Sports Notes

Jan. 6, 2011

CVU boys hockey team takes 5-0 mark into New Year

Head coach Mike Murray and his blazing Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey team took a 5-0 mark into their Wednesday night home contest at Cairns Arena against defending Division 1 champion Spaulding High of Barre.

In their last outing last Thursday, the Redhawks blew past Rice Memorial High 8-1. This was the same Rice outfit the Hawks nudged 5-4 in the championship game of the annual Burchard Tournament on Dec. 18.

At least seven players have scored as CVU has racked up a 32-8 edge in goals in its five victories to date. Senior veterans Robbie Dobrowski and Derek Goodwin lead the lamp lighters, while Kyle Logan is once again scoring and setting up his mates.

Jason O’Brien has been strong in net.

The Spaulding game opened a three-game home stand for the Redhawks. Harwood High comes to Cairns Saturday for a 5:40 p.m. date followed by a strong Rutland High team next Wednesday at 7:20 p.m.

CVU Nordic teams back on trails Saturday

With first and second places in recent meets, the Champlain Valley Union High Nordic ski teams will test the snows of Lamoille County at 10 a.m. Friday in a meet at Lamoille Union High’s Cricket Hills.

In their most recent competition, last Friday at Mount Hor, the boys scored a 25-43 team victory over runner-up Mount Mansfield Union in a 12-team session. The girls were second to Mount Anthony Union in a 10-team event.

CVU’s Hans Fredrik Fahle outdistanced Mount Mansfield’s Ben Hegman by 11 seconds to win the individual boys race. Kilian Muller (4th) and Sam Epstein (9th) also earned top 10 finishes for the Redhawks.

Sienna Searles with third place and Sierra Frisbie in sixth paced the CVU girls.

Both teams scored wins in a Dec. 28 home meet at Sleepy Hollow.

Sam Epstein won the boys race by 33 seconds over U-32’s Charlie Hoffert.

Muller took third, Sean Delaney fourth, Dan Hebert fifth and Sam Logenback 10th.

In the girls competition, Searles won by more than a minute over second place Larissa Kehoe from U-32.

Kathryn Maitland of the Redhawks was third and Frisbie sixth, with Hawks taking the next nine places.

Champlain Valley Union High wrestler Tucker Austin (left) faces off against an opponent in the Hubie Wagner Invitational Tournament, held Dec. 29 and 30 in Middlebury. (Courtesy photo by Jennifer Olson)

Redhawk wrestlers find early season success

With Ryan Stearns’ victory late last week in the prestigious Hubie Wagner Invitational Tournament at Middlebury Union High, the Champlain Valley Union High wrestling team continues to score well in early season competition.

Stearns, in the 130-pound class, hiked his season record to 9-0 with the Middlebury triumph, the lone victory there for the Redhawks. CVU finished 11th among 18 teams in competition.

Coach Rahn Fleming’s Redhawks, however, have captured team wins in five of six dual meets.

Along with the undefeated Stearns, solid records are owned by Sam Fortin (5-1) in the 171-pound class, 160-pound Tucker Austin (5-1), 152-pound Connor Brown (5-1) and 140-pound Gabe Bosen (4-2).

The Red and White grapplers were scheduled to be at Otter Valley for a dual meet Wednesday evening before heading for the annual Peru, N.Y. Invitational Friday and Saturday.

Schedule picks up for CVU alpine ski team

Following nearly three weeks out of competition, coach Mike Minnerly and his Champlain Valley Union High alpine ski team will get busy over the weekend.

On Saturday, the Redhawks will travel to Lincoln Peak at Sugarbush Resort for a giant slalom.

After a day off Sunday, the Redhawks head to Burke Mountain in the Northeast Kingdom Monday for a slalom event. Burke will also be the site of the Northern Vermont Athletic Council slalom championships in mid-February and the girls state championships at the end of the month.