Edd Merritt, Contributing Editor

Edd Merritt

State golf titles elude CVU
Both men and women Redhawk golfers came close in the Division I state championships. The men played 18 holes over the par 71 Green Mountain National course, losing to Essex by only three strokes. Andrew Wilkinson and Ben Grambling led CVU with 84s. Evan Forrest shot one stroke behind them and Hank Caswell came in at 87. Six school teams participated at the division I level.
CVU women landed fourth of 10 teams at Proctor-Pittsford, a par-70 course. Elana Godbout and Gabriela Torrens-Sperry each stroked 110. Medalist Julia Dapron of Burr and Burton had an 82.

Early October saw the last goal against CVU women
Still undefeated as the season nears its end, the Redhawk women’s soccer team is not only victorious, defense is the team’s real strength. If memory serves me, they have only been scored upon twice this season. After their 3-0 shutout of Essex, their record stands at 11-0. Three different players, Hanna Swett, Sydney Jimmo and Charlotte Hill, hit the Hornet net, Charlotte’s on a penalty kick. In goal, Maryn Askew earned the shutout.

Soccer men go one win and two losses in last three games
Coming back after being shut out by St Johnsbury and losing a tight 2-1 game at Burlington, the Redhawks tipped Colchester on Nicholas Durieux’ goal with just under four minutes left in the first half. Both goalies were quite even in their saves, CVU’s Isaac Cleveland 8, the Lakers’ goalie 9. That game, following losses to St. Johnsbury and Burlington, stands the Redhawks at 9-3 on the season. A few days prior, BHS earned a split with CVU for the season with two goals from Bienfait Badibanga. A well-played and tight match between these two rivals, players from both teams high-fived their opponents at the game’s end, despite a brief scuffle in the BHS stands.

Woods Trail Run brings the best of New England cross-country teams to Thetford Academy
As a team, the CVU women came out on top. Consistency, not individual speed, was the name of the game. Ella Whitman finished eighth, followed closely by Alice Larson in ninth and, all told, five runners within the top 35. Scoring 74, the Redhawks were 47 points ahead of second-place Burlington. Sadie Holmes and Isabelle Mittlestadt represented Charlotte in the race, finishing close to each other—Sadie finishing in 45th place and Isabelle in 47th.

On the men’s side, another Vermont school was the winner. U-32 again nudged BHS into second. CVU finished ninth out of 50 men’s teams. They averaged just over eighteen and one-half minutes over the 5-kilometer course. Charlotte’s Seamus Higgins, Sean Gilliam, Skyler Heininger and Andrew Silverman ran for the Redhawks.

Four in a row for field hockey
CVU field hockey stands at 7 wins and 4 losses after two recent victories. Behind Flynn Hall’s hat trick and Bella Rieley’s two goals, CVU topped U-32 8–2. They followed that with a 3–0 shutout of rival Middlebury. Three different players scored for the Redhawks, and goalie Kristy Carlson was called upon to make only one save. Keeping the ball at midfield and in the Tiger zone was the name of the game.

Football fumbles in the Kingdom
Ouch! Fifty-seven to 13 brought CVU down at St. Johnsbury Saturday night. The Hilltoppers sped out to a 50-0 lead in the third quarter before CVU got on the board with two touchdowns, too late. One of them saw Charlotte’s Zaq Urbaitel score on a 31-yard run.

The week before, the Hawks flew away from Wolf country in South Burlington with a 20-6 win in a game that was knotted at 6-6 at halftime. Led by a couple of interceptions that resulted in touchdowns, two by Charlotte’s Andrew Tieso broke the deadlock in the third quarter. The two-week split brings CVU’s season record to 3 wins, 4 losses.