April 21, 2018

Sports Roundup

Homestand next for CVU boys soccer team

After three straight road contests, all victories, the Champlain Valley Union High boys soccer team brings its Division 1 title defense to the green, green grass of home for the next trio of games.

First up will be a visit by Middlebury Union High Friday at 4:30 p.m. Harwood Union comes to Hinesburg Wednesday with Burlington High visiting next Saturday morning for a Spirit Day clash.

The Redhawks and Seahorses collided Tuesday in Burlington as the Hawks’ Zach Evans bagged the  over the Seahorses, last seen in the 2012 championship affair.

CVU goalie Brandon O’Connell had three saves in gaining his third shutout in three starts. The Redhawks fired five shots on the BHS net.

Last week, Coach T. J. Mead’s kicksters captured the annual Essex High tournament, popping the Hornets 2-0 Saturday night in the crowning contest.

Joe Castano and Richard Baccia scored the goals and O’Connell had six saves.

Castano and Evans were named to the all-tournament team.

The Redhawks had rumbled past Rutland High 9-0 in last Thursday’s opening. Zach Akey blasted home four tallies in that win.


Field hockey home opener Friday

With nearly a week off following its season-opening victory at Colchester High, coach Kate McDonald’s Champlain Valley Union High field hockey team returned to action Wednesday afternoon, after the Observer’s press deadline, at Burlington High.

The Redhawks have their first home game Friday (4 p.m.) with the Essex High Hornets paying a visit to the Hinesburg hillside.

Molly Dunphy and Amanda Whitbeck produced the goals in the 2-0 triumph at Colchester, Whitbeck also helping out on Dunphy’s tally.

CVU netminder Evangeline Dunphy had two saves in chalking up the shutout.


Cross country runners at two sites this weekend

Champlain Valley Union High cross country boys and girls teams will be at the Burlington High invitational Saturday morning (9:30 a.m.), but with some absentees.

Coach Scott Bliss said this week that top girls runner Autumn Eastman and others will run in New York to test regional competition.

Eastman burned up the track last Saturday at Williston’s Catamount Family Center, where she racked up victory in the annual Essex Invitational by more than a minute over runner-up Katherine Cook of South Burlington High.

The Redhawks’ overland express put up a time of 18 minutes, 21.6 seconds, which was the fastest girls’ time since Erin Sullivan smoked the place in 17:54.7 back in 1998.

Eastman told the media that she had set a goal to finish in under 19 minutes. She accomplished that and then some.

The CVU girls took the team title as Abby Keim (sixth), Sophia Gorman (seventh), Emma Putre and Kestrel Grevatt all were in the top 20.

CVU had 45 points second place Hanover, N.H. High’s 73. Essex High was fourth with 80 points.

Zack Marshall took eighth in the boys’ event as CVU finished fifth behind winning South Burlington High. Marshall was 35 seconds behind race winner Sid Ahdoulaye of South Burlington.


Mini Metro tryouts scheduled

Tryouts for the Mini Metro basketball program are set for late September and early October. Mini Metro, a competitive basketball league with teams from area high school districts, runs from early November through mid-February, with one or two practices during the week and games on Sundays. Boys and girls teams are fielded for a fifth- and sixth-grade division and a seventh- and eighth-grade division. The CVU teams are made up of players from Charlotte, Hinesburg, St. George, Shelburne and Williston.

Tryouts will be held at the Champlain Valley Union High School gymnasium on the following dates:

Seventh- and eighth-grade girls: Sunday, Sept. 22 from 4 – 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 24 from 7 – 9 p.m.

Seventh- and eighth-grade boys: Monday, Sept. 23 and Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 7-9 p.m.

Fifth- and sixth-grade boys: Monday, Sept. 30 and Wednesday, Oct. 2 from 7-9 p.m.

Fifth- and sixth-grade girls: Tuesday, Oct. 1 and Thursday, Oct. 3 from 7-9 p.m.

For more information, visit https://sites.google.com/site/cvuminimetro/


Free girls hockey session

The Chittenden South Burlington Hockey Association and players from the St. Michael’s College women’s hockey team are set to host a free session for girls of all ages looking to try the sport.

The hourlong session is set for Sept. 21 at 12:40 p.m. Players should bring any kind of helmet, gloves, skates and a hockey stick. Skate rentals are available and extra sticks will be provided.

Players should arrive at 12:10 p.m. to sign in and collect information about the U8 hockey program. For more information, visit csbhockey.com or contact Scott Bushweller at sbushweller@comcast.net or 922-4642.

—Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent


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