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All fall sports working out (puff-pant) at CVU

Aug. 25, 2011

By Mal Boright

Observer Correspondent


The sun broke through Monday along with cooler 70-degree temperatures to make for a pleasant day weather-wise, as hundreds of fall sports hopefuls went through their first day of tryouts on Champlain Valley Union High’s fields. An exception was coach Jim Provost’s football team which opened pre-season practice for more than 100 candidates last week and held the annual Red-White scrimmage Saturday.

First up Monday was coach T. J. Mead’s boys soccer team of 35 varsity candidates which was on the field (and on the run) at 6 a.m. for the annual gauntlet.

In a test to determine team members’ physical condition, Mead has players run a full mile with a goal of under six minutes. They take a one-minute break and then run a half-mile with a two-minute 50-second goal. Then, after another minute break, it’s a quarter mile run in under 1:25.

The coach was pleased with the overall results.

“Guys did well in the fitness tests,” Mead said noting that half the candidates equaled or exceeded all time goals.

A game test comes up Saturday when the biggest British invasion to hit these parts since the Beatles bopped over the big puddle in the 60s takes place. At 1 p.m., there will be a scrimmage game against a touring private school team from Newcastle, England, where soccer is the national sport and passion.

“This should be very interesting,” said Mead, adding that Newcastle has boys between 14 and 18, the same ages as his CVU team. Newcastle goes on to play at Essex High Sunday.

Late morning Monday, after Mead and his team left a second session, found Kate McDonald working out more than 50 field hockey aspirants.

McDonald said she lost six seniors from last year’s playoff team and has a group of at least 10 returning veterans around whom to build. The Redhawks will be off to Bennington Saturday for an annual jamboree. A scrimmage at Essex is slated for Aug. 30.

One change this year that will require some getting used to by the athletes is mandatory eye protection for players, due to a ruling from the National Federation of State High School Associations.

McDonald said the girls will be required to have the eye protection by the first game (Sept. 7). She said the eye protection devices cost $65 each, for which players will be responsible.

Monday evening brought out girls soccer coach Brad Parker and some 35 varsity candidates who were spending time building their individual relationships with the spotted spheres.

Parker lost a solid group of seniors from last season’s playoff team, but is hopeful that a strong junior varsity squad will bring in significant replacement talent.

“We are going to be young,” the veteran coach said.

An unanticipated loss is veteran Talon Tomasi, who injured a knee recently and is likely gone for the season.

Provost and the football team will be on the move Saturday to Barre, where the varsity and one of the junior varsity teams will scrimmage Spaulding High.

The gridirion Redhawks are one of two teams to open the season prior to Labor Day. They will have a nocturnal lidlifter under the lights Sept. 2 (Friday) at Burlington High.

Coach Scott Bliss’ cross country runners get their season underway Sept. 3 with relays at the CVU facility.


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