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Feb. 16, 2012



CVU’s John Keen goes in for a layup during the ‘Hawks 53-47 boys basketball loss to Mount Mansfield Union on Monday. (Observer photo by Shane Bufano)

A quick end to its four-game losing steak will have to happen on the road for the Champlain Valley Union boys basketball team.

The 8-9 Redhawks head to Colchester Thursday night hoping to avenge a 56-48 defeat the Lakers hung on them at Bremner Gymnasium last month. The ‘Hawks then visit Monday.

Coach Scott Bliss’ combine was in Jericho Center Monday and gave 16-1 Mount Mansfield Union some Maalox moments before bowing 53-47 to the powerhouse that crunched the ‘Hawks 56-30 at Hinesburg in late-December.

The Redhawks were down by a mere two points at intermission and stayed close throughout the second half.

John Keen led the determined CVU squad with 14 points and Brad Bissonette added 11.

Veteran senior Tom Lacy paced the winners with 19 points. Eric Suder, the Cougars’ 6-7 center, contributed 11 points and 13 rebounds.

CVU was coming off last Thursday’s (Feb. 9) 54-49 loss at home to 5-10 St. Johnsbury Academy, which blew off the gym doors by grabbing a 27-10 lead by halftime.

The Redhawks got things together in the second half with a 26-15 run in the fourth period, perhaps their best eight minutes of the season.

With Scott Bisonnette coming off the bench to bury 14 fourth-quarter points, brother Brad adding eight, Joe Chevalier swishing six points and grabbing five rebounds, and guard Tucker Kohlasch passing off for three assists, the ‘Hawks twice got to within three points of the Hilltoppers before time expired.



Champlain Valley Union senior goaltender Jason O’Brien is about to make one of his 15 saves during the Redhawks’ 3-0 victory over Spaulding on Feb. 11. (Courtesy photo by David Yandell)

A resurging Champlain Valley Union boys hockey team took a three-game winning streak into Middlebury Wednesday (after Observer deadline) for an important piece of business before Saturday night’s home contest against mighty Essex (14-0-1 as of Feb. 13).

Middlebury edged the Redhawks 4-3 early in the season. This will be CVU’s lone regular season faceoff with the Hornets.

CVU is coming off a slick, 3-0 triumph over Spaulding Saturday (Feb. 11) at Cairns Arena. The win boosted the ‘Hawks season mark to 7-9.

“It was our first 45-minute game of the season,” said smiling Redhawks coach Mike Murray shortly after the final buzzer.

Senior goaltender Jason O’Brien made 15 saves in compiling his first shutout of the campaign. He has allowed just one puck past him in the last two contests.

Forward Chris Bulla popped home a pair of scores for the winners while freshman Hoyt McCuin nailed the other.

The game went scoreless until late in the second period when rushing CVU forward Jeremy Lerner cleverly back-passed to the following Bulla, who launched a hard 15-foot drive past Spaulding netminder Ben Ferland (17 stops).

McCuin scored with nine minutes and 31 seconds left in the final reel. Max Hopper sped into Spaulding territory and passed to McCuin, who deposited the puck past Ferland.

Bulla got the final tally with 3:47 remaining, taking control of a loose puck at his blue line, racing in on Ferland and launching into an upper corner of the net.

CVU defenders – led by co-captain Wilson Yarnell, Alex Bulla, Adam Kaminsky and others – kept Spaulding from any sustained offense in front of O’Brien.



State competition is next for all Champlain Valley Union wrestlers.

This Saturday, the jayvee guys grapple with their counterparts in the Vermont Junior Varsity Tournament at Spaulding High School in Barre.

St. Johnsbury Academy will host the annual varsity state tournament the following weekend.

In last weekend’s tune up NVAC duals tournament in Vergennes, coach Rahn Fleming’s wrestlers came in third among 13 teams: whipping Spaulding, Colchester and host Vergennes, and bowing to Mount Mansfield Union, the tournament’s runner-up. St. Johnsbury was the team victor.

CVU had entries in 11 of the 14 weight divisions with Connor Brown capturing four triumphs in his 152-pound class.



Last weekend’s Nordic Elite Qualifiers at Grafton Pond proved fruitful for the six Champlain Valley Union skiers who finished among the 20 Vermonters who made the field for the J2 Championships next month in Rumford, Maine.

CVU boys making the trip include Cooper Willsey, Parker Francis and Thomas Clayton. The Redhawks’ Kate Burke, Cally Braun and Autumn Eastman will represent the girls.



Wednesday, Feb. 8

Missisquoi Valley Union 8, CVU 4

Saturday, Feb. 11

Spaulding 8, CVU 0



Thursday, Feb. 9

CVU 136.9, U-32 98.45


—Mal Boright


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