Sports Notes (4/29/10)

April 29, 2010


CVU tennis teams resume season Monday

After April vacation week, the Champlain Valley Union High tennis teams will get back on schedule Monday with the girls at home to Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans and the boys travelling to St. Albans and the BFA home courts.

CVU’s girls will be hoping to extend a season-long winning string that reached six matches last Thursday with a 5-2 triumph at Rice Memorial High. The victory marked the Redhawks’ second win this season over the Green Knights.

It was depth that sealed that victory, as the Hawks’ top two singles players, Kylie deGroot and AnnaClare Smith, were nudged by the top two Rice players, Holly Thayer and Akayna Hauke.

Abby Stoner, Colleen McCarthy and Andrea Joseph, however, came through with singles triumphs and the doubles teams of Claire Stoner-Emily Polhemus and Megan Henson-Kristen Donaldson earned victories.

The boys will be hoping to regroup from a 1-5 start to the season.

Rice took a 6-1 victory over the Redhawks last Thursday in Shelburne. The doubles team of David Keyes and Aiden Shumway bagged the lone CVU triumph.


CVU girls lax team to play under lights

It will have been two weeks since its last outing, a 14-3 home loss to a 4-0 Essex High team, but the Champlain Valley Union High girls lacrosse team hopes to light up the Seahorses at Burlington High when they meet there under the lights Wednesday.

The game is scheduled for 7 p.m.

CVU, 1-3 for the young season, got stymied by the strong Hornets, who out shot the Redhawks 29-18. Essex was led by Julie Pearl with three scores and three assists.

Erika Gobeille notched a pair of goals for the Hawks, boosting her total to four in the last two games.

Kelsey Barrett also tallied for the Redhawks and Amanda Kinneston picked up two assists. Goaltender Sophie Steinhoff kicked out 15 shots for CVU.


AAU team having successful season

A pair of young Williston athletes have helped the AAU Vermont Cats basketball team of under-11 players to a strong season.

Amanda Daniels and Laura Durkee play on the team, which has so far won two Vermont tournaments and advanced to the final round of the Empire All-Stars Albany Spring Shootout, held April 17-18 at the University of Albany in New York.

Coached by Ann Durkee of Williston and Ute Otley, the Cats won all of their games on Saturday. By winning their first two games on Sunday, the Cats moved on to the championship game against the Saratoga Sparks. Though the Cats had defeated the Sparks on Saturday, Saratoga took the title on Sunday with a 21-19 win.

By placing second in the Albany Spring Shootout, the team qualified for the Empire State Championships next month.


Rec volleyball finishes season

The Williston Recreational Volleyball League wrapped up its season earlier this month. The spring season playoffs were held April 14, with the team of Don Dempsey, Jon Haftarczuk, Julian Haftarczuk, Chris Herskowitz, Brian Valentine and Mary Winters taking home the title.

With the end of the season, the volleyball program completed its 21st year.


Five CVU athletes in competition for scholarshsips

There are two days left for voting in an H. P. Hood scholarship program, through which $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to three athletes from each New England state.

In each state, the company’s Good Sports Vote program will select the top 15 vote getters for interviews and then award the scholarships to three finalists. The awards can be used for two- or four-year colleges and universities.

Five Champlain Valley Union High senior athletes are on the list for voting which, has an April 30 deadline.

They are Corynn Benoit, Kristen Darby, Erika Gobeille, Matt Long and Emmaleigh Loyer.

Votes can be cast at