By Edd Merritt, Contributor

A Charlotte addition to All-State Field Hockey
In our Dec. 17 issue of The Charlotte News we listed the CVU women who earned honors as members of the Vermont All-State field hockey team. In doing so, we failed to include Charlotter Belle Brown, a Rice Memorial sophomore midfielder who is one of the “state’s most technically gifted players.” Her coach, Kelly McClintock, says she is “one of those players who gets her stick on the ground and comes up with red knuckles.” She also earned Burlington Free Press first team and Metro Division first team honors for the year. Belle, we apologize for our omission.

Local soccer All-Americans:

CVU’s Josie Pecor hounds the Wolves.Photo by Al Frey

CVU’s Josie Pecor hounds the Wolves.Photo by Al Frey.

CVU’s Jesse Klein joined Milton’s Chance Rose as High School All Americans as selected by the United Coaches Soccer Organization. Both were also among six Vermont players earning All Region honors. Jesse was joined on that squad by her teammate Josie Pecor.

Kudos to local teams for 2020:
Beginning in January the CVU women’s basketball team—the “Big Red Machine”—buried Essex by 50 points to remain “not only unbeatable but nearly untouchable,” according to the Free Press.

The following month CVU senior Tali Giubardo overcame physical adversity from 15 months before to win the 2020 individual gymnastics title and lead the Redhawks to a team trophy.

In the summer baseball league, S.D. Ireland suffered only one loss in the shortened regular season and finished as the best in the Summer League tournament.

The Ireland team consists largely of age-eligible CVU players.

Fall’s soccer finals saw both men and women from CVU come close but not quite on top in the state as the men lost to Essex in overtime and the women to South Burlington to break the Redhawk women’s 61-game win streak and their chance of winning a fourth straight state title.