, Irene (Carey Mulligan) is the lady he’d like in the right seat of his bad ride. He’s been keeping company with her and her adoring little son, Benicio (Kaden Leos), who live next door in the second-rate Los Angeles apartment house. But uh, oh.

The script’s GPS forewarns that hubby (Oscar Isaac) is about to be sprung from the pokey, and we have no trouble figuring out that he wasn’t there for parking tickets. The temperature gauge rises. Soon, a veritable showroom of underworld sorts ranging from bottom end thugs to fully accessorized mobsters populates the scenario.

Among them, substantiating my theory that every Pagliacci has at least one great serious role in him, is Albert Brooks as Bernie Rose. Exquisitely detailed, his top end gangster has been around the block. When Driver’s father figure/garage owner, Shannon (Bryan Cranston), suggests Bernie parlay his chutzpah on the big oval, oil is mixed with water.

If films came equipped with an evil tach, the needle on this one would be flirting with the redline. It’s not just regular malevolence, but an almost pure, high octane grade that seemingly releases its energy with just the slightest spark. What we wonder is if the quiet, methodical Driver will be able to navigate the rather rough road he’s certain to encounter.

The cat and mouse chase that ensues, supercharged with the sort of quirky additive Quentin Tarantino likes to pour into his movies, also makes a pit stop in Coen Brothers Alley. Sudden violence, oddly mixed with outlandish nonchalance, heightens the effect and makes a frightening statement about the inherent dichotomy of human behavior.

Then, there’s the driving itself. Whether computer-generated imagery magic or the real deal, the scintillating stunt work deserves accolades. Talk about road rage. Yet, there is also the poetry. Gosling’s wheelman personifies the motorist whose car is indeed an extension of his personality. From his womb-like throne behind the windshield, all the analogies apply.

An idyllic Sunday ride in the country with Irene and Benicio renders the Chevelle a pleasure barge on the Nile, its occupants possessing not a care in the world. But it behooves to inform that, even if in sweet cruise mode, the screenplay can stop on a dime, switch into overdrive and turn into a wheel-smoking, demolition derby from hell.

The car casting is as astute as the choice of actors. Nothing too fancy or exotic. These are accessible, meat and potato flivvers, with a representative for each of the “Big Three.” A 2011 Ford Mustang has a key role, as does a menacing Chrysler 300. And, without ever moving from its mark, a gold 1967 Pontiac GTO plays a very important part…hint, hint.

But you don’t have to be a car aficionado to find director Refn’s provocative detour through the fringes of society fascinating. A curiosity about the human condition and a desire to see just what’s around the next bend is all the optional equipment you’ll need.

No doubt about it, “Drive” will transport you to places you simply won’t find on the map.


“Drive,” rated R, is a FilmDistrict release directed by Nicolas Winding Refn and stars Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan and Albert Brooks. Running time: 100 minutes.

Sports Notes

Sept. 29, 2011


Champlain Valley Union field hockey player Robin Powell passes during the Redhawks’ 2-1 loss to Colchester on Sept. 27. (Observer photo by Shane Bufano)


The rain generally held off and folks turned out Saturday (Sept. 24) at Champlain Valley Union High School’s athletic fields — where football, field hockey, and the boys and girls soccer teams each posted victories.

Sub-varsity boys and girls soccer combines, and field hockey also won to make CVU a perfect 7-0.

“I think this is the first time we have gone 7-0 on ‘Spirit Day,’” said CVU athletic director Kevin Riell.



With their two-game winning streak snapped Tuesday afternoon at Colchester, the Champlain Valley Union field hockey team (2-4-2) hopes to return to the victory column with home games Saturday against South Burlington and Wednesday against Mount Mansfield.

Colchester snapped a 1-1 tie and evened the season series at a game apiece, pocketing a goal with just over 14 minutes left in regulation. The Redhawks Lauren King scored earlier in the half to knot the score at 1.

After going winless with two ties in their first five games, coach Kate McDonald’s Hawks broke into the win column Friday (Sept. 23) with a 2-1 overtime triumph at Burlington. Michelle Perry scored the game-winner, assisted by Kathryn Maitland.

CVU’s earlier goal came from Jessica Asch (Kathryn Loucks assist).

