By Edd Merritt, contributor
Between the playing of Twin State and North-South All Star Classics, plus the naming by the coaches of the players to participate, Vermont High School athletes have been kept busy. In fact, the CVU Redhawks, have been some of the busier ones.
Things began in early June when CVU’s Josie Pecor was named Vermont’s top women’s soccer player by Gatorade. She hit the net for 21 goals and assisted four times in her senior year. She was also a United Soccer Coaches’ All – New England selection. In addition to her own soccer playing, Josie served on CVU’s Athletic Leadership Council and volunteered for Special Olympians while maintaining a 4.24 grade point average. Josie is off to St. Anselm College in the fall.
Redhawk men’s lacrosse took the Division 1 state championship gaining Tom Garvey Coach-of-the-Year honors in his first season at CVU. Redhawk scorer Alex Leonard was named a U.S. Lacrosse All-American. He and Cam Saia made the first team all-state roster with Shane Gorman second team.
Women’s lacrosse saw three Redhawks on the coaches’ first all-state team; midfielder Petra Kapsalis, defender Lena Kerest and another midfielder Chloe Snipes. Defender Maddie Bunting and midfielder Gretta White earned second-team honors. Midfielder Ava Bartlett, attackers Lily Ledak and Sydney Peet joined Sydney’s sister, defender Madison Peet on the honorable- mention roster.
In what has become fairly standard procedure, the Twin-State Lacrosse Byrne Cup in Hanover, NH went once again to the Granite Staters. The N.H. women won 19-5 and the men 16-10. On the women’s side, Vergennes’ Sydney Weber led Vermont scorers with two goals. CVU’s Shane Gorman, however, scored twice for Vermont men, and Woodstock’s Field Willis collected a hat-trick.
Hockey in June saw New Hampshire and Vermont split the Make-a-Wish Tournament in Stowe with the Green Mountain women winning 4-2 and the men being shut out by the Granite Staters 3-0 for Vermont’s first loss in the last three games.
In the women’s game, Mississiquoi’s Breezy Parent and Harwood’s Clara Griffin scored goals a minute apart from each other to give Vermont a lead they never relinquished.
The Vermont North-South baseball double-header went the north’s way in both games. CVU’s Ryan Eaton was a leading hitter in the first game, and in the second he pounded a long RBI double to put the top on a seven – run fifth inning.
The coaches’ Ultimate Frisbee Team was named with Redhawks Max Opton and Alex Spitznagle on the first team roster.
CVU placed a number of Redhawks in the 45th state decathlon championships. Emma Crum was fifth overall among women. She won the 1,500 meter run.
Drew Buley was sixth overall among men. His teammate Mathew Servin duplicated Emma’s win in the 1,500 meter run.