Sports Shorts


By Joe Gonillo

We are in the final stretch to Christmas and Christmas vacation with just about one week to until Christmas Day.  Some heavy duty sports action happening both before and during the break.  Follow your favorite team and be safe during the holidays.  Christmas Wish List returns next week.

The wrestlers traveled to Springfield, Mass. last weekend to compete in the Cybercat duals.  The Hornets wrestled tough but fell 48-36 to Agawam, 39-30 to Putnam, and 52-27 to Chicopee.  Jack Carney, Alex Rizvanov, and Ben Stewart all went 3-0.  They also won a home dual meet during the week 58-24 over Mt. Abe and 60-10 over Randolph.  This week the team is in Vergennes and in Cohoes, N.Y.

The JVs stayed in state and participated in the Otter Valley JV Tourney.  There were no team scores.  Essex Medal Winners were 134 lbs. Michael Barnett – 3rd and 138 lbs. Evan Dyke – 3rd.

The girls’ basketball team went 2-0 last week to move to 3-0.  Essex drubbed MMU 47-16 holding the Cougars to 2 first-quarter points and 1 basket in the first half.  Mychaela Harton scored 13, and Taylor Truax added 9.  In a 49-33 win over Mt. Anthony over the weekend as Truax and Olivia Duncan notched 14 points apiece with Taylor grabbing 14 rebounds.  Harton snared 12 boards in the win.  The team played CHS and returns to Keefe Gym Saturday night to play Rutland.  They will host U-32 on 12/22.  The JVs won as well scoring 40+ points in a win over MMU.  Regan Day had 9 and Abby Couture 8 in the win.  The crushed the Patriots by 18 or so and are also 3-0.

The boys’ hoop team, 1-2, fell 51-49 losing a squeaker to the Rebels.  A very strong MAU team defeated Essex 71-37 Saturday.  TJ Reed led the Hornets in scoring.  This week they play at CHS and travel back to Rutland to play the Raiders at 5 p.m.  They play Rice next week.  The JVs, 1-2, lost a close one to SB then buried MAU.

The girls’ hockey team blitzed archrival BFA St. Albans 4-1.  Senors Amanda Sinkewicz and Bailey Gaskins scored a goal and added an assist to lead the girls in a big early-season win.  Froshes Frankie Martin and Maddy Young lit the light as well.  Olivia (MJ) Miller-Johnson, Hannah Palmer, and Kaitlyn Butkus all notched assists. Vika Simmons made 27 saves as Essex was outshot 28-14 but got the W.  They split with a couple of New York teams over the weekend beating Beekmantown 3-1 and losing to Massena 2-0.  They are 3-1 with homes games against SB and BCHS – a combo BHS/CHS squad.

The bowlers grabbed first place Saturday with SB 2nd and BHS 3rd.  Mike Prim tied the state record for highest individual game rolling a 267.  He also scored the second-best series ever (two game total) when he bowled a 215 in his second game for a total of 482.  Other EHS scores include Reese Meunier 118, 144; Brian Cookingham 131, 165; Alex Prim 134, 158; Tre Nichols 169, 214; Sabrina Liguori 153, 170; and Reid Kamhi 124, 108.  On the jv side Troy Austin 166, 131 – the 166 was his career high in competition; Nate Ertle 100, 102; Andrew Benoit 128, 127; Emily Moehn 89, 124; and Parker Ryan 99, 135.

The boys’ hockey team finally opens up this week up in St. Albans in their annual Doc Tulip Holiday Classic.  Their opponents are SHS Friday and Canton, N.Y. Saturday.  They will host BFA on Wednesday 12/23.

The frosh boys’ basketball team crushed BFA 52-28 to even their record at 1-1.  A 4-game week includes road contests vs. BHS, CHS, MMU, and a home game with SB.  The JVB girls’ team is 0-2 after a 43-14 loss up in Enosburg last week.  They travel even further to Chelsea Thursday.

Nordic Skiers were in Craftsbury Saturday.  The boys placed 8th while the gals were 6th.  Peter Feehan’s 25th place led the boys while Annemarie Martell finished 16th for the girls.  Sam Feehan was the 1st JVB in.

The alpine skiers had their race in Bolton cancelled.  They are looking for snow — Tuesday — at Burke Mountain.

The Frank Smith Rec Basketball League is back.  Evaluation night is Wednesday 12/16.  If your last name falls between A-L you are scheduled for 6:30-7:30.  Last names M-Z 7:30-8:30.  Sign-up at or call 878-1375.  Cost is $42 for residents and $47 for non-residents.  The Rec Dept. can answer all concerns and questions.

Our cheerleaders have been putting in some long practices this winter.  Their routines are better than any other group in Vt.

Missed some honors last week: Danilo Salgado earned All-State soccer honors, while Alexander Benevento was presented with the EHS Coach’s Award for the boys’ soccer team.  This award goes to the player who “embraces the cultural and core values” of the game.  He was Honorable Mention all-star as well.

Cowboys are done.  Carolina is rolling.  Pats taking control of the AFC again.  Giants ???

Happy Birthday wishes to Lucille McClure, Big Mark Nadeau, Chris Polakowski and Robin Noble. Also Cullen Hathaway, Holly Hathaway, Carol Hathaway, hair-cutress Randy-Kay Lavalley,  Belated wishes to all-star Steve Ferreira (aka Jerry Remy) and congrats to Dr. Nick Lavalley.

Had an early Christmas celebration last weekend as my son, daughter, and beautiful granddaughter came up for the weekend.  Toss in a couple of nieces, a few dinners, a Christmas gift-opening Saturday night, a Gonillo-family brunch Sunday morning, some Christmas music, and some major league hugs to and from Gianna…I enjoyed every moment.