Sports Notes

Aug. 18, 2011



Williston’s Brian Hoar celebrates on Aug. 13 after winning the American-Canadian Tour’s All-Star Challenge at New Hampshire International Speedway. (Courtesy photo by Eric LaFleche)

Just call him the Williston Whippet.

Veteran race car pilot Brian Hoar of Williston roared from 35th place in the American-Canadian Tour’s All-Star Challenge at New Hampshire International Speedway Saturday (Aug. 13) to victory in the two-segment, 70-lap event.

It was the fourth win of the tour season for Hoar, a multi late model tour champion.

Hoar placed second in the opening 25-lap segment.

He praised the wide, mile-long Loudon, N.H. super speedway, home to two NASCAR Sprint Cup events each year.

“I had a lot of anxiety starting 35th,” Hoar said in an ACT news release. “It’s a lot of fun to run three – and four-wide here and I have to hand it to the entire field; they were respectful and gave a lane.”

Hoar was third on a 36th lap restart. Leader and first segment winner Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Mass. dropped out with ignition trouble and Hoar took the lead for good.



Champlain Valley Union head football coach Jim Provost had his red and white charges in full pads on a rainy early Monday afternoon as they went through exercises in the first of a double practice session held at the school.

In their seventh varsity campaign and fourth under Provost, the Redhawks open their initial season in Division I under the lights at Burlington on Sept.2.

CVU is coming off two years in Division II, where it went to the championship game two autumns ago and to the semifinals last year. In their first four seasons in Division III, the Redhawks made the postseason twice.

The other CVU fall sports — boys and girls soccer, field hockey and cross country — open with tryouts this Monday.


—Mal Boright