Sports Shorts

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By Joe Gonillo
For The Essex Reporter

So winter sports are underway. We started two weeks earlier than last year for some unexplained reason. At least teams have 10-12 extra practices this season. Nine sports – 18 teams – hundreds of student-athletes will be in action and competing through February and March in the following sports: Alpine Skiing, Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track, Nordic Skiing, and Wrestling. Sign-ups were last week. Forms, paperwork, and proof of physicals were due last Monday. Here’s to a fun, enjoyable, and successful season.

Dodgeball

The ALC’s annual Dodgeball Tournament was once again both popular and exciting. Twenty-two teams battled for nearly two hours on Friday afternoon, and when the dust settled the 2014 tournament champions were team members from Gassed Up. They won two matches to one beating Excalibur and defending their 2013 team title. Team MVP’s were Connor Beard, Joe Galati, and Joey Robertson. Excalibur team MVP’s included Teo Olsen, Liam Donahue, and Jack Donahue. Excalibur beat Team Savage in the semifinals, while Gassed up got by 9 Live. ‘Murica won the best costume prize with their highly patriotic red white blue and flags. A big thank you to Mr. Langevin and Matt Davis for working the bracket and to all of the volunteer referees: Josh Racine, Maureen Besade, Caitria Sands, Steven “future state representative” Maloney, Donald Crawford, Colby Trudeau, and Cole Picard. Also thanks to EHSPN for covering the event and to Dino’s Pizza for their generous donation of the first place prize.

North-South Football

The North beat the South in the 14th meeting of senior football all-stars 31-28 Saturday at Castleton State College. Hornet Brendan Gleason ran 24 yards in the third quarter to put the North ahead 24-21. Gleason had a fine day totaling 48 yards rushing and 74 yards receiving. Middlebury quarterback Austin Robinson threw a touchdown with only 55 seconds left in the game, and the North recovered the onside kick to hold on for the win. The Tigers’ Cullen Hathaway, grandson of Essex Junction’s Don and Carol Hathaway, sprinted 78 yards for a touchdown in the 1st half. The speedy halfback was the South’s leading rusher totaling 128 yards. Not sure where he’s going to college, but I see either a football or track and field career in his future.

Fantasy Football

Jonas Grey … New England Patriots. Ever heard of him? Well he went to Notre Dame, tore his knee up during his senior year, went through a few NFL practice squads, and gained 199 yards scoring four touchdowns versus the Colts Sunday night. Oh yeah, and I have him on two of my Fantasy Football teams. I am so glad that five GM’s in my league from all over the world declined trades for him last week! Might they be kicking themselves at this moment …

Birthday Shout Out

Happy 40th Birthday to Trevor Rushford of Milton. Sadly, he’s an Eagle fan, but a fine husband and dad. Congrats! Our granddaughter turned one last week. She is an absolute angel. Thrilled we will be seeing her again at Thanksgiving.