November 18, 2018

Armadillos complete undefeated season with walkoff title win

The Williston Armadillos celebrate their championship game win Sept. 23 in Montpelier.

On a beautiful day for baseball, the Middlebury Woodchucks and the Williston Armadillos squared off Sept. 23 at Montpelier Rec Field for a rematch of last season’s Vermont Senior Baseball League championship game.

The game paired the league’s top two seeds for the first time since 2008, and it lived up to the billing. The well-played, back-and-forth game culminated with Williston prevailing in a walk-off victory.

Middlebury took the early lead, plating two runs on four straight singles in the second inning. Williston starter and ace Ken Freeman quickly settled down, however, getting the last two batters of the inning to start a streak of 16 straight batters retired.

Meanwhile, the Armadillos got runners on base every inning, but were unable to score, stranding eight runners on base over the first five innings. In the sixth inning, they finally broke through. With one runner on and two outs, Jason LeFebvre hit a towering home run to left-center field to tie the game at two.

The Armadillos struck again in the bottom of the eighth, mounting a two-out rally and pushing a run across on Dann Van Der Vliet’s infield single to take their first lead of the game, 3-2.

In the top of the ninth, Middlebury scored twice to make it 4-3 heading into the bottom of the ninth.

The Armadillos quickly struck back. Dan Peck led off the inning with a double to right-center, and Mat Robinson drove the first pitch he saw into right field to plate the tying run, sending the game to extra innings.

Reid Crosby relieved Ken Freeman in the 10th and after retiring the Woodchucks 1-2-3 in the top of the inning, he led off the bottom of the 10th with a double. One batter later, Todd Johnson ripped a base hit just inside the line over third base, and Crosby raced home with the winning run.

With the victory, the Armadillos claimed their fourth league title, having previously won in 2007, 2012 and 2013. They also became the first regular season champion to win the playoff title since 2009 and, at 17-0, the first undefeated league champion since 2008.

— Contributed by Reid Crosby

CVU golfers grab NVAC title at Williston course

By Lauren Read

Observer sports correspondent

The Champlain Valley Union High School boys golf team captured the Northern Vermont Athletic Conference Championship last Thursday at the Williston Country Club.

Nate Godbout finished with a score of 73 to earn medalist honors and pace the Redhawks effort. Ben Gramling had the next lowest score for CVU with a 75, Andrew Wilkinson had an 82 and Evan Forrest rounded out the top finishers with an 89.

Champlain Valley was scheduled to travel to the Equinox Country Club in Manchester this Wednesday for the Division I qualifier as the team looks to claim a spot in the D-I state championship on Oct. 10.

GIRLS SOCCER

Champlain Valley 3, South Burlington 0: Sara Kelley struck early as host Champlain Valley blanked South Burlington on Saturday.

Kelley tallied in the 12th minute to open the scoring for the Redhawks, then added a second goal to double the lead. Josie Pecor also scored for CVU, which improved to 8-0 with the win. Olivia Zubarik added two assists.

Maryn Askew made four saves to earn the shutout for CVU. Mercedes Rozzi stopped nine shots in goal for South Burlington, which fell to 5-3.

BOYS SOCCER

Champlain Valley 4, South Burlington 0: Champlain Valley scored three goals in the first half to pull away from visiting South Burlington on Friday.

Jack Sinopli, Nick Durieux and Chase Mitchell all scored in the first half for the Redhawks (5-0-2) before James Schmidt tallied in the second half to seal the win. Aidan Johnson made six saves to earn the shutout.

Ben Capano stopped four shots for the Wolves, who fell to 6-2-1.

CROSS COUNTRY

The Champlain Valley girls cross country team captured the win at the U-32 Invitational on Saturday.

Lila Taylor was the first Redhawk to cross the finish line, coming in 12th place. Julia Hiller (14th) and Willow Bertrand (15th) followed, while Geneva Cote finished in 20th place. Emma McMahan (21st) and Isabelle Mittelstadt (25th) also placed in the top 25 to clinch the team win for CVU.

