May 20, 2018

Sports Roundup


While the Champlain Valley Union High Nordic ski team looks ahead to the Vermont Interscholastic Championship events Thursday and Tuesday at Craftsbury, some 16 team members have been selected for New England Nordic Ski Association championship competition in March.

As for the state championships, Thursday will be the skate and Tuesday the classic. The top eight CVU boys and top eight girls are entered in the events.

First of the New England title goes will be the J-2 Championships at Plymouth, N. H. March 8 through 10. Each New England state (Connecticut and Rhode Island excepted) sends its top 20 junior skiers, ages 14-15.

Boys representing CVU are Forrest Hamilton, Cooper Willsey, Charlie Maitland, Peter Unger and Jonathan Buzzell.

Girls are Rachel Slimovitch, Alison Spasyk and Kate Burke.

On March 15-17, the association’s high school championships will be staged at Presque Isle, Me. The top 24 Vermont high school racers will include, from CVU boys, Hamilton and Willsey, Emmett Peterson, Sean Delaney, Parker Francis and Thomas Clayton.

Competing CVU girls are Taylor Spillane, Autumn Eastman, Cally Braun and Emma Hamilton.



If it is mid-to-late February, it must be state gymnastics championship time, and that means defending champion Essex High and usual runner-up Champlain Valley Union High to the floor mat and apparatus.

For several winters now, gymnastics teams from the two rivals have taken the top two slots in the championship meets, with Essex in front. Last year, the Hornets won by but a sliver over the Redhawks.

This year’s championships are set for Saturday, starting at 2 p.m. at the Essex High gymnasium.

The Hornets and Redhawks warmed up for the annual competition a week ago Wednesday with Essex, at home, capturing a narrow 134.05 to 133.15 victory.

CVU’s Megen Nick took all-around with firsts on the bars and balance beam plus a second on the vault. Teammate Sarah Kinsley was third on the bars.

Essex was led by Karyn Svarczkopf, who was second in all-around. She also posted seconds on the bars and floor exercise.

Each team will be missing a performer due to school vacation travel.



The Champlain Valley Union High girls hockey team has its final two regular season games at Cairns Arena as it meets South Burlington-Mount Mansfield Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. ( a change in starting time) and Colchester High Wednesday night.

The Redhawks were at Spaulding High in Barre Wednesday, after the Observer’s press deadline.

Prior to that trip, the Redhawks hustled to Hartford High Saturday to suffer a 6-1 nudging by the Hurricanes and fell to 0-14-1.

—Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent


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