Sports Notes

Feb. 24, 2011


After skating and scoring for the Champlain Valley Union Redhawks the past four years, Robbie Dobrowski will be a Middlebury College Panther next season.

The CVU senior made his choice earlier this week and has been welcomed by Middlebury.

With more than 90 goals in his CVU career, Dobrowski has fired in 34 scores and assisted on 23 others this season.


Looking for a solid Division I playoff berth, the Champlain Valley Union boys hockey team took a 14-3-1 record to Harwood Union at the Washington County Ice center Wednesday hoping for its second victory over the 13-4 Highlanders this season.

The Redhawks then return home to Cairns Arena Saturday (4:15 p.m.) to close out the regular season against North Country.

After having a three-game winning streak interrupted last Wednesday, 4-3 by 12-4-1 Spaulding, the Redhawks restored their winning ways Saturday with a 5-0 blanking of Missisquoi Valley Union at Cairns Arena.

Dobrowski struck for two goals and now has 12 in the Hawks’ last three games. Linemate Kyle Logan also scored along with Mayson Kropf and Jamie Thayer. J. P. Benoit and Wilson Yandell added two assists.

Goalie Jason O’Brien had six saves in racking up CVU’s fourth shutout of the campaign.

The loss at Spaulding meant a split in two one-goal games for the Hawks against the Crimson Tide.

CVU outshot the Tide 24-19 with Dobrowski netting a pair of goals while Jeff Thompson got one.

Freshman Zack Weimer had 15 saves between the CVU pipes.


With a narrow 3-2 loss to BFA-St. Albans Tuesday hurting their chances for a Division I home playoff game next week, Coach Tom Ryan and his Champlain Valley Union girls hockey team wrap up the regular season Saturday (3:45 p.m.) against a solid 13-1-4 Spaulding unit.

The Crimson Tide owns two previous victories over the 12-7 Redhawks and is chasing the division’s top playoff seed.

In Tuesday’s nipping by the 12-6-1 Comets, the two teams traded solid periods of play before BFA managed the lone third period score, a lifter into an open side of the cage by senior forward Taylor Girard.

CVU trailed 2-0 after the first period despite out-shooting BFA 12-7.

But the Redhawks went to work in the second stanza with Molly Howard turning in some more magical moments. With 10:25 remaining, Howard pulled the BFA defenses to the right side of the cage and slipped a pass to Armanda Armell on the left side for a nifty score to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Fast moving blue liner Alyx Rivard helped setup the play when she advanced the puck with a sortie through the BFA fore checkers.

Less than two minutes later, Sophia Steinhoff got the puck to Howard at the top of the offensive zone. Howard snuck to the front of the cage and knocked the puck past BFA netminder Shannon Howigan.

Howard, Steinhoff and Rivard all had narrow misses in an effort to break the deadlock after Girard snapped the 2-2 tie in the final frame.

Emily Sackett came up with 18 stops in goal for the Hawks. She had little chance on the first period goals by BFA’s Ali Evans and Kate Howard, both from point-blank range.

On Saturday, Howard fired in a pair of scores and Molly Dunphy added one as the Redhawks edged visiting Essex 3-2. Rivard and Hannah Johnson had assists while Sackett made 15 saves.


For the second straight year, the Champlain Valley Union football program will be represented in the annual Vermont-New Hampshire Shrine football game.

The players named in last week’s announcement were quarterback-defensive back Konnor Fleming, lineman/punter Cameron Fitzgerald and linebacker Eric Palmer.

In addition, CVU head coach Jim Provost will pilot the Vermont squad.

In 2010, CVU had its first two players make the Vermont squad, end Matt Long and lineman Nathan Mills.


Taylor Spillane will lead the Champlain Valley Union girls alpine ski team into the Vermont State Championships Monday at Burke Mountain. The boys will have their chase for the crown Wednesday at Mount Okemo in Ludlow.

Spillane won the Northern Vermont Athletic Council regional event last Monday at Burke but got disqualified Wednesday in giant slalom at Sugarbush Resort’s Lincoln Peak. The Redhawks were second in the team totals at both events.

After finishing fourth at Burke, the boys improved to second place at Lincoln Peak. Cody Putre won the competition and Dan Caffry took fourth despite a fall on his second run.

According to coach Mike Minnerly, Christian Goulette finished just out of the top 10.

“If our boys ski to potential we can do quite well,” Minnerly said of the upcoming states.

— Mal Boright