Sports Notes (4/1/10)

April 1, 2010

CVU’s Caffry is athlete of month nominee

Dan Caffry’s big day in leading his Champlain Valley Union High boys alpine ski team to victory in the Northern Vermont District ski meet has made him one of seven nominees for the boys Vermont Athlete of the Month for February.


    Observer photo by Shane Bufano
Allison Gannon of Champlain Valley Union High is interviewed by emcee Tim Kavanaugh after winning the three-point competition at Thursday’s Slam For Sudan event in Burlington. The event raised money for Global Reach Partnerships Inc., a nonprofit organization that empowers refugees to become leaders in the socio-economic development of their communities in Vermont and Sudan.


    Observer photo by Shane Bufano
CVU basketball player Jake Donnelly weaves through the Slam For Sudan skills competition course.


    Observer photo by Shane Bufano
CVU’s Chris Beaton runs through the home stretch of the skills competition, where he placed third.

The CVU senior won the two-run slalom and took second in the giant slalom, pacing the Redhawks to a team victory when two of their top skiers were sidelined by injury.

Monthly winners are honored at the summer luncheon by the sponsoring Vermont Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association.


CVU players score well in hoop charity event

Champlain Valley Union High senior Allison Gannon scored a victory and junior Jake Donnelly captured a runner-up slot last Thursday in the second annual Slam for Sudan basketball skills competition at Burlington’s Memorial Auditorium.

CVU senior Chris Beaton placed third in the skills competition.

Gannon triumphed in the girls three-point shooting contest, racking up 22 points. Runner-up Abbey Lalime of Lake Region Union High tallied 16.

Donnelly took second place in the point guard skills contest. The victory went to Conor Leland of Mount Mansfield Union High.

Spaulding High of Barre’s Evan Tullar won the slam dunk contest, and Ben Ferris of Essex High took the boys three-point shooting competition.

Organizer Alex Brandstetter, a Champlain College senior, said the event raised some $7,000 for Global Reach Partnership. The non-profit organization assists refugees from Sudan with their vocational skills.


Ex-CVU, Legion star zips Williams College

Former Champlain Valley Union High and S.D. Ireland American Legion pitcher and catcher Nick Angstman is tossing blanks for the Middlebury College Panthers this spring.

This past Saturday, Angstman fired a three-hit shutout as the Panthers scored a 4-0 victory over Williams College in the first game of a doubleheader in Chandler, Ariz.

Williams came back in the second game with an 18-1 triumph, leaving Middlebury with an overall 3-5 record.


Williston players help Glades to regional title

Williston Squirt hockey players Thomas Samuelsen and Richard Hall helped the Green Mountain Glades Squirt team make hockey history.

By winning the Tier I Regional Championship in Smithfield, R.I. last month the Glades became the first Vermont Squirt team to win a Tier I Regional tournament. The Glades opened the tournament by tying Mid Fairfield, 2-2. The Vermonters lost their next match, 1-0 to the New Hampshire Avalanche, but clinched a playoff spot by beating the Providence Bears, 5-1.

A rematch against the Avalanche in the opening round of the playoffs went in favor of the Glades, who put together a 1-0 win to advance to the championship. In the title game, the Glades defeated the Mid Fairfield Blues, 3-1.


Hurricanes storm through Middlebury

The Hurricanes Wrestling Club traveled to Middlebury Union High School over the weekend to face 11 other teams.

Williston sixth grader Cody Huestis captured first place in his division after winning his match by one point in double overtime.

Other Williston wrestlers also fared well. Second grader Dillion Schlogl placed second. Third graders Lucas Brown and Ty Schlogl finished third, as did fifth grader Jerett Legg and sixth grader Aaron Meacham. First grader Riley Brown placed fourth.

The Hurricanes have members from Charlotte, Hinesburg, Shelburne, St. George and Williston. On Saturday, the Club will compete at Vergennes High School.

At a recent Junior High-JV state wrestling tournament in Barre, Hurricane wrestler Alex Legg finished in fifth place. The Williston Central School seventh grader finished the season with a 2-4 record.