CVU Fall Sports Preview

Photos by Al Frey

LAUREN READ
Sports Correspondent

GIRLS GOLF

Coach: Tammy Anthony (fifth season)

Last year: Finished seventh at the Division I state tournament

Key returnees: Taylor Hoar, senior; Courtney Vincent, senior; Chloe Landers, junior; Kate Sleeper, sophomore.

Key newcomers: Elisa Ayer, freshman; Lindsay Beer, freshman; Kassidey Jay, sophomore; Megan Rexford, freshman.

Outlook: With the top finisher from last year’s team – Taylor Hoar – returning, CVU has some high expectations for this year’s group. Fifth-year coach Tammy Anthony is working on getting the golfers comfortable with the area courses, but is excited about the talent level.

“We have so much talent and if we put them together I feel we can a have a great team for the state championship,” she said. “I feel very strongly that we can dominate this sport.”

Latest results: Lindsey Beer and Taylor Hoar paced the Redhawks as the CVU girls golf team came in third place in a match at Enosburg Country Club on Sept. 4.

Beer finished with a 48 and Hoar followed with a 53. North Country’s Grace Giroux earned medalist honors with a 42.

Up next: Thursday, Sept. 12, at Essex, 4 p.m.


BOYS GOLF

Coach: Seth Emerson (seventh season)

Last year: Division I state champions

Key returnees: Nate Godbout, senior; Evan Forrest, junior; Kyle Rexford, junior; Alex Leonard, jun-ior; Finn O’Brien, sophomore; Cam Saia; Austin Igler.

Key newcomers: Too early to tell

Outlook: The CVU boys golf needed a rare, tiebreaking extra hole to beat BFA-St. Albans and cap-ture the Division I state championship last season. After that, a repeat crown sounds like an easy goal, right? CVU re-turns three golfers from last year’s squad in Godbout, Forrest and Leonard, giving them a good base to start their title-seeking run.

“Our depth is a strength of ours,” said CVU coach Seth Emerson. “We have some hungry juniors and senior vying for the 4 and 5 spots. I think we are in good shape to make a run at a two-peat.”

Latest results: The boys golf team won the top spot at two tournaments to open the fall season.

The Redhawks combined for a team score of 160 to beat Rice and Spaulding on Sept. 4, with Evan Forrest earning the low score of 38.

On Sept. 5, Nate Godbout led the way, earning medalist honors with a 37. CVU earned a 163 to beat St. Johnsbury and Milton.

Up next: Thursday, Sept. 12, at North Country Invitational,
9:30 a.m.


FOOTBALL

Coach: Rahn Fleming (first season)

Last year: 1-8, missed the Division I playoffs

Key returnees: Seth Boffa, running back/defensive back, junior; Ryan Canty, linebacker/running back, sophomore; Angelos Carroll, defensive back/running back, sophomore; Zach Gamelin, offensive line/defensive line, senior; Isaiah Gillis, linebacker/running back, junior; Shane Gorman, linebacker/running back, junior; Will Murphy, quarterback/defensive end, junior; Eric Pockette, defensive back/running back, senior; Cole ZuWallack, defensive end/wide reciever, senior; Reid ZuWallack, defensive back/running back, senior.

Key newcomers: Max Destito, running back/defensive back, freshman; Henry Cramer, cen-ter/defensive line, sophomore; Adam Rutherford, offensive line/defensive line, junior; Clayton Thorpe, offensive line/defensive line, senior; Ryan Walker, offensive line/defensive line, sophomore.

Outlook: There is a new look on the sideline and on the field for the Champlain Valley football team as the season gets underway on Saturday. First-year coach Rahn Fleming joins the team and is looking to open up the offense more than in past years.

“We selected it (the offense) on purpose, to give as many kids a chance to shine as we can in the course of a ball game,” Fleming said.

CVU has a bevy of running backs to call on – including Seth Boffa – while quarterback Will Murphy will get the start un-der center.

“I sincerely believe we are going to surprise some people,” Fleming said. “There is so much that is so new and there is so much learning to be done.”

Latest results: The CVU football team opened the season with some question marks after a starting with a new coach and a new offense. Some of those questions were answered in the team’s first game: a 64-6 loss to Rutland on Saturday. The Redhawks aren’t quite ready to hang with a title-game contender.

CVU opened with the game’s first touchdown, with Seth Boffa ran 34 yards for a score.

The Raiders scored the next 64 points. Quarterback Owen Perry ran for 88 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns. Hunter Postemski scored three touchdowns and ran for 115 yards.

Boffa ran for 75 yards to lead the Redhawks offense.

Up next: Saturday, Sept 14, at St. Johnsbury, 1 p.m.


