April 19, 2014

Sports Roundup

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April 17th, 2014

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

CVU tennis teams netting a spring break
The Champlain Valley Union High tennis teams took 3-1 records into Wednesday’s scheduled matches with Rice Memorial High, the boys at the home Davis Park courts in Shelburne while the girls were on the road.
The matches were their last until Monday (April 28) following the spring break.
Both teams won Monday, the defending Division 1 champion girls beating Burlington High 6-1 at Davis Park while the boys tripped the Seahorses 4-3 at BHS’s Leddy Park home courts.
Last week, the girls lost their first match in a couple of seasons, 5-2 to South Burlington, but recovered nicely against BHS.
Winning all five singles matches were Kathy Joseph, Leah Epstein, MacKenzie Buckman, Elyse Killkelley and Isabelle Angstman.
The team of Erika Barth and Vina Nguyen scored a doubles victory.
The boys’ victory came on singles triumphs by George Lomas and Joey O’Brien, while the doubles combinations of David Huber-Stephen Asch and Louie Daub-Ryan Schneiderman were winners.
CVU track and field team has some time off
Following their scheduled home meet Wednesday afternoon, the Champlain Valley Union High track and field team will be literally cooling its heels, jets, muscles and batons until April 30 (a Wednesday) when it travels to North Country Union for a four-school event.
Last week, the Redhawks opened the season with a stunning 23 first places, 14 of those by the girls in rolling past Enosburg High, Hazen Union and Lamoille Union.
Zach Akey was the lone Redhawk double victory, taking the boys 100 and 200 dashes. Peter Hibbeler won the 300 hurdles and took second in the 100 hurdles.
On the girls’ side, CVU won four individual races (Haliana Burhans,100; Sadie Casale, 200; Autumn Eastman, 800; Sophia Gorman 1,500) and swept the three relay events.
Rachel Slimovitch, second in the 800, won the pole vault. Jessie Johnson won the triple jump and was runner-up on the vault.
According to assistant coach Scott Bliss, it was a challenging day for runners with high and gusty winds a definite factor.

Nordic coaches honor seven CVU skiers
Champlain Valley Union High Nordic skiers picked up seven Division 1 All-Star selections as chosen by the coaches.
From the girls team, Autumn Eastman, Cally Braun and Rachel Slimovitch gained first team awards while Tatum Braun earned honorable mention.
First team winners among the boys were Thomas Clayton, Charlie Maitland and Cooper Wilsey.

2nd unbeaten season for CVU JV girls hoops

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April 17th, 2014

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent
The recently completed girls basketball season was a 24-0 prefecto for the varsity.
But the junior varsity and the freshman teams were sipping the same orange juice—the jayvees put up a second straight 20-0 mark while coach Katie Kuntz’ freshmen went 12-0.
That’s an overall 56-0 mark, which, as the old saying goes, is not at all shabby.
Jayvee coach Kathy Kohlasch said in a recent phone chat with the Observer that both the junior varsity and freshman groups “played well as teams.”
The jayvees were dominant all season, knocking down 1,047 points for an average of about 52 while allowing just 420, or 21 per outing. That’s some serious bopping.
Top scorer was sophomore guard-forward Amanda Daniels with 148 points, followed closely by sophomore guard Madison Randall with 132. Freshman forward Abby Thut had 120, sophomore forward Catherine Cazayoux 118, while freshman forward Marlee Gunn and sophomore forward-guard Maeve Higgins each bagged 116 tallies.
Leading rebounders included Thut, sophomore Emma Frost and sophomore Lia Gagliuso.
Kohlasch said the top playmakers were Randall, sophomore Vina Nguyen and sophomore Annie Keen.
Dropping long buckets from out deep were junior Makayla Merchant and sophomore Emma Hess.
Defense is more than just a word with the program and among super active defenders were Higgins and Cazayoux.
Sophomore Annabella Pugliese, on the varsity roster, saw some playing minutes with the jayvees. Daniels and Randall dressed with the varsity during the four-game playoff season while Higgins and Gagliuso practiced with the big team during the postseason.
Kohlasch is optimistic about the future prospects for players on both jayvee and freshman rosters.

Maine trip ends early season tests for boys lacrosse

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Alex Bulla takes a shot on the Essex goal during Saturday’s game. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

Alex Bulla takes a shot on the Essex goal during Saturday’s game. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

April 17th, 2014

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent
Having banked victories against tough foes Essex High and Hanover (N.H.) High Saturday and Monday, the defending Division 1 boys lacrosse champion Champlain Valley Union High Redhawks were poised to visit a veteran 2-0 South Burlington High team Wednesday afternoon, after the Observer’s press deadline.
On Saturday, coach Dave Trevithick’s Red- and White-clads will travel to Cape Elizabeth, Me. for another out-of-state contest.
Then it will be a week off before the first home game of the season, when Mount Mansfield Union High’s Cougars come scratching at the Hawks’ hillside nest next Saturday morning (April 26).
Hanover, a Granite State lacrosse powerhouse, fell 10-6 as Dylan Schaefer (three goals), Matt Palmer (two scores) and Hoyt McCuin (one goal and three assists) paced the scorers.
If there is a Helper-of-the-Month honor, McCuin would be high on the list of eligibles. He now has nine assists in just two games.
Single goals were posted by Elliott Mitchell, Griffin DiParlo, Collin Osbahr and Steele DuBrul. Netminder Owen Hudson made 10 stops.
McCuin, with a goal and six assists, Nevin DiParlo with four goals, Palmer with three tallies, Mitchell with two goals and three helpers and Griffin DiParlo with two scores paced the offensive assault on a young Essex High team Saturday morning at the University of Vermont, which resulted in a 16-2 triumph over last year’s championship runner-up.
CVU broke it open early, taking an 8-0 lead by the end of the first period and boosting it to 12-1 by the half-time break. In that opening half, CVU held a 16-6 edge in shot on goal and a 7-4 advantage in face offs captured.
“We came out strong,” said co-captain Nevin DiParlo. Referencing the Redhawks’ veteran attackers and midfielders, DiParlo added, “Our guys have played together since middle school.”
“I knew we could score, but not like that,” said a mildly surprised Trevithick.
Adding single goals were DuBrul, Alex Bulla, Noah Kiernan and Kyle Jaunich.
Hudson had eight saves including a couple first period spectaculars that kept momentum on the Redhawks’ side. Chris Gronlund took over later in the game and had a pair of stoppers.
Bulla, a co-captain and midfielder, had praise for the UVM turf field and facility, which provided a spectacular season-opening venue for the two lacrosse rivals.