October 28, 2016

CVU gymnasts take second in state event

There was no stopping the Essex High gymnastics team as it rolled to its ninth consecutive state championship Saturday at Essex High.

Where in the past few years, the Champlain Valley Union high team had given the Hornets some anxious moments, the Redhawks this time around squeezed into second place just ahead of South Burlington High, which was second seed to CVU’s third seed.

Essex was mighty, taking the first three places in all-around and first in all four disciplines, led by all-around winner Karyn Svarczkopf.

Essex compiled 145.225 points to 127.65 for the Redhawks and 126.675 for South Burlington.

Top CVU performer was senior Sarah Kinsley with an eighth on the bars.

—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent



  1. Mary Martin says:

    I would like to explain the charges of unlawful restraint because it sounds really awful. No we didn’t hold anyone hostage. We were simply standing in front of some VT Gas/Michel’s trucks. They were in no way restrained. When the men decided to leave, they simply backed up and took off. The police have been hired by VT Gas and they sure do have a way of turning a phrase.

    Mr. Recchia refers to this action as a “last-ditch” attempt to scuttle the pipeline. Wrong again! This was far from our last attempt to bring sanity and reason to our state officials who refuse to listen or help.

    Nate Palmer and Kari Cuneo and their families are not the only land owners who have fought this immoral taking of their land. So many folks have lost that fight for lack of time and money. It’s quite intimidating to go before the Public Service Board and their team of lawyers, to sit down at a table filled with VT Gas attorneys and not have anyone to watch your back and advise you.

    When people are up against the wall, they fight back any way they can. Peaceful protests not only express our frustration but they help bring attention to what is happening to our friends and neighbors..

    So Mr. Recchia, we are not done!

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