October 2, 2014

CVU soccer girls on road for three games

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Audrey Allegreta keeps control of the ball during Saturday’s Spirit Day game against Spaulding High, which the Redhawks won 5-0. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

Audrey Allegreta keeps control of the ball during Saturday’s Spirit Day game against Spaulding High, which the Redhawks won 5-0. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Having captured five of their six early season victories on the friendly grass in the Hinesburg hills, coach Stan Williams and his undefeated defending champion Champlain Valley Union High girls soccer team opened a three-game stretch of away contests Wednesday afternoon (after the Observer’s press deadline) at Burlington High.
The Redhawks travel to St. Johnsbury Academy Saturday for a 10 a.m. collision with the Hilltoppers. They motor to South Burlington High Tuesday for a 7 p.m. evening meeting with the Rebels.
Win number six came Saturday, a 5-0 Spirit Day rapping of visiting Spaulding High of Barre.
With gusty winds behind them, CVU rolled up a 4-0 advantage by halftime and eased through the final 40 minutes with the wind not much help to the visitors.
Naomi Burhans scored twice in the first half and assisted Audrey Allegretta on the lone tally after intermission. The helper was a favor repaid as Allegretta had picked up the assist on Burhans first goal, just over four minutes into the game.
Catherine Cazayoux and Megan Gannon also booted home pointers, while midfielder Paige DuBrul passed off for three assists, all in the opening half.
Spaulding goalie Megan LeCours had more business than a 75 percent off sale at Old Navy. She made 17 saves, some leaping spectaculars and even had help from the posts, which denied goals by Cazayoux and Allegretta.
In the first half, Spaulding did not get a shot in the direction of CVU goalie Maddie Turneau until there were 13 seconds to play.
Turneau had one easy stop and Michaela Flore had two after taking over for the final 30 minutes of the game,
Williams said after the contest that Sierra Morton could miss some games due to a leg injury.

CVU boys soccer team at once-beaten St. J Friday

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oe Parento boxes out his Spaulding opponent during Saturday’s Spirit Day contest. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

oe Parento boxes out his Spaulding opponent during Saturday’s Spirit Day contest. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

With the schedule getting into mid-season tough, the Champlain Union High boys soccer team heads for St. Johnsbury Academy Friday and its only scheduled meeting with the usually stubborn Hilltoppers.
St. Johnsbury took a 5-1 record into this week, its lone loss a 3-0 blanking at South Burlington High Friday.
The 5-1-1 Redhawks were under the lights Tuesday at Buck Hard Field in Burlington to face the 1-2-1 Seahorses.
Since bowing 2-1 to Rice Memorial High’s veteran outfit at the Essex High tournament in the season-opener, coach Katie Mack’s Redhawks had put together five straight triumphs, outscoring foes 27-1, plus a 0-0 draw with Burlington High on Tuesday.
The latest win came on Spirit Day Saturday at Hinesburg, a 4-0 zip job over visiting Spaulding High.
Max Brown was the leading point popper, knocking in a pair of goals. Cooper O’Connell also scored, as did Elliott Mitchell late in the game on an assist from Jacob Russo.
CVU goalie Oscar Kelley had one save while CVU attackers forced Spaulding keeper to kick out 10 shots.
“It was the best we have moved the ball this year,” said Mack after the victory. “We had a lot of opportunities.”
O’Connell was the Big Scoring kahuna last Wednesday as the Redhawks routed Harwood Union’s often pesky Highlanders 8-0 in Duxbury.
O’Connell scored three times, while Ollie Choiniere and Richard Baccei each potted two goals and Russo nailed one.
CVU unlimbered 18 shots on goal to the Highlanders’ two.

CVU harriers off to Granite State Saturday

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

With tasty results from near-to-home cooking last Saturday, the Champlain Valley Union High cross country teams will be hitting the big slab of I-89 (and I-93) this Saturday for a regional invitational competition in Manchester, N.H
The Redhawks made their first Vermont appearance in two weeks a good one at Hard’ack last weekend, as the girls won their division while the boys finished a close second to victorious Essex High.
The Redhawks’ Sophia Gorman sped to a 15-second win over runner-up Emma Farrington of the Hornets. Gorman posted a time of 19 minutes and 54.9 seconds.
“It was Sophia’s first win this year over Emma,” said coach Scott Bliss.
CVU had just six girls running, and four made it into the top six finishers.
Behind Gorman were Carly Neeld (third), Meara Heininger (fourth) and Jennifer Ireland (sixth).
The boys team total of 39 points was just eight behind winning Essex, led by triumphant Andry Chmykld in 16:58.4.
CVU’s Tyler Marshall was second in 17:11.5, followed by teammates Calvin McClellan (sixth), Elliott Eastman (eighth) and Tyler Wong (tenth).
Bliss said the boys kept improving. “It was another step forward,” he added.
“That is our goal,” the coach concluded. “To keep trying to get better each week to be prepared for the end of the season.”

