By Joe Gonillo
Happy Thanksgiving to you! Thursday is not only one of my favorite holidays, but one of my favorite days of the year. Enjoy the entire day with family and friends. No school this week for students, with in-service on Monday and Tuesday, and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday off. Athletic practices are set pretty much for the week at all sorts of times. I’ve heard rumors of another Turkey Bowl game but nothing solid. Too bad. Went to yet another delicious Essex Alliance Church Roast Beef Thanksgiving Dinner Sunday evening. The pie table is a beautiful sight — the Eighth Wonder of the World in my opinion. Be careful and smart on Black Friday. P.S.: My Christmas shopping is just about done! Start digging out the Christmas lights and decorations.
Congratulations to the following Essex field hockey players on their postseason, all-star honors:
- Mady Corkum – senior, BFP first-team, Metro Player of the Year, first-team Metro, VT Twin State
- Sarah Smith – senior, BK; BFP first-team, first-team Metro, VT Twin State
- Elise Carney – senior, BK; BFP Honorable Mention
- Jenna Puleo – sophomore, BFP Honorable Mention, second-team Metro
- Erin Murphy – senior, First-team Metro, Twin State, second-team Metro
- Abigail Evans – senior, MR Twin State Alt
- Hannah Palmer – sophomore, Honorable mention Metro
- Avery MacGillivray – senior, Honorable mention Metro
Winter sports announcements
One more time, here is a reminder for our winter sports Meet the Coaches night. Markdown is on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. starting in the high school’s auditorium. All sport passes remain on sale in the athletic office — connect with Todd Herrington. Go to the athletic website for EHS Boosters gear. Honor the legal parking spaces at the hockey rink, leave the crosswalk space open and please don’t park in the handicapped spot or next to the sidewalk by the rink.
Boys’ basketball tips off at home on Dec. 3. The girls open in Newport on Dec. 4. The bowlers are in Rutland Dec. 5 as is the girls’ hockey team. The wrestlers will be across the lake in New York. Besides the skiers, all teams will be in action the following week as Christmas creeps closer.
Nate Foice, an ex-Hornet, is a sophomore playing for the St. Michael’s College hockey team.
My wife is hosting our Thanksgiving for a relatively small group of family. The 24-pound bird will be about enough for all and even allow for leftover sandwiches, soup and possibly even a turkey potpie or two. My brother-in-law, sister-in-law, nephew and his fiancee will join us. Mashed potatoes, squash, stuffing — in the turkey — with loads of gravy, hot rolls, pickles, olives and pies! My son, daughter and granddaughter will join us on Friday for the rest of the weekend. We plan on cutting our tree at Adams’ on Saturday. I cannot wait!
Tony Romo is back, the Cowboys win for the first time in two months and my most important fantasy team scores over 90 points. College football is inching closer to its BCS postseason making games so much more interesting, exciting and important.
Thank you to all who supported the indoor track and field team’s coupon book call-a-thon fundraising effort last week. Athletes met in the high school cafeteria last week, ate pizza and called contacts for about an hour and sold over 100 books.
Holiday birthdays include Fort Myers’ Liz Tobin, BFP’s Alex Abrami, Newport’s Annah Sullivan, Carolina’s Carol Willey, and Fabulous Frank Antonucci. Enjoy and be safe.