Sports Shorts

By Joe Gonillo


Did anyone else blink and miss July fly by? Wow, was that fast! August kicks off the last month of summer. It starts in a big way with the Shine Game on Saturday. The Vermont Soccer Officials Association holds its annual referee meeting next weekend. We are about two weeks away from the start of fall sports. My advice: hang on to summer for as long as you can!


Town of Essex Swim Team 

The TEST swim team competed in Leagues last weekend. Sand Hill Pool, the team, TEST parents and volunteers, and the SHP staff hosted the meet. TEST placed second scoring 2006.5 pts. Congratulations to the EDGE (2714) on their win. Burlington Tennis Club was third (1751.5) and Burlington Country Club was a distant fourth (944). The TEST boys won their competition scoring 1137.5 to the EDGE’s 975. EDGE took the gals division over TEST by a score of 1739-869. Congratulations to swimmers and coaches — Pete Picard, Justin Bouffard, Sky Enright, Jim Austin, Sammy Gilliam and Cole Picard.

First-places were won by Oliver Austin 100m IM, 50m breast; Matt Bergeron 100m IM; Charlotte Brace 50m free, 100m free, 100m fly; Austin Hayes 50m breast; Casey Keenanm 100 fly, 100m free; Elliot Lomanek 50m back; Ross Maceym 200 free, 50m free, 50m fly; Jake McIntyre 100m free; Katelyn Miller-Johnson 100m free; Lucy Miquel 50m fly, 100m free; Ashley Warren 50m breast, 100m breast, 100m IM; and Nathan Wu 50m breast.

This weekend the team travels south down I-89 to Exit 1 for States at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in White River. Their address is 100 Arboretum Lane. The center holds a no pet policy and admission will be free. Good luck swimmers.

Once again, a huge thank you goes out to the Essex parks and recreation maintenance crew and Kenny Booker for all their work, as well as Recreation Director Ally Vile, the SHP lifeguards, the volunteer officials and the fantastic swim team moms/parents for their organization and help.


Track and Field

The Essex Summer Track and Field Team competed in the St. Johnsbury Academy State Track Meet on Saturday. The team scored a combined 94 points. Coaches Rachel Pinto, Sarah Sherman, Madison Stephenson, Tim Yandow, Marsh Palin, Omkar Borse and Jesse Monahan have done a fine job, especially since the team has been training at EMS as the high school’s track is scheduled to be resurfaced. No word on how that’s going yet. Anyway, to the stats — Zach Line and Patrick Herrin went 1-2 in the 11-12 high jump, clearing 4′ 4″; Herrin second in the 80m hurdles 16.13; Ella Larson 13-14 400m 67.93; Griff Larson second 400m 79.89 and third in the 9-10 long jump 10′ 7″; Harriet Danis third 9-10 200m 36.03; Kevin Hancock first 50m free, 50m and 100m back; Noah Walker fourth 7-8 SB Throw 64′ 7″ and 100m 18.01; Maddy Larson fourth 80m hurdles 19.43; Aiden Philbrick 80m hurdles 18.46; Griff Larson 9-10 200m 34.33; Herrin 800m 2:43.61; Hannah Schmigel fifth shot put 13′ 9″; Ali Weston 11-12 discus 40″; Maria Campo 13-15 discus sixth 47′ 11″. Nice job by all!


Women’s Summer League Soccer standings:

Switchback            7-1-0

Backcountry Girls   6-2-1

VT Energy Legs     6-1-0

Reservoir               4-3-0

Upper 90                3-3-1

Williamstown        3-5-1

ESDI                       3-6-0

Central VT             0-9-0

Feel free to check out more info at


Tacy Lincoln 

Essex’s Tacy Lincoln, an experienced athletics administrator at the University of Vermont, has been hired as an associate director of athletics at St. Michael’s College, Director of Athletics Chris Kenny announced last week. Lincoln, a UVM graduate who spent more than 30 years employed by her alma mater in various capacities, begins her appointment at St. Michael’s on Aug. 10 and will be responsible primarily for NCAA compliance and sport supervision. In her new position at SMC, Lincoln brings a wealth of knowledge in the area of compliance from UVM, having served as NCAA compliance coordinator between 2007 and 2015.

Lincoln was responsible for overseeing a comprehensive athletic compliance program that helped UVM’s coaches, student-athletes and Athletic Department personnel adhere to NCAA, America East Conference and Hockey East rules and regulations. During her tenure, she was also the academic coordinator for the men’s basketball program. Lincoln, who began her employment at UVM in 1984, graduated from the university with a bachelor’s degree in sociology in 1983 before earning her master’s degree there in educational leadership in 2012. Prior to her stint in the Athletic Department, Lincoln spent more than two decades in various roles around campus. Between 1999 and 2007, she worked in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, first as a recruitment coordinator for two years and then as the director of student services.

As director, Lincoln oversaw daily operations for the Office of Student Services while developing an annual recruitment and enrollment plan for graduate programs. Between 1995 and 1999, Lincoln was the coordinator of volunteer programs and assistant director for the Office of Admissions, helping accept new students to the university. While overseeing the Alumni Admission Representative Program for three of those years, she was the liaison to the Development and Alumni Relations offices on campus, and proposed and implemented the Student Admission Representative Program’s name change to Advo-Cats during her two years working with that program. From 1989 until 1994, Lincoln was an academic adviser in the College of Arts and Sciences. She previously worked in the Department of Hematology and the Division of Continuing Education. I got to know her while her daughter Lucy was on our track team. Good Luck!


Cross Country 

Another reminder to come out and support the Essex girls’ cross country team on Aug. 15 as the team hosts a 5K fun run at the Tree Farm fundraiser. There will be food, music and fun prizes. It’s a great way to get active and support a local cause. Cost $10 preregistration before Aug. 12. It’s $15 on race day. Register online at:


Travis Roy Wiffle Ball Tournament

Information on the Travis Roy Foundation can be found on


Fall Sign-Ups 

Fall sign-ups are open and need to be completed by July 31. Questions? Please email

First day of fall season:

Aug. 10: Football. Aug. 13: All other sports.

Aug. 25 is the Fall Sports Parent-Athlete Meeting at 7 p.m. Coaches Meeting at 6 p.m.


Shrine Game

Shrine Game is Saturday at Castleton University.


Referees for Fall

Still looking for interested folks who would like to referee soccer in the fall. Games range from boys’ and girls’ middle school, freshmen and JV games. Pay is anywhere from $35 to $75 an assignment. Ex-players, college students and mature high school students can help out, learn to officiate, make some money and get exercise. Contact me at for more information. Thanks.


Booster Club

From Booster President Jeff Greene: First booster meeting will be Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. in room C 101. If you plan on attending please let me know. Remember to bring at least two athletes with you to make the presentation, as well as copies of your request to hand out to the board.



Happy Birthday wishes this week and last: go-to guidance counselor Emily Scott, along with former Hornets Sean Riehl, Travis Desilets and Justin Bartinoski. Lynne LaBonte celebrates as well as my niece, Chloe Rushford, the pride of Milton, who hits 13!