FOOTBALL

Burlington-South Burlington 35, Champlain Valley 13: Manny Dodson gained 130 yards on the ground and ran for two touchdowns to pace Burlington-South Burlington in a win over Champlain Valley on Saturday.

Duncan MacDonald, who threw for 108 yards and two touchdowns, opened the scoring with a 16-yard TD pass to Chance O’Connor. Nico Strempek added to the lead with a 10-yard score.

Dodson then added two touchdown runs, one from 50 yards out and another from 40 yards, to put the game out of reach. MacDonald hit Robbie Mafuta with a 19-yard touchdown pass to cap the scoring for the SeaWolves.

CVU’s Jason Rosner scored on a 1-yard TD run, while Jack ZuWallack had a 9-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.

Alex Murray had 53 yards to lead the Redhawks rushing attack.

With the win, the SeaWolves move to 4-1 while CVU falls to 0-5.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

Champlain Valley 3, South Burlington 0: The Champlain Valley boys volleyball continued its winning ways on Friday, topping South Burlington to stay undefeated.

The Redhawks beat South Burlington 25-8, 25-17 and 25-15 to capture the straight set win and move to 7-0.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Champlain Valley 3, Harwood 0: The Champlain Valley girls volleyball team stayed undefeated with a 3-0 win over Harwood on Monday afternoon.

The Redhawks also beat Burlington 3-0 on Thursday to move their record to 9-0.

Volunteer opportunities

By Sue Alenick

United Way Volunteer Coordinator

PHON-A-THON – Burlington Dismas House needs volunteers to help raise funds by preparing donor letters during the annual Phone-A-Thon on Nov. 12-14, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at St. Michael’s College. Dinner provided. Contact Zoe Bishop at 658-0381 or email zoe@dismasofvt.org.

VERMONT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL — This three-day celebration of the many cultures that comprise our community is seeking volunteers, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, to help set up, sell entrance tickets, staff craft booths and do various other tasks. Flexible scheduling between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Contact April Werner at 863-6713 or email lapril@vpal.us.org. [Read more…]

Library Notes

The Dorothy Alling Memorial Library is located at 21 Library Lane in Williston, and can be reached at 878-4918.

Library closed: The library will be closed Monday, Oct. 8 and Tuesday, Oct. 9 until 2 p.m. for staff strategic planning.

For Youth

After-School Tuesdays [Read more…]

Developmental screening offered for preschool kids

Do you have concerns about your child’s development? Allen Brook School is offering a developmental screening for children ages 3-5 years. A screening can be used to determine if children are learning basic skills and meeting developmental milestones. [Read more…]

Health insurance open enrollment upcoming

Open enrollment for health insurance plans in Vermont begins Nov. 1, and Vermont Health Connect plans to launch the 2019 version of its Plan Comparison Tool on Oct. 16. [Read more…]

Letters to the Editor

Market gratitude

On behalf of the Williston Farmers’ Market, I wish to thank the volunteers, contributors of live music, vendors, patrons, neighbors and Williston Observer for your support this past summer. I look forward to the market’s 2019 season with great expectations!

Sharon Gutwin, Williston

Optimism on North American trade deal [Read more…]

Chowder champs

Results from the 2018 Williston Chowder Challenge. Proceeds from the eighth-annual event benefit the Williston Community Food Shelf and the Williston Police Officer’s Association.

Traditional category

First place — The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort and Spa

Second place — Sugarsnap [Read more…]

Bunting named Principal of the Year

CVU Principal Adam Bunting traveled to Washington D.C. last week to celebrate his recent honor of being named Vermont Principal of the Year by the Vermont Principals’ Association.

Champlain Valley Union High School Principal Adam Bunting traveled to Washington D.C. last week to celebrate his recent honor of being named Vermont Principal of the Year by the Vermont Principals’ Association.

Bunting wrote the following account of his trip. [Read more…]

Point taken

The steeple atop the Williston Federated Church is removed Wednesday morning after 150 years overlooking Williston village. A new copper-sheathed steeple is set to be placed atop the church Oct. 15.