February 20, 2019

Durieux named Vermont player of the year

By Lauren Read

Observer correspondent

Champlain Valley Union High School’s Natalie Durieux was named the Gatorade Vermont Girls Soccer Player of the Year on Monday.

The Hinesburg native scored nine goals and recorded seven assists this season as she led the Redhawks to the Division I state championship and an undefeated 17-0 season.

Durieux is a two-time first-team all-state selection and was named an all-New England player this season.

Durieux graduated CVU on Friday and will attend and play soccer at the University of Vermont in the fall. She is the third CVU girls soccer player to earn Player of the Year honors.

Twin State baseball

Champlain Valley baseball players Jacob Bortnick and Liam Reiner both earned spots on the Vermont Twin State baseball roster, it was announced last week.

Bortnick, a catcher, and Reiner, a pitcher, are among 18 players from the Green Mountain State who will take on New Hampshire in the annual rivalry game Saturday.

The game takes place at the Maxfield Complex in White River Junction. Pre-game festivities are slated for 9:30 a.m., with two seven-inning games to follow.

Mike Czok (Randolph), Shawn French (Oxbow), Marcel Girouard (Burlington) and Jason Tarleton (Woodstock) will coach the team.

Joining Bortnick and Reiner on the field will be: Leif Bigelow (Brattleboro), Dan Petrie (Brattleboro), Sky Rahill (Burlington), Jay McCoy (Burr and Burton), Brayden Howrigan (Enosburg), Tyler Hamilton (Hartford), Jake O’Brien (Harwood), Nick Fitzgerald (Lamoille), Nate Selby (Lamoille), Brandon Brunell (Lyndon), Dustin Whitcomb (Mount Abraham), Jake Choiniere (St. Johnsbury), Jasper Rankin (St. Johnsbury), Sammy Premsagar (South Burlington), Seth Balch (Windsor) and Owen Tarleton (Woodstock).

Make-a-Wish hockey

Champlain Valley’s Lydia Maitland and Jackie Ryan will represent Vermont in the 21st annual Make-A-Wish All-Star Twin State Hockey Classic.

Vermont will take on New Hampshire at Gutterson Fieldhouse on June 30. The girls game will begin at 4 p.m., with the boys matchup to follow. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Children under 6 are free.

New Hampshire earned a 7-5 win in last year’s girls matchup, though the Green Mountain State holds a 9-8-3 advantage in the series. The Vermont boys got a 3-2 win last year, but New Hampshire has the 16-8-1 lead in the matchup.

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