By Edd Merritt

CVU women hoopsters saw their 57-game regular season winning streak, dating back to 2018, come to an end last Friday. The Green Knights of Rice took advantage of their home court to defeat the Hawks by 14 points, 34-20. Both coaches praised their teams’ efforts. Rice’s Aurie Thibault was quoted in the Jan. 9 Free Press as saying that her team’s “defensive effort was one of the best she’s seen as a coach.”

CVU RedhawksThe tempo of the game went Rice’s way from the beginning. Their offense moved rapidly and created open shots—a number of them three-pointers. Redhawk coach Ute Otley felt that the loss could well be beneficial. “We have a lot of work to do. We have to get better.” Both speed and defense for Rice led to the win.

This was the sixth game of the season for the Hawks, and hopefully improvements will come and show up by tournament time.

Shelby Companion led CVU, scoring with 11 points.

The Redhawks came off a strong win (50-17) over Burr and Burton to end 2021 and lead into the 2022 season against Rice.

Nordic skiers hit the trails at Sleepy Hollow
Both men and women Redhawk Nordic skiers hit the trails at Sleepy Hollow recently in a classic event. For the women, a second-place team finish behind Burlington High School was led individually by Emma Crum, who placed second, and Corina Hobbs, who placed eighth.

Matthew Severin led CVU men with a fifth-place finish to pace the Redhawk team to a third place behind Mount Mansfield and Burlington.

Men’s and women’s hockey hit the ice on Saturday
The combined women’s team from CVU/Mount Mansfield discovered that a lone goal was enough to defeat Middlebury 1-0. Hannah Schmid’s goal came in the second period and held.

The South Burlington and CVU men went scoreless.