April 27, 2017

Sports Roundup



The puck will drop at 2:15 Saturday afternoon at Cairns Arena as the 10-0-1 Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey team squares off against 8-2 Essex High in the first of two regular season clashes between the traditional Division 1 title challengers.

The Hornets come into the game off a 4-2 victory Saturday over 8-3 Colchester High, a team CVU has nipped twice.

While Essex was taking care of business Saturday, so too were the Redhawks with an 8-2 licking of Rutland High on the Raiders’ home rink.

It was a solid day for senior Brendan Gannon who collected a chapeau trick of three goals and for good measure added a pair of assists.

Sophomore Ryan Keelan added two goals and an assist with tallies also coming from the sticks of Cam Rivard, Kaleb Godbout and Thomas Samuelsen. Godbout and Samuelsen each gathered two helpers.

Last Wednesday, Will Bernicke had the lone score as the Redhawks played to a 1-1 with 4-3-2 Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans.

Goalie Greg Talbert made 21 stops for the Redhawks, who launched 20 shots on the BFA net.



No doubt stirred up by Saturday’s 55-48 loss at Rice Memorial High, the 7-2 Essex High Hornets will buzz into Bremner Gymnasium Friday evening (6:30) for their first meeting of the season with 9-0 defending Division 1 girls champion Champlain Valley Union High.

Essex will be led by veteran senior center Kara Sheftic, a familiar figure now in her fourth season as a varsity contributor.

Coach Ute Otley’s Redhawks have been idle since last Friday’s 67-32 triumph over 3-6 Spaulding High in Barre, their 32-straight thumbs upper.

In this game, CVU’s -authored chaos time came in the second quarter, a 19-2 explosion that was the decider.

Sophomore center Laurel Jaunich and senior guard Kaelyn Kohlasch led the winners with 15 points each. Emily Kinneston fired in 11 tallies.



Champlain Valley Union High girls team came in fourth and the boys sixth Saturday at a 19-school indoor track and field meet at the University of Vermont.

Two individual event winners for the CVU girls were Haliana Burhans in the 55-meter dash and Emily Geske on the pole vault. The 4-by-200 relay team was also a winner.

On the boys’ side, Tawn Tomasi captured the 300-meter event and the 4-by-200 relay team hotfooted to victory.

Essex High girls won the team competition while South Burlington High ruled the boys.


For the past few winters, only Essex High has stood between the Champlain Valley Union High gymnastics team and the Division 1 crown.

And in some years—the last two in particular—the point difference between the two teams at the state championships has been microscopic.

The two friendly foes, 2014 editions, have their lone regular season dual competition Friday night with CVU hosting at Green Mountain Gymnastics. Routines get underway at 7 p.m.

Coach Bob Abbott’s Redhawks were in action last Wednesday with a 119.55 to 111.30 team triumph at Randolph Union High.

CVU senior Sarah Kinsley was a double winner on the bars and in floor exercise.

Sophomore Jackie Casson won the vault with freshman Julia Higa in second place.

Redhawks sophomore Jessie Johnson was second in floor exercise and junior Taylor Filardi tied for second on the beam.

Kinsley’s 9.1 in floor exercise was the top individual score in the meet.



Sophomore Boomer Vasquez scored a slalom victory for the Champlain Valley Union High ski team in the nine-school competition last Thursday at Cochran’s Ski Area in Richmond.

In combined boys and girls team totals, CVU took third place with 105 points, behind winner South Burlington High (81) and runner-up Mount Mansfield Union (98).

The Redhawk skiers return to the competitive slopes Monday with a giant slalom at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl.

Closely following Vasquez’ winning performance was freshman Cole Bartlett who gave CVU a third place in the individual event. There were no ‘Hawks in the girls top 10.

—Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent



  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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