Sports Shorts

By Joe Gonillo
For The Essex Reporter


SS Alums

Essex High School alum Dylan Begin steps onto home plate after hitting a double for the UMass Minutemen’s baseball team, just before fellow Hornet alum Adam Picard, left, hit a three-run bomb against Boston College last Wednesday.

Spring has sprung. Easter is this weekend, with April vacation staring us straight in the face. The UCONN men’s and women’s programs are on top of the NCAA basketball world. The Masters is always an exciting and enjoyable way to spend Sunday afternoon. Lots of sports to pick from this week.

Goodbye, Mr. Hockenbury

Athletic Director Ed Hockenbury is moving on. Sadly, our loss is South Burlington’s gain, as Hockenbury has accepted the same job in his hometown. He was hired at EHS from a strong pool of candidates back in 1997 and has established himself as one of, if not the best, AD in Vermont. More on this later. He will really be missed.

Boys’ lacrosse

The boys’ lacrosse team opened the 2014 season with a 15-2 loss to rival CVU on Saturday. Connor Fulton and Kyle Rutz scored for the young Hornets. Andrew Lounsbury and Sean Bruso stopped five shots. They play again Saturday in Liverpool, NY.

Girls’ lacrosse

The girls’ lacrosse team is 1-0 after beating SHS 11-5 in its season opener. Maddy Corkum and Maxine Cook scored three goals each, while Jackie Quackenbush had two goals and an assist. Anna Olsen (one goal, one assist), Charlotte Stuart and Hailey Golden also scored. Haley Drury stopped nine shots. The team hosts Rice and BFA this week before break.

Girls’ tennis

The girls’ tennis team is off to a great 2-0 start after a 4-3 win over Stowe to begin the spring and a 4-3 win over Colchester. Here’s a look at singles results: Jordan Walsh, E def; Alana Feeley (my dentist’s talented daughter), 6-2 6-2; Cassidy Wells, def; Rylee Wrenner, E 6-1 6-0; Maddy Powell, def; Sophia Seeman, E 6-1 6-2; Christina Tellez, E def; Julia Goldman, 6-1 6-1; Shannon French, def; and Zoe Frolick, E 6-4 7-6 7-5. For doubles: Mckenzie Burnett/Zoe Filan, E def: Roz Calderon/Jo Ames, 6-1 6-1; Priyanka SanthanakrishnCan/Essie Fiore, E def; and Jenn McNall/Ellen Rathe, 6-3 6-1. They played Mount Mansfield on Monday, SB, then BHS at home Thursday. Former Hornet No. 1 player Kate Cioffi is the team’s new assistant.

Boys’ tennis

The boys’ tennis team is 1-0 after their 7-0 win over CHS. Here’s a look at results: Daniel Ro, def; Brady Doud, 6-1 6-1; Evan Greer, def; Luke Liscio, 6-0 6-0; Dylan Garcia, def; Michael Chambers, 6-1 6-2; Evan Price, def; Erik Lagerquist, 6-1 7-6 7-4; Marsh Palin, def; Nick Schram, 6-0 6-0; Matt Wu/Noah Laporte, def; Seth Marek/Jacob Hesford, 6-2 6-0; Viggy Rajendran/Derek Pham, def; and Jimmy Collins/Nick Bouffard, 6-3 6-0. They hosted MMU and SB and head to BHS on Thursday.

Track and Field

The boys’ and girls’ track and field team opened up the 2014 season last week at home against BHS and Vergennes. Highlights include winning performances in hurdles from Mariah Neverett, Myles Taylor and Kira Hancoack; Lars Spillebrook and Destin Barber 100m; Matt Davis and Rose Monahan 3000m; Kyle Baker and Abby Evans PV; Madison Stephenson LJ; freshmen Sade Hankey HJ, Emma Farrington and Jessica Stowe 400m; the boys’ + girls’ 4x800m relay; and the boys’ 4x100m relay. They are back in action Thursday on the track. A vacational meet is scheduled for next Friday.

Basketball camp

Basketball coaches Shawn Montague and Jeff Goodrich are excited to offer the same great camp they have co-directed for the past several years through EJRP. The intended goal is to offer the same basketball experience at a reduced cost, provide household discounts and increase incentives. Registration can be done via email by contacting Coach Montague at Payment can be made by check and mailed to: Shawn Montague at Essex High School, 2 Educational Drive, Essex Junction, VT 05452. Checks should be made out to Essex Basketball. Registration and Ball Give Away is limited, so register by June 1.

Boy Scouts looking for aquatics director

Todd McCabe is looking for an aquatics director for the Boy Scouts’ camp this summer. If you are interested, contact him at

EHS alum roundup

Former Hornet Ryan Grindle is the No. 1 single and on the No. 1 doubles team for Norwich University. Adam Picard and Dylan Begin are doing a great job for UMass baseball team. Over the weekend they beat league-leading St. Louis 2-out-of-3, with Picard batting over .600. Against BC, Begin 2B’d and Picard crushed a 3-run HR. Beth Cusimano, an attacker and midfielder at different points in her career prior to this season, has found a home on defense her senior year at St. Michael’s. She has started all eight games while helping the Purple Knights post an 8.15 GAA thus far, which would be the team’s best since 1999. Cusimano already has career highs in ground balls, caused turnovers and draw controls.


Condolences to Driver Ed teacher Bill Mayville on his brother Doug’s passing. We are praying for you.


Congratulations to friends Mike and Jackie Lansberg and Molly Edwards and Sean MacArdle on the births of their sons, Caleb William (8 pounds 5 ounces, 19.5 inches) and Torrin MacArdle (6 pounds 2 ounces). All moms and dads are doing well, and the babies are beautiful and handsome.

Happy wishes

Happy birthday to my beautiful nieces, Madison and Sydney Peet, who celebrate right after Easter. The Shelburne residents are growing like weeds and cheered up their Aunt Tina with a lengthy visit Friday afternoon/evening. The pride of Castleton Corners, my nephew Hudson Stark, has a birthday the very same day. Also happy anniversary to the girls’ parents, Charlie and Kristin Peet, who celebrate this week.

Looking back

One year ago on Sunday my dad, Don Gonillo, passed away. Boy, do I/we miss him, and not just because he helped me with the yard work at my house. It was fun doing jobs or tasks with him, especially watching him manicure my yard with mulch, a rake or helping sweep my gutter. As a kid, my brother and I could not wait to get that work done. As an adult, spending time with him, talking and truly enjoying his company was a priceless gift. Three years ago on the very same day my mother-in-law, Terry Bechtel, passed also. She was awesome woman who could cook, and loved her family and the Yankees. Her house on Jackson Street is hitting the market this weekend. I know they are both in heaven smiling down on us.