FIELD HOCK-EY

Coach: Tucker Pierson (fourth season)

Last year: 7-8-1, lost in the Division I quarterfinals

Key returnees: Flynn Hall, senior, forward/midfield; Lena Ashooh, junior, forward; Hailey Chase, junior, forward; Maggie Warren, senior, midfield/defense.

Key newcomers: Too early to tell

Outlook: The CVU field hockey has some work to do to start the season, with only 10 players re-turning from last year’s squad. Only five of the returnees coming in with starting experience, so the Redhawks will have to find some experience out of their new roster.

“Every player on this team can play,” said CVU coach Tucker Pierson. “We will be looking to find the most competitive combination of athletes.”

The team does return three of its starting forwards, giving CVU some experience in putting the ball in the net.

Latest results: The CVU field hockey team opened the season with a 1-2 record in its first three games.

On Friday, August 30, the Redhawks started the fall with a 3-2 loss to host Rutland.

Hailey Chase had two goals for the Redhawks (0-1), while Flynn Hall added an assist. Camie Cuttitta made eight saves in goal.

Jenea and Stefanie Allen each had a goal for the Raiders, while Jess Eillighausen stopped four shots.

CVU got their first win of the season on Tuesday, beating Mount Mansfield 2-1 in overtime.

Hailey Chase scored the game-winner in OT to lift the Redhawks to the win. MacKenzie Marcus also tallied, while Grace Ferguson and Marina Schmidt combined to earn the win in goal.

The Redhawks suffered another goal loss on Thursday in a 3-2 loss to South Burlington. CVU led 2-0 at halftime before giving up three goals to take the loss.

Clara Macfaden and Flynn Hall each had a goal for CVU.

Up next: Saturday, Sept. 7, vs. Burr and Burton; Friday, Sept. 13, vs Burlington, 4 p.m.


BOYS SOC-CER

Coach: Rob Cole (third season)

Last year: 16-0-2, Division I state champions

Key returnees: Jonah Roberts, senior, midfield; Jack Sinopoli, senior, forward; Cullen Swett, senior, defense; Jami Lashua, senior, midfield; Erik Stolen, senior, defense; Sam Johnson, senior, forward; James Schmidt, senior, forward.

Key newcomers: Holden Batchelder, sophomore, forward; Kobey Pecor, junior, defense; Ben Sampson, junior, midfield; Cooper Whalen, junior, defense; Henry Bijur, junior, midfield.

Outlook: CVU’s goal this year is very simple – to return the Division I state title game. With seven seniors returning from last year’s undefeated, title-winning squad, the Redhawks have a great shot at a repeat title.

“We should be just as strong, if not stronger, than last year,” said CVU coach Rob Cole. With key returning players at all the positions on the field, CVU will be able to rely on chemistry and that returning core to get off to a strong start early in the season.

Latest results: The boys soccer team opened the season with a 5-0 win over Rice in the Jay Brady Tournament at Essex on Sept. 5.

Jami Lashua had two goals and one assist and Jack Sinopoli added a goal and an assist for the Redhawks. Jeff Barbic made one save to earn the shutout.

Up next: Friday, Sept. 13 vs. Burlington, 4:30 p.m.


GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

Coach: Scott Bliss (20th season)

Last season: Division I state champions

Key returnees: Alice Larson, junior; Alicia Veronneau, junior; Finnegan Mittelstadt, sophomore; Jasmine Nails, sophomore; Sadie Holmes, senior; Isabelle Mittelstadt, senior.

Key newcomers: Lila Taylor, sophomore; Katherine Verronneau, junior; Julia Hillier, senior; Anna Arsavski, freshman; Carly Trapeni, freshman; Maddie Connery, freshman; Mykala O’Farrell, senior.

Outlook: Coming off arguably the greatest season in the storied CVU cross-country history, the girls team will be looking to build off that success. However, they will have to do so without the leadership that helped them to a 19th place finish at the Nike Cross Nationals. CVU does return Vermont’s top runner in Alice Larson, some-thing to build off as they hunt for their 11th state title.

“We are not quite as deep as we were last year but you can already see some of the other kids developing,” said CVU coach Scott Bliss. “The development of the younger kids will be important to fill out our top seven.”

Latest results: The girls team placed three runners in the top five to claim the win at the Essex Invi-tational on Sept. 7.

Alicia Veronneau placed first for the Redhawks, finish in 19:06.6, while Alice Larson was third and Finnegan Mittelstadt came in fifth place.

Up next: Saturday, Sept. 14 at Queensbury, N.Y.


BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

Last season: Boys – Fifth in the Division I state championship meet

Key returnees: Gavin Schaaf, junior; Skyler Heininger, junior; Parker Soares, senior; Caleb Nye, jun-ior; Drew Buley, sophomore.

Key newcomers: Matthew Servin, freshman; Matthew Ireland, junior; Brennan Militello, freshman; Kai Hillier, sophomore; Charlie Harder, junior; Nick Gigliotti, junior; Benjamin McAuliffe, junior.

