Sports Shorts

Feb. 2, 2012



“I think we got over a hump,” said Champlain Valley Union boys hockey coach Mike Murray the day after his Redhawks’ 6-4 loss to rival South Burlington on Jan. 28 in the annual CSB Cup contest at Cairns Arena.

Although it was the 4-9 Redhawks’ sixth straight defeat, strong second and third periods gave CVU optimism going into Wednesday’s home contest with Burlington (after Observer press deadline).

CVU is then off until Feb. 8, when it travels to Harwood.

Having scored just once in their last three games and blanked in their last two, the Redhawks trailed the hard skating Rebels 6-1 after the first 15 minutes.

“We got off to a slow start and made mistakes and they (South Burlington) took advantage of every mistake,” said Murray of the brutal initial period.

But the Redhawks added some grit to their game and got the final three scores before bowing.

“We had a power play in the final two minutes and 30 seconds but could not get to within one score,” said Murray, adding that the team played much better through the last two periods.

Patrick Pattison, Kirk Fontana, Cam Rivard and Alex Bulla scored for the Redhawks. Jason O’Brien had 22 stops in CVU’s cage.

Matt Baechle fired two scores for the Rebels.

Murray said the team is slowly recovering from the effects of a flu outbreak that swept through the combine the past couple of weeks.



The winless Champlain Valley Union girls hockey team opened a four-game string of home ice appearances Wednesday (after Observer press deadline) by playing host to Essex.

On Saturday, Colchester will come to Cairns Arena for a 6 p.m. session. On Wednesday, a tough Missisquoi Valley Union squad comes to tangle with the Redhawks at 5:15 p.m.

The 0-11 ‘Hawks fell to 5-3-2 South Burlington 5-0 Wednesday (Jan. 25). On Saturday (Jan. 29), coach Ben Psaros’ CVU squad suffered their third single goal loss when Hartford potted a power play goal with about one minute remaining in regulation for a 3-2 win.

Rowan Hayes scored for CVU and busy netminder Nicole Sisk hauled in 42 saves for the Redhawks. Sisk tallied 80 saves for the week’s two games.



With the annual state championship meet looming late this month, the Champlain Valley Union gymnastics team continues to improve at the right time of the season.

The Redhawks had a home session with Middlebury Wednesday (after Observer press deadline) and are off until a meet on Feb. 9 at U-32 in East Montpelier.

Last Thursday (Jan. 26), unbeaten CVU rolled over South Burlington 138.95-126.35. Veteran Ashley Bachand took the all-around with winning performances on the vault, parallel bars and balance beam.

The stellar performance was another big step forward for Bachand in her recovery from a springtime knee injury.

Sophomore teammate Megan Nick came in second in all-around and was runner-up to Bachand on the vault, bars and beam.

Sarah Kinsley was first in floor exercise and third on the bars. Grace Carey came in third on the beam.



After a slow, snow-starved to the season, the Champlain Valley Union Nordic ski team faces three events in seven days – starting with a Thursday afternoon event in St. Albans hosted by Bellows Free Academy at the Collins-Pearly Sports Center.

The Redhawks then travel to U-32 in East Montpelier Saturday morning and to Colchester Wednesday.

Last Saturday (Jan. 28), the CVU girls won their second race in two weeks at the Jericho Firing Range. The boys took the runner-up spot.

The girls had 18 points to 26 for second place Middlebury and 42 for third place Mount Mansfield Union.

Sienna Searles paced the ‘Hawks with a second-place finish, just one second to winner Britta Clark of Middlebury.

Three more Redhawks skied into the top 10: Taylor Spillane (third), Cally Braun (sixth) and Emma Hamilton (seventh).

Jack Hegman of Mount Mansfield won the boys race.CVU’s Emmett Peterson (fourth) was the lone Redhawk in the top 10. CVU had 41 points to 11 for the winning Cougars.



Champlain Valley Union wrestlers will close out the regular season Saturday at Mount Mansfield Union for the Jason Lowell Tournament and Wednesday when the Redhawks play host to Middlebury and Colchester.

CVU is coming off Saturday’s (Jan. 28) sixth-place finish among 15 teams at the Colchester Invitational. CVU scored two individual victories and three other top four finishes. In addition, Fleming was named the tournament’s outstanding coach.

The Redhawks’ usual suspects earned triumphs: Clark Poston in the 182-pound class and Liam Bowley (99 pounds).

Alex Legg placed third in the 106-pound division. Fourth places went to Patrick Shea (145 pounds) and Sam Fortin (170 pounds).



Champlain Valley Union High School is searching for a girls varsity lacrosse coach and a junior varsity softball coach.

Additional information and applications can be obtained from athletic director Kevin Riell via email at or by calling (802) 482-7113.


—Mal Boright