cvu spring sports preview

By Lauren Read • Photos by Al Frey

Photo by Al Frey

BOYS LACROSSE
Coach: Dave Trevithick (13th season)
Last season: 16-2, won the Division I state championship
Key returnees: Sam Comai, defense, senior; Ryan Trus, defense, senior; Will Braun, attack, senior; Walter Braun, midfield, senior; Jake Schaefer, attack, junior; Andrew Tieso, goalie, junior.
Key newcomers: Too early to tell
Outlook: The defending state champions have some work to do to start the season. The Redhawks will have to replace Charlie Bernicke’s goal-scoring prowess and Jake Evans’ work in the faceoff circle. Will Braun and Jake Schaefer will take on the scoring challenge, while a committee will look to earn the wins in the faceoff circle for CVU, at least early on. With those two early challenges, the Redhawks will look to build in the early going and return to state championship level.
Opener: Saturday, 8 p.m. at Salmon River

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SOFTBALL
Coach: Mike Sullivan (second season)
Last season: 8-9; lost in the Division I playdowns
* Roster and outlook details were not available by press time.
Opener: Thursday, April 12, at Vergennes

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GIRLS LACROSSE
Coach: Tucker Pierson (third season)
Last season: 10-7, lost in the Division I semifinals
Key returnees: Becca Provost, midfield, senior; Lydia Maitland, midfield, senior; Bella Rieley, attack, senior; Cate Noel, midfield, junior; Fiona Love, defense, senior; Ali Wainer, goalie, junior.
Key newcomers: Teddi Simons, defense, junior; Sara Kelley, defense, junior.
Outlook: For the last two seasons, CVU has been knocked out of the postseason in the Division I semifinals by Mount Anthony. In many ways, those postseason performances were icing on the cake for a building program. Now the Redhawks are ready for more, with a senior-laden, speedy team aiming for the title game. The team’s strength is in its experienced midfield and offensive game and will have to get the defensive game on track as they aim for playing well into June.
Opener: Friday, April 6, at Rice

GIRLS TENNIS
Coach: Amy deGroot (ninth season)
Last season: 16-0; Division I state championships
Key returnees: Kendall, Blanck, senior; Renee Dauerman, senior; Madeline Huber, senior; Stephanie Joseph, senior; Megan Watson, senior; Sophie Dauerman, sophomore; Corina Gorman, sophomore.
Key newcomers: Ella Kenney, freshman; Jalen Murphy, freshman.
Outlook: Last year, it was another undefeated season and another Division I state championship for the CVU girls tennis team. This year, with seven returning players from last season’s squad and two talented newcomers, the Redhawks are again the favorites for a D-I state title. No. 1 singles player Stephanie Joseph, who also won the individual state title, will anchor the group again.
Opener: Friday, April 6, at Essex

BOYS TENNIS
Coach: Frank Babbott (11th season)
Last season: 9-3; lost in the Division I semifinals
Key returnees: Ivan Llona, senior; Johnathan Walsh, senior; Joe Warren, senior; Nathan Hodgeson-Walker, senior
Key newcomers: Ethan Lisle, freshman.
Outlook: A mix of returning players and new members have positions up in the air for the CVU boys tennis team. Though the team’s exact spots are still a work in progress, the Redhawks will have plenty of depth to kick off the year as they look to gain ground on defending champs South Burlington. For the time being, CVU is hoping for warm weather so that they can get outside and get a kick start of the season. The earlier the team can play outside, the quicker they can work in younger players and find a groove on the court.
Opener: Friday, April 6, vs. Essex

 

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BOYS TRACK AND FIELD
Coach:
King Milne and Jess LaPlante (first season)
Last season: Fourth place in the Division I state track and field championships
* Roster and outlook details were not available by press time.
Opener: Tuesday, April 10, vs. South Burlington

GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD
Coach:
King Milne and Jess LaPlante (first season)
Last season: Second place in the Division I track and field championships
* Roster and outlook details were not available by press time.
Opener: Tuesday, April 10, vs. South Burlington

 

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BASEBALL
Coach: Tim Albertson (10th season)
Last season: 13-5, lost in the Division I quarterfinals
Key returnees: Jacob Bortnick, catcher, senior; Liam Reiner, pitcher/infielder, senior; Kyle Rivers, first base/pitcher, senior; Hank Caswell, pitcher/infielder, senior; Tyler Skaflestad, second base, junior; Aidan Johnson, infielder, junior; Jacob Murphy, outfielder, junior; Ian Parent, outfield/pitcher, junior.
Key newcomers: Jonah Roberts, outfield, sophomore; Baker Angstman, utility, sophomore; Jacob Boliba, utility, sophomore.
Outlook: A new schedule and young group will prove challenging in the early season for the Champlain Valley Union baseball team. But the strength of team’s returning squad is on the mound and in the infield, making pitching and defense an area the Redhawks can rely on. CVU will need the returning core to hold steady as the team works in a large group of younger players, which will be key as the team looks to earn a high seed coming out of the regular season.
Opener: Tuesday, April 17, vs. Saint Johnsbury

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