June 18, 2018

YEAR IN REVIEW: Sports in 2012

Taylor Spillane was first across the finish line in the 2012 Division 1 Cross-Country State Championship. (Observer file photo)

Compiled by Stephanie Choate

Observer staff


Soccer teams sweep state championship

The Champlain Valley Union High School boys and girls soccer teams swept the Division 1 state championships in 2012—both in overtime.

The girls beat Essex High School 2-1, after Essex unexpectedly knocked in a goal just 25 seconds into the game. The Redhawks rallied, adding their own point 12 minutes later, shot in by Mackenzie Kingston. In overtime, Haliana Burhans was taken out, and Emma Davitt scored on a penalty kick.

The team had a 17-1-1 record—the tie and loss each coming from games against Essex.

The boys beat Burlington High School 1-0. After a midfield battle during regulation time, the game’s lone goal was scored by virtuoso striker Shane Haley, with help from longtime teammate Noah Lieberman.

The boys finished the season with a 16-1-1 record.

Girls cross-country, Spillane run to top spot

The CVU cross-country girls won the Division 1 cross-country state title for the fourth time in a row and the ninth time in the past 10 years. Star runner Taylor Spillane took first place, Autumn Eastman second and Julienne Devita fifth.

The boys team scored the runner-up spot.

The CVU girls finished third in the New England Championships, the top Vermont team. Spillane came in second in the Maine race, behind Elle Purrier of Richford.

Spillane went on to compete in the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Ore., where she finished 42nd out of 194 of the nation’s top runners.

State title for girls tennis 

The CVU girls tennis team ended an undefeated 18-0 season with a state championship.

Number one player senior Anna Clare Smith defeated Stowe High School’s Monica Bleda 6-0, 6-1. Redhawks Emily Polhemus, Claire Stoner, Andrea Joseph and Evelyn Mitchell won their individual matches.

Doubles teams of Leah Epstein-Mackenzie Buckman and Laura Andrews-Samone Schneider also won matches.

Baseball snags second crown

The CVU baseball team knocked off Bellows Free Academy St. Albans 5-0 to win its second Division 1 state title. The first state championship was in 2003.

Pitcher Curt Echo hurled a three-hit shutout. An infield of third baseman Ryan Fleming, shortstop Drew Nick, second baseman Tucker Kohlasch and first baseman Davis Mikell and the outfield kept Bobwhite runners at bay, with only one making it to second base. The Redhawks finished the season with an 18-2 record.

The championship was the final game for pitching coach Onnie Matthews.

Golfers earn second straight title

The Redhawk golfers racked up their second Division 1 championship in two years with a close 331-332 victory over Rutland High school.

Senior Jack Tomashot led the Redhawks with a 79. Peter Scrimgeour had an 81 and Carter Knox an 83, with an eagle on the first hole.

Championship near miss for girls basketball

For the second straight year, Rice Memorial High School defeated CVU in the Division 1 state championship game.

This year, Rice trailed in the fourth quarter, but a late-game surge left the score at 46-41 in Rice’s favor. The Redhawks last championship came in 1987, and this year marked their third title game in five seasons.

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