October 24, 2014

Year in Review: Titles, changing leadership mark sports in 2013

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Redhawks Amanda Beatty (left) and Alexandra Krupp celebrate winning the Division 1 state championship. (Observer file photo)

Redhawks Amanda Beatty (left) and Alexandra Krupp celebrate winning the Division 1 state championship. (Observer file photo)

Compiled by Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

New coaches take the reins

The Champlain Valley Union High School soccer program saw a changing of the guard in 2013. Longtime girls varsity coach Brad Parker retired after more than 25 years. During his tenure, Parker saw his teams record 340 victories and 42 ties with only 45 defeats. There were 11 state crowns and 16 appearances in Division 1 title contests.

New coach Stan Williams has stepped up in his first season in Parker’s shoes, leading an undefeated team to win the state title.

Boys coach T.J. Mead also announced his retirement at the close of the soccer season. CVU recently announced that Katie Mack—possibly the first female boys soccer coach at CVU—will fill the position.

Michael Osborne also began his first season as coach of the boys basketball team. Osborne, former head coach at Johnson State College, replaced varsity coach Scott Bliss, who put down the clipboard after six years.

Girls basketball crowned

The CVU girls basketball team won all 23 games they played in the 2012-13 season, including the team’s first Division 1 title crown since 1987. Emily Kinneston, Kaelyn Kohlasch, Laurel Jaunich and Sadie Otley led the team in scoring. All four are on the current season’s squad, and are so far undefeated.

CVU Nordic sweeps championships

2013 marked a state title repeat for the girls and a restoration after a year’s absence for the boys.

The girls were led by Taylor Spillane, who won the classic tour, with teammate Autumn Eastman capturing third.

The boys returned to title land by winning five of the top six positions, led by race runner-up Forrest Hamilton. He was followed in order by third-place winner Emmett Peterson, Sean Delaney, Parker Francis and Marvin Muller.

Girls tennis triumphs again

The CVU girls tennis team captured its fourth title in the last five springs.

Winning individual matches to complete undefeated seasons in the team competition were number one player freshman Kathy Joseph, Emily Polhemus and Mandy Taheri. The team of Claire Stoner and Leah Epstein, the state doubles champion team, won its match to remain unbeaten when paired together. Also winning Friday night was Andrea Joseph and the Paige Watson and Mackenzie Buckman doubles duo.

Baseball beats competition

Despite having few remaining players from its champion 2012 squad, the Redhawks baseball team battled to its second straight Division 1 crown. CVU beat top-seeded Essex High 4-3 in 11 innings, stopping a 13-game Essex winning streak.

CVU became the first Division 1 repeat champion since Missisquoi Valley Union in 1988, some 25 years ago.

Boys lacrosse takes title

CVU beat out top-seeded Essex High 7-6 for a thriller for the Redhawks’ second title in three seasons.

The Hornets took both regular season contests to capture “the bucket” for a second straight spring. The Bucket is an old helmet once worn by CVU coach David Trevithick, which was put up last year to go to the winner of each regular season series between the teams.

Girls soccer caps perfect season

New coach Stan Williams led the CVU girls soccer team to a record-breaking championship in the fall, becoming the first Division 1 team to go 18-0—17 of the wins shutouts—the first perfect season since 1996. The ‘Hawks nudged Essex High 1-0 to capture their third straight crown. Haliana Burhans led the team in scoring, coming into the championship game with 25 goals.

The Vermont Soccer Coaches Association later named Burhans and defender Kaelyn Kohlasch as Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year.

Cross country, Eastman speed to top

Autumn Eastman led the CVU cross-country team to its 10th crown in 11 seasons. Eastman blistered the opposition, shaving some 15 seconds off her own course record set in early October. Other top CVU finishers included Sophia Gorman (sixth), Emma Putre (10th), Carly Need (12th) and Hayley Harder (13th).

Eastman later finished 16th in the Nike Cross Nationals at Portland, Ore., becoming the top-placing Vermonter in the national competition.

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