Sports Roundup

By Edd Merritt | The Charlotte News

Wood Trail Run highlights CVU cross-country teams

CVU men’s and women’s cross-country teams were one of only three Vermont high school squads to finish in the top 10 in the recent Wood Trail Runs at Thetford Academy. Twenty other squads from Vermont finished behind the top 10 for both girls and boys. Charlotte’s Sophia Gorman led Redhawk girls with a fifth-place finish, just 24 seconds behind the winner from New Hampshire. Another Charlotte runner, Meara Heininger, placed 41st, still less than two minutes behind the winner.

Tyler Marshall’s seventh place for the boys brought CVU into fourth place. Calvin McClellan and Baxter Bishop also finished in the top 40, slightly over a minute and a half behind the Connecticut winner.

On September 24, the CVU women led a stream of red across the finish line as nine out of the top 10 individual finishers were Redhawks over a 2.3 mile course at Red Rocks Park, Burlington. The men were almost as successful individually as they placed sixth among the top 10 and beat South Burlington as a team by 14 points.

Mason Cohn of Charlotte fights for a pass against Colchester on October 10. Photo:

Mason Cohn of Charlotte fights for a pass against Colchester on October 10. Photo:

St. Johnsbury Academy and Colchester tip their helmets to CVU  

The Redhawk football team traveled to the “Kingdom” where they were unwelcome visitors, beating St. J. by 36 points, 49–13. Quarterback Andrew Bortnick’s passing proved to be a dominant factor as he hit Sam Mikell, Kyle Hinsdale and Charlotte’s Rich Lowrey with touchdown passes. Lowrey and Jacob Griggs also ran for TDs.

Braven Bose ran for 105 yards on 13 carries against Colchester, leading CVU to a hard-fought 19-14 win. He scored two touchdowns, and Nick Kinneston went over from a yard out to seal it. The Redhawks now stand at 4-2 for the season with Mount Anthony at home coming up on Saturday, October 10, followed by Middlebury the following week.

Soccer soars as well

Two more shutouts for the women’s soccer team leave them at 7-1 for the season. It goes to show what a loss several games prior will do to a championship bunch—make them hunger for victory. Defense! Defense! Defense!

Jackie Casson had two goals and Leah Gagliuso scored one in a 3-0 win over North Country. And, although standing scoreless through one half, the Redhawks came back with goals by Sierra Morton and Ali Bisaccia for a 2-0 victory over Mount Mansfield. Charlotte’s Catherine Cazayoux had a goal and an assist against BFA-St. Albans, whom CVU held scoreless in a 3-0 shutout.

Three more victories keep the men’s soccer slate clean at 10-0 so far this season. North Country (6-0), St. Johnsbury (2-1) and BFA-St. Albans (3-0) were the latest victims. Midfielders Cooper O’Connell and Nate Coffin along with Joe Parento found the back of the net against St. Albans. O’Connell provided the go-ahead tally in the middle of the second half against St. J., and six separate Redhawks scored for the six-goal shutout of North Country.

Field hockey stays in the race

Two wins, one loss and a tie since our last publication, and the CVU field hockey team manages to maintain its position among the tougher teams in the state. Having Allie and Jamie Pashby-Rockwood up front and Tashia Pashby-Rockwood in the goal has helped the Redhawks sustain their spot. Tashia earned a 4-0 shutout of Burlington on October 2 with Allie and three others scoring goals. Jamie was the goal-scorer in a 1-1 tie with Essex, and Kate Machavern scored within the first minute of the game, giving CVU an opportunity to hang on for the 1-0 victory over Mt. Mansfield. Losing 1-0 to Mt. Abraham, Tashia’s save numbers showed the closeness of the game, as she was called upon for six stops to the Mt. Abe goalie’s five.

Rooney Castle runs and pedals the Austrian Alps

The end of August saw the world championships of the Ironman 70.3 triathlon at Zell am See-Kapun, Austria—not far from Salzburg. Charlotte’s Rooney Castle was in the top portion of the pack. Participants had to qualify for the event over the course of a year’s races. Five thousand did. Rooney finished 64th in his class and 367th overall, with the winner coming from Germany.