Outlook: CVU is looking for another top six finish at the state meet and will rely on a small group of returning runners to lead the way. However, the Redhawks have a number of newer names to watch that could pro-pel them into another qualification for New Englands.

Latest results: The boys team tied for second place in the race. Essex came in first with 50 points, while U-32 and CVU tied with 85 points.

Matthew Servin came in 12th place to pace the Redhawks, while Caleb Nye followed in 13th place.

Up next: Saturday, Sept. 14 at Queensbury, N.Y.


GIRLS SOCCER

Coach: Stan Williams (seventh season)

Last year: 17-0, Division I state champions

Key returnees: Gillian Magnier, senior, midfield; Quinn Boardman, senior, defense; Maryn Askew, senior, goalkeeper; Avery Sleeper, senior, forward; Maggie Gannon, senior, midfield; Karolina Sienko, senior, midfield; Shelby Statton, senior, defense; Kaya Carroll, senior, midfield; Edie Wright, senior, defense.

Key newcomers: Too early to tell

Outlook: With 15 players – including nine seniors – returning from last year’s Division I title-winning team, the Redhawks will look to keep the ball rolling this year. With Askew returning to anchor the defense in goal, CVU will be hard to score against. The Redhawks will rely on their team depth and speed to start the season.

“Our goal is to make this a successful and meaningful experience for the team and all 21 individuals,” CVU coach Stan Williams said. “If we can do that, we have a shot at playing into November.”

Latest results: The girls soccer team escaped with a 1-0 win in overtime over Colchester on Sept. 3 to open the season.

Edie Wright scored in the 82nd minute to defeat the Lakers in a rematch of last year’s Division I championship game. Maryn Askew made three saves to earn the shutout.

Up next: Saturday, Sept. 14 at Mt. Anthony, 1 p.m.


GIRLS VOLLEY-BALL

Coach: Jeanne Nauheimer (second season)

Last year: Lost in the Division I state championship

Key returnees: Reilly Wells, senior, opposite; Taylor Detch, junior, outside; Leah Boget, senior, set-ter; Mekkena Boyd, senior, middle; Audrey Olson, senior, middle; Sarah Johnson, senior, setter; Lena Hansen, senior, utility; Lily Menk, senior, utility; Chole Snipes, senior, utility.

Key newcomers: Vivie Babbot, sophomore, middle; Jalen Murphy, junior, defensive specialist; Grace Lovely, freshman, defense; Maddie Bunting, freshman, defense.

Outlook: For two years in a row, the CVU girls volleyball team has been on the losing end of the Di-vision I state title game. This year’s returning group will be looking to break that streak. An experienced group will hit the courts for the Redhawks and that will be key, especially in the middle position. Coach Jeanne Nauheimer is excited about the improved play of Olson and Johnson, which should complement returning starters Wells, Detch, Boget and Boyd.

“I was blown away by the capacity they showed up with when we started tryouts,” Nauheimer said. “I have a feeling that was just the tip of the iceberg.”

Latest results: The CVU girls volleyball team opened the season with a 3-0 win over Mid-Vermont Christian on Sept. 4.

The Redhawks took the first set 25-12, followed with a 26-24 win in the second and cleaned up the straight set win with a 25-21 win in the third.

Up next: Friday, Sept. 13, vs Harwood, 4:30 p.m.


BOYS VOLLEYBALL

Coach: Jeff Boliba (fourth season)

Last year: Division I state champions

Key returnees: Noah Allen, senior, middle; Baker Angstman, senior, libero; Jacob Boliba, senior, hitter/setter; Ethan Harvey, junior, hitter/setter; Alden Randall, senior, opposite; Devin Rogers, junior, middle.

Key newcomers: Alex Spitznagle, junior, opposite; Ethan Czarny, junior, middle; Oliver Pudvar, sophomore, setter; Issac Davies, junior, opposite.

Outlook: The CVU has won the first three Division I volleyball state championships. With six return-ing players, they are aiming for number four. With Allen dominating in the middle and Angstman roving around to clean up, CVU enters the season with some of the top players in the state and they only added more.

“We have a versatile, athletic group of players that will allow the coaching staff many different options for lineup, posi-tioning and game strategy,” said CVU coach Jeff Boliba.

The only worry for the coach is making sure his team doesn’t get too complacent with so much success under their belts, something he will look to prevent early in the season.

Latest results: The boys volleyball team picked up where they left off last season, winning their first three games.

CVU started with a win over Vermont Commons on Friday. The Redhawks won the first set 25-17, the second 25-19 and the third 25-17 to sweep to a win.

CVU then beat Burlington 3-1 on Sept. 3 and followed with a 3-0 win over Enosburg on Sept. 4.

Up next: Tuesday, Sept. 17 vs. South Burlington, 4:30 p.m.

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