Sports up and running at Champlain Valley Union (Aug.14 2008)

Aug. 14, 2008
By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Despite some weather-caused interruptions, tryouts and practices were going strong this week for Champlain Valley Union High School fall sports participants.

But not always out of doors.

Late Tuesday afternoon brought storm clouds and thunder, forcing football and boys and girls soccer into the gymnasium for conditioning exercises.

File photo by Terri Zittritsch
Champlain Valley Union football players make a tackle during a 2007 playoff game against Windsor. The team began tryouts this week and, under new head coach Jim Provost, will look to improve upon last year’s 4-6 record.

“The rule is, and I agree with it, once you hear thunder or see lightning, everybody has to go inside for at least a half-hour,” said first year head football coach Jim Provost. “If there is more thunder and/or lightning, then the clock starts again.”

Provost, in his second day of tryouts, has some 80 hopefuls working out, with more expected as family vacations come to an end.

After double sessions this week, the plan is for single workouts from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. this coming week with a scrimmage against Rice Memorial High set for a week from Saturday, on Aug. 23.

Provost was head coach at Rice through the 1990s.

Parents will get an opportunity to meet Provost and his staff on Saturday in a boosters-sponsored program featuring an intra-squad scrimmage and discussions starting at 9 a.m.

Also forced inside Tuesday were coach T. J. Mead and his boys soccer candidates.

When the boom was heard, Mead and the defending Division I champions were late in the second of their two workouts. Once inside the gym, the players were jumping, stretching and going through additional conditioning.

The third-year coach said that while the team reported in generally good physical condition, “we are going to get in better shape.”

The two-a-day sessions continue through Friday for boys soccer. On Saturday, the Redhawks will travel to St. Albans for a scrimmage against Bellows Free Academy.

Meade says he has 43 athletes currently on his varsity squad, but a few could wind up with the junior varsity.

Gym time was also an unplanned aspect of practice for coach Brad Parker and the girls soccer team, which quickly started doing sprints.

Parker has about 40 girls on his squad. Freshmen were due in Wednesday.

Coach Kate McDonald and the field hockey candidates and coach Scott Bliss and the cross country runners were not at the school during the early evening sessions.



Saturday, Aug. 16

9 a.m. – Photo session and chalk talk for parents
10 a.m. – Red and White scrimmage
Noon – BBQ for players and families
1 p.m. – Mandatory parents’ meeting with coaches