Edd Merritt, Contributing Editor

Edd Merritt

CVU winter sports end on an all-star note
All-star teams selected by the coaches and by the Burlington Free Press are bringing the winter season 2016–2017 to a close. Several CVU athletes have made the list at various levels. In basketball, the Free Press named Walker Storey to its second team and granted Josh Bliss and Matt Spear honorable mention. The coaches felt Storey was a top player in the Metro Division, deserving first-team ranking, Bliss gained a spot on the second team, and Spear received honorable mention. Redhawk coach Michael Osborne was named “Coach of the Year.”

In hockey, defenseman Richard Hall earned a selection to the first team by the Free Press. Although he missed three games due to injury, he still managed to gain nearly 30 points through goals and assists from the blue line. Forward Joe Parento received honorable mention. The men’s team lost by two goals (3-1) to BFA St. Albans in the state semi-finals after defeating Midddlebury to get there.

Both Redhawk tennis teams open the season impressively
Behind the Joseph sisters, the CVU women’s tennis team has shown impressive winning records for the past several years. With the older sister graduated, Stephanie has stepped into her shoes, playing number 1 singles and leading the Redhawks to a 7-0 victory over Colchester April 15. Charlotte’s Meara Heininger won her match by 6-1, 6-1 scores. In doubles, both pairs won to sweep the match.

The men had a tougher time, taking their matches 4-3. Losing three out of five singles matches, the Redhawk pairs had to take over, which they did. Charlotte’s Peter Hyams and his partner Richard Hall won their doubles match 6-0, 6-4 to give CVU the win.

Track and Field runs third and fourth places at South Burlington
The dream race for CVU women seems to be 3,000 meters. At South Burlington, Ella Whitman and her teammate Jennifer Ireland placed first and second to lead the Redhawk team to a third-place team finish in the meet. The relay foursome at 800 meters also won its event. Other top-five finishers for CVU were Eryn Erdman at 400 meters, Willow Devoe-Talluto at 800 meters and Whitman again at 1,500 meters.

The men’s team placed fourth with South Burlington, North Country and U-32 ahead of it. Tyler Marshall again showed his speed by winning both the 800- and 1,500-meter runs. Charlotte’s Seamus Higgins topped the high-jump contenders at 5 feet, 4 inches. Kenneth MacKillop was second in the triple jump, and Sage Whitecloud ran second at 400 meters.

Charlotte’s Brauns are leading LAX scorers
Will and Walter Braun have been scoring regularly for CVU men’s lacrosse. After losing a tight overtime (12-11) to perennially strong Hanover High from New Hampshire, the Redhawks came back to take Rutland on the road 13-10. Against Hanover, Will Braun led CVU’s attack with four goals, and his brother Walter notched two. In goal, Charlotte’s Andrew Tieso saved five shots. Will had a second four-goal performance against the Raiders. His brother scored once and Charlie Bernicke performed a hat trick. Tieso saved six for the win.

Redhawk women start one-and-one in lacrosse
Burr and Burton was the CVU women’s victim in the opening LAX meeting of the season. Charlotte’s Jenna Baginski joined her colleague Lydia Maitland for eight goals to lead the Redhawks to a 15-11 victory in Manchester. Bella Riley and Kate Noel had hat tricks with a single tally from Gabby Booth to earn the 15 points. In goal Allie Wainer made eight saves to her opponents’ 11. The Hawks came home to face Middlebury on April 14. The Tigers were too much for them and CVU went down to defeat 13-6. Maitland set up three goals and scored one herself, while Cate Noel and Becca Provost fired in two goals apiece.

For Rice, Charlotte’s Emma Hudziak has been a prolific goal scorer, first against South Burlington, to whom they lost 17-12, but not without Hudziak’s two goals, and then in a 15-7 win over Colchester, a game in which Emma had a hat trick and two assists.

Softball has first-game win over Rutland
Pitching the entire game and striking out nine batters, CVU’s Hattie Roberts managed to put the cap on a final-inning comeback by Rutland to earn an 8-7 victory over the Raiders. Natalie Gagnon’s three hits in four at-bats, including an RBI, led the Redhawk offense.