CVU tennis teams capture their openers
After winning their season-opening matches against Burlington High Monday, the Champlain Valley Union High boys and girls tennis teams were taking on Stowe High Wednesday, after the Observer’s press deadline.
On Friday, the girls will meet Essex High at 3:30 p.m. in Shelburne, while the boys travel to Essex for a session with the Hornets and defending individual state champion David Ro of Williston.
The defending state Division 1 champion CVU girls whipped Burlington 6-1 at Shelburne Monday. Redhawks scoring individual match victories were Kathy Joseph, Andrea Joseph, Emily Polhemus and Sydney Hardy.
Winning CVU doubles teams were: Leah Epstein/MacKenzie Buckman and Natalie Puma/MacKenzie Kingston.
The boys won 5-2 at Burlington High, paced by individual match victors Skyler Golann, Conor McQuiston and Ryan Schneiderman.
Doubles pairs with wins were Tristan Arthaud/Josh Huber and Stephan Asch/Nathan Comai.
Home opener for boys lacrosse team Saturday
The Champlain Valley Union High boys lacrosse team will perform before the home folks Saturday (2 p.m.) against Mount Mansfield Union High, and could be looking for a first win, depending on the outcome of Wednesday’s game in Barre against Spaulding High. Wednesday’s game was after the Observer press deadline.
The season opener Monday in the Granite State went south in overtime after CVU’s Chandler Jacobson scored to tie the contest with Hanover High at 4-4 with just 17 seconds remaining in the final regulation quarter.
But the Redhawks went into the extra reel a player down and it took the Marauders just 15 seconds to pot the game winner.
CVU netminder Owen Hudson had 12 saves, while scoring came from Jack Gingras, Elliot Mitchell and Matt Palmer.
New coaches for CVU softball
The Champlain Valley Union High softball teams are getting ready for next week’s season openers with new coaches at the varsity and junior varsity helms.
Taking over the varsity slot is Paul Potter of Shelburne, who has years of experience in Babe Ruth and elementary school programs, plus little league baseball.
He is owner and manager of the Shelburne Flight School.
Peter Monty is the new junior varsity skipper.
CVU’s Dunphy helps Vermont gain national title
Molly Dunphy, scoring leader for the Champlain Valley Union High girls hockey team, now knows the way to San Jose.
Playing for the Vermont Shamrocks in a Tier 2 Girls 16-and-under national tournament championship game in the northern California city, Dunphy fired in a goal to give the Shamrocks a 2-1 advantage over Potsdam. The Shamrocks went on to a 4-1 triumph and the title.
Bulla, Talbert earn boys hockey mentions
Junior defenseman and team captain Alex Bulla and sophomore goalie Greg Talbert were the lone Division 1 runner-up Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey honorees for All-Metro, All-State honors.
Bulla was named all-Metro third team and Burlington Free Press third team while Talbert earned an All-State honorable mention.
The Redhawks, with just four seniors, made it to the Division 1 championship game before losing a 4-2 decision to South Burlington High.
CVU Nordic skiers get all-star nods
Skiers from Champlain Valley Union High’s championship Nordic ski teams were numerous in gaining bids to the sport’s all-star teams.
Five members of the boys team made the 10-skier all-star unit, while three of the girls were named to their 10-member group.
Boys named were Forrest Hamilton, Emmett Peterson, Sean Delaney, Parker Francis and Marvin Muller.
The CVU all-star girls are Taylor Spillane, Autumn Eastman and Cally Braun.
Emma Hamilton, Kayla Servin and Rachel Slimovitch drew honorable mentions for the girls while Cooper Willsey was a boys honorable mention.