December 15, 2018

Redhawks slip past South Burlington

Graham Walker starts the fast break during CVU’s game vs SBHS at South Burlington on Monday the 8th.

By Lauren Read

Observer correspondent

The Champlain Valley Union High School boys basketball team went down to the wire with visiting South Burlington on Monday night, with the Redhawks emerging with the 58-54 win.

Graham Walker had 14 points to lead the way for the Redhawks (4-2), who led by two with under 30 seconds to play and managed to hold off the Wolves for the win.

Ethan Harvey had 13 points for CVU, while Bennett Cheer chipped in with nine.

Ethan Klesch had 13 points for South Burlington, who move to 3-1.

It was the second win in a rown for the Redhawks, who topped Colchester 55-33 on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Mekkena Boyd steals the ball during CVU’s game vs Burlington on January 3rd in Hinesburg

Girls basketball

Champlain Valley 47, Burlington 36: The Champlain Valley girls basketball team outscored visiting Burlington 29-19 in the second half to pull away for a win last Wednesday.

Lindsey Albertelli had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Redhawks, who are now 6-0. Shannon Loiseau had eight points, six assists and six rebounds, while Mekkena Boyd added eight points.

Boys hockey

Spaulding 4, Champlain Valley 1: Jennings Lobel scored the only goal of the game for the Champlain Valley boys hockey team as it fell to undefeated Spaulding last Wednesday.

Nick Lyman had an assist for the Redhawks, who fall to 3-4. Jake Kindestin made 30 saves in goal.

Tyler Murray had two goals to pace the 4-0 Crimson Tide, while Matt Aubut stopped 11 shots to earn the win.


The Champlain Valley gymnastics team is riding high two meets into the season. The Redhawks have come out on top in both meets, including handing 12-time defending champ Essex its first loss since 2010.

In the first meet of the season, CVU topped the Hornets 133.55 to 128.7. The Redhawks were led by Tali Giubardo, who finished first in the vault, beam and all-around competition. Lauryn Bombardier followed with a win on the floor exercise and a third-place finish in the all-around.

CVU followed up its opening night triumph with a win over Montpelier and Harwood on Dec. 29. CVU finished first with a score of 135.05, Montpelier was second (114.4) and Harwood third (108.65.).

CVU’s Claire Smith sets a hard edge as she rounds the gate during a 12 school alpine race at Smuggler’s Notch on January 3rd.

Nordic skiing

Emma Strack was the top finisher in the girls classic race at Stowe on Monday as the Champlain Valley Nordic ski team took on a group of local teams.

Strack’s first place finish helped the CVU girls team to third place, with Geneva Cote (ninth place) also finishing in the top 10 for the Redhawks. Mount Mansfield took first place in the team competition with 19 points, while U-32 followed in second (39 points) and CVU rounded out the top three (48 points).

In the boys race, Skyler Heininger was the top finisher for CVU coming in 25th place, and Matthew Silverman was the next top finisher for the Redhawks in 30th. CVU finished sixth in the team competition. Mount Mansfield (24 points) and U-32 (26 points) were the top two teams.

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