SUGARBUSH SLALOM NEXT FOR CVU ALPINE TEAM
The Champlain Valley Union High boys and girls Alpine ski team will be at Sugarbush Resort Saturday to swoosh through the slalom course in interscholastic competition.
The Redhawks’ teams each finished fifth Monday in a nine-team giant slalom at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl. South Burlington High won both divisions.
Top CVU boys finisher was Skye Golann in eighth place. Emma Putre, also in eighth, paced the ‘Hawks girls.
Mount Mansfield Union had the two individual winners: Kyle Polsona and Ali Chivers.
CVU NORDIC SKIERS COLLECT WINS AT MIDDLEBURY
The Champlain Valley Union High boys and girls Nordic ski teams scored victories Monday at Middlebury despite the absence of some of their top performers.
The boys’ win was led by third place Thomas Clayton and fifth place Cooper Wilsey, with the Redhawks also taking 14th, 15th and 16th.
The girls grouped up with Anna Franceschetti (sixth) Rachel Slimovitch (seventh), Evelyn Needham (eighth) and Allison Spasyk (10th).
Gone for New England Junior National team trials in Rumford, Me. were Charlie Maitland of the boys team, along with Autumn Eastman, Cally Braun and Tatum Braun of the girls team.
There will be four more trial races before the team is named. The Nationals will take place in March at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe.
The CVU teams both placed second in Friday’s 11-school pursuit at the Jericho firing range.
Francesshetti led the CVU girls with a seventh overall. For the boys, Clayton was fifth and Wilsey 10th.
Alissa Stone of the girls team had to navigate some difficult times in the classic, according to coach Sarah Strack.
The mentor said Stone started in the lead of the 140-skier start. She lost one of her poles when it was stepped on, soldiered on with one pole before getting a short one for the finish. She fell back to 38th at one point, but got back within the top 30 to be eligible for the transition to skate, which required a change of skies.
REB-HAWKS SEEKING BETTER OUTCOMES
After a rough patch of four straight losses to top-flight foes, the Champlain Valley Union-South Burlington High Red-Hawks were in Barre Wednesday night hoping to pop the Crimson Tide for a second time this season.
The 4-6 Reb-Hawks bopped the Tide 7-3 on their Cairns Arena home ice in early December.
They return to Cairns Saturday (at 6 p.m.) to meet Harwood Union High, a unit they whipped 7-2 on the road last month.
On Monday, the CVU-SB girls travel to Highgate to take on Missisquoi Valley Union in the make-up of a postponed contest.
The Reb-Hawks bowed to 8-1-2 Essex High at Cairns Saturday by a 3-0 tally. Goalie Courtney had 22 saves for the Hawks.
CVU WRESTLERS AT COLCHESTER SATURDAY
Fresh from the weekend’s two-day Michael J. Baker Classic tournament at Essex High, the Champlain Valley Union High wrestling team goes to Colchester High Saturday for competition beginning at 9 a.m.
The big Baker Tournament saw another solid performance by the Redhawks’ Grant Poston, who took second place in the 170-pound class.
Kienan Kittredge (195) was fourth, while sixth place finishes were earned by Alex Legg (132) and Jarett Legg (106).
CVU GYMNASTICS SEEK REBOUND WIN SATURDAY
The Champlain Valley Union High gymnastics team travels to East Montpelier and U-32 Saturday for a 1 p.m. session with the Raiders.
Coach Bob Abbott’s team is out to regain its winning ways after getting upended by defending state champion Essex Friday night at the home Green Mountain Gymnastics facility.
Essex won by a substantial 139.50 to 124.55 margin.
Top performers for the Redhawks were Julia Higa, who tied for third on the vault and Sarah Kinsley with a third place tie on the beam.
—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent