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Sports Notes

Sept. 22, 2011


For those parents and other followers of Champlain Valley Union sports who haven’t been able to catch a game this fall, there will be a good opportunity on Saturday at the school’s annual “Spirit Day.”

All teams with the exception of cross country will be home, beginning with the girls soccer and field hockey teams with games starting at 10 a.m.

The boys soccer combine will take the field at 12:30 p.m. and the football squad will kick-off at 1.

“We have had this for more than 20 years,” said athletic director Kevin Riell. “Val Gardner (then principal) and I started it as a sort of homecoming but since that was before football, we named it ‘Spirit Day’”.

Riell noted that when the weather is good, the observance brings large turnouts to the athletic fields.



After taking care of business with a 2-0 victory over visiting Rice Memorial on Monday, the Champlain Valley Union girls soccer team entertained 2-1 Essex on Wednesday (after Observer press deadline). The teams will then end its three-game home stand Saturday morning (10 a.m.) when Mount Mansfield Union (2-2) comes to Hinesburg to kick off “Spirit Day.”

Coach Brad Parker’s youthful Redhawks took a 3-0-1 record and 11-1 edge in goals into the Essex contest.

It was junior midfielder Kate Raszka who took care of the offense in the win over Rice, scoring with just 40 seconds gone in the first half. She later scored in the second half.

“Kaelyn Kohlasch (sophomore) got the ball up to the corner, then it was crossed in front and we scored,” Raszka said of the first goal.

Her second score came after the ball took a couple of bounces in front of the Rice cage, following Kohlasch’s effective corner kick.

CVU outshot the Green Knights, 12-7. Redhawks goalie, senior Sarah Monteith, had seven saves — including one where she rolled out of the goal to snuff out a two-on-one charge by Rice’s Hailee Barron and Lindsey Swanson.

Rice keeper McKenna Hayes had 12 stops. She stopped a targeted header by Taylor Goldsborough early in the second half and Anne Spector’s point-blank burst in the first half.

CVU had the better of geographical play for most of the game.

On Sept. 15 at Milton, speed merchant Haliana Burhans’ second half score forced a 1-1 tie with the Blue Devils.

The Redhawks outshot Milton, 10-3. CVU goalie Bryn Philibert made a big stop in overtime on a direct kick.



With two ties and two losses in their first four games, coach Kate McDonald and her Champlain Valley Union field hockey unit are in game competition four times in seven days. The hectic slate began Wednesday (after Observer press deadline) with a home fixture against Middlebury.

The schedule then features a Friday trip to 0-3-1 Burlington and a “Spirit Day” tilt at home against 2-0-2 Colchester. The two teams tangle again in Colchester Tuesday.

On a weather-wise picture perfect Saturday morning (Sept. 17), the Redhawks got the first goal of the game but could make it stand in a 1-1 deadlock with visiting 1-1-2 Mount Abraham Union.

“Every time we play (MAU) it is a close, well-played game,” McDonald said of CVU’s Vermont 116 neighbors.

The coach agreed with the observation that for her Redhawks, the bad news was that they had trouble taking advantage of scoring opportunities but the good news was that there were several opportunities.

There was a little more than 14 minutes remaining in the first half when Sarah Reed, the Red Raider, moved the ball into position at Eagles’ netminder Lizzie Huizenga’s right side, and launched a shot into the cage. It was CVU’s second score of the season, both from Reed.

Huizenga kept the Redhawks from additional goals, making a total of 13 stops.

“They (MAU) have a really good goalie,” McDonald said after the game.

The Eagles knotted the contest approximately three minutes into the second half when Hailey Sayles knocked in a long pass from Nicky Shandrow.

CVU had a solid advantage in field position through the remainder of regulation and the 10-minute overtime, but Huizenga and fate maintained the tie.

On two occasions, the ball slowly and tantalizingly rolled in front of the Eagles’ goalmouth with the Redhawks unable to get stick to sphere. In overtime, Huizenga made a diving stop on CVU’s Kathryn Loucks at the MAU doorstep.

Co-captain Kathryn Maitland and Robin Powell were among Redhawks with standout defensive work. Goalie Evangeline Dunphy had two saves as CVU outshot the Eagles, 14-3.



The undefeated Champlain Valley Union girls’ cross country team hopes to stay that way Saturday in its scheduled event at U-32 in East Montpelier.

It was a close call on Sept. 17 when the girls edged runner-up Essex by a mere point (41-42) at the annual 20-team Burlington High Invitational.

Once again it was depth in the top 10 that was the CVU trump card. Taylor Spillane (third), Adrienne DeVita (fifth), Autumn Eastman (seventh) and Julienne DeVita (ninth) paced the Redhawks.

Markie Palermo led Essex with a second place finish to winner Elle Purrier of Richford.

CVU’s boys squad took seventh place in their division. Essex won the team competition.



The Williston Soccer Club, a parent-led non-profit organization and member of the Vermont Soccer League, will hold its registration day on Sept. 30 at Williston Central School from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Club doesn’t require players to try-out but requests their commitment to a more competitive level of play and accepts players from surrounding towns for its indoor season.

The Club offers a co-ed team for U8 players and boys and girls teams for U10, U12 and U14. A high school (U18) team will be formed if there is enough player interest and parent support. According to the Club, all teams receive equal instruction and support and will have a reasonable amount of playing time during competitive games.

Age brackets for the 2011-2012 seasons are:

U8 — players born between Aug. 1, 2003 and July 31, 2005

U10 — players born between Aug. 1, 2001 and July 31, 2003

U12 — players born between Aug. 1, 1999 and July 31, 2001

U14 — players born between Aug. 1, 1997 and July 31, 1999


The winter indoor season runs from early-November to April. The outdoor spring season lasts from mid-April to early-June.

Players can also register online at


—Mal Boright


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