Alpine skiers test Burke Friday
“We are doing alright,” Champlain Valley Union High alpine ski coach Mike Minnerly said of his youthful team in a Sunday telephone conversation with the Observer.
And it is a very young team, with only three seniors (Sarah Caffrey, Zach Holman, Dana Kaufman) on the roster of 34 boys and girls.
The Redhawks’ next race is a six-team giant slalom event Friday at Burke Mountain.
“Most of our top skiers are sophomores and freshmen, so the future is bright,” Minnerly said.
The present is not exactly shabby.
In competition last Saturday at Sugarbush Resort, sophomore Ted Hadley won the boys’ division, while teammates Boomer Vazquez, a freshman, and sophomore Mark Deslauriers were second and fifth.
Sophomore Emma Putre was the girls’ winner, with freshman Emma Owens fifth, followed by freshman Sydney McGlaflin in eighth and her sister, sophomore Cassidy McGlaflin, ninth.
Minnerly said team scoring was done by taking the top eight finishers in each division and combining them.
CVU easily took the team title, “with a very low total score,” the coach said.
Minnerly added the team has had some growing pains, but “it is a good group of kids with good attitudes.”
Former Redhawks playing in college
CVU graduate John Donnelly continues to shine at Vassar College, where the former Redhawk hoopster is in his fourth season with the Brewers.
Donnelly was recently named to the Liberty League’s weekly honor roll after scoring 57 points in close contests against RPI, Skidmore and Union. He leads Vassar in scoring with a 13.3 average and steals with 1.3 per game, He is also tearing down 5.7 rebounds per game.
Williston’s Ellen Boucher, who played basketball for Rice Memorial High, is earning playing time at Rensselaer in her freshman year. The 10-7 Engineers are getting better than a point per game and about a rebound per outing, as Boucher averages about five minutes a contest.
St. Albans trip Saturday for CVU hockey girls
The Champlain Valley Union High girls hockey team continues its quest for the season’s initial victory Saturday (5:30 p.m.) in St. Albans against 9-2-2 Bellows Free Academy.
Coach Ben Psaros’ Redhawks return to their Cairns Arena home Wednesday to tangle with Missisquoi Valley Union.
Last week, 0-11-1 CVU bowed 6-0 to 8-5-1 Essex on Saturday at the Hornets’ ice. On Jan. 30, Rice outlasted the Hawks 6-3, with Randi-Lynn Katon, Hannah Carpenter and Sophie Hubert-Severance scoring for CVU.
—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent