Sports Notes (6/18/09)

June 18, 2009

CVU track stars tested by New England’s best

It may have been in Champlain Valley Union High’s back or front yard (depending on one’s views of such intra-county matters), but for the first time since 1983 the New England Interscholastic Track and Field Meet came to Vermont on Saturday. Specifically, the meet took place at Burlington High School’s layout.

Six members of the CVU track and field team turned up for the high level competition and were led by Matt Sulva’s 19th-place finish in the boys’ 800-meter run.

Sulva posted a solid time of 1 minute, 59.45 seconds. The winner, Nick Wade of North Attleboro, Mass., sped around the course in 1:54.46.

The event produced the best meet finish by a Vermonter. Adron Pitman from Mount Mansfield Union High, the long-time friendly foe of the Sulva brothers, earned a ribbon by coming in third in 1:55.34.

CVU’s Tony Sulva came in 29th in the 800 and 24th in the 1,600.

Among the girls, CVU’s Maya Grevatt tied for 20th in pole vault at 9-0 feet.

Haleigh Smith took 22nd in the triple jump at 31-8.75 feet. Maddy Christian and Virginia Farley were 23rd and 24th in the 3,200 run.

Bedard bows in state scholastic golf tourney

Andre Bedard earned some medalist honors for Champlain Valley Union High in golf this past season, but last Wednesday he met stiff competition from other top Division 1 high school golfers in the tournament at Ralph Mahre Golf Course in Middlebury.

Mount Anthony Union High senior Thomas Sennett laid down a two-under par 69 marker for the best score of the day. Bedard, who made the event as an individual, toured the spread in 83 strokes. Bedard’s Redhawks had gotten nipped in regional action earlier this month, while he qualified for the event with the fifth best score.

Essex High took the team title for the third straight year, some 10 strokes better than runner-up Hartford High.

Legion ball begins

The S. D. Ireland American Legion baseball team will see lots of action this week.

Coach Jim Neidlinger’s club will be home at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, hosting Montpelier at the Champlain Valley Union High field.

On Friday, the Irelands are scheduled to open the annual weekend wooden bat tournament at CVU with a 5:30 p.m. game against visiting Saratoga, N.Y. Two more tournament home games are slated for Saturday, starting at 9:30 a.m.

The team opened its season Tuesday at home against the Burlington Lynx.