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Sands vying for top college honor

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Frankie Sands heads upfield during a game last year.

Rugby standout and Essex alumnus Frankie Sands is one of 14 women in the running for the MA Sorensen award, which is presented to the top Division I player in women’s college rugby. The award was created last year by the Washington Athletic Club of Seattle in conjunction with the Goff Gudby Report and USA…

Hornets ousted in semifinals by CVU

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Sophomore Elizabeth Goodrich eyes a free throw during the Hornets game against CVU last Saturday. (Photo by Bob LoCicero)

After making its way to the quarterfinals of the Division-I girls basketball state tournament, the Essex basketball squad fell to CVU 45-34 last Saturday, ending its season with a record of 13-9. Emmalee Smith led the way for Essex, dropping 11 after a 14-point performance against Rutland in the playdowns. The youthful Hornets will graduate…

Hornets fall in semifinals to BFA

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Senior Justine Martin looks for a pass during the Hornets' game against BFA-St. Albans on Monday night at Essex High School. Essex fell 1-0 to end its season 16-4-2. (Photo by Josh Kaufmann)

Regular season, state championships or, in this case, a 1 vs. 4 semifinal, it doesn’t matter. Year after year, BFA-St. Albans and Essex girls hockey games usually come down to one mistake and one goal. After being eliminated short of a girls Division I hockey championship three years in a row by the Hornets, the…