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Dec. 1, 2011



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.



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