Sports Notes (1/28/10)

CVU Nordic skiers going to Craftsbury

A visit to the Northeast Kingdom and the Craftsbury Marathon is coming up Saturday for the Champlain Valley Union High Nordic ski team, which had some success last Friday in a 12-school event in Jericho Center.

Led by Abby Stoner and Kylie deGroot, the girls scored a substantial victory, outpointing runner-up Mount Mansfield Union High 22-57. Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans finished third with 91 points.

Stoner finished second to winner Larissa Kehne of U-32 by five seconds. Kehne posting a winning time of 22:32.

deGroot took third, with teammates Johanna Fehrs seventh and Sierra Frisbie 10th.

The boys team took fourth with 84 points to 48 for winning Mount Mansfield, whose Jack Gegman led the field.

CVU’s Sam Epstein paced the Redhawks with a ninth-place finish.


Busy schedule on mats for CVU wrestlers

A Tuesday night victory at St. Johnsbury Academy was followed Wednesday by a home meet against visiting Randolph Union High and Colchester High as the Champlain Valley Union High wrestling team gets set for Saturday’s invitational meet at Colchester.

The 42-36 triumph at St. Johnsbury was led by winners Patrick Shea (112 pounds), Ryan Stearns (135), Sam Fortin (171), Ryan Fleming (189) and James Dattilio (285).

Over the weekend, the Redhawks finished 19th in the prestigious Essex Invitational, a two-day event that drew some 28 teams from the New York-New England region.

Fortin took a fourth in his 171-pound division while Stearns was sixth among the 135-pounders.

“This is one of the toughest tournaments of the regular season,” CVU wrestling coach Rahn Fleming said. “We are not disappointed, we are determined. We’ll be back, we’ll be better.”


Two regular season competitions remain for Redhawk gymnasts

The Champlain Valley Union High gymnastics team will be on the road to close out the regular season in preparation for the annual State Meet on Feb. 13 at Essex High.

Randolph High (7 p.m.) will be the destination for a Friday visit, followed by a trip to South Burlington High at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Last Friday, the Redhawks scored a victory over U-32 in East Montpelier by a 125.55 to 112.15 tally.

Ashley Bachand (vault) and Madison Bourdeau (floor exercise) scored the victories for CVU, with Bourdeau taking a second on the vault and third on the bars.

Second places also went to Emma Sienkiewycz on the bars and Amanda Holman on the beam. Kelsey Darby was third on the vault and Ashley Dubois third on the beam.

Megan Kloekner garnered a third in all-around.


CVU’s Howard nominated as Athlete of the Month

Champlain Valley Union High’s Molly Howard, leading scorer on the girls hockey team, is one of five nominees for the Vermont Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association’s girls December Athlete of the Month award.

Howard, a junior, led the Redhawks to seven victories in eight December games, scoring 18 goals and adding at least nine assists.

Also nominated for the monthly award were Essex High basketball player Kari Lavalette (16 points per game), Montpelier High hockey player Erin Banfield (24 goals), Chelsea Montello of Fair Haven Union High for indoor track and Twin Valley High basketball player Devon Spirka (21 points per game).

Voting members of the VSSA will choose the winners in girls and boys divisions in a few days.