March 25, 2010
By Mal Boright
Yes, it is spring at Champlain Valley Union High hill in Hinesburg.
Tuesday afternoon, just before 4 p.m., coach Corinna Hussey was working with 11 softball players in one part of the gymnasium, while junior varsity mentor Katherine Riley had 14 girls practicing at the other end of the gym.
“We have already been outside twice,” Hussey said with a big grin.
“We got out in our tryout week for the first time ever,” she said, adding that last year the team could not practice outside until two days before the opening game.
Things are looking up this season for the Redhawks, who return nine players from the 2009 team.
The Hawks open the season April 17 at Mount Mansfield Union High along with the baseball team.
In the hallway outside the front office, girls varsity lacrosse coach Julie Sloan was taking care of the administrative detail of distributing uniforms to some 20 players.
In the meantime, varsity baseball coach Tim Albertson was getting ready for a 5 p.m. practice in the gym.
He said the team works out in the gym Monday through Thursday and then moves to the Shelburne Field House Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.
Albertson has pared some 40 hopefuls to 15 on the varsity and 18 on junior varsity.
“We have a nice group of guys,” the coach said. “There is good chemistry and it is a hard-working group.”
Scrimmages are set for April 8 at South Burlington, a jamboree at Essex Junction the 10th as well as a home workout with Peoples Academy of Morrisville, and then a home practice game with Essex on April 13.
As for when the Redhawks will get into the great outdoors, Albertson predicts April 1.
“I always predict April 1,” he said with the typical high school baseball coach’s springtime optimism that every wind in March is a warm and melting one.
Also getting set for the games to come are the boys lacrosse team and the track and field aggregation.
Golf coach Jeff Evans said the linksters will open their schedule the first part of May and will begin practicing in earnest as soon as golf courses dry out.