Sports Shorts

By Joe Gonillo
For The Essex Reporter


April Vacation…enjoy as the weather is changing. I think I mentioned something about nice weather last week, and it snowed the next night. A few contests last week and a few more on tap this week, with a couple of teams not playing. I hope your Easter Sunday was enjoyable, relaxing and, of course, delicious. Take a moment, grab a chair, a snack or some lunch, and watch some high school sports this week

Boys’ lacrosse

The Hornet boys’ lacrosse team traveled to Liverpool, N.Y., once again this spring. Trailing 12-6 at the half, Essex hung tough but fell 22-10. With the loss, the team’s record dropped to 0-2. Andrew Lounsbury made 16 saves, while Brenden Gleason scored six times and had an assist. Carter Fulton added three goals and Sean Vanzo knocked in the other goal.

Girls’ lacrosse

The EHS girls’ lacrosse team lost a close, 9-7 decision to BFA-St. Albans on Friday evening, bringing the team’s record to 1-1. They are off until Tuesday, April 29, when they host South Burlington.

Girls’ tennis

The girls’ tennis team is 2-1 after their 4-3 defeat at the hands of Burlington. Jordan Walsh, Christina Tellez and Zoe Frolick were victorious in their matches.

Boys’ tennis

The Essex boys’ tennis team upped its record to 2-0 last week. They shutout Burlington, as Daniel Ro, Evan Greer, Dylan Garcia, Evan Price and Marsh Palin won singles matches and Matt Wu/Noah Laporte and Viggy Rajendran/Nate Miles took their double matches.

Track and field

The Hornet boys’ and girls’ track and field team turned in some good performances in last week’s meet with Lyndon, Middlebury and Winooski. Destin Barber, Lucy Sopchak and Jessica Stowe swept spots one through three in the 100m; Rose Monahan, Charlotte Murphy and Anna O’Malley ran 1, 2, 3 in the 800m; Rose Monahan, Abby Trombley and AnneMarie Martell were first, second and third in the 1500m; Mariah Neverett, Kira Hancock and Sydney Duncan went one through three in the 100mHH; Hancock, Marisa Minadeo and Abigail Evans ran 1,2,3 in the 300mLH; Evans, Courtney Gleason and Claire Peterson swept the PV; Anna O’Malley and Mariah Neverett were one and two in the LJ; Courtney Gleason, Lindsey Gleason and Emily Kerin placed first, second and third in the TJ; Mychaela Harton and Amanda Sinkewicz finished first and second in Shot; Sinkewicz, Harton and Molly Noel swept the top three spots in Discus; Lars Spillebrook and John McLemore were first and second in the 100m; Nathaniel Brennan, Tucker Wood and Nate Rodriguez-Hutchkiss were first, second and third in the 800m; Erik James, Eric Scharf and Martin Thomas swept the 1500m; Matt Davis, Peter Feehan and Sam Barch went first through third in the 3000m; other winners included: Stowe, 200m; Emma Farrington, 3000m; Harton, Javelin; McLemore, LJ; Kyle Baker, PV, Nathan Federico, TJ; and Chikelo Asanya, HJ. The boys’ and girls’ 400m relays and 4x800m relays were victorious, as was the gals’ mile relay team. The Hornets next meet is at home on Friday at 10 a.m.


The EHS baseball and softball teams open this week. Rutland hosts the games and might be a tad warmer and drier. We will see. Rice, North Country and Mount Mansfield are all on the schedule this week, weather permitting.

ADL seeks track volunteers

The ADL track team is 106 members strong this year. If you are a parent of an ADL track athlete, the team needs your help volunteering at home meets! Those interested in helping can visit the ADL website, click on ‘Teams,’ click NRG, then click to Peter Gustafson-U.A. Social Studies teacher. Once there you will see a link that reads “Track Parent Volunteer Form.” Scroll through this form and sign up to help ADL at their four home meets this year. The first one is on Tuesday, April 29, and Coach G needs your help.

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. Those interested are asked to register by June 1.

Boy Scouts seek aquatics director

Here is more information on the aquatics director job opening with the Boy Scouts’ Camp this summer. The Boy Scout Camp is looking for someone 21-years-old or older to run a BSA approved waterfront between July 1 and Aug. 15. Director must be a strong swimmer, good teacher and able to work with boys ages 11 through 18. Scouting background ideal but not required. Pay is $1,800, with room and board offered as part of compensation package. Those interested can contact Peter Ashworth at or


A couple of weeks ago the Essex Warriors youth wrestling team beat Mount Anthony in the state tournament. Checking the high school wrestling circuit, I believe the Mount Anthony wrestling teams have not lost to a Vermont opponent since 1988. This is big news in the Vermont wrestling circles. Final scores for the top three team were as follows: Warriors — 232, Mount Anthony Patriots — 221, Colchester Cobras — 126. Congratulations to coaches, wrestlers, and parents! I know ex-Hornets and present coaches Kieth Lamell and Paul Ravline were proud.


The next Booster meeting is on Monday, May 12, at 6 p.m. in room C101.

Track and Field fundraiser

Thanks to all for the continued support of Essex Track and Field’s team fundraising. Our athletes are looking for business sponsors for $50, $100 or $200 that will get your business name, logo or giant logo on the back of the 2014 Essex Invitational / New England Qualifier T-Shirts. More than 1,500 athletes compete in the event.


FYI, Essex senior Paula Noordewier has the lead role of Daisy in the upcoming dance production of “Gatsby” this Friday evening at the Higher Ground. Besides dancing, Paula plays field hockey and is a member of the state championship Hornet FH team.

Personal notes 

We had a great Easter with family and truly enjoyed a visit from our granddaughter, Gianna, last week. I would get up at 6 a.m. (5:45 a.m. on Saturday) to feed and spend time with her everyday if I could!