Edd Merritt, Contributing Editor

Men’s soccer coach Katie Mack takes a new position on the sidelines
Hired three years ago, Katie Mack was the first woman to head the “Soccer Central” men’s team. In that relatively short course of time she compiled an impressive 40-9-3 won/loss record, leading the team to the state tournament each year. She had come to CVU from being the men’s coach at BFA-Fairfax. Sadie she is not giving up another opportunity to coach. She simply needs a break from it Meanwhile, she will continue to teach social studies at the high school.

Thirty schools send wrestlers to Essex for Michael Baker Classic
With high schools from throughout New England and upstate New York gathering in Essex in mid January, CVU’s ninth place was the second-best Vermont score. Essex finished third. Jaret Legg at 138 pounds and Jacob Griggs at 195 pounds were the top two Redhawk wrestlers, each winning his weight class.

Cochran’s two-run slalom provides Alpine opportunities
Find some snow, and the skiers will go, even though the white stuff does not seem as plentiful this winter as in some past years. In mid January CVU Alpiners placed four skiers among the top-ten finishers of men and women at Cochran Mountain course. Rebecca Provost’s fourth and Nathalie Paquette’s seventh were the leading Redhawk finishes among women, and Caden Frost’s second ahead of Charlie Greenlese’s eighth among men.

Charlotte’s Colby Jordan runs the Nor-Am Cup at Stowe
The prestigious Nor-Am Cup Alpine skiing race is only one step below the World Cup, and it saw Colby Jordan from Charlotte compete this year. A freshman at St. Michaels College, Colby has been racing since he was five. A first-place finish at Sunday River in giant slalom began his 2016-2017 season.

Bobwhites prove to be tougher hockey birds this time
It was the Bobwhites from St. Albans versus the Redhawks from CVU in a tightly contested men’s hockey game in Cairns Arena. St. Albans being the powerhouse of past years, producing pros like John LeClair and the current coach, Toby Ducolon, came back late in the game for a 5-3 win. The two teams tied 2-2 in their first meeting, and this time, after leading early in the game, CVU dropped the advantage with a five-minute penalty in the second period. The Redhawks fell behind 4-1 early in the third period before Max Akey brought them back within two. Collin Vincent hit a shot just inside the goal roof with Nate Shanks providing his third assist, but the Redhawks could not manage the equalizers. The win puts BFA atop the state standings with CVU second in Free Press power rankings.

Redhawks rule the court
When the site changes from rink to basketball court, CVU takes on the upper hand. Outscoring BFA 18-5 in the first quarter, the Redhawks expanded that lead to win by a 24 point margin, 69-45. Walker Storey paced all scorers with 17 points, and Matt Spear added 14.

CVU women are not letting a single loss fog their season as they are back on the winning track with a 49-27 victory over South Burlington. Beginning by outscoring their opponents 6-0, the Redhawks built the lead with a 23-0 streak later in the game. Marlee Gunn and Shannon Loiseau were the top hitters for CVU. Seven wins and a single loss is not a bad record for the season, unless, that is, you’re used to going close to one hundred wins in a row.

Cougar/Hawks are beginning to find the goal
The women’s hockey team that combines players from CVU and Mount Mansfield is beginning to hit the net more often than it did in the early season. Although they lost to another combined team from Burlington/Colchester, it was only by a 4-3 margin. Lauren Hagerty had a pair of goals, with a goal and an assist coming from Lydia Maitland.