By Edd Merritt
Winter sports prepare for the season
CVU winter sports began their preparations for the regular season by playing a number of scrimmages to get teams and bodies in order. The regular season begins later this month.
Meanwhile, fall sports finished things off with selection of all-league teams and an all-star game between North and South football teams. The South’s senior all-stars topped the North 47-9 at Castleton University’s Wolk Field. Middlebury’s Ian Ploof started the Southerners off on the right foot with two touchdowns following fumble recoveries.
Laurel Jaunich ventures home to face UVM
Charlotter and CVU graduate Laurel Jaunich came back to Patrick Gymnasium as a basketball player for the Naval Academy. Showing her skills early, she scored Navy’s first five points. She added six more and played strong defense with a block and a steal plus seven rebounds. The Cats, however, poured on the offense for a 20-point second quarter to outlast Navy for a 64-56 win.
Redhawk women fall just short of a second trip to the nationals
CVU’s cross-country women runners took state and New England titles this fall but fell just short in last weekend’s team competition for a berth in the national tournament to be run in San Diego next week. The team finished third in the determination based on qualifying rounds, one place short of making the trip to the West Coast. Alicia Veronneau and Alice Larson paced the Hawks as they sought an invitation.
Field hockey all-stars
The Vermont coaches named their all-star field hockey teams late last month. They included a good number of Redhawks. Maggie Warren made the Twin-State senior all-star team as well as the Metro Division first team. She was joined on that selection by her teammates Hailey Chase, Flynn Hall and Clara MacFaden. Lena Ashooh and Mackenzie Marcus are on the second team, and Janie Hardy and Sophia Stevens received honorable mention.
Coaches’ football all-stars
Despite a losing record, CVU placed a number of players on the state coaches’ offensive and defensive all-star football rosters. Charlotte running back Seth Boffa and offensive linemen Zach Gamelin and Clayton Thorpe on the offense, with Gamelin and Thorpe also on defense. Kicker Matthew Trifaro made first team in his category. The second team included wide receiver Ryan Anderson, who also was named second-team punt returner, and defenders Cole Zuwallack, Ryan Canty and Eric Pockette. Quarterback Maxwell Destito received honorable mention, as did linebacker Shane Gorman and punter McLain Jipner.
Coaches’ soccer all-stars
We will begin with the women Vermont State Coaches’ Association (VSCA) all-staters. Five Redhawks made the team: Catherine Gilwee, Jess Klein, Olivia Morton, Josie Pecor and Olivia Zubarik. The same five were named first-team Metro Division all-stars, with Josie honored as “Player of the Year” and coach Stan Williams as “Coach of the Year.” The second-team selections included Maryn Askew, Quinn Boardman, Gillian Magnier, Shelby Statton and Dylan Walker. Edie Wright received honorable mention.
On the men’s side of the VSCA, the Redhawks did equally well. Jami Lashua, Jonah Roberts, Jack Sinopoli, Erik Stolen and Cullen Swett were Division I and Metro Division all-stars. Jacob Allaire, Asa Lawson, Sam Johnson and James Schmidt received honorable mention.