October 28, 2016

Sports Notes

March 24, 2011


Jake Donnelly (File photo)

When senior Jake Donnelly recorded his 1,000th point for the Champlain Valley Union basketball team last week, he joined a very small fraternity.

Donnelly fired in his 1,000th in the Redhawks’ playoff loss at Mount Mansfield Union, their final game of the season.

Brothers Bob and Marvin Thomas were the first from CVU to reach the milestone in the late 1960s and early 70s. More recently, Ben Brooks knocked down more than 1,000 but played his sophomore campaign at Rice Memorial. His other three seasons were with CVU.

Donnelly, along with senior teammate Robert Russ, will appear with the North team in the annual Basketball Coaches Association North-South basketball classic.


While her Austin Conference team got nipped, 3-0, by the Harris Conference, Champlain Valley Union’s Amanda Lacaillade’s work on defense earned her the team’s Most Valuable Player honor on March 12 in the Rotary Key Bank Girls All-Star Classic hockey game at the Essex Skating Facility.

Lacaillade was one of four Redhawks on the Austin team. The others were defender Alyx Rivard and forwards Molly Howard and Amanda Armell.

CVU girls hockey coach Tom Ryan, who called her a solid, stay-at-home defender, greeted the award to Lacaillade warmly.

It put a positive finish to Lacaillade’s campaign in which she missed about half of CVU’s regular season games due to concussions.

The Harris team, which included several members of Division I champion BFA-St. Albans, outshot the Austins, 31-20, with BFA players accounting for all three goals.


There will be a mini-meeting Saturday between Division I boys hockey champ Champlain Valley Union and runner-up Essex in the annual Rotary Key Bank Hockey Classic at the Essex Skating Facility.

Five members of the CVU team will skate for the Austin Conference against the Harris Conference, which will have five players from Essex. Representing the Redhawks are forwards J. P. Benoit, Robbie Dobrowski, Derek Goodwin and Kyle Logan along with defenseman Erick MacLean.

From Essex, as part of the Harris team, are Ben Adams, Derek Neal, Kyle Peckham, Kurt Simendinger, and Josh Ward.

The annual contest for senior stars from around the state will get underway at 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults with no charge for youngsters 12 and under.


A decent season.

That’s a summation of the Champlain Valley Union boys junior varsity basketball campaign, which got off to a glorious 6-0 start, went through some hiccups in the middle, and finished with another 6-0 run.

It all added up to a nifty 15-5 record, including victories over teams that had beaten the Redhawks the first time around.

The guys stepped up. And, as coach Seth Emerson pointed out, many will have to step even higher next winter when nine varsity players are lost from graduation.

Emerson said his team had size and unselfish guards who were good at getting the ball inside.

Sophomores Ryan Beaudry and Joe Chevalier were hefty around the basket. Sophomore Davis Mikell showed significant progress in his first basketball season since eighth grade.
Among the backcourt operators Emerson mentioned were Freshmen Zach Evans and Ed Myers, along with sophomore Austin Myers.

Sophomores Dan Faris and Hans Lynn gave the Hawks some expert sniping from the perimeters.

“This was a nice crew,” said Emerson. “The guys really learned man defense and how to talk to each other.”


Alex Legg, an eighth grade student at Williston Central School, completed an eventful season as a member of the CSSU Hurricanes wrestling team with an 8-6 record.

Legg earned a third-place medal at the state finals, which was held at Spaulding High School in Barre.


Two weekends ago, the CSSU Hurricanes youth wrestling team traveled to Mount Mansfield Union High School and took home a team sportsmanship, the first one in the program’s history. The team outscored its opponents, 84-42.

Last weekend, the squad traveled to Vergennes High School and outscored their opponents, 99-84.

Riley Brown, a third grade student at Williston Central School, earned a second place medal at MMU and a third place medal at Vergennes. Lucas Brown a fourth grade student, took home a third place medal from MMU and Vergennes. Cale Bombardier, who is in fifth grade, earned third place medal at MMU and fourth place medal at Vergennes. Jarett Legg, a sixth grade student, won a second place medal at MMU and a fourth place one at Vergennes. The team is made up of students from the CSSU school district with wrestlers from Charlotte, Williston, Shelburne, and Hinesburg.


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