December 20, 2014

Spring sports teams at a glance

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April 10th, 2014

Champlain Valley Union High varsity coaches provided a preview of their spring seasons

Baseball
Coach: Tim AlbertsonKey returning veterans: Seniors: Kyle Stanley; Erik Bergkvist; Hayden Smith. Juniors: Rayne Supple; Deagan Poland; Will Potter
Leading newcomers: Sophomores Jed Morris; Andrew Bortnick; Sam Mikell
Season prospects: We return 12 players from last year’s squad. Our depth on the mound, and experience defensively, we hope to put ourselves in a good place come playoff time.

Golf
Coach: Seth Emerson
Key returning veterans: Peter Scrimgeour; Carter Knox; Patrick Pattison; Forrest Dodds; Ryan Grabone-Akey
Leading newcomers: Will Ryan; Nick Cresta; Teddy Hadley
Season Prospects: We would love to qualify for the state tournament as a team and bring home the state title. To do it, we will have to be better than Essex, Rutland, Spaulding, St. Johnsbury and South Burlington, who will be very good. It is a great challenge. Peter Scrimgeour has a chance to be the individual state champion. He is definitely one of the top five golfers in the state this year.

Boys lacrosse
Coach: Dave Trevithick
Key returning veterans: Owen Hudson; Cam Harris; Alex Bulla; Steele Dubrul; Nevin DiParlo (all five are seniors) and Elliott Mitchell (junior).
Leading newcomers: Pat McCue (junior); Ryan Keelan (sophomore)
Season prospects: Hoping to defend the state championship after losing six players off last year’s team. Returning all starters except two defensemen and a long stick midfielder. Looking for a lot of offense from the attack (Mitchell, DiParlo and Matt Palmer) that will all play together for a second straight year.

Girls lacrosse
Coach: Hillary Arthur
Key returning veterans: As a new coach to the program, I am excited to work with this great group of players. They collectively bring extensive knowledge and experience to the game of lacrosse. We have a large group of seniors who will provide leadership and experience. Our 11th graders will provide offensive and defensive knowledge and skill. The 10th graders are a talented group who will provide depth in all aspects of the game. Our goalie brings tons of energy and leadership to the entire team. She will continue to grow and motivate the team through her hard working attitude.
Leading newcomers: We gained a large group of 10th graders to the varsity team who will bring tremendous depth and skill. They are a group who have both offensive and defensive capabilities and will help build the program during the next few years. They are a determined bunch who are willing and ready to take on their roles at the varsity level.
Season prospects: Our mission this season is to work together, take risks as lacrosse players and learn through each experience they face as a team. The Redhawks are a determined and competitive group that has a ton of talent and depth. I have been impressed so far with their ability to adapt (weather-related issues) and their motivation to come together as a team so early in the season. They are ready to get on a “field” and showcase their hard work in the practices leading up to the start of season.

Softball
Coaches: Peter Monty and Paul Potter
Key returning veterans: Junior Elizabeth Boutin; senior Megan Folsom; junior Bronwen Hopwood; sophomore Claire Potter; junior Katlin Songer
Leading newcomers: Senior Mikala Clark; freshman Natalie Gagnon; junior Kalli Graveline; junior Sophie Hubbert-Severance; junior Heidi Laberge; junior Makayla Merchant; senior Miranda Poulos
Season prospects: CVU softball is in the process of rebuilding our program. CVU looks to win the majority of our games this season with the talent, sportsmanship and determination that is characteristic of CVU athletic teams! We are excited about the JV team that has nine enthusiastic freshmen playing, coming from the Shelburne, Hinesburg and Williston Little League programs.

Boys tennis
Coach: Frank Babbott
Key returning veterans: (returning seniors) Skylar Golann; Joey O’Brien; Ryan Schneiderman; (other returns) Nathan Comai; Stephen Asch; Matthew Killkelley; William Hodgson-Walker; Bayard Baker.
Leading newcomers: George Lomas likely to play first singles. High quality freshmen other than George: David Huber; Justin Hameline; Ethan Leonard; Ben Hyams; and exchange student Louis Daub.
Season prospects: There is a lot of experience on this team as many players have been together for three or four seasons. With a new player at the top of the singles ladder, it pushes our experienced line up down a position, which is significant in a smaller sport. The new players are everything: talented, eager, competitive and good students of the game. As a group, they learn quickly which is important because the season is so short.
I look for a successful year with strong competition from other schools, and I fully expect CVU to be in a very strong position in a league, which has a lot of young new players.

Girls tennis
Coach: Amy deGroot
Key returning veterans: Leah Epstein; MacKenzie Kingston; Maia Bertrand; MacKenzie Buckman; Isabelle Angstman; Kathy Joseph; Elyse Killkelley
Leading newcomers: Erika Barth; Amanda Daniels; Sara Erickson; Meara Heininger
Season Prospects: This is a building year with eight new players added to the team. Kathy Joseph returns as our #1 singles player. Everyone else will be filling new roles.

Track and Field
Coaches: Eli Enman & Tova Tomasi (co-head coaches) Scott Bliss, Ryan Robitaille, Cory Coffey (assistant coaches), King Milne (volunteer coach)
Key returning veterans: On the girls side, we return a very strong team. Autumn Eastman (distance), Haliana Burhans (100 and 200), Brianna Hake (javelin), Emily Geske (pole vault) Eliza Giles (hurdles) and several others should be very competitive statewide in their events. On the boys side, Zach Marshall (distance), Zach Akey (sprints), Richard Tegatz (throws), Russell Fox (javelin) and David Daly (sprints) should lead the team.
Leading newcomers: In some respects, it’s hard to tell so far as the season started so cold and snowy! But we do know for sure Tawn and Trey Tomasi, Naomi Burhans, Harken Spillane and Tyler Marshall will all make impacts this season. The exciting thing is there looks to be a lot of talent on the team this spring, and only after a few meets will we see who steps up.
Season prospects: Our girls team returns a strong team. Last year, we were second to Essex High School at the state meet. This year, I’d say we’re still the underdogs, but if things come together right we could challenge for the state title. It should be an exciting year with a lot of strong performances. On the boys side, we have a whole lot of young talent that should make great strides this year. We graduated a lot of great seniors last year, but we also see a lot of new athletes coming out for the team that have a lot of energy and enthusiasm.

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