By Mal Boright
The first competition of the fall interscholastic sports season is set for Saturday with the Champlain Valley Union High football and cross country teams seeing action.
The distance steppers go first with an informal relay event starting at 10 a.m.
The gridiron Redhawks will unveil their 2014 edition at 1 p.m. with the Colchester High Lakers on the opposite side of the scrimmage line.
On Tuesday (4:30 p.m.), the defending Metro champion girls’ soccer team has a home opener against Route 116 rival Mount Abraham Union High.
Two days later on Thursday, the field hockey squad meets Colchester High in its season opener on the Hinesburg hill while the boys’ soccer team kicks off its campaign in a tournament test against Rice Memorial High at Essex.
“I hope we can give Colchester a real rude welcome to the fine town of Hinesburg,” CVU head football coach Jim Provost said early this week.
He added that as is typical with season opening games, he does not know much about the Lakers.
“They scrimmaged Rice and St. Johnsbury last week and based on that I would say we are pretty even,” the coach said.
CVU scrimmaged Mount Mansfield Union Saturday and except for “a couple of mental lapses, I thought overall we looked pretty good,” Provost said.
According to the coach, the Redhawks came out of the scrimmage in good health.
Junior Andrew Bortnick appears to have inside track on the quarterback job with, sophomore Jake Evans and Boomer Vasquez, up from jayvees, also in the running.
Last season, Steele DuBrul and Bennett Cazayoux were primary signal callers and both have graduated.
Provost is seeing good things in his line play with the defensive set getting a boost from sophomore transfer from North Carolina, Jacob Briggs, who has been anchoring the middle of the defensive front.