By Edd Merritt
CVU spring sports wins both team and individual honors
From Gatorade to the baseball diamond, lacrosse pitch, track and field and tennis court, the Redhawk spring athletes have distinguished themselves.
Let’s start on the track. Senior Ella Whitman was named Gatorade’s top Vermont track athlete for the year. She won the 3,000-meter state Division I race and finished second at 1,500 meters. Her winning time was just over 10 minutes, which placed her 84th in the country when Gatorade chose her. The Gatorade selection recognizes academic achievement and character development through things such as community service and volunteer work in addition to athletic prowess. Having maintained a 3.94 grade point average at CVU, Ella will enter Boston College in the fall where she hopes to continue her track career.
Numerous Redhawks have been selected by state coaches as all-stars. Let’s begin with baseball and Division 1 state champion CVU. Tim Albertson was named Coach of the Year and Ian Parent, Pitcher of the Year. Aiden Johnson gathered the most hits for the season and the most home runs. Pitcher Storm Rushford, third baseman Johnson, designated hitter Ryan Eaton, outfielder Jonah Roberts and utility player Jacob Murphy all made the starting lineup. The second team had Tyler Skaflestad at second base and Brendan Tivnan in the outfield. Baker Angstman and Jacob Boliba earned honorable mention. Tyler led Vermont to a split of a Twin-State doubleheader with New Hampshire as he went 4 for 5 in the nightcap to pull out an 11–3 win after the Green Mountain team lost the opener 4–1.
CVU women also ranked among coaches’ selection for Metro Division all-state softball. The first team saw pitcher Riley Canty, while the second team had a majority Redhawk infield with Kristy Carlson at first base, Jessica Gagne at second and Hailey Chase at shortstop. Kiley McClure received honorable mention.
Men’s lacrosse placed a number of Redhawks on its all-state rosters, reminding readers that CVU again came away with the Division 1 state championship. Two Hawks earned All-America honors, Sam Sturim was an Academic All American and Noah Martin, a U.S. Lacrosse All American. Sturim and Jake Schaefer also earned Vermont Lacrosse Coaches Association Green & Gold outstanding player awards. Schaefer on attack, Sturim at midfield along with Max Gorman and long-stick middie Martin were joined by defenseman Shane Boehmcke on the Division 1 first all-state team. Shane, Noah Jake and Sam were also named to the Vermont lineup for the Twin-State game against New Hampshire played at CVU. The Green Mountain men won 21–5.
Women’s lacrosse saw several Redhawks on the coaches’ first and second Division 1 all-state teams, with two garnering honorable mention. Teddi Simons earned first-team defensive honors with the second team including attacker/midfielder Mia Brumstad and attack Sophia Cresta, midfielder Petra Kapsalis and defender/midfielders Maggie Gannon and Sara Kelley. Offensive players Sidney Peet and Caroline Reynolds earned honorable mention. Sophia and Teddi were women members of the Twin-State team that lost to New Hampshire 23–8.
One other Twin-State contest happened last weekend with Vermont defeating New Hampshire in field hockey 3–0. All the goals came in the second half, and Vermont outshot its rivals 20–0.
And let us not forget CVU’s women tennis players who lost only once this year, that to South Burlington whom they came back to beat for the state championship.
State decathlon races contain numerous Redhawks
June 17 and 18 saw two days of state decathlon championships at UVM with the Essex men and CVU women coming out on top of their respective fields. Redhawk Alicia Veronneau was the winner at 1,500 meters with a number of familiar names scattered among the women competing, including Charlotters Finn and Isabelle Mittlestadt. On the men’s side a Charlotte pair, Khomanani Clemmons and Skyler Heininger, competed in the variety of events.