By Edd Merritt
Sophia Gorman named top runner in state
Charlotte resident and CVU junior Sophia Gorman was named the top girls cross-country runner in Vermont by Gatorade and USA TODAY High School Sports. She captured the Division I title in Vermont to lead the Redhawks to a first-place team finish. She ran eighth in the New England championships before finally finishing 13th at the Northeastern Regionals. In addition to her broader recognition, Sophia was one of two athletes of the month for November as selected by the Vermont Sports Media Association.
CVU’s Bliss named Coach of the Year
Redhawk cross-country coach Scott Bliss joined Harwood’s John Kerrigan as the cross-country running coaches of the year as named by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association. Scott led both men and women to Division I state titles last fall.
Nordic skiers don’t have to travel to New Jersey for meets
Although questionable this winter, there has been enough snow in Jericho and Sleepy Hollow to host Nordic skiing races. In mid January, Tatum Braun’s fifth place, followed by Aidan Corcoran, Meara Heininger and Alysan Spasyk, among the top ten individuals, gave the Redhawks second place as a team for women. Tyler Marshall in first place, Peter Unger in second, Ben Loganbach in third, Harken Spillane, sixth, and Jack Koskinan, tenth, gave CVU the men’s team title. In pursuit races at Jericho later in the month, CVU women and men finished fourth overall among 12 schools.
Kittredge victory brings CVU into second place wrestling finish
The Michael J. Baker Classic in Essex brought wrestlers from 28 schools throughout the northeast to Vermont, among which CVU finished second. Charlotte’s Kienan Kittredge was the top Redhawk, taking first place in the 195-pound weight class.
Women’s basketball still undefeated and still hot
In its most recent win, the CVU women’s basketball team could easily have been called the Charlotte Redhawks, with Laurel Jaunich, Sadie Otley and Annabella Pugliese hitting the net for 45 of the Hawk’s 59 points in a 59-49 victory over Mount Anthony. The win makes them 12-0 for the season. Wipeouts seem to be the name of the game as CVU preceded this victory with 79-35 and 63-18 wins over Brattleboro and Spaulding.
Men’s basketball goes two for four
Mount Mansfield Union and North Country were the two latest victims of CVU men’s basketball efforts. In the Mount Mansfield game, Walker Storey found the three-point range five times for 23 of CVU’s 54 points as the Redhawks overcame the Cougars 54-44. Storey’s 20 points also led the Hawks over North Country in mid January, and he kept CVU close in a one-point loss (40-39) to Colchester. Although not quite on a par with their sisters, the Redhawk men do stand at 10 wins, five losses for the season.
On Jan 25, a weak second quarter did in the Redhawk men’s basketball team as Rice netted 24 points toward a 69-43 win.
Men’s hockey doesn’t travel out of Chitteden County to taste victory
Leddy Park and Cairns Arena provide friendly ice for the Redhawk men’s hockey team, with Colchester and Rice unable to score in 1-0 and 2-0 losses to CVU. Neither team found the back of the net in a 0-0 tie against Rutland, although CVU out-shot the Raiders 26-13. The tie was the fifth of the season for the 5-3-5 Redhawks.
CVU/Mount Mansfield women’s hockey have a successful partnership
The Cougar/Hawks stand with 9 wins, 4 losses and a tie for the season. CVU sophomore Lydia Maitland and freshman Katie Peck have been scoring well in recent victories. Maitland’s two goals led them over Stowe earlier in January, and she followed with a single goal as they topped the two-school team representing Burlington/Colchester. CVU’s Peck notched a goal and an assist on the winning goal in overtime against Harwood, and she followed with a single goal in the Burlington/Colchester game.