Burlington High next for CVU field hockey unit

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CVU forward Lily Schmoker stays focused during Saturday’s Spirit Day game against South Burlington. Schmoker scored the lone goal in the 1-0 contest. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

CVU forward Lily Schmoker stays focused during Saturday’s Spirit Day game against South Burlington. Schmoker scored the lone goal in the 1-0 contest. (Observer photo by Al Frey)

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

A three-game home stand comes to an end Saturday when the Champlain Valley Union High field hockey team plays host to Burlington High in a 1 p.m. contest.
The Redhawks, with two straight 1-0 victories following a 1-0 home loss last week to Mount Mansfield Union, had a Wednesday (Observer press time) session with visiting 3-2-1 Middlebury Union High.
Coach Kate McDonald’s 4-1-1 Redhawks are coming off a three-game week, having bowed to the Cougars last Tuesday before winning Thursday at Mount Abraham and then nipping South Burlington High on Spirit Day Saturday.
The lone score Saturday came with just under eight minutes remaining, as senior Lily Schmoker got loose in front of the Rebels’ cage to slap home the tally.
The Redhawks had been scrambling around the South Burlington goal for several minutes before Schmoker stroked the game winner.
South Burlington came back down the field to threaten, but the CVU defense was able to get the ball back and clear it back into Rebel territory in the final minute.
“When they (South Burlington) take the ball down the side it can be trouble,” said Redhawks’ defender Kathryn Asch, who took possession of the ball from the Rebel offense during one of their last sorties.
Asch recalled a playoff game last fall in which the Rebels scored the game winning goal after a penalty corner with just 20 seconds remaining.
This time, CVU generally controlled play, holding a 10-4 edge in shot on goal.
Redhawks’ netminder Tashia Pashby-Rockwood made four stops in chalking up her fifth shutout in six outings.
McDonald was away Saturday and jayvee mentor Enid Wonnacott was the head Redhawk. Her undefeated jayvees scored a late goal for a 2-2 deadlock with the little Rebs in the second contest.
It was a first half goal by Kate Burke on an assist from Kate Machavern that provided the lone tally in the victory at Mount Abraham.

CVU eleven out to tame rampaging Tigers at homecoming

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

After getting bopped in the Northeast Kingdom last Saturday, the 1-3 Champlain Valley Union High football team return to Hinesburg and homecoming weekend this Saturday with undefeated and top-ranked defending Division 1 champion Middlebury Union High paying a visit to the Redhawks’ school side nest.
Unbeaten last year in cruising to the division crown, the Tigers come in 4-0 having defeated Essex High (41-29), Hartford High (34-14), Colchester High (34-0) and, last Friday night, Rutland High (41-19).
“They (Tigers) are even better than last year,” said CVU head coach Jim Provost Sunday as he looked ahead to Middlebury. “They have a little bit of everything,” he added. “The have size, speed, they hit hard and they are well-coached.”
“We will be practicing with the idea we can win this game,” Provost said. “We have the talent. The question is can we last four quarters.”
Middlebury is led by veteran senior quarterback Austin Robinson, who is good for one or two long scoring runs per contest and also passes with efficiency. Halfback Bobby Ritter also poses a scoring threat from anywhere on the field.
“We just have to hold them in check and be disciplined out there,” said Provost.
At St. Johnsbury, the Redhawks rolled to a 21-7 lead in the first half but then an old bugaboo—coughing up early leads—came around as the Hilltoppers sliced the lead to 21-14 by halftime and emerged from a see-saw second half to put up a late tally for the 52-40 triumph.
“We were up 21-7 and in charge. Unfortunately, they got a touchdown on a long pass before halftime,” made some adjustments and the game was back and forth after that, Provost said.
The Redhawks had some solid offensive performances in the up-and-down the field drama, in which 92 points were put on the board.
Quarterback Andrew Bortnick kept the ball for 21 sorties for 121 yards and three touchdowns. He passed the pigskin for another 132 yards.
His ground pounding sidekick halfback Rich Lowrey roamed for 99 yards and a trio of touchdowns.
“Bortnick had a great day,” said Provost. The coach noted the junior signal caller was a victim of an angry ankle and as of Sunday was considered in a day-to-day situation.
Bortnick’s Hilltopper counterpart, veteran quarterback Colton Hudson, was a juggernaut for the winners, running for 119 yards and three scores and completing 19 of 30 passes for 229 yards and three six-pointers. Some 109 of his rushing yards came in the second half including a 27-yard scoring burst with two-and-a-half minutes left in the game to seal the deal.
Hudson’s favorite target was receiver Ronnie Gobin, with seven catches and 154 yards gained.

CVU harriers in BFA event Saturday

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Coach Scott Bliss and his Champlain Valley Union High cross country teams will be laying down feet on Vermont ground Saturday after getting a dash of regional competition last Friday in the Empire State.

Coming up for the Redhawks Saturday afternoon (1 p.m.) will be a Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans hosted event at Hard’ack. [Read more...]

CVU girls take 5-0 soccer mark into Spirit Day clash

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By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

With a 2014 five-game win streak in tow, the Champlain Union High defending Division 1 champion girls soccer team awaits the Spirit Day invasion of Spaulding High Saturday for a noontime collision on the Hinesburg pitch.

The Crimson Tide from Barre popped Rutland High 3-1 Tuesday, while coach Stan Williams’ Redhawks were dispatching last year’s title game foe Essex High 3-0 at CVU. [Read more...]

Spaulding is Spirit Day foe for boys soccer team

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The Champlain Valley Union High boys soccer team took a three-game win streak into their Wednesday contest against 0-3 Harwood Union High at Duxbury, where the Highlanders have been difficult in the past. [Read more...]