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Champlain Valley Union’s Max Hopper (right) battles a player from Lower Canada College during the Redhawks’ 3-1 loss on Dec. 16. (Courtesy photo by David Yandell)

After dropping their first game of the season, 3-1, Friday (Dec. 16) at Lower Canada College in their annual trip north, the Champlain Valley Union High boys hockey Redhawks (3-1) returned to Vermont competition Wednesday night (after Observer press deadline) when they hosted Middlebury at Cairns Arena.

The game schedule over the holidays is limited to this coming Wednesday (Dec. 28) when the ‘Hawks entertain Rice Memorial at Cairns (7:15 p.m.) and travel to Barre to face Spaulding on Jan. 4.

Coach Mike Murray’s Redhawks are 3-0 in Vermont, with their most recent triumph a 4-1 clocking of Rutland last Wednesday (Dec. 14) in Rutland.

Max Hopper, Patrick Pattison, Pat Keelan and Jeremy Lerner potted the goals. Netminder Jason O’Brien had 12 stops as CVU held an overwhelming 39-13 advantage in shots on goal.


Winless in three games this season, the Champlain Valley Union High girls hockey team was pursuing that elusive first victory in Northfield Wednesday night (after Observer press deadline) against the 1-1 Northfield Marauders.

The Redhawks return home to Cairns Arena this coming Wednesday (Dec. 28) when they will try to even the season series with Rutland. The Red Raiders nipped the ‘Hawks 4-3 in Rutland Saturday (Dec. 17).

The game went back and forth until the Raiders scored the winning goal with just one minute and eight seconds remaining in regulation time.

Molly Dunphy had two goals for CVU and Rowan Hayes potted a singleton. Goalie Nicole Sisk kicked out 20 Rutland shots.

On. Jan. 4, CVU will hit the road to Highgate and face Missisquoi Valley Union.


After a strong showing at South Burlington’s class-by-class competition Saturday (Dec. 17), the Champlain Valley Union gymnastics team was in Milton Wednesday (after Observer press deadline) for a session with the Yellow Jackets.

The schedule of weekly events will bring the Redhawks home on Dec. 29 to meet Harwood and the following Wednesday (Jan. 4) when St. Johnsbury Academy comes calling.

At South Burlington, CVU gymnasts won 2 of 4 all-around titles. Megan Nick was the sophomore victor with triumphs on the vault and in floor exercise, plus a third on the balance beam. Sarah Kinsley captured the all-around crown for the junior class following firsts on the bars and beam. Senior Ashley Bachand, recovering from Achilles tendon surgery, took first on the bars and beam. Sarah Gerry tied for first among juniors on the vault and Grace Carey finished third on the bars. Madison Tieso was third in the freshmen vault.


CVU’s Clark Poston won two matches in the 182-pound division on Dec. 14. (Courtesy photo by Jennifer Olson)

Hoping to milk some victories, the Champlain Valley Union wrestling team was in one dairy county this week, and will visit another next week.

The Redhawks travelled to dairy-rich Franklin County Tuesday and defeated Enosburg 66-3.

On Wednesday (Dec. 28), coach Rahn Fleming and his grapplers will be in equally dairy-prominent Addison County for the first of the two-day annual Middlebury Union High Invitational.

Last Wednesday (Dec. 14), at their home mat, the Redhawks split with two visiting teams — defeating Vergennes 63-15 and being nudged, 42-38 by Mount Mansfield.

CVU’s double winners were Patrick Shea (145 pounds), Connor Brown (152), Sam Fortin (170) and Clark Poston (182).

—Mal Boright