Sports Notes

Feb. 17, 2011


Champlain Valley Union High School’s indoor track club returned from Saturday’s Vermont State Indoor Championships at Norwich University in Northfield with three titles in hand.

The winners were senior Summer Spillane in the girls’ 100 meter run, Dale Conger, a senior, in the shot put, and the four-girl 800 relay team.

In addition, six more athletes qualified for the New England Indoor Championships in March.

“We had 20 CVU athletes competing this year where in 2010 we had four,” said club coach James Donegan.

Spillane was in on two of the crowning achievements, adding a position on the winning relay team along with juniors Claire Trotter, Adrienne DeVita and freshman Carly Caswell.

Haliana Burhams, another freshman, qualified for the New Englands with a fourth in the 35-meter dash. She was also a member of the qualifying 200 relay team that included freshman Eliza Giles and sophomores Abby Eddy and Claire Mathon.

Junior Claire Tucker qualified with a fifth in the 1,600-meter run while DeVita was sixth.


After day one Monday of the Northern Vermont Athletic Council district alpine races, Champlain Valley Union High School’s Taylor Spillane had a slalom victory and both boys and girls teams were in title contention.

The slalom competition ended at Burke Mountain with the CVU girls (66 points) in second place to Mount Mansfield Union (40 points). Spillane posted a six-second victory over runner-up Aniken Palola of Mount Mansfield.

CVU’s boys were sixth with 65 points with Harwood Union (40 points) in the lead.
The districts resumed Wednesday with a giant slalom on Lincoln Peak at Sugarbush Resort.


Several Champlain Valley Union High Nordic racers have qualified for Eastern regional events next month after doing well in qualifying events Sunday in Craftsbury.

According to CVU Nordic ski coach Sarah Strack, five girls and three boys earned their way to the J2 (ages 14 and 15) regional competition in Gunstock, N.H. March 11-13. They will be racing against individuals from Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New York.

The girls include Cally Braun, Emma Hamilton, Autumn Eastman. Kayla Servin, and Leah Epstein, who is an alternate.

Thomas Clayton, Sam Longenbach and Emmett Peterson were the boys named.
Named to the Elite class were Sienna Searles of the girls team. Boys were Hans Fredrik Fahle, Sam Epstein, Jake Marston and Kilian Muller.

The elites will meet their counterparts from the other eastern states March 18-20 at Rumford, Maine.

The Redhawks will get ready for the upcoming state meets this weekend when they go against BFA-St. Albans and Burlington Saturday in St. Albans at a site to be determined.
On Tuesday, they will travel to BFA-Fairfax.


Buoyed by a hard-earned two game win string, the CVU boys hockey team took a 13-2-1 record into Wednesday night’s contest against Spaulding in Barre.

The Redhawks nudged the Crimson Tide 3-2 at Cairns Arena in early January. Coach Mike Murray’s skaters return home Saturday for their first meeting of the season against Missisquoi Valley Union (6:40 p.m.).

The Redhawks rode the Dobrowski Express for two victories last week, culminating in an overtime 4-3 triumph over the tough 11-4 BFA Bobwhites Saturday in St. Albans.

Dobrowski netted the winning goal with 2:20 left in the five-minute overtime period. The senior whiz had slammed home two others earlier. He now has 29 goals for the season.
Linemate Kyle Logan nailed the other CVU score.

Redhawk freshman goalie Zack Weimer had 21 saves in his second win of the week.
Last Wednesday, CVU found itself trailing Colchester 3-0 after the first period. It was time to go to work and it paid off.

Dobrowski scored twice and set up teammate Jeffrey Thompson for the winning goal in the third period.

Logan also notched a tally. Derek Goodwin and J.P. Benoit picked up two assists.
Weimer slammed the door on the Lakers after the first period, notching 12 stops.


The CVU girls hockey team took an 11-5 season record on the road to Highgate and the Missisquoi Valley Union Thunderbirds Wednesday night, their last bus trip of the regular season.

Next up for coach Tom Ryan and his Redhawks is a set of three home games starting with a visit from Essex on Saturday at 6 p.m. BFA-St. Albans then comes to Cairns Arena on Tuesday at 3 p.m. following a rescheduling as a result of recent snows.

Powerful Spaulding then blows into the Redhawks’ home rink Feb. 26, the regular season finale.

CVU traveled to Manchester Monday in the makeup of a previously postponed trip and delivered a 4-2 licking to the Burr and Burton Bulldogs.

It was the second straight victory for CVU, which outlasted South Burlington 5-3 last Wednesday, its second win of the season over the Rebels.

Junior Sophia Steinhoff who began the season as a forward and is now playing defense as a result of an injury-depleted defense corps, turned in a hat trick with three scores while Molly Howard and Alyx Rivard each tallied once. CVU overcame an early 2-0 deficit. CVU goalie Nicole Sisk made 19 saves.


The Williston Recreation Department is taking registrations for spring lacrosse, for grades third through eighth, Town Clerk’s office. Registrations will be taken on a first come first served basis until closed. 878-1239.