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Oct. 27, 2011



Coach Kate McDonald and her Champlain Valley Union field hockey team will continue their climb through the hills of the Division I postseason Friday with an assault on No. 1 South Burlington’s (12-2) mountain. The game is on the Rebels’ turf, slated for 3:45 p.m.

CVU bowed twice to South Burlington during the regular campaign.

The Redhawks, seeded ninth after finishing the regular season with a 3-7-4 mark, blanked No. 8 Mount Mansfield, 2-0, Tuesday afternoon in a playoff opener at Jericho Center.

In knocking off the 4-8-3 Cougars, CVU scored more than a single goal in a game for only the second time this season. Previous meetings with Mount Mansfield resulted in ties — 0-0 and 1-1.

Kathryn Loucks and Sarah Reed fired home the scores while goalie Evangeline Dunphy sparkled in the CVU cage with eight stops. The Redhawks had six shots on MMU netminder Kimi Kenney.


The Champlain Valley Union cross country team returns to Thetford Saturday and the annual Vermont State meet, the scene of past triumphs for the defending state and New England champion girls team.

It will be the Redhawks second appearance of the season at the hilly Thetford course, where the girls won an invitational event Oct. 1.

On Oct. 22, the girls crowded seven finishers into the top 12 positions in capturing the Northern Vermont Athletic Council metro title at Missisquoi Valley Union High School in Swanton.

Taylor Spillane led the Hawks with a second place finish to Essex’s Markie Palermo. Palermo crossed the finish line in 17 minutes and 55.5 seconds and Spillane timed out at 18:02.

The subsequent cluster of Redhawks included Adrienne DeVita (fourth), Autumn Eastman (fifth), Julienne DeVita (ninth), Isabelle Unger (11th) and Sophie Hess (12th).

In team totals, CVU won the seven-team competition with 30 points. Essex followed with 47 and South Burlington placed third (88).

The CVU boys took fourth place with 107 points. The winning Mount Mansfield Union team had 32, led by Jack Hegman third-place finish. No Redhawk finished in the top 15.


The CSSU Buccaneers fifth and sixth grade junior varsity youth football team completed an 11-1 season on Oct. 16.

At the conclusion of the day,  coaches thanked the players for their efforts — individually and as a team.

The team then held a brief ceremony to honor three players: Jack ZuWallack of Williston received the sportsmanship award, Cole Boffa of Charlotte earned the offensive most valuable player award and Tre’ Diemer of Shelburne received the defensive MVP award.

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