For The Essex Reporter
March: in like the lion, hopefully out like a somewhat spring day. As we cling to an exciting end to the winter sports season, a couple more Hornet teams are still in the running for state titles. With three banners earned so far, the winter has been extremely successful.
The EHS girls’ hockey team rolled into the finals this week with a 6-0 shutout of fifth-seeded Colchester in the semifinals on Saturday. Victoria Gibson stopped 18 shots and the defense was flawless once again. Kathleen Young scored two goals, while Sydney LaPlant, Mackenzie Burnett, Melanie Burnett and Bailey Gaskill lit the lamp as well in the big win. Amanda Sinkewicz had three assists. Essex is 17-1-4 heading into the Division I finals at UVM. The girls generated 38 shots on net.
The boys’ hockey team improved to 15-5-1 as they clubbed North Country Union 5-2 in semifinals over the weekend. The Hornets struck quickly, firing out to a 4-0 lead as Johnny Palmer scored twice, Austin Theriault added one goal and two assists and Joey Robertson and Steve Morse chipped in a goal apiece in the win. Eric Short came up with 27 saves and the offense came up with 42 shots on goal. They will face the CVU/CHS winner (game after my deadline) at UVM Thursday.
Moving ahead just a bit, the spring sports sign-up meeting is Thursday, March 6, after school. Before that meeting, ALL students planning to play a spring sport must complete the electronic registration. To do this, log onto the EHS website and look for the posting for Spring Sports Signup. Follow the steps to signup for your sport and then complete the electronic participation consent form, which you will need to print, sign, get your parents’ signature on and turn in to your coach. Also be sure to check with the nurses’ office to see if your physical is up-to-date.
Spent last week cruising the Caribbean with family. Had a blast swimming with dolphins, hitting a beach or two, running the ship with my nieces, hanging by the pool with my wife, easing through St. Martin with my niece, her husband and their twins, and connecting with my Uncle Vince in Fort Lauderdale. The sun and heat was ENJOYABLE to say the least!
EHS 1,000-point club
The list of EHS girls’ basketball 1,000-point scorers looks like this: Sarah Schreib, Carrie Lapine, Kathy Ardell, Libby Smith, Heather Burroughs, Kari Lavalette and, as of Feb. 19, Kara Sheftic. That’s impressive. Congratulations to all!
Other sports news
College basketball is entering into my favorite time of year. Here comes March Madness! Spring training is also upon us and it’s nice to see the NHL back in business. A special thanks is in order to all the Olympians for their performances.