December 11, 2017

Redhawks topple defending champs

Jared Forsythe makes a sure tackle during CVU's football clash with the Wolves in So Burlington on Friday night

Jared Forsythe makes a sure tackle during CVU’s football clash with the Wolves in So Burlington on Friday night

Redhawks quarter back, Graham Walker dives for extra yards  during CVU's football clash with the Wolves in So Burlington on Friday night

Redhawks quarter back, Graham Walker dives for extra yards during CVU’s football clash with the Wolves in So Burlington on Friday night

Zaq Ubaitel breaks through for a touchdown during CVU's football clash with the Wolves in So Burlington on Friday night

Zaq Ubaitel breaks through for a touchdown during CVU’s football clash with the Wolves in So Burlington on Friday night

By Lauren Read

Observer correspondent

The Champlain Valley field hockey team ran its win streak to three games and handed defending champion South Burlington its first loss of the season, 2-0, on Saturday afternoon.

The Redhawks (6-3) got first-half goals from Abby Rosenthal and Bella Rieley to take the lead then turned to goalie Kristy Carlson to preserve the shutout. Carlson made seven stops in net.

Ainsley Hultgren had six saves in goal for the the Rebels, who fell to 9-1. Flynn Hall and Natalie Paquette each earned assists for CVU, which also topped Burlington 2-0 last Thursday.

Rosenthal and Hailey Chase had the tallies in that win for the Redhawks.

FOOTBALL

Champlain Valley 20, South Burlington 6: The Champlain Valley football team rode its defense to a 20-6 win over host South Burlington on Friday night to return to .500.

Graham Walker had two interceptions that turned into touchdowns in the second half to help the Redhawks (3-3) pull away. Walker’s first pick set up a rushing touchdown from Andrew Tieso in the third quarter, then Walker scored on a run after his second interception. Tieso also had a 6-yard touchdown run in the first half and added the two-point conversion after CVU’s last score of the day.

BOYS SOCCER

Champlain Valley 1, BFA-St. Albans 0: The Redhawks earned their fourth shutout of the season with a 1-0 win over BFA-St. Albans on Saturday afternoon. Chase Mitchell found the back of the net for the Redhawks (8-1), who have won three games in a row, with Briggs Francis earning an assist on the game’s lone goal. Isaac Cleveland earned the clean sheet in net, making three saves for CVU. The Redhawks also traveled to Mount Anthony last week, topping the Patriots 6-1.

GIRLS SOCCER

Champlain Valley 5, St. Johnsbury 1: The Champlain Valley girls soccer team continued its winning ways with a 5-1 victory on the road at St. Johnsbury on Friday. Lucy Hindes, Sara Kelley, Natalie Durieux, Charlotte Hill and Olivia Zubarik all had goals for the Redhawks, who stayed undefeated at 9-0. Maryn Askew made three saves in goal for CVU, while Liz Brendel had the lone tally for the Hilltoppers (8-2).

CROSS COUNTRY

The Champlain Valley girls cross country team used a solid team effort to earn the top spot in the Woods Trail Run at Thetford on Saturday. Ella Whitman (20:20.78), Alice Larson (20:25.02), Jennifer Ireland (20:31.29) and Chloe Andrae (20:57.99) all finished in the top 20 to pace the Redhawks. Whitman finished eighth, Larson followed in ninth, Ireland was 12th and Andrae rounded it out in 19th place.

The strong overall performance saw CVU finish with 74 points for first place, followed by Burlington (121 points) in second place. Jared Leonard was the top finisher for the CVU boys team, coming in 29th with a time of 17:50.58. T

he Redhawks finished the day in ninth place with 318 points. Montpelier’s U-32 (118 points) came in just ahead of Burlington (119) and Essex (123) to win the competition.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Rice 3, Champlain Valley 0: Rice handed Champlain Valley it’s second loss of the season in straight sets on Monday night. The Green Knights took the first game 25-15, the second 25-18 and finished with a 25-14 win in the third to wrap up the match. With the loss, the Redhawks fall to 8-2.

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

Champlain Valley 3, Lyndon 0: The Redhawks stayed unbeaten with a 3-0 victory over Lyndon on Friday afternoon. The Redhawks (9-0) took the first game 25-10, the second 25-14 and the third 25-18 to wrap up the victory.

GOLF

The Champlain Valley boys golf team qualified for the Division I state championship tournament with a third-place finish at Wednesday’s D-I qualifier at the Country Club of Barre. Ben Gramling (80), Nate Godbout (83), Andrew Wilkinson (86) and Hank Caswell (86) brought in the top four scores for the Redhawks, who were set to play in the D-I state tournament this Wednesday at Green Mountain National Golf Club.

The CVU girls golf team competed in the D-I state tournament this Tuesday at Proctor-Pittsford Golf Course.

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