CVU, Williston athletes shine in Twin State games

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Observer file photo by Al Frey.  Elliott Mitchell helped propel the Vermont boys lacrosse team to its first Twin State win in 20 years.

Graduated senior boys lacrosse and baseball stars from Champlain Valley Union High were in action Saturday (June 20) as Vermont and New Hampshire teams clashed.

And this Saturday, three former CVU players will be skating for Vermont in the annual Make-A-Wish Twin State boys hockey match at the University of Vermont’s Gutterson Field House.

Helping lead a rare Vermont lacrosse victory was CVU’s Elliott Mitchell. The Division 1 champion Redhawks’ cool midfield and offense leader powered home three goals, including a late-game tying score as the Green Mountain guys nipped New Hampshire 15-14.

It was Vermont’s first victory in 20 years. The Granite Staters hold a 20-3 advantage in the series.

Other Redhawks on the victorious team were midfielder Greg Talbert and defenders Patrick McCue and Sam Wilkins.

“We knew we had a strong team,” Mitchell told WCAX-TV after the once-in-two-decades victory. “It’s awesome that we are the first (Vermont) guys in a long time to do it.”

The game was played at Hanover, N.H. High.

The girls game was won by the host New Hampshire team, despite two goals and two assists by Vermont’s Michelle Bolger of Rice Memorial High and Williston.

In the two baseball contests in Nashua, N. H., Vermont scored a 5-4 win in the second game after bowing 3-2 in the opener.

CVU’s Shea Ireland, Deagan Poland and Will Potter were members of the Vermont team.

The Make-A-Wish Hockey Classic has a 4 p.m. start for the girls and a 6:30 face off for the boys. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students ages 7 to 17. There is no charge for those ages 6 and under.

On the Vermont boys team from CVU are forward Cam Rivard, along with defensemen Kaleb Godbout and Oscar Kelly.

—Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent