Sports Shorts

By Joe Gonillo

Happy spring vacation and I hope you are enjoying your time and the weather. Teams’ spring seasons are in full swing and most squads have games or contests this week. The NBA and NHL playoffs began last week. It’s certainly a fun time to watch TV. The Boston Marathon was completed on Monday and Patriot’s Day always seems to fall during our break. The Hornets will be searching for a new boys’ soccer coach in the fall.

Lacrosse

The boys’ lacrosse team traveled to Liverpool, New York for their annual team-bonding road trip Saturday afternoon. The Hornets played their best game in the history of the series, dropping an exciting 16-15 battle in the last half-minute. Just as a reminder, during some of their past championship runs, this game against Liverpool was the only one the lacrosse team lost the entire season. This year, Brendan Gleason, Teo Olsen, Hammerin’ Henry Adams and Kip Kelsey all recorded hat tricks for Essex. Andrew Lounsbury stopped 23 shots. They are 1-1 and hosted MMU on Wednesday. They will play at South Burlington next week. The JVs look to open versus the Cougars.

The girls’ lacrosse team fell in their season opener 16-8 to the Rice Green Knights. Goal scorers include Anna Olsen and Madison Corkum — both had two. Macall Meslin, Cassidy Knight, Jordan Quackenbush and Lydia Parker scored one apiece. Not a great start, but they bounced back to defeat BFA 11-9 to even their record at 1-1. The JVs beat Rice 10-8. Both teams travel to South Burlington next week.

Baseball/Softball

The baseball team lost a 12-8 decision in their 2015 opener. Southpaw Noah Baez whiffed seven batters in five innings in the circle. Jeremy LeClair scored twice and had an RBI double among his three hits. Joltin’ Joey Robertson cranked out three hits with Jake Gaboriault powering an HR. Eli Baez had two RBIs in the loss. They play Rice and North Country this week. The JVs are 1-0 after a 10-9 win over MMU.

The softball team beat MMU 5-3 behind the five-hit complete-game pitching of Allie Rutz, who struck out seven in the win. Makenna Thorne had two hits, including a triple, while Kristen Perkins added an RBI. They are 2-0 after a 13-4 win over Rutland. Emily Harvey belted a two-run double, Rutz went 3-for-3, with nine Ks. Jordan Appenzeller scored three runs, and Perkins knocked in three runs. They played Rice Tuesday during vacation and the Falcons later in the week. The JVs won 21-6 in a five-inning game.

Track and Field

The track and field team opened up its 2015 season on Tuesday. With good weather came some good, first-meet performances. Madison Stephenson, of Hoagies fame, won the high hurdles and the long jump; Lucy Sopchak – 100m, Jessica Stowe 200m and 400m; Lindsey Gleason triple jump; Marisa Minadeo – low hurdles; Amanda Sinkewicz – discus, shot put, javelin; Abigail Evans – pole vault; Sad Hankey –first in the high jump; Peter Feehan – 800m and 1500m; Charlotte Murphy – 800m; Abby Trombley – 1500m, Emma Farrington – 3000m; Matt Davis – 3000m; Jeremy Jarvis – long jump; Chikelo Asanya – high jump. They were back in action on Wednesday at Essex High School for their annual Vocational Meet. They will host Richford, U-32, and Montpelier next Tuesday after the break. The Burlington High School Invite is also next week.

Tennis

The boys’ tennis team is off to a slick 3-0 start. They beat Stowe 7-0 to break in their new courts and then bounced CVU 5-2. The girls are 2-1, splitting two matches last week. They dropped Stowe 6-1 then fell to the Red Hawks 7-0. Both teams are back in action next Tuesday versus Burlington.

Rugby

Girls’ Rugby beat South Burlington 43-5. The boys are 1-1 after beating Glens Falls 37-10 and losing 17-7 to South Burlington.

Frisbee and Golf

Ultimate Frisbee begins next week as does golf.

Shelburne All-Stars

The Shelburne All-Stars are visiting Washington, DC this week and will stop over in Baltimore to catch the Orioles and the Red Sox. They are growing up way too fast.

Chili Challenge

Congrats to Nicole Gillis for winning the Essex High School 2015 Chili Challenge. Doug Horne was second; Matt Steinke was third; Hillary Arthur and Charlie Burnett tied for fourth. Would have loved to have been a judge.

Happy Birthday

I want to wish a Happy Birthday to my nephew Hudson Stark. He’s another of the Castleton Corner Trio and the boy is constant speed.

On the same day, Wednesday, my twin nieces — Sydney and Madison Peet — turned 12.