Sports Shorts

By Joe Gonillo

June rushed by rather quickly, it seemed. July Fourth is Saturday. Hope you enjoy a safe holiday weekend. Fireworks — legally of course — barbecues with family and friends, dogs, burgers, macaroni and potato salad, and the lake, beach or your front/back porch all make the Fourth special.


Twin State All-Star Hockey Classic

Hornet graduate Victoria Gibson was in goal for half the game Saturday in Vermont’s 7-0 win over New Hampshire in the 23rd annual Make-A-Wish Twin State all-star hockey classic.


Women’s Summer League Soccer

Women’s Summer League Soccer is in full swing. The ladies are young and older, talented, and some rookies but make up a very competitive league. It’s an over-16 league with teams allowed two 15-year-olds. Here is a look at the standings:

  • Switchback 3-0-0
  • VT Energy Legs 2-0-0
  • Backcountry Girls 2-2-0
  • ESDI 2-1-0
  • Williamstown 1-2-1
  • Upper 90 1-1-1
  • Reservoir 1-1-0
  • Central VT 0-4-0

Feel free to check out more info at Former ADL Social Studies teacher and coach Bill Duval is the league commissioner and official assignor.


Track and Field 

Rachel Pinto is heading up the Essex Recreation Summer Track and Field program. Assistants will be listed next week.


Senior Games

Taking after his highly talented daughter, Essex’s Geoff Green put on an amazing performance in the 2015 Senior Games on Saturday in South Burlington. He took first place in the 50m, 100m and 200m dashes, collecting three gold medals and a silver in long jump. Excellent job!


Fall Sports

Reminder: Tuesday, Aug. 25 will be the Fall Sports Parent-Athlete Meeting at 7 p.m. The Coaches meeting is at 6 p.m.

Along those same lines: Fall sign-ups are now open and will need to be completed by July 31. If you have questions, please email

Very important dates regarding the first day of fall season: Football begins Aug. 10, while all other sports begin Aug. 13.



Congratulations to the 2015 EHS retirees: Jay Brady, Diane Flaherty, Peter Huber, Carol Lacy, Kevin Martell, Dave Powlison, Gloria Reinstein, Sue Soltau, Marcia Spinner, Laurie Thompson and Karen Zidovsky. Good Luck to all!

An interesting note: a Jane Austen Book/Fan Club may be happening in the fall at EHS. Contact Mae Mayville if interested at

Happy Birthday wishes this week roll out to ’86 Hornet javelin state record holder, Daniele Pheeney, former sprinter McInroe Mutia, and belated wishes to EHS’ Shawn Montague who may be closing in on, well, a high, round number.

Took a trip to Connecticut last weekend with my wife to visit our son, daughter-in-law and gorgeous 19-month old granddaughter, Gianna. We had a blast, and she is growing, learning and developing an incredible personality. I got to rock her to sleep every night and for a couple of daily naps. It was nothing short of priceless!

Side note —’85 grad Jeff Cashman was sworn in as a U.S. Air Force Brigadier General last week. His dad, retired Vermont Judge Edward Cashman, administered the oath to his highly decorated son. As a Hornet, the general ran cross country and track and field. Can’t wait to see him and congratulate him in person.