Champlain Valley Union High School coaches provide a glimpse of their teams for the spring 2013 season
Coach: Tim Albertson
Key returning veterans: catcher and tri-captain Kirk Fontana (senior); pitcher, first-baseman, tri-captain Davis Mikell (senior); pitcher, first baseman, tri-captainDylan Ireland (senior); outfielder Erik Bergkvist (junior) and utilityman Kyle Stanley (junior)
Leading newcomers: pitcher Rayne Supple (sophomore) and utilityman Hayden Smith (junior)
Season prospects: Despite losing 12 players from the 2012 Division 1 champion team, there is strong pitching plus a good core group. A good mix of young and old talent. Should be competitive.
Coaches: Jeff Evans and Seth Emerson
Key returning veterans: Peter Scrimgeour; Carter Knox
Leading newcomers: Too soon to tell—no practices yet due to weather.
Season prospects: After state championships the past two seasons, we lost some key golfers, with Jack Tomashot being the most significant player to graduate. We need to find some guys to fill the last three spots. If we find those, and they’re consistently competitive, we’ll be in the hunt.
Coach: Dave Trevithick
Key returning veterans: Nevin DiParlo; Steele Dubrul; Ryan Beaudry; Alex Bulla; Chandler Jacobson
Leading newcomers: Elliot Mitchell; Dylan Schaefer; Matt Palmer; Kaleb Godbout
Season prospects: Very young team with a lot of talent. Focus will be on building the lacrosse IQ, getting everybody to play as a unit.
Coach: Erin Malone
Key returning veterans: Kate Raszka (M); Brenna Gorman (M); Thea Weiss (M); Sarah Caffry (G); Kyla Williamson (D); Anne Spector (D); Cassie Manning (D); Emily Spencer (D); Lucia Llona (A); Jane Baker (A)
Leading newcomers: Sarah Bergkvist (A); Molly Dunphy (M); Emma Griesser (A)
Season prospects: We are building off of a solid season last year. We’ve got a nice blend of experienced varsity players and younger players including three freshmen. At this point in the season, we are focusing on fundamentals, fitness and bringing together our group as a team.
Coach: Frank Babbott
Key returning veterans: Joey O’Brien; Conor McQuiston; Tristan Arthaud; Josh Huber; Ryan Schneiderman; Zach Holman; Evan Cohen
Leading newcomers: Skylar Golann; Stephen Asch; Bayard Baker
Season prospects: Likely to be in the middle of a competitive group. There is parity among most of the schools’ tennis programs. Which school graduated how many can be a real factor. Also, how quickly can teams and lineups be established influences wins against the tougher schools. CVU can expect a competitive effort from the tennis program. I think the students’ commitment speaks for itself, as we play a short and demanding season. Hopefully, CVU will have a strong showing to compete in states in June.
Coach: Amy deGroot
Key returning veterans: seniors Andrea Joseph; Emily Polhemus; Claire Stoner; Evie Mitchell; junior Leah Epstein
Leading newcomers: Freshman Kathy Joseph and Senior Paige Watson
Season prospects: With seven of nine key players from last year’s championship team and the addition of new talent, prospects look good for us as long as we are healthy. We are also very excited to develop the games of new players with an eye on the future.
Coaches: Paul Potter, Mary Sackett
Key returning veterans: Michelle Christman; Elaina Curtis; Tanika Gabaree; Bronwen Hopwood; Harley Marshall; Alannah Roy; Makenzie Roberts; Laurel Hubbert-Severance; Katlin Songer; Grace Usher
Leading newcomers: Elizabeth Boutin; Whittaney Fisher; Megan Folsom; Elizabeth Rensch; Claire Potter; Shea Savage
Season Prospects: A great season is underway! We are working hard for a successful 2013 season.
Track & Field
Coaches: Eli and Kasie Enman
Key returning veterans: Girls—Haliana Burhans and Abby Eddy in the sprints; Taylor Spillane, Autumn Eastman and Julienne Devita in distance; Emily Geske (broke school record and won state championship during this year’s indoor season) in pole vault; Brianna Hake and Kyla Leary in throws. As always, look for all three of our relay teams to be in contention.
Boys—returning 2012 State Champ Brian Boisjoli, as well as Oren Klempner, in pole vault; David Daly and Boisjoli in sprints; Roshi Brooklyn and Evan Harry in hurdles. Lots of depth in distance with almost the entire squad from last year’s state championships returning. Hoping to see Tom Keller back in good form after injuries (400m, jumps, throws).
Leading newcomers: Scott Edwards made good improvements this winter in shot put; Zach Marshall and Abby Keim in distance. Will know more after the first meet.
Season prospects: Improve on last year’s team results at the state championship (girls fourth, boys seventh). We have the talent to contend for top three.