It was also Loucks who nailed the winning goal in the Redhawks “Spirit Day” home, overtime, 1-0 victory over visiting Colchester Saturday (Sept. 24). Sarah Reed assisted.

Evangeline Dunphy put forth a mighty effort in the CVU cage with nine saves.



Fresh from a second place finish last Saturday (Sept. 24) in the competitive Manchester, N.H. Invitational, the defending Vermont and New England champion Champlain Valley Union girls cross country team will return this Saturday to the Thetford course — the scene of many CVU triumphs. It’s the annual Thetford Academy Invitational.

At Manchester, the Redhawks took second place to winner Burnt Hills (Ballston Lake, N.Y.). Four Redhawks finished with times less than 20 minutes on the 3.1-mile course, led by Taylor Spillane’s third-place finish in 18:58. Essex’s Markie Palermo was the individual winner at 18:41.

—Mal Boright

CVU Sports Schedule

Sept. 29, 2011



Saturday: at Thetford Invitational, 10 a.m.

Tuesday: at BFA-Fairfax Re-

lays, 3:30 p.m.


Monday: SOUTH BURLINGTON, 3:45 p.m.

Wednesday: MOUNT MANSFIELD, 3:45 p.m.


Saturday: BFA-ST. ALBANS, 3 p.m.


Saturday: BRATTLEBORO, 4;30 p.m.

Tuesday: COLCHESTER, 4 p.m.


Saturday: at South Burlington, 1 p.m.

Wednesday: BURLINGTON, 4 p.m.



Schedules subject to changes

NOTE: Time differences from usual starts on Saturday are due to SAT tests. Next week’s moved ahead due to diminishing daylight.

Hawks football keeps flying

CVU soars to 4-0, BFA next

Sept. 29, 2011

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent


Champlain Valley Union’s Trevor Kennedy scored both touchdowns — on receptions from quarterback Steele DuBrul — in Saturday’s (Sept. 24) 14-7 victory over St. Johnsbury. (Courtesy photo by Joe Kropf)

The road through Division I gets more challenging Saturday afternoon when head coach Jim Provost’s 4-0 Redhawks tangle with 2010 championship runner-up BFA-St. Albans at the Hinesburg block and tackle palace. Game time is 3 p.m.

BFA will hit town with a 3-1 record, its lone defeat (21-0) to defending champion Hartford the second week of the campaign. Since then, the Green and Gold has bumped off South Burlington (31-13) and Colchester (21-0).

BFA and CVU’s lone common foe is 2-2 St. Johnsbury Academy. The Redhawks nipped the Hilltoppers, 14-7 on Sept. 24, a team BFA bopped 34-0 on opening weekend.

An expectation around the ‘Hawks nest is that BFA will bring a stout defense to the line. St. Johnsbury was no slouch in that department and gave CVU anxious moments before the Redhawks used two second half long distance aerial strikes to seal the deal.

Sophomore Steele DuBrul, at quarterback for injured senior starter Drew Nick, hooked up with junior wide receiver Trevor Kennedy on paydirt connections of 48 and 51 yards to put the game into the victory column.

“I wasn’t a starter,” said Kennedy, who was masterful in his two touchdown receptions, the first on a slant over the middle from the left side with the Redhawks trailing, 7-0, early in the third quarter.

Kennedy and DuBrul’s game decider came on a third-and-five play from the CVU 49 with 3:55 left in regulation of a 7-7 tie. Kennedy sped to about the Hilltopper 35, where DuBrul found him with a helmet-high pitch. Kennedy out-muscled an alert St. Jay defender and scampered untouched into the end zone. Tucker Kohlasch booted the second of his two extra points.

Nick, recovering from a finger injury suffered in the win over Essex on Sept. 16, said he’d be back to face BFA. Among others sidelined were receiver-defensive back Matt Bauer (expected to miss three to four weeks), lineman-punter Bobby Russell (day to day) and two-way back Brent Carreiro.

CVU’s linemen praised their Hilltopper counterparts, who limited the Redhawks’ usually powerful running game to 110 yards and no touchdowns.

“I respect all of our opponents but this was the strongest line on both sides of the ball we have seen,” said lineback Michael Fournier, who led CVU’s sterling defensive effort with Ryan Fleming.

