Edd Merritt, Contributing Editor

About 170 CVU students participated in The Penguin Plunge for Vermont Special Olympics at Lake Champlain in Burlington on Feb. 4. Photo by Monica Marshall.

Basketball rankings bounce around
Top state ranking was an easy choice for the past four years when the CVU women never lost a basketball game. This year’s two losses knocked them down to the number four slot – still not bad for a team that graduated its leading scorers last spring. And, if the score gives any indication, the Redhaw’s 49-point home win over Spaulding would suggest they have not lost their touch totally. The Redhawks moved up a notch in state rankings, to third following their win at Mount Anthony a week ago.

The men’s team, on the other hand, after blowing out North Country by nearly forty points, have won ten games in a row and are ranked at the top of Division I by the Free Press. Walker Storey and Colin Mounsey have maintained the team’s top offensive capabilities so far this season. In a 20-point win over Colchester at the end of January, Mounsey hit for a game-high 22 points, followed by Storey’s 14. The Hawks survived a close finish with Mount Mansfield last Thursday as Storey hit a pair of free throws with 2.8 seconds left to give CVU a two-point win, 41-39.

Cougar/Hawks are climbing the hockey ladder
The combined Mount Mansfield/CVU women’s hockey team is posting a 5-8 won-loss record this year. After beginning the year without a victory and having trouble finding the goal net, the Cougar/Hawks won their last three games—Burr and Burton, Northfield and Rutland.

The Redhawk men, on the other hand, find themselves dropping in the standings with losses to Essex and U-32. However, it took a goal in the last two minutes for Essex to seal the 2-1 victory. And it also took 35 saves by Redhawk goalie, Ty Parker, to keep it such a tight contest.

LaCroix qualifies for New England Track Meet
CVU’s Rosalie LaCroix was the only Redhawk indoor track runner to qualify for the upcoming New England meet by finishing second in the 3,200 meter at a meet at Norwich on January 29 in a time of 12 minutes, 38.23 seconds.