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CVU athletic fields slowly getting into game shape

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April 24th, 2014

By Mal Boright
Observer correpondent

Recent late afternoon arrivals at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg might have had fewer choices of parking in the school’s lots.
But it was not necessarily due to parked cars. Sports activities have been in progress as spring teams were getting in needed practice time.
The asphalt, while not great, does provide a playing surface that, until the last few days, was unavailable on the CVU fields due to late snow, frost and a reluctance to turn them into mud bogs, which activity before a good drying out would surely do.
“We have been practicing on every nook and cranny we can find,” said CVU athletic director Kevin Riell late last week.
He said that while the baseball and softball teams can work in the gymnasium, he has on occasion been able to rent space for others at The Edge fitness center and the Shelburne Field House. Otherwise, for varsity, jayvee and freshman teams, it’s the parking lots.
Both boys and girls lacrosse teams have each had a home game postponed. The boys have played (and won) three away games, two of those on turf fields.
The boys have what will be their home opener slated for Saturday morning. The girls are not slated for a home contest until May 2.
The baseball and softball home openers were postponed by rain Tuesday and moved to Wednesday afternoon.
“Some of this is new this year,” said Riell. “We’ve had snow before but the late winter cold we had has slowed everything down.”
The track and field team has also been a postponement victim, a four-team home meet scheduled for April 16 postponed with a make-up date to be determined and, according to Riell, doubtful due to crowded schedules.

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