St. Johnsbury’s lone score came late in the first period, thanks to a CVU miscue. The Hilltoppers recovered a botched snap during a Redhawk punt attempt at the CVU 5. Topper quarterback Lincoln Lemieux smashed up the middle on the first down and then kicked the extra point.

The Redhawks kept the visitors off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game, once with a stand at the CVU 9 and twice halting them at the 20.

Among other CVU defensive standouts were Ryan Beaudry, Dylan Raymond, Harvey Ottinger and Kohlasch, who helped clinch the win with two fourth quarter interceptions.

Redhawk heads might have been down at halftime after a golden opportunity to tie the score at 7 was missed in the closing seconds of the first half. Fleming intercepted a St. Jay pass and sped 55 yards down the left sideline before being spilled at the Hilltopper 5.

CVU’s next four offensive plays netted just four yards. The Toppers took over on downs and ran out the clock.

For ‘Hawks running back Nick Ferrentino, who came into the contest averaging 175 rushing yards, the day was a long and hard slog. St. Jay’s large and mobile defense limited the junior to 27 yards on 21 carries through the first three quarters. At times it appeared Ferrentino was going to wear Toppers nose tackle Alex Bauman’s number 74 home for dinner.

But Ferrentino started getting some running room in the final reel and racked up 53 yards in 12 carries. He finished with 90 yards on 33 carries, and helped extend a CVU drive in the fourth quarter that took six minutes off the clock.

“We were able to wear them down,” said Fournier.

A key component to the CVU offense was sly boots DuBrul’s ability to change count sequences at the line of scrimmage, which resulted in four offside penalties against the Hilltoppers and four first downs for the Hawks.




STJ (2-2)            CVU (4-0)

First downs                               9                        10

Total yards                             187                        258

Yards rushing                       148                        110

Yards passing                         39                        156

Passes, att-com-int          21-5-3                   20-8-1

Fumbles-lost                         5-0                        3-1

Sacked-yds lost                      0                          1-8

Penalties-yds                     7-40                        5-45

Punts-avg                            2-29                        3-33

Return yards                         98                            71



St.J            7 – 0 – 0 – 0 – 7

CVU            0 – 0 – 7 – 7 – 14

Redhawks turn page in soccer saga with Harwood

Sept. 29, 2011

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

It was not until chapter three of its “Highlander Series” that the Champlain Valley Union boys soccer team was able to get an outcome to its liking against pesky Harwood.

Playing on its home field Monday, the Hawks rolled to a 3-1 triumph and got, for now, a huge Highlander off their backs.

Chapter one in the tale took place late last fall when underdog Harwood came to Hinesburg and knocked the top seeded Hawks out of the post season tournament by a 1-0 score.

The second chapter came two weeks ago, when CVU went to Harwood’s Duxbury field and suffered its lone loss of the campaign, 3-2.

After a scoreless first half Monday, the Redhawks went up, 1-0, early in the second half on Zack Evans’ goal. Harwood quickly tied it, but not for long as forward Shane Haley — faster than a speeding jet — found the range at 32:42 and again with 4:13 remaining.

The win lifted the Redhawks to 6-1.

So why have the Highlanders been such a pain in the net for CVU, one of the state’s premier soccer programs?

“They really work hard,” responded CVU senior co-captain Sam Raszka, who was in all three games.

CVU coach T.J. Mead added: “They (Harwood) are strong and determined.”

Into the second half the game appeared to be a replay of last autumn’s tournament test, in which CVU dominated geographical play but could not get the ball into the cage.

Haley got robbed a couple of times by Harwood keeper Kaile MacLean-Daley, while Todd Forrester had a header bounce off an upright and others saw hard shots just miss open corners.

Assists on the CVU goals went to Joe Castano, Chad Bateman and Raszka. CVU had 17 shots on the Highlander net. Bateman and Parker Cornbrooks were among CVU standouts of defense and midfield.

Harwood’s lone score came when the ball suddenly emerged from a scrum at the right edge of the CVU cage and crossed to the left corner, where Conor Lyons booted it into an empty corner. CVU goalie Brandon O’Connell (four stops) had no chance.

It was the second victory in three days for the Redhawks, who chalked up a 3-0 win over Mount Mansfield on “Spirit Day” Saturday. Raszka knocked in two scores and added an assist on Rashi Brooklyn’s goal.