For The Essex Reporter
Does it seem like Thanksgiving was ages ago? It does to me, because we are right in the middle of December with just over a week left until Christmas break, then Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! Winter sports have begun and the annual Meet the Coaches Night and Picture Day are on tap for Tuesday and Thursday, respectively. Games and matches are underway.
The 17-member gymnastic team has its annual start-of-the-season meet on Saturday at the South Burlington Holiday Invitational. Five seniors, seven juniors, one sophomore and four freshmen fill a talented roster.
The boy’s hockey team has four scrimmages under its belt and is ready for the regular season. They begin this week with three games: Monday home against MVU, Wednesday at NCUHS and Friday against Beverly (MA) in Gloucester.
The girls’ hockey team is 2-0. They began the season with a 6-0 shutout of MMU. Kathleen Young notched four goals, with Haley Drury and Amanda Sinkewicz popping in the others. Victoria Gibson and Vika Simons split time in goal. On Saturday, they fell behind Rutland 1-0 in the first period then came to life in a 4-1 win. Young scored twice, and Nicole Foice and Alex Celia also lit the lamp. Julie Pearce added two assists. Games next week are at NC on Friday and at BFA Saturday in a weekend tourney against a couple of New York teams.
The indoor track team has its first meet, a scrimmage, Saturday at UVM. The meet begins at 12 p.m. and will last a few hours. The squads are a nice mix of veterans and rookies or first year t+f competitors, with about 80 athletes (40/40) total. They have a brief weekend fundraiser involving a jammed-packed coupon book for sale. It will make a great Christmas present!
The wrestling team is in action Saturday in Ausable Valley, NY. It’s the first of eight in or out of state tournaments this season. I wonder if Coach Isham gets frequent-flier miles…
The Nordic ski team kicks off its season Wednesday, Dec. 18 against Fairfax. The co-ed team has almost 30 skiers this year. The alpine ski team’s first race is slated for Friday, Dec. 20 at Bolton Valley. A little snow is needed.
The cheerleaders have 15 girls on their roster this season and their first competition is Monday. Alum Sianay Chase is now cheering at Boston College. Their football team, an ACC member, has been invited to the Independence Bowl, so the cheerleaders will be on national television at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 31.
The bowling team has attained varsity status at EHS. Tom Preska and Justin Norris head the squad that has seven matches plus the state championship. Practices have got to be a lot of fun!
Competitive Giving League
This fall a new competition came to EHS: the Competitive Giving League. The Athletic Leadership Council helped organize the competition with the goal of giving back to the community. The inaugural season involved 10 teams (the nine fall sports teams and a faculty/staff team) battling in a weeklong community service contest by contributing donations to our local food bank, The Heavenly Food Pantry. Field hockey emerged victorious, just squeaking past the cheerleaders in a nail-biter to clench victory minutes before the final buzzer. In the end, The Heavenly Food Pantry was the true winner, receiving 1,600 donation items—over 1,200 lbs.—from Essex High School sports teams, students, teachers, staff, parents and fans.
Now, our second season is upon us. All EHS students, faculty, staff, parents and fans can compete. Advisory groups and winter sports squads will be partnered as teams. Each team will have a box in the main lobby, starting on Monday. During the week of Dec. 16, bring donations for The Heavenly Food Pantry to school and place them in the box of your favorite team or on behalf of their favorite faculty or staff member (no truth to the rumor I will have my own box). Donations don’t just have to be canned goods; household cleaning products, hygiene items like toothpaste and deodorant, and baby products are great as well. The boxes will be in the main lobby all week, including during evening EHS events and home sports games. The team with the most donations will be crowned champion at the boys’ home basketball game on Monday, Dec. 23, and donations will get to area families just in time for the holidays. All donations will count in determining the winner, so don’t just bring in a can of lima beans…really get into the spirit of giving. Let’s see if we can beat the fall’s 1600 donation record! Thanks in advance for any and all support.
A group of student-athletes from the Athletic Leadership Council is working on a research project at Hiawatha, where a few Hiawatha staff members and ALC members run around and exercise with the young kids before school on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings. The sessions start at 7 a.m. and last for about 45 minutes. The ALC group plays games (such as sharks and minnows, amoeba tag and volcano) in a three-station format. The goal is simply to keep the kids moving, to improve their educational performance throughout the school day and to teach them the values of exercise. It is a great program and a really fun experience for the kids. The grammar scholars and high school students love it. Matt Wu, Aiden Travers, Madison Corkum, Anna Weith, Allie Astor, Ashley Warren, Kassandra Wigget, Nick Minadeo and Mychaela Harton are the ALC members participating.
The EHS scholar bowl team won a large regional tournament at South Burlington HS last Friday with a total of 60 varsity and jv teams from Vermont, New Hampshire and New York. The A team won the tournament and the B, C and D teams did very well in their respective brackets. Essex defeated a field of 42 varsity teams to capture the Pre-Holiday Academic Tournament, posting an 8-0 record and becoming the first two-time champion in the tournament’s seven-year history. Essex nipped Portsmouth Christian, 325-305, in a hard-fought title game ending an impressive run that saw PCA defeat top-seeded South Burlington and fifth-seeded Hanover to finish second. SB’s Phil Holt was the tournament’s top scorer. EHS scholars include Anna O’Malley, Cole Blondin, Eric DeWitt, Jason Yin, Lauren Whitehouse, Logan Brunet, Martin Deutsch, Matt Bergeron, Nate Brennan, Omkar Borse, Peter Feehan, Reid Kamhi and Shanti Boyle. The A team consists of Cole Blondin (captain), Matt Bergeron, Martin Deutsch and Peter Feehan.
Former NYY Robinson Cano left the Bronx and signed with Seattle last week. That’s a huge loss for the Yanks. I have always been in favor of people getting more money for their jobs, but NY to Seattle for a few more dollars? Not sure I would teach in a different Vermont, New England or U.S. school district for a small difference in salary. Good Luck!
Did you see the snow in the Lions-Eagles game Sunday in Philly? Lot of jealous skiers out there, and a few bad calls as well. Pats fans were overjoyed with the ghostly pass interference call in the last 30 seconds of the game. The NFL felt they had to even up the calls after a no-call two weeks ago I guess.