September 19th, 2013
CVU harriers take honors in Empire state
Autumn Eastman and the Champlain Valley Union High cross country teams have spread their title-seeking footprints into New York State’s capital district.
Running at Colonie Park near Albany Saturday, Eastman and the CVU girls won their four-kilometer event while the boys’ team took fifth. The JV boys were also winners while JV girls had a cluster in the top 10 but did not show in team standings.
Eastman snared a 48-second triumph in the girls varsity competition, posting a time of 14 minutes and 59.29 seconds. Teammates Abby Keim (eighth), Emma Putre (ninth), freshman Sophia Gorman (14th) and Kestrel Grevatt (24th) all helped the team triumph with 56 points over runner-up host Queensbury High with 71.
There were 11 schools in the competition.
The boys were led by sixth place Zach Marshall, 31 seconds off the winning time. Freshman Tyler Marshall was 10th.
CVU boys end soccer home stand Saturday
A three-game series of home contests comes to an end Saturday morning at 10 when coach T. J. Mead’s defending champion Champlain Valley Union High boys soccer team meets Burlington High on the home grass in a Spirit Day clash.
It will be the second meeting between the 2012 Division 1 title foes. The Redhawks nipped the Seahorses 2-0 on the Burlington High turf Sept. 7.
CVU took a 4-0 record and a 20-0 ledger in goal scoring into Wednesday’s contest against visiting Harwood Union High after the Observer’s press deadline.
Last Friday, the Redhawks put away 0-4 Middlebury Union 8-0 to open the home stand.
The trio of Max Brown, Joe Castano and Oliver Choiniere each potted a pair of goals. Singletons came from Zach Akey and Chris Reiss as CVU unleashed 21 shots on the Tigers’ cage.
Brandon O’Connell and Oscar Kelly combined for two saves at the Redhawks’ end.
Club volleyball taking hold at CVU
It may be played on hardwood instead of soft sand, but enthusiasm is apparent as the new club sport of volleyball gets underway at Champlain Valley Union High.
According to players Lisa Schold and Bea Woodruff, some 35 students answered the call for players at the opening of the school year. That was enough for two girls teams and one for boys.
Schold, the junior class representative to the school board, said the teams had their first scrimmages Friday at Burlington High.
The Redhawk girls lost each match by two points. Schold said it was their first time out as a team.
She added that the boys won one set and lost the other two.
“We have a strong boys team,” she said.
The program has a schedule of 12 games and scrimmages before the Vermont Principals Association-sanctioned state tournament in November. The VPA has established volleyball as a two-year exhibition sport.
Girls take 5-0 marks into Spirit Day soccer test
Call it a High Nooner.
The unbeaten defending Division 1 champion Champlain Valley Union High girls soccer team will test for the second time this season the 3-2 Burlington High unit at the CVU ball yard, starting at 12:30 p.m. on Spirit Day Saturday.
The Seahorses gave the Redhawks a game of it earlier this month at BHS before CVU prevailed, 2-0.
Coach Stan Williams 5-0 Hawks eased past Essex High 3-0 Tuesday, as Haliana Burhans, Mackenzie Kingston and Paige DuBrul knocked home the scores with Kingston, Emily Kinneston and Laura Jennings notching assists.
Maddie Turnau had three stops in the CVU net to collect the Redhawks’ fifth shutout.
Last Wednesday, Burhans scored twice and freshman Sierra Morton once as CVU iced South Burlington, 3-0. Turnau had two saves while the Redhawks slammed 15 shots at the Rebels’ net.