CVU NORDIC SKIERS HAVE SNOW AND RACE EVENTS
The recent snowfalls have put smiles on the faces of the huge Champlain Valley Union High Nordic ski team and swept away uncertainty about its race schedule.
Dominant in their opening race Dec. 28 at Sleepy Hollow, the Redhawks—with a roster of 80 athletes—are scheduled to race at U-32 in East Montpelier on Friday.
Coach Sarah Strack’s charges return to play host for a Sleepy Hollow race Wednesday.
The first Sleepy Hollow competition was a huge CVU success, with both boys and girls teams posting perfect 10s while Colchester High was a distant runner-up in both divisions.
The girls crowded into the first seven places. In order, the first four were winner Taylor Spillane, followed by Autumn Eastman, Carley Braun and Emma Hamilton.
The boys took the four top positions, led by winner Forrest Hamilton. Emmett Peterson was second, followed by Cooper Wilsey and Parker Francis.
“It was a great first race,” said Strack. “All in all, it was a fantastic day.”
TOUGH HORNETS AWAIT CVU BOYS HOCKEY COMBINE SATURDAY
The Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey team will take a four-game unbeaten streak to Essex Saturday at 3 p.m. when it clashes with the 4-1 Hornets.
While the 4-1-1 Redhawks were rapping 2-2 Middlebury Union High 5-1 Wednesday night, Essex drubbed Rice Memorial High 8-0.
Senior Jeremy Lerner led CVU with a pair of scores while Curt Fontana, Jack Hall and Elliott Mitchell also scored. Sophomore Goalie Greg Talbert made 21 saves between the pipes. The Redhawks uncorked 21 shots on the Tigers’ cage.
Last Saturday, Hall potted a pair of goals as the Hawks rolled up a 6-1 win at Missisquoi Valley Union in Highgate. In two games just prior to Christmas, CVU tied Rutland 2-2 and edged Bellows Free Academy 4-3 in road tests.
CVU HOCKEY GIRLS HOME FRIDAY TO BFA
No long bus ride Friday for the 0-4-1 Champlain Valley Union High girls’ hockey team, who will play host to Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans (3-2-1) in a 6:40 start at Cairns Arena.
A bus ride to Northfield High Wednesday resulted in a 12-0 loss to the 3-4 Marauders.
But the longest trip of the season—according to head coach Ben Psaros, some 3.5 hours just to get to Manchester—turned into a 1-1 tie Saturday with Burr and Burton Academy.
Goalie Laurel Hubbert-Severance came up with an incredible 38 stops, while Molly Dunphy scored a goal with eight minutes left in regulation for the tie.
“Molly had an good opportunity in overtime but got stuffed by the Burr and Burton goalie,” Psaros said in an e-mail.
WRESTLERS RETURN TO ACTION IN N.H. SATURDAY
It will have been two weeks since its last competitive grappling when the Champlain Valley Union High wrestling team returns to the mats Saturday at the John Stark Duals in New Hampshire.
In the days just after Christmas, coach Gunnar Olson’s Redhawks took part in the prestigious two-day Hubie Wagner Invitational in Middlebury with Liam Bowley winning in the 106-pound class.
Alex Legg was second among the 126 pounders.
The CVU team finished in a tie for sixth with Middlebury Union High as New York schools, led by champion Shaker, swept the top four places.
—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent