Edd Merritt, Contributing Editor

The Lake Champlain Open Water Swim, a 3.76-mile swim starting from the Old Dock in Essex, New York, to Charlotte Beach took place on Aug. 19. For results and photos visit this website. Photos by Lee Krohn.

Summer sports wind down, fall sports wind up
Although the fall colors have yet to tinge the mountains, fall sports teams are beginning to hit the fields with a vengeance. Footballs fly and tackles tackle while soccer balls get headed, field hockey before ice hockey, golf while there are still greens and volleyball that does not worry about the weather because it’s played indoors.

Gold cards turn green for CVU’s football program
CVU’s football program is looking for contributions to its annual fundraiser. Due to the expense of playing this sport—equipment, travel, etc.—football at the high school level needs outside donations to augment what the school can afford to pay. The team members are selling gold cards that will give the buyers discounts at local businesses. These discounts are good for the full year, and income from them goes strictly toward the program.

Former CVU Coach Jim Provost picks up where he left off
After serving as football coach of the Redhawks for seven seasons and directing them from a Division III pushover into a Division I contender, Jim Provost could not keep off the gridiron for long. Prior to his stint at CVU, he coached at Rice for 14 years, leading the Knights to two Division II titles. Jim recently signed on to head his hometown Milton Yellowjackets. He will implement the “zone-read, no huddle” offense that he instituted at CVU, according to Alex Abrami in the August 15 Burlington Free Press. Mike Williams, another Milton resident, has taken Provost’s place at CVU and praises his mentor. Rice coach Neil Brodeur, also from Milton, says Provost is the “perfect person to rebuild that program.”

Williston’s HOTDAM whacks wiffle ball
This year’s Travis Roy Wiffle Ball Tournament championship went to a team from Williston, the HOTDAMs. Led by tournament MVP Tucker Kolasch, they won 6-5 over the Jackhammers from Braintree, Massachusetts, in the title game at “Little Fenway Park” in Essex. The tournament raised $585,496 for the Travis Roy Foundation to go toward benefiting people with spinal cord injuries. Travis Roy was a Boston University hockey player who incurred such an injury and who now lives in Colchester.