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Dec. 1, 2011

 

WINTER SPORTS TRYOUTS UNDERWAY

At about 3:30 p.m. Monday, the season turned from autumn to winter — the high school sports season, that is.

Opening day of winter sports featured basketballs bouncing in Bremner Gymnasium, skates being laced up at Cairns Arena in South Burlington and a large group of guys and gals — possibly Nordic ski hopefuls — running on trails and roads near Champlain Valley Union High School.

The 50-degree outdoor temperature was accepted, but CVU alpine ski coach Mike Minnerly wondered about his team’s mid-December season-opening race — given the bare slopes around the state.

Boys basketball tryouts were underway in the gym, with the girls scheduled to take over at 6: 30 p.m. Wrestlers were in a meeting in the mini-gym. The boys hockey team was preparing for its opening practice at Cairns Arena, slated to run from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The girls were scheduled to take the ice at 6:10 p.m.

Practice times for the rest of the week were slated to remain the same. In approximately two weeks, the games begin.

 

15 FROM CVU EARN SOCCER HONORS

Eight members of the Division I champion Champlain Valley Union girls’ soccer team and seven from the boys’ D-I runner-up squad have been named to 2011 All- State and All-Metro teams.

Additionally, four from the 16-1-1 girls team made the Vermont Soccer Coaches Association team: seniors Sophia Steinhoff, defenders Sienna Searles and Kate Raszka and junior Taylor Goldsborough, who missed the last few games of the season with a knee injury.

Steinhoff, Searles and Raszka were also named to the Burlington Free Press All-State first team. Senior defender Sara Lewis made the second team.

In addition, senior Shelby Hanlon joined the other five on the All-Metro first team. Junior Abby Eddy and sophomore Haliana Burhans drew All-Metro honorable mentions.

On the 14-3-1 boys’ side, Coaches Association All-State honors went to midfielder Chad Bateman, defender Parker Cornbrooks and attacker Shane Haley. Bateman, a senior, and Haley, a junior, also were named to the Free Press first team. Cornbrooks got a second team slot.

The trio was also All-Metro first team while forward Ben Comai and midfielder Sam Raszka were second team. Comai earned a spot on the Free Press second team.

Seniors Todd Forrester, a midfielder, and defender Ezra Mount-Finette were All-Metro honorable mentions, with Forrester also getting a Free Press honorable mention.

—Mal Boright