Sports Shorts

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By Joe Gonillo

School is back in session. Okay, deep breath…now let’s go. Three days this week, while the fair rolls into town this weekend. Fun, fun, fun. I hope the prices are not out of control. There’s five days next week, then Labor Day, so a four-day week. Lots of things are happening between now and then with school, meetings, final team rosters, scrimmages and the start of the fall sports season, which kicks off Friday night. This is an exciting time for all.

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Football

The football team put two scrimmages under its belt last week: home and away — out of state. They are set for the season opener Friday against the Lakers of Colchester with kick off at 7 p.m. Get there early or buy your season passes sometime this week. That will save you money and keep you out of long ticket lines. You know although I say, “get there early,” most people won’t. :) The JVs host BFA on Monday to begin their season. The frosh play next Wednesday.

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Soccer

The soccer teams have scrimmaged a few times as well. The boys’ latest scrimmage involved BFA-St. Albans Monday. They host Mt. Anthony Saturday at 2 p.m. Next week is the annual Jay Brady Tournament beginning Thursday with game one as CVU vs. Rice. Essex will play Rutland in game two at 7 p.m. FYI: Admission will be charged: Adult $4. Students/Seniors(60+) $2.

The girls’ soccer team played very well Saturday in their annual scrimmage jamboree. The Hornets played two 40-minute games and displayed a strong, attacking offense and a tough defense. Final cuts are underway. Thanks to the refs who volunteered their time on a warm, sunny day. Without their unselfishness there would not have been any games. Jeremy Hammond, Alex Grist, Sefik Gosto, Faris Halilovic and Hans Puck did a fine job. The varsity and JVs played Hanover on Monday down in New Hampshire. They have a nice turf field. The varsity opens their season Saturday versus Mt. Anthony at noon. No JV game. Not sure why.

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Cross Country

The boys’ and girls’ cross-country team run Saturday in the annual CVU relays. The Red Hawks are the team to beat this fall, but the Hornets will be in the hunt. Next week the Hornets host the Essex Invitational. Big news? It’s an annual race, but this year Essex unveils a new cross-country course. The guys have 33 runners on the team.

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Field Hockey

The field hockey team continues to practice as they play next week. The girls played two scrimmages this week. If you are the two-time state champions, what better way to begin the season than playing CVU in a rematch of last fall’s state final. Their second game is against the D-II champ Rice.

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Cheerleading

With the track recently resurfaced and fresh lining painted last week — it looks sharp — the cheerleaders have been practicing on the tennis courts and other athletic areas. They are set and ready for game day.

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Volleyball

Volleyball has been highly active in the gym, obviously, with quite a few fans blowing air to cool things off. The team has another week or so before its first match. Three teams are listed on the athletic website. The boys are defending state champs.

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Referees  

Last Call for soccer refs. If you are an ex-player, a college student, a teacher — young or experienced — a summer USSF ref, or just someone who wants to learn the game, earn some extra cash and be outside on a fall day shoot me an email jgonillo@ccsuvt.org.

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Sand Hill Pool

Sadly, we closed Sand Hill Pool Friday at 6 p.m. The weather was so nice that swimmers had to leave the pool area. It was a fantastic summer with tons of beautiful sunny, warm days compared to the rainy weather we had in previous years. Sure, there is always some rain — and thunder — mixed into summer, but lawns need water too. I would like to thank the entire pool staff and desk personnel for their work over the last 10 or so weeks. Kids grow up and move on with life. I hope the majority of them come back next June. The last day crew of Justin Bouffard, Max and James Masruk, Ashley Warren, Sammy Gillian, Ryan Forbes, Nick Trumper and all-star assistant manager Nicola Anderson made quick work of an enormously cumbersome and heavy pool cover after we locked down the building. Thanks to the women in the town recreation’s makeshift office for all their help and assistance, Ken Booker and his maintenance staff and to Recreation Director Ally Vile for all she does to make the pool and the recreation department a success.