Happy, Fourth of July! The word for the week is HOT. What a thick heat wave! Tough time to be without A.C. I try not to complain about the heat, as we all can remember the frigid temps we encountered right after Christmas – so I’d rather deal with heat instead of bone-chilling, frozen weather. Another all-star team announced, women’s soccer league updates, and the first results from  our Town of Essex Swim Team (TEST) swimming. World Cup action moved to the knockout round. Enjoy the fireworks!

TEST kicked off the its summer with two big wins last week over Winooski and St. Albans. TEST practices every weekday morning from after 6 a.m. until 9 a.m. with home meets on specific Tuesdays and Thursdays with Sand Hill Pool closing its doors at 4:15 p.m. to set up. Team warm ups begin at 5 p.m. with the first event at 6 p.m. Here’s a quick recap of the meets:

June 26 – TEST (238) vs. Winooski (110)
TEST Winners

  • 8 & under boys- Ethan Shevchik- 25 fly, 25 breast, 25 free
  • 9-10 girls- Ellie Subin-Billingsley – 25 fly and 25 back
  • 9-10 boys- Ben Haddock – 25 fly, 25 breast, 25 free; Riley Drury – 25 back
  • 11/12 girls- Lexi LaFountain – 50 fly, 50 back, 50 breast; Sierra Harris- 50 free
  • 11/12 boys – Owen Ackerman – 50 breast and 50 free
  • 13/14 girls – Katie Miller-Johnson – 50 fly, 50 back, 50 free; Saige Harris – 50 breast
  • 13/14 boys- Thomas Denton- 50 fly, 50 back, 50 breast; Luke Austin – 50 free
  • 15-18 boys- Jake McIntyre – 50 back, 50 free; Ross Macy- 50 fly and Oliver Austin – 50 breast

Photos by Kyle St. Peter

June 28 – TEST (342) vs. St. Albans (128)
TEST winners

  • 8 & under girls- Eva Bulakowski – 25 Fly, 25 back and 25 breast; Zara Garofano – 25 free
  • 8 & under boys- Ethan Shevchik 25 fly; Tyler Haddock – 25 breast
  • 9/10 girls – Ellie Subin-Billingsley – 25 fly
  • 9/10 boys – Ben Haddock – 25 fly, 25 back and 25 Breast
  • 11/12 girls- Lexi LaFountain – 50 back, 50 breast, 50 free; Sierra Harris – 50 fly
  • 11/12 boys – Derek McIntyre- 50 back and 50 breast; Owen Ackerman – 50 fly; Zachary Menz – 50 free
  • 13/14 girls – Katie Miller-Johnson – 50 fly and 50 back; Saige Harris – 50 breast and Ella Newman – 50 free
  • 13/14 boys – Luke Austin – 50 fly; Thomas Denton – 50 back, 50 breast,50 free
  • 15-18 boys – Ross Macy – 50 fly and 50 back; Oliver Austin – 50 breast Jake Mc – 50 free

Good Luck to TEST swimmer Zada Anderson, 18, who left with Team Vermont on Saturday making their way to Seattle, Wash. to compete at the Special Olympics games this week.

Congrats to the following Hornet GLAX players for being named all-stars:

FIRST TEAM: Jenna Puleo, midfield. SECOND TEAM: Olivia Miller-Johnson, midfield

HONORABLE MENTION: Maya Boyers, attack; Tess Hastings, midfield; Frankie Martin, defense.

Mount Mansfield Union all-stars were Ella King, midfield; Natalie Mohn, attack; Katie Benvenuto, defense; Allison Charland, midfield. Bella Mosca, attack; Emily Zambarano, midfield.CVU had nine players named while state champ Middlebury had seven.

Women’s Soccer League Standings

  1. Vt. Energy Legs 4-1-0
  2. Shenanigans 3-1-0
  3. Huff N’ Puff 3-2-0
  4. 802 Cross Fit 3-2-0
  5. 2 Sisters 2-1-1
  6. ESDI 1-3-0
  7. Tha Warriors 0-3-0
  8. NE Kingdom Warriors 0-0-4

Long-time Commissioner Bill Duval had the foresight and knowledge to cancel and reschedule all Sunday evening games for later in the season. One month remains in the regular season. Check out their website vtwomenssoccer.com for more information. You have to be 18 to play, but I believe each team has an exemption or two in order to have a younger player. The competition is great and the travel is minimal, as is the cost.

Played in the Couples’ Scramble last Friday for the first time with my wife and Grand Isle brother and sister-in-laws, Don and Carol Hathaway. Sadly only used my ball four or five times. One birdie, two bogies. We had fun, shot a +1 30 and may have finished in the top ten. Have to play again.

Watched the Yanks take two of three from the Red Sox. Both teams are tied for first in the East. Sale and Severrino were unhittable. David Price was!

Congratulations to Dayna and Ryan Davis on the birth of their second beautiful daughter. Last Friday morning at 6:42 a.m., Marlowe Leigh Davis was born and tipped the scales 7 lbs.,15 oz. and 19.5″ tall. Big sister Isla loves her baby sister. Congrats to Grandpa and Gramma Scot and Diane Slocum on grandchild number five!