Sports Roundup

CVU athletes earn post-season awards

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Among 2012 spring season Champlain Valley Union High athletes earning honors was lacrosse star Christian Williford, named to the Division 1 coaches first team all-stars on defense. Williford was also honored as a Vermont Lacrosse Coaches Association Green and Gold Outstanding Player.

Teammate Chris Bulla, an attacker, was named to the All-Division second team.

Brendan Davitt, an outfielder for the CVU baseball Division 1 champions, earned a slot on the All-North team in last weekend’s North-South senior game. CVU coach Tim Albertson was one of the two coaches for the North team that bowed 12-8 and 3-2 to the South in Saturday’s twin bill.

Kathryn Maitland, a senior on the 2011 CVU field hockey team, helped her Vermont squad edge its senior New Hampshire all-star counterparts 3-2 in the weekend’s annual Twin State field hockey contest at the University of Vermont.


Post-Fourth kaboom hopes for Legion diamond nine

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

The S. D. Ireland American Legion baseball team motored to Colchester on Thursday afternoon, bent on ending a three-game losing streak against the accomplished 9-5 (all games), 4-1 (league) Cannons. The game was after the Observer’s press time.

The streak began Saturday with a home 8-5 loss to Franklin County. South Burlington came to the Champlain Valley Union High field to nip the Clovers 2-1 on Sunday, which was followed by a 6-5 nudging on Monday in St. Albans by Franklin County.

A trip to Montpelier is on the schedule for Saturday, followed by a home doubleheader against Tri-County on Sunday, starting at 1 p.m. Colchester comes to Hinesburg on Monday (5:30 p.m.) before the Irelands leave for the annual Cooper’s Cave Tournament in Glens Falls, N.Y. July 10 through 12.

The home defeats to Franklin and South Burlington were marked by the Irelands continuing boo-boos in the field (five Saturday, four Sunday) and a surprising two-for-42 batting slump by the first five swatters in the usually lusty hitting lineup. When the bashers did bash, the drives got snared by opposition fielders.

In the Franklin contest, Irelands starting pitcher Curt Echo got clipped for four unearned runs and was trailing 4-0 before leaving at the top of the fifth, having thrown 81 pitches. Kyle Stanley and Curvin Calvin Benevento finished up.

Stanley and Ben St. Clair came off the Irelands’ bench to crack two hits each and help the Green Guys get within 6-5 before the Franklins put the game away with a pair of runs in the ninth.

Former Rice Memorial High ace lefty Zac Poland went the route with a four-hitter on Sunday, edging the Irelands Drew Nick in a duel. Nick worked into the seventh, giving up six hits and both runs—one earned—while whiffing 11 batters. Davis Mikell worked the final two and two-thirds frames.

Rayne Supple’s booming two-bagger to deep center in the fourth drove in the Ireland’s run for a 1-0 lead at the time.

At St. Albans on Monday, a mighty three-run rally in the top of the seventh and final inning fell one tally short.