May 24, 2015

CVU tennis teams into playdown season

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The Champlain Valley Union High boys and girls tennis teams will be in the postseason playoff chases when they next set foot on courts in competition.
Both had final regular season matches Wednesday (Observer press time) with the girls hoping to conclude an undefeated pre-playoff slate at Stowe High, while the boys were meeting their Stowe foes at Shelburne’s Davis Park.
The Vermont Principals’ Association announces the playoff pairings this week. The CVU girls, 12-0 entering Wednesday’s finale, are in line for the Division 1 top seed.
In the past week, coach Amy deGroot’s girls won three matches. The Redhawks bumped off Essex High 6-1 Wednesday on the road. They then scored home 7-0 triumphs against Colchester High Friday and Stowe High Monday.
The singles quartet of Kathy Joseph, Elyse Killkelly, MacKenzie Buckman and Isabelle Angstman were winners in all three contests. Renee Dauerman and Maia Bertrand also had singles victories.
The boys bowed 6-1 to Essex, with Jack Zullo winning his singles match.
Then came a 5-2 win over Colchester. Ivan llone, Justin Hameline, Stephen Asch and Richard Hall captured their singles matches.

—Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent

Sectional tourney next for CVU golf

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With the regular season over, coach Seth Emerson and his Champlain Valley Union High golf team is looking forward to the northern sectional tournament Tuesday (10 a.m.) at neighboring Rocky Ridge Golf Club.
The Redhawks closed the season with a second place showing at Jay Peak Tuesday. Host North Country union won with 332 strokes to 349 for CVU and 407 for Essex high.
Will Ryan with a 79 and Carter Knox with an 82 were the Redhawks’ pace setters.
Last Friday at Cedar Knoll in Hinesburg, Knox won medalist honors with a 76 as CVU (338) bested South Burlington High by two strokes in team totals and Essex by three.
For the Redhawks, Ted Hadley fired an 82 while Will Ryan and Will McAllister shot 90s.

—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent

CVU softball team faces Comets Thursday

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Coach Paul Potter’s Champlain Valley Union High softball team takes its 3-9 record on the road Thursday for a session with the 11-1 Bellows Free Academy Comets in St. Albans.
On Saturday, the Redhawks will travel to Milton High for a morning contest.
This past Tuesday, the Hawks fell 19-3 to visiting Middlebury Union.
CVU did get a forfeit win Friday over Burlington High when the Seahorses could not field a full team for the trip to Hinesburg.
On Thursday, CVU bats did some bashing as Kate Songer, Sophie Hubbert-Severance and Claire Potter ripped two hits apiece, but visiting Missisquoi still managed a 17-9 victory.

—Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent

Trip to Tigerland Friday for CVU boys lacrosse

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Observer photos by Al Frey Defending Division 1 champion Champlain Valley Union High boys lacrosse team continues on its winning streak. ABOVE: Sophomore attacker Charlie Bernicke takes on a defender.

Observer photos by Al Frey
Defending Division 1 champion Champlain Valley Union High boys lacrosse team continues on its winning streak.
ABOVE: Sophomore attacker Charlie Bernicke takes on a defender.

With two lopsided victories in the last four days and a 6-6 record on its plate, the defending Division 1 champion Champlain Valley Union High boys lacrosse team will come eyeball-to-eyeball with the Tigers of 9-2 Middlebury Union Friday. And the game is on the road.
The Tigers made a statement Tuesday by going into Essex High and bumping off the 8-3 Hornets, 10-9.
The Redhawks return home Tuesday to meet Colchester High.
CVU popped visiting Rutland High 19-2 Tuesday as Matt Palmer rocketed five goals into the Raider cage while Elliott Mitchell cut loose with four. Griffin DiParlo connected for two tallies and assisted on another four. Owen McCuin and Charlie Bernicke popped two scores each.
The win followed Friday’s 16-1 rapping of St. Johnsbury Academy at the Hinesburg lax yard.
In that game, before the first 12 minutes had clicked off the clock, the Redhawks held a 9-1 lead and were definitely enroute to a rout.
Palmer had another big outing with two goals and four helpers. Bernicke unleashed three tallies while DiParlo and McCuin each netted two goals.
Goalie Chris Gronlund was in the CVU cage in both games.

—Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent

Three games left in girls lacrosse regular season

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For the Champlain Valley Union High girls lacrosse team, the theme Tuesday might have been, “let the good times roll (again).”
And in a narrow loss Monday at home to mighty 9-2 Burlington High, there were signs the good times might return.
Mount Mansfield Union High, a team the Redhawks nipped 11-10 May 1 in Jericho Center, was set to visit Hinesburg Wednesday (Observer press time).
A strong Middlebury Union squad is slated to roll into the Hawks’ nest Friday (4:30 p.m.)
Now 5-5 after four straight losses, the Redhawks gave Burlington plenty of tense moments before the Seahorses escaped with a 10-9 victory. This was the same BHS outfit that ruled CVU 17-6 early last week in the Queen City.
Caroline Hern led the CVU rebellion with four goals plus an assist. Lily Schmoker fired a goal and chalked up three helpers while Lydia Maitland scored and passed off for two assists.
Redhawks’ goalie Bailee Pudvar stopped 11 BHS shots as the visitors held a 21-16 advantage in shots on net.
CVU also lost 9-5 last Wednesday at 7-2 South Burlington High and 14-10 Friday at Rice Memorial.
In the Rice contest, Emma Owens came up huge with five goals. Annie Keen popped three scores of her own and assisted on two others. Hern added two goals and an assist.
Pudvar was a busy, busy netminder with 16 saves.

— Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent

National attention for CVU girls hoopsters

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CVU Women's BB  Jaunich

Laurel Jaunich

CVU Women's BB Sadie Otley

Sadie Otley

Vermont high school basketball followers were aware, now the entire nation—or that part that eyes Sports Illustrated magazine each week—knows.
The Champlain Valley Union High girls basketball team has won 71 straight games and three Division 1 crowns.
That was the message as juniors Laurel Jaunich and Sadie Otley had their pictures displayed in the magazine’s popular Faces in the Crowd feature that focuses on exceptional high school and other athletes throughout the country.
The short article, included in the May 11 edition, pointed out that Jaunich led the team scorers with an average of 15.5 points and Otley paced the squad in assists with 4.5 per game.
And yes, they will be back next season, their fourth as starters.

—Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent