Feb. 23, 2012
TITLE TRY NEXT UP FOR CVU GYMNASTS
With the annual state meet coming up Saturday (2 p.m.) at Essex High School, Champlain Valley Union gymnasts went through their final tune-ups this week at Green Mountain Gymnastics in Williston.
Top seed in the annual meet will likely go to defending champion Essex, which nipped the Redhawks by a hair (141.45-140.5) in their only meeting of the regular season last Thursday at Green Mountain.
“We had a good meet. People scored well,” said CVU head coach Carly O’Brien Rivard of the session with the Hornets.
The balance beam proved to be critical, where all CVU competitors had falls.
Also, sophomore Megan Nick was competing after a cast was supplied to an arm fracture earlier in the day. Nick, an all-around competitor last year, will be limited to the beam and floor exercise. She has had a little more than a week to get used to performing with the cast on her arm.
Rivard and the team are looking forward to Saturday, well aware that last year CVU defeated Essex in the lone regular season meeting only to see the Hornets roll to a fifth consecutive title at the state meet.
“I feel confident,” said senior Ashley Bachand, the veteran team leader who has come back from June Achilles tendon surgery and will be one of two Redhawks going for the all-around crown.
Bachand slowly worked her way back into all four disciplines, the vault — which involves running — being the last hurdle.
Sarah Kinsley will also go all-around.
LAKERS POSE FINAL REGULAR SEASON TEST FOR BOYS ICE SEXTET
After Wednesday night’s rubber match with Rice Memorial (after Observer press deadline), the surging Champlain Valley Union boys hockey team will put the finishing touches on the regular season Saturday (7:45 p.m.) when 11-6-1 Colchester brings its skates and pads to Cairns Arena.
The Rice game was a season series rubber match. The 7-10-1 Redhawks nipped the Green Knights 2-1 in the December Burchard Tournament title game. Rice bopped the Hawks 3-1 a couple of weeks later.
Saturday’s tilt will be the ‘Hawks only meeting with the Lakers.
Last Wednesday (Feb. 15), the Hawks extended their string of unbeaten games to four in a 2-2 deadlock on the road at 9-7-1 Middlebury. The Tigers tied the game with less than five minutes remaining in regulation after CVU took the lead on goals from Max Hopper and Adam Hauke. Goalie Jason O’Brien Had 19 stops for the Redhawks.
At Cairns Saturday (Feb. 18), the Redhawks gave unbeaten (17-0-1) Essex a mighty scramble before bowing 2-0 to Hornet scores in the first and third periods. O’Brien made 28 saves in the CVU cage. The Redhawks unleashed 18 shots at Essex goalie Pat Campbell.
CVU GIRLS HOCKEY TEAM AT ESSEX SATURDAY
The Champlain Valley Union girls hockey team had high hopes of their first victory Wednesday (after Observer press deadline) when they hosted Hartford at Cairns Arena. The 0-18 Redhawks narrowly bowed 3-2 to the Hurricanes in late January at Hartford on a goal in the final minutes of play.
CVU will close out the regular season Saturday at 1 p.m. at 9-8-1 Essex.
Last Wednesday, the Hawks fell 5-0 to BFA-St. Albans. CVU goalie Nicole Sisk made 39 saves. On Saturday (Feb. 18), South Burlington bumped off CVU, 9-0, at Cairns Arena.
CVU ALPINERS CURRENTLY 2ND, 3RD IN DISTRICTS
Champlain Valley Union Alpine ski teams head back to Smuggler’s Notch for slalom runs Thursday sitting in second and third places after Monday’s giant slalom event at the resort.
CVU’s girls came in second among 10 teams Monday as Mount Mansfield Union took the lead with 23 points to the Redhawks’ 63. Ali Chivers led the Cougars with a top combined two-run time of one minute and 8.7 seconds. Teammate Lucy Herrington was runner-up. CVU was led by Emma Putre (fourth) and Abby Owens in (10th).
Mount Mansfield, led by defending state GS champion and Monday’s victor David Polson, took the boys’ side with 30 points. CVU, with no competitors breaking into the top 10 finishers, was third with 78 points.