Sports Shorts

March 1, 2012



The Champlain Valley Union wrestling squad wrapped up its season with a third-place finish at the state meet in St. Johnsbury on Feb. 25. (Courtesy photo by Jennifer Olson)

Coach Rahn Fleming’s Champlain Valley Union wrestling team continued its upward trajectory this past weekend with a third place finish in the annual Vermont State Meet in St. Johnsbury.

Mount Anthony Union took home its 24th consecutive crown with an overwhelming 325 points. The Redhawks’ third-place finish and 131 points was not far from runner-up and host St. Johnsbury Academy’s 147.5.

CVU had two second place finishers: Alex Legg in the 106-pound division and Clark Poston at 182 pounds. Alex Craige took third in the 113-pound class. Grant Poston (160), Sam Fortin (170) and Ryan Fleming (220) had fourth places. Fifths went to Connor Gobeille (138) and Connor Brown(152). Patrick Shea took sixth in the 145-pound set.



Another winter, another Vermont state title in cross country skiing for Champlain Valley Union.

This year, it is the girls who captured the crown as they completed a two-event sweep Tuesday with a solid triumph in the classic competition at Grafton Pond.

In 2011, it was the boys team that took top honors.

Last Friday (Feb. 24), the Redhawk girls ruled the freestyle run at the Jericho range. CVU’s Sienna Searles, second in the freestyle, rushed to the individual victory Tuesday in 10 minutes and 18.58 seconds to lead four Redhawks into the top eight slots and six in the leading 14.

Taylor Spillane (third), Autumn Eastman (sixth), Kathryn Maitland (eighth), Cally Braun (13th) and Emma Hamilton (14th) were the other Redhawks crowding their way to the front of the 11-team field.

It is the girls’ first championship since 2006.

CVU’s team score of 54 points was well ahead of runner-up Mount Anthony and third place Mount Mansfield Union.

CVU’s defending champion boys (193 points) came in third Tuesday behind winner Mount Mansfield (64) and runner-up Mount Anthony (129).

Ben Hegman of Mount Mansfield added the classic title to his freestyle crown last Friday. Sean Delaney led CVU with a 13th place. Delaney finished seventh in the freestyle while Emmett Peterson was 10th.



The 11-9 Champlain Valley Union boys basketball team earned the fifth seed to the Vermont Principals’ Association Division I post season tournament, and was host to No. 12 Lyndon Institute (8-12) Wednesday evening (after Observer press deadline).

A win over the Vikings would mean a trip south Saturday to fourth-seeded Brattleboro (13-7) or another home game against 13th-seeded Mount Anthony (7-13). Brattleboro and Mount Anthony played Wednesday.

Coach Scott Bliss’ Redhawks put a nifty finishing touch on the regular season last Thursday (Feb. 23) with a 60-49 home victory over North Country.

The Redhawks got 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists from junior forward Brad Bissonette. Hefty-sophomore Luca Aube added 13 points and six rebounds.

Senior guard Andrew Whitbeck turned in one of his top all around jobs by firing in seven points, grabbing eight rebounds and passing off for a game-high five assists. Junior guard Austin Busch, a quickster, came off the bench to add six points, three steals and a pair of helpers.



Champlain Valley Union High hockey teams are in their second seasons: the Division I playoffs.

The boys, after bowing 5-0 to Colchester Saturday (Feb. 25) at Cairns Arena, took a 7-12-1 record and ninth seed to eighth-seeded 9-11 Rutland Wednesday (after Observer press deadline). The winner takes on No. 1 Essex (19-0-1) Saturday afternoon (3:30 p.m.) at the Hornets’ ice palace.

The Redhawks split with Rutland during the season and narrowly bowed 2-0 to Essex last week.

CVU’s girls, seeded eighth with their 0-19 record, go to St. Albans Saturday (5 p.m.) for a clash with the top-seeded Bellows Free Academy Comets (13-3-4).



The Williston Soccer Club U14 girls upset Nordic 14G Premier, a select team with players from throughout Chittenden County, in a 2-1 nail-biter to win the session championship title in Essex on Feb. 21. Nordic 14G Premier was previously undefeated.

In the semifinals, the Williston team advanced after it defeated Nordic 13PG in a game decided by penalty kicks.

Williston’s Amelia Dodds was in goal for the final game and a strong defensive effort limited the Nordic Premier team to one goal. Players on the team were Brigette Durieux, Sara Erickson, Emma Jennings, Dodds, Nikki Asch, Lauren Palmer, Dani Peters, Erika Barth, Kyla Antonioli, Hadley Erdman, Megan Gannon, Loran Stearns, Emily Pierson, Eleanor Moody and Julie Decker. Coaches were Tom Spencer, Jonathon Slimovitch and Tom Jennings.