Sports Round up

Cross-country runners pace themselves to two invitational titles

South Burlington and Essex were sites of CVU’s continued prominence in cross-country running. Charlotte’s Sophia Gorman led the way in both women’s races, winning the Rebel Run’s junior and senior title and topping all in the Essex Invitational at the Tree Farm. Meara Heininger, another Charlotte runner, finished sixth on South Burlington’s Red Rocks course.

CVU’s Tyler Marshall continued his title stands from last year, winning both men’s races and helping CVU to gain the team championship at Essex, for which 15 Vermont high schools competed. In the South Burlington race for juniors and seniors, Marshall finished about half a minute ahead of his teammate Calvin McClellan, with Harlan Spillane coming in third, Justin McAuliffe seventh and Baxter Bishop tenth.

Football Redhawks catch the Raiders in their claws

Last year is past, and the CVU Redhawks began the 2016 football campaign with an opening-season victory over the Division I state champion Rutland Raiders 22-6 in Hinesburg. This is an accomplishment given that CVU graduated 25 players from its 2015 roster, including the starting quarterback and lead running back. With Jake Evans at the helm this year and a set of good downfield blockers, Braven Bose ran for 155 yards in 19 carries, including touchdowns of 54 and 26 yards. A counter back last year, Bose has turned into CVU’s lead runner this year. Nate Shanks, with two interceptions of Rutland passes, led the Redhawk defense. It was a defense that stopped the Raiders at midfield early in the fourth quarter, which set up Bose’s long touchdown run on the next play. The Redhawks take on South Burlington Saturday, September 10, at home.

Josh Masterson finishes well at Thunder Road

The late-model stock car races at Thunder Road in Barre saw Charlotte driver Josh Masterton finish sixteenth in the feature race of the day. Although Nick Sweet of Barre won the race, second-place finisher, Scott Dragon of Milton, earned enough points to capture the Thunder Road Late Model track championship for the season.