Sports Roundup

CVU boys hoop five home to Colchester Thursday 

After four straight losses, the 8-9 Champlain Valley Union High boys basketball team hopes to correct course Thursday (7 p.m.) when the Colchester High Lakers roll into Bremner Gymnasium.

Coach Scott Bliss and his Redhawks scored a narrow 42-40 triumph at Colchester Jan. 21 after gaining a large lead and hanging on late in the game.

On Monday night, the Red and White journey to Essex High seeking a second triumph over the Hornets.

CVU is looking for some rejuvenated offense to help the victory quest, as the Hawks have averaged just 33 points in their last three outings, which include losses to undefeated St. Johnsbury Academy (67-38) last Thursday and to Mount Mansfield Union (51-27) Monday night.

It was the Hawks second loss to the 11-5 Cougars. Brad Bissonette flipped in 13 points to pace CVU.

At St. Johnsbury, where the Hilltoppers are now 17-0, Ryan Beaudry had eight points to lead the Redhawks.


Saturday trip to Stowe for boys hockey team 

With the regular season fast winding down, coach Mike Murray and his Champlain Valley Union high boys hockey team were home to Rutland High Wednesday, after the Observer’s press deadline. On Saturday, the team will travel to Stowe High for a 6:15 p.m. encounter.

The Redhawks took a 9-3-3 record into the Rutland game, having tied the Raiders 2-2 on the road in late December. CVU popped Stowe 6-1 at Cairns Arena in mid-January.

This past Saturday, the Hawks snapped a scoring drought that saw them tally just four goals in three games (one loss, two ties) by pasting Rice Memorial 9-1.

The bombardment was led by Jeremy Lerner and Hoyt McCuin, each snaring two goals and two assists. Elliott Mitchell accounted for a goal and two assists, while the other net fillers were Will Bernicke, Ryan Keelan, Jack Hall and Kirk Fontana. Zach Weimer held forth in the CVU net.

A week ago Wednesday, the Redhawks fell 3-1 to the 10-3-2 Colchester High Lakers, despite a 38-24 advantage in shots on goal. Brendan Gannon fired the lone CVU score while netminder Greg Talbert came up with 21 saves.


Hockey girls at Hartford Saturday afternoon 

The winless (0-14-1) Champlain Valley Union High girls hockey team travels to 3-12-1 Hartford High in White River Jct. Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. with hopes of popping the Hurricanes.

The two teams squared off at Cairns Arena in mid-January, with Hartford emerging with a 4-2 victory in a competitive contest.

The Redhawks were in action Wednesday night after the Observer’s press deadline, playing host to Missisquoi Valley Union High.

Last Saturday, CVU went to St. Albans and got zinged 9-0 by the Bellows Free Academy Comets.


CVU JV wrestlers go for title Saturday 

While the Champlain Valley Union High varsity wrestling team awaits next weekend’s Vermont State Championships at Vergennes High, the junior varsity wrestlers head for Barre and Spaulding High this Saturday for the JV state tournament.

The grappling begins at 10 a.m.

Meanwhile, the varsity has a bronze trophy to admire. The Redhawks captured third place in last weekend’s Northern Vermont Athletic Council’s dual competitions.

—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent