June 2, 2011
CVU TRACKSTERS EARN BIDS TO NEW ENGLANDS
Led by James Pieper-Lococo, who qualified in three individual events, several Champlain Valley track and field athletes had New England meet qualifying finishes on May 28 in a rain-shortened Essex Invitational meet.
With the top six in each event getting their New England meet tickets punched, Pieper-Lococo took second in the boys 110-hurdles, fourth in the 300-hurdles and sixth in the long jump.
While there were no Redhawk first place finishers in the highly competitive meet that drew more than 1,000 participants, CVU’s Dale Conger took second in the boys shot put. Taylor Spillane was second in the 1600 run. The girls 4-by-800 relay team came in second to a meet record-setting Essex group.
The boys 4-by-100 relay team also scored a runner-up ribbon. Other boys qualifying in their events were Thomas Keller (fourth) and Chris Sulva (sixth) in the 400 run; Alex Bonfigli (sixth) in the 110-hurdles along with Sam Chevalier (third) and Jacob Grasso (tied for sixth) in the pole vault.
Also getting New England status for the girls were Abby Eddy (sixth) in the 100 dash, Julienne Devita (fourth) in the 800 and Summer Spillane (fifth) in the 1600. The 4-by-100 relay team placed third.
The girls triple jump, pole vault and 4-by-400 relay competitions were rained out. New England qualifying for those events will take place at the Vermont State meet at Burlington High School on Saturday. Qualifying for the boys’ triple jump, pole vault and 4-by-400 relay will also take place at the state meet.
Burlington will also host the New England meet on June 11.
CVU SOFTBALL DRAWS SECOND-SEED BRATTLEBORO
The Champlain Valley Union softball team faces a long playoff road in more ways than one.
Sara Armstrong Donegan and her CVU unit hit Interstates 89 and 91 on Wednesday (after Observer press deadline) and faced second-seeded Brattleboro (15-1).
The 4-12 Redhawks drew the 15th seed, which set up the playoff opener against the southern power.
A victory in Brattleboro would put the Redhawks against the winner of Missisquoi Valley Union (10-5) and Mount Anthony (6-10).
In a busy regular season closing week, CVU scored a 5-3 win over Spaulding in Barre, but was then blanked against Vergennes (6-0) on May 27 and Colchester (2-0) on May 28.
Rachel Distler hurled the victory at Spaulding, whiffing six and helping out on the offense with three hits. Susan Parmalee had two hits.
Distler also threw well against Vergennes, allowing three hits, one earned run and striking out five. CVU’s Cayla McCarthy cranked out a pair of doubles.
McCarthy took to the pitcher’s circle against Colchester and gave up four hits in the loss. The Lakers’ Emi Eakin shut down the Hawks with only a single bingle allowed.
GIRLS LAX ADVANCE HINGED ON BRATTLEBORO TRIP
Seeded No. 9 in the Division I playoff pairings, the Champlain Valley Union girls lacrosse team rolled into Brattleboro on Wednesday (after Observer press deadline) and hoped to nip the No. 8 Colonels (7-9). A victory would earn another meeting Friday with 11-2 Middlebury at the Tigers’ home field, where 4-9 CVU pulled out an 11-10 triumph just a couple of weeks ago.
The Redhawks entered the so-called “second season” hoping to get their mojo back in the wake of an18-6 loss at 12-2 South Burlington in the regular season finale on May 28.
CVU was outgunned 31-17 in shots. Michaela Kiley had four scores for the Hawks. Amanda Kinneston and Louise Gibbs fired single tallies. CVU goalie Miki Gobeille had 11 stops.
FRESHMEN TRACK, FIELD SUCCESS GIVES GLOW FOR FUTURE
Champlain Valley Union’s Haliana Burhans smashed three meet records last week with her fleet feet in the Metro Division freshman meet.
Burhans won the 100 in 13.03 seconds, the 200 in 26.99 seconds, and the 400 in 1:00.98.
A fourth track triumph came from Autumn Eastman, who broke the ribbon in the 800 in 2:32.13.
In the field events, Emily Kinneston placed second in the triple jump and third in the high jump.
WILLISTON TENNIS PLAYER WINS SECOND VERMONT CROWN
In just his sophomore season at Essex High School, Williston’s David Ro has captured his second straight Vermont interscholastic individual tennis crown.
Playing at Burlington’s Leddy Park on May 28, the top-seeded Ro easily racked up 6-0, 6-0 victories over Chris Brewer of Brattleboro in the championship test. In the semifinals, Ro dispatched South Burlington’s Cody Yu, 6-1 and 6-2.
In his four tournament victories, Ro lost only seven games.
CVU GIRLS TENNIS OPENS TITLE DEFENSE FRIDAY
The Champlain Valley Union girls tennis team will open the defense of its Division I crown on Friday in a quarterfinal contest at the Shelburne courts against the winner of a Wednesday opening round match between No. 10 North Country (5-6) and No. 7 Burlington (8-5).
CVU finished the regular season with an 11-2 mark, good for the second seed in the playoffs.
No. 1 player AnnaClare Smith, coming off a third place finish in last weekend’s state individual tournament in Stowe, will lead coach Amy Lockwood-deGroot’s charges. Smith defeated South Burlington’s Rachel Crews in the consolation match after bowing to eventual champion Mariel Golden of Harwood in the semifinals.
In the doubles side of the state tournament, the CVU team of Kristen Donaldson and Laura Andrews made it to the semifinals before losing to the eventual champion Rice Memorial team of Katie Kowlaski and Basa Zvarova, 5-7, 6-4, 10-5.
CVU GOLFERS WIN SECTIONAL EVENT, LOOK TO STATES
The Champlain Valley Union golf team keeps putting (and driving) along.
Next up for the Redhawks after they prevailed on Tuesday in the Division I Sectional Tournament at St. Johnsbury Country Club: a two-man tournament on Friday at the Basin Harbor Club and Resort. On Wednesday, the team will compete at the annual state tournament in Middlebury.
Coach Jeff Evans’ linksters took the northern sectional by three strokes over North Country, 316-319. Host St. Johnsbury Academy was third (327).
Led by Jack Tomashot’s 75, CVU was the lone team with three golfers under 80. Cam Fitzgerald fired a 76 and Peter Scrimgeour authored a 79. Doug Knox had an 86 and Todd Forrester shot an 87.
BOYS’ TENNIS TEAM FACES TOP-SEED BRATTLEBORO
The reward for romping through ninth-seeded Middlebury’s tennis team in the playoffs on Tuesday – a visit to the south on Friday to face top-seeded Brattleboro.
The No. 8 Redhawks (11-4) were 7-0 winners over the Tigers. Corey Dawson, Will Hall, Liam Kelley, Henri St. Pierre and Conor McQuiston earned singles victories. The teams of Jared Keyes-Joey O’Brien and David Keyes-Asa Cloutier captured doubles wins.