For The Essex Reporter
As the winter sports season comes to a close, let’s send out more congratulations to the Hornets. Another banner for the gym wall is on order, as the EHS girls’ hockey team won the state championship last week in a thriller over archrival BFA. The boys’ hockey team lost a rugged title game to CVU. Downhill skiing competed in states, as did the snowboarders. Love to see it begin to thaw as we hit the middle of March, but have to be patient with April seeming so far away.
Down by two goals to the BFA Comets with 15 minutes remaining in the 2014 girls’ hockey season, things looked rather bleak for the Hornets. But in a fantastic turn of events, Essex erased the deficit behind two goals from all-star Kathleen Young to force OT. The never-die attitude was with the girls from day one this season. Their teamwork paid off in overtime when Melanie Theriault scored the state championship winner off a fast break pass from freshman Sydney LaPlant, who assisted on Young’s first goal of the game. Young began the play and notched an assist, which happened to be her 100th career point. Amanda Sinkewicz and Theriault set up Young’s tying goal. Goalkeeper Victoria Gibson stopped 24 shots and turned into a brick wall after the Comets’ two early goals. She saved the game with a Houdini-like save in the last period to keep Essex in the game. It’s the second title for the Hornets in the past three years. Congrats to players and coaches.
The Hornet boys fell 4-2 in the state finals to CVU Thursday. The No. 1 team in the state held off No. 2 in an exciting D-I final, giving fans more than their money’s worth. Essex fell behind in the first period but finally lit the lamp on Jacob Gaboriault’s early third period score. The dagger came in the Redhawk’s fourth goal, punching the lead to three. But the boys would not fold and Jon Palmer scored with barely over 3 minutes to play on a rebound. Joey Robertson and Brendan Gleason earned assists. Erik Short made 24 saves and Brock Paquette stopped 10. Fine season gentleman.
EHS’s Spencer Vrogoep, Bryant Crocker, CJ Bourgeois, Matt O’Leary and Ryan O’Leary competed in snowboarding states. Events included men’s Pipe at Okemo Wednesday and Giant Slalom and Slopestyle at Killington Thursday. The highlighted results for those three events look like this: Matt and Ryan were sixth and 10th in GS; Matt won the Slopestyle, with Ryan 12th; Matt won HP, with Ryan fifth; and finally Matt was the overall state champion with Ryan third. Congratulations!
At the alpine ski championships at Burke Mountain, the Hornet boys placed ninth with 264 points, while the girls missed the top 10. Michael Hladky’s 1:23.69 placed him second individually.
Specific Hornet placings in the 2014 state wrestling meet were as follows: second—freshman John Stawinski; third—junior Jeremy Jarvis; fifth—sophomore Sergio Mendes and sixth—junior Francisco Velasquez. Freshman Matt Turner and junior Connor Gabert also competed. Stawinski and Jarvis both qualified for the New England Wrestling Championships.
The rosters for the 61st annual VT/NH Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl All-Star game has been released. Essex’s Peter Henry made the team as one of Vermont’s finest. The annual game is scheduled for Aug. 2 at Dartmouth College. The game is played for the benefit of the Shriners’ Hospitals for Crippled and Burned Children, and in its first 60 years has raised nearly $5 million.
Former Hornet Beth Cusimano is now a senior defender on the SMC lax team. She unselfishly moved to defense this season. A former midfielder (and Hornet soccer and lacrosse standout), she had nine points and 14 ground balls in 37 career games.
ADL is looking for an assistant track and field coach. If interested, contact Peter Gustafson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring sports forms
Looking for more high school track and field forms. Make sure athlete and parent both sign, your physical is up-to-date, you sign-up electronically and hand your forms in to me. New form this spring (a blue concussion form) needs parents’ signature as well. Also, a general reminder of EHS training rules: once the athlete and parent sign the papers, it’s a commitment to yourself, your team and the school. Education, correct choices and most importantly your health and safety are significant pieces of this policy.
My wife goes in for double knee replacement surgery next week. Then she’ll be doing some rigorous PT, watching some HGTV and munching on a ton of fruit.