Sports ShortsBy Joe Gonillo For the Essex Reporter
We are smack dab in the middle of May. Enjoy the spring. We still have a month of school remaining, so no going on vacation early. Prom, Frosh Invite, Essex Invitational approaching. Hope all moms had a great Mother’s Day on Sunday.
The baseball team has won three games in a row after a 2-0 week and holds a 6-2 record at the halfway point of the season. The Hornets edged CVU 3-1 behind Luke Salerno. Then they beat CHS 8-1 again with superb pitching. The JV A team is 5-2 following a 1-1 week. They won a slugfest vs. CVU 11-8 then fell to the Lakers 8-2. The JV B team trounced the Enosburg JV’s 25-3 and are 6-0. The Mount Abe game was rescheduled for Monday. Games vs. SHS and Middlebury are up this week.
The softball team is an unblemished 8-0 after two big wins last week. First the girls drubbed CVU 16-1 in a game halted by the Mercy Rule after six innings. The Hornets chalked up win number-8 with a 6-1 decision over a scrappy Laker team. Boy, their pitching has been nothing short of outstanding. How many years have I written that? The JV’s went 2-0 last week. A football-like win over CVU 35-15 and then an 18-10 win over CHS. They have won four games in a row and are 5-1. Both teams’ games Saturday vs. Mount Abe were postponed to Monday giving them a three-game week as the varsity travels to Barre and Middlebury.
The boys’ lacrosse team was 2-0 last week, has won four games in a row — all double digit scoring — and stands at 7-2. They drilled CVU 14-7 as Teo Olsen scored on an assist from big brother, James, as the Westford boys continue to shine for the Hornets. Essex beat up BHS 16-3. They will travel to Barre and St. Albans this Tuesday and Friday. The JV’s are a solid 6-1-1 though they absorbed their first loss of the season last week 9-4 vs. CVU. They bounced back nicely with a 12-2 win over the Seahorses. The JV B team had a great week going 2-0 against CVU and South Burlington. In the CVU game, Kipp Kelsey had three goals and an assist to lead the Hornet offense to a 7-1 victory. Austin Lee popped in two goals, as did Hunter Stewart. Tyler Fields and Caleb Weinhagan had great days in the defensive midfield. In the SB game, the Young Hornets took the field with only 13 players and earned a hard fought 5-3 win. The Hornets were led by Ryan O’Leary’s three goals with Stewart and Andrew Wagner each adding a score. Chip Crawford and Caleb Austin had solid games at the defensive end while Colby Trudeau, O’Leary, Stewart, Wagner, and Big Bad Evan Friedman all made massive contributions to the team effort by playing all three positions (midfielder, attack and defense) during the course of the game. Great effort by this young group of Hornets.
The girls lax team fell in their last game 9-8 to #1 and undefeated SB. The Hornets lead 6-5 at the half and played a great game. Linnea Willey scored 4 goals, Charlotte Stuart had 2, Olivia Malle and D.J. Couture 1. Haley Drury stopped 12 shots. They defeated CVU in the previous game and are 4-3. The JVA squad is 6-1 after 2 nice W’s last week: 7-3 over Rutland and 7-5 SB. The JVB’s are 3-0.
The boys’ tennis team won three matches last week and 10 in a row since a season-opening loss to SB. They have won six matches 6-1 and 3 matches 7-0. The other one was 5-2. This week things get wild with four matches vs. SB in the long-awaited rematch, Rice, CVU and BHS.
The girls’ tennis team is improving steadily. They are 3-8, went 1-2 last week beating Rice 5-2 then losing close 4-3 matches to Stowe and MMU. They have lost 4 1-game matches this spring and will play the same four teams the guys do this week.
The golf teams had a busy week with two matches for each team. The girls placed first and tied for first as Jessica Poratti and Maria Reed both shot 46. Then it was Erin Murray and Poratti at 49 in match number-two. The boys finished second to SHS in Barre then first in Newport. The teams have five matches this week highlighted by Thursday’s North Country Boys’ Invitational.
The track teams had to relocate two meets this week. First the varsity meet vs. SB and MMU was moved to Jericho, then the annual Frosh Invite on Friday also went up Route 15 to MMU because of a surface issue in lane 1 around most of the track. Huge thank you to Cougar AD David Marlow and MMU track and field coach Bill Eschholz (‘85 Hornet track captain) for their help and hospitality. The freshman meet is also Day 1 of the Dave Gomez Women’s Decathlon. We hope to host Day 2 here if all repairs are in order. Thanks to maintenance head Bruce Murdough for help and coordination there. Next week is Memorial Day weekend and our Essex Invitational/New England Qualifier all day Saturday. Thursday’s ADL meet had to be changed as well.
Notes & News
I foolishly neglected to mention/congratulate EHS’ Nancy Chalmers. She is the aunt of newly named SMC women’s basketball coach, Shannon Kynoch. Nancy was also one of Shannon’s biggest fans during her years as a Rebel.
Congratulations to Athletic Director Ed Hockenbury who was presented the 2013 State Award of Merit by the Vermont State Athletic Directors Association (VSADA) Monday. Hockenbury was honored during the state conference for athletic administrators at the Three Stallion Inn, in Randolph, Vt. This award is provided annually by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) for recognition of meritorious dedication to High School and Middle School Athletics. He has been our athletic director since 1997. Hockenbury has been a long time member and supporter of the NIAAA for the past 15 years and is a Certified Athletic Administrator. Hockenbury was the head coach of State Champions South Burlington Little League All Stars in 2012. They were also New England Regional Semifinalist. He has been an active youth sports coach in baseball and basketball since 2002. Hockenbury’s dedication to athletics and education has been recognized by receiving the Community Coach of the Year in 2011and Positive Youth Sports Alliance of Essex Friend of the Year in 2012. Hockenbury was the VSADA president in 2002-2003 and was inducted in the Vermont Principals’ Association Hall of Fame in 2011.
Essex High School Varsity Cheerleaders and Coaches will be hosting the 14th Annual Essex Youth Cheerleading (EYC) Camp Tuesday-Friday, June 18-21 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily at Essex High School. The camp is designed for rising first- through ninth-graders interested in cheerleading. No experience necessary. This camp is directed by the Essex High School cheerleading coaches and is a wonderful opportunity for your cheerleader to learn stunts, pyramids, cheers and dances from current and former Essex varsity cheerleaders and coaches. The program fee is $165 for the four-day camp. Space is limited. Contact Varsity Coach Maria Ung with questions or for additional hard copies of the registration materials (firstname.lastname@example.org or 857-7000 x1550).
There is still plenty of room but for campers for the 2013 Warrior Wrestling Camp. July 29 is just around the corner. The camp is an incredible opportunity for your athletes to learn from some of the best wrestlers in the world. Their early registration discount deadline (June 28, 2013) is coming up fast. Sign up early and take advantage of it. Camp also offers a pre-paid lunch program as well as the same popular ala-cart concession stand that debuted in ‘12, so there is no need to pack lunches and snacks. More details to follow. Contact Essex Warriors Assistant Coach Keith Lamell (802-238-8573) for more information.