By Edd Merritt

Lacrosse, tennis, baseball, softball, track and field have all hit the fields and runways with the advent of reasonable spring weather.

Game, set, spring matches

The women’s tennis team, defending state champions led by senior Kathy Joseph, continued its unbeaten streak with a 6-1 match victory over Rice. The win puts the Redhawks at 3-0 so far this spring. Two Charlotters, Meara Heininger and Arielle DeSmet, have played winning roles. Arielle moved from a doubles victory against St. Johnsbury on April 14 to singles against Rice.

CVU men also stand at 3-0 for the season, blanking Rice 7-0 last week. Ethan Leonard won a close number three singles match 6-3, 6-4. Two days before, the Redhawks topped
St. Johnsbury 5-2 with Ben Hyams and his partner capturing a doubles victory in three sets.

Home-school track proves friendly to CVU

The Redhawk women’s track roster contains many Charlotte products who displayed their talents recently against Rice and Oxbow. Sadie Otley won both the 100-meter dash and the 300-meter hurdles. Carly Alpert high-jumped over 4 feet; Michaela Flore won the pole vault, clearing 7 feet, before taking third in both shot put and discus. Madison Randall sent the javelin 80 feet. Tatum Braun, Sophia Gorman, Megan Mahoney and Carly Alpert all finished in second place in their races.

The CVU men, who were challenged by Oxbow, Rice and Rivendell, also had familiar rings to top-placer names. Charlotte’s Declan Trus and Seamus Higgins won the 300- meter hurdles and the high jump, respectively. Zaq Urbaitel hurdled, Kenneth Mackillop long jumped and Nathaniel Mick pole vaulted to top-five finishes.

Men’s lacrosse is victorious both in and out of state

Traveling to Hanover, New Hampshire, the Redhawk men began their season with a 14-7 victory. Powered by a hat trick from Charlotte’s Kyle Jaunich and a pair of goals by Will Braun, CVU built up a seven-goal first-half lead, never to lose it. The team came back several days later at home to defeat Rutland, 13-5. Again, Jaunich and two Brauns (Will and Walter) provided a scoring punch along with Griffin Diparlo. Matt Murikami proved strong in the goal, facing 14 shots against Hanover and eight against Rutland.

Women’s lacrosse finally meets its comeuppance

It took Rice until the final minute and a half of the game to put in the winning goal against CVU, a goal that gave the Knights a 12-11 victory. The Redhawks had brought their record to 2-0 the previous Friday by knocking off Rutland 13-5 behind Lydia Maitland’s hat trick.

Softball puts its spikes to the ground

So far it has been a spring of cancelled scrimmages. However, CVU and Rutland hit the field running on Saturday, piling up a total of 41 runs between the two teams. Unfortunately, the Redhawks came out on the bottom end of a 25-16 loss to the host Raiders. Rutland’s 26 hits proved too much for CVU.

Coaches’ all-league teams named in hockey

With the top teams full of BFA names, CVU’s Joe Parento was the lone Redhawk to appear among the coaches’ selections for all Metro League mention. A forward, Parento made the third squad.

Forty-two years later, Burleigh says it is time to step down as coach

Sheila Burleigh

Sheila Burleigh of Charlotte coaching South Burlington women’s basketball. Photo: Brian Jenkins from The Burlington Free Press

Charlotte resident Sheila Burleigh has been coaching women’s basketball at South Burlington High School for the past 42 years. That is over 900 games, including five divisional titles and 20 final-four appearances in the state tournament. She is quoted in the April 15 Burlington Free Press, saying that unlike Green Bay Packer coach Vince Lombardi, she doesn’t believe winning is the only thing. “If I coached for the wins, then I’m not in the right business,” she said. “You want to teach the kids how to be successful, how to follow through on their goals.” Burleigh plans to continue at the school as a physical education teacher.