Sports in 2010: Impressive seasons for CVU athletes

Jan. 6, 2011

By Greg Duggan
Observer staff

Champlain Valley Union High School’s sports teams compiled successful seasons in 2010. Here are some of the highlights:

The Champlain Valley Union High girls cross country team of (from left) Aleksey Jordick, Claire Trotter, Adrienne Devita, Sophie Hess, Taylor Spillane, Summer Spillane and Julienne Devita captured Vermont and New England titles this past fall. The girls finished the season by running in the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Ore. (File photo)

Cross country runners go national

The female runners of CVU’s cross country team put together a dominant, season-long performance in the fall of 2010, systematically checking off win after win after win.

The top five girls — Summer Spillane, Taylor Spillane, Aleksey Jordick, Adrienne Devita and Julienne Devita — often finished in a pack during races, with teammates Claire Trotter and Sophie Hess not far behind. The season featured Vermont and New England titles, and not until a national competition in Oregon did the girls trip up — literally.

By finishing second in the Northeast sectional in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., the girls earned a spot in the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Ore. in early December. The team ran as Champlain Valley Club. Coach Scott Bliss, who had to watch the event as an observer due to National Interscholastic Federation rules, said a 20-racer pileup some 300 meters into the event involved three of the Vermont team’s leading racers and largely resulted in the team finishing 21st out of 22 competing teams.

Another title for tennis team

CVU’s girls tennis team defended its Division 1 title in 2010, wrapping up an undefeated season by beating Burlington High 5-2 on June 11.

The victory ran the team’s two-year record to 34-0.

Number one player Kylie deGroot led the charge to the title by defeating individual state champ Maddy Hartley, 6-0, 6-2. CVU’s AnnaClare Smith, Colleen McCarthy and Andrea Joseph also won their singles matches, while the doubles combo of Emily Polhemus and Claire Stoner won their match in straight sets.

Soccer teams stumble after dominant seasons

CVU’s boys and girls soccer teams steamrolled the opposition during the regular seasons in the fall, with both squads earning the top seeds in the playoffs. Yet neither team could carry the regular season success through the postseason.

The boys team, hoping to defend its Division 1 title from 2009, suffered its only loss of the season in the Division 1 quarterfinals. Eighth-seeded Harwood Union entered Hinesburg on Oct. 29, scoring an early goal before holding off CVU’s pressing offense to escape with a 1-0 victory and bounce the Redhawks from the postseason.

CVU’s girls advanced to the Division 1 semifinals, but ultimately endured the same fate as the boys: a 1-0 defeat. The Redhawks’ loss came on Nov. 3 at the feet of fifth-seeded Colchester High, which overcame a 10-2 deficit in shots for the win. The Lakers’ goal was only the fifth tally allowed by the Redhawks all season.

Boys hockey team falls in finals

CVU saw its boys hockey team advance to the Division 1 finals in 2010, where the Redhawks finished as runners-up to the title.

Spaulding High of Barre prevented the boys hockey team from defending its 2009 title. The Redhawks took an early lead in the first period on a goal by Nate Lacroix, but Spaulding managed to tie the game in the second period. The Crimson Tide’s Colby Laperle then netted three goals in the final 11 minutes to secure the 4-1 victory.

CVU goalie Mark Albertson stopped 30 shots in the championship game, played on March 2.

Boys lax squad settles for second

The boys lacrosse team from CVU finished with a 17-2 campaign in the spring of 2010, but ultimately could not overcome rival Essex High. The Hornets handed the Redhawks their only two losses on the season, including a 10-5 defeat in the Division 1 championship on June 11.

CVU used a high-powered transition offense to roll over Spaulding High and Rutland High in earlier playoff rounds, but the attack stalled in the title game. Essex held a large edge in time of possession during the game, and CVU struggled for most of the game until scoring three goals in the fourth quarter. By then, however, Essex had already built a solid lead and was able to hang on for the win.

The championship appearance was CVU’s fourth in the past five years. The team could return as many as 20 of its 26 players this spring.