Sports Shorts

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With Easter weekend in the rearview mirror, could spring be about to arrive? Here’s to warmer weather. It looks like it might be in the 50’s and 60’s this week and even warmer vacation. Spring sports kicked off last week with a handful of contests. We have a full schedule of athletic events scheduled for this week and some next week too. The NCAA championship games closed out the college hoop season last week. How about the Masters? ACT’s are on Saturday here at Essex High School.

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Lacrosse

The boys’ lacrosse team opened their season with a bang! Playing back-to-back state champion CVU on Saturday on Burlington’s turf field the Hornets led 7-4 at halftime. After falling behind in the final quarter, Essex rallied to tie the game at nine then won in overtime on a goal by Henry Adams about a minute into the extra session. The senior scored four goals in the opener. Brendan Gleason scored three times and added two assists. Joe Galati added two goals and one assist. Goalkeeper Andrew Lounsbury made 15 saves in the exciting win. Their game versus Middlebury was postponed, and they play Liverpool, N.Y. – their annual road trip – on Saturday.

The girls’ lax opener versus Spaulding was postponed. They played Tuesday at Rice then Friday at BFA.

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Baseball/Softball

The baseball and softball teams opened Tuesday versus Rutland. The forecast looked to be sunny and in the 60’s. They will play MMU home on Friday. The junior varsity schedule is played on opposite school fields. Rice provides the opposition next Tuesday of vacation.

Track and Field

The track and field team opened up its 2015 season on Tuesday.

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MLB

For a team supposedly without pitching, the Red Sox had a nice opening week unlike the Yankees who look lost and anemic. I watched the Red Sox-Yankees marathon Friday night. I tuned in with two outs in the game when New York Yankees’ third baseman Chase Headley drilled a game-tying home run into right field. Boston prevailed 6-5 in 19 innings. Interestingly enough the last Red Sox-Yankees game to last that long was a 20-inning affair in what was the second game of a two-night double header.

On Aug. 29, 1967 – the same night as the final episode of “The Fugitive” – Boston beat the Yankees 2-1 in game one as “Impossible Dream” pitching legend Jim Lonborg out-dueled Mel Stottlemyer. Ho-hum, a two-home-run game. Well game two saw the team tied after nine innings. In the top of the 15th Carl Yastrzemski belted a home run to give the Red Sox the lead. As my parents and my uncle Vince stood up to leave, I protested that the game was not over. Well doesn’t right fielder Steve Whittaker tie the game with a solo-home-run. Then my parents packed us up. I was crushed. We were still on summer vacation. It was barely midnight, and we had to go. I listened to the game all the way back to Waterbury, Conn. It ended at 1 a.m. as we were driving through Danbury. Jerry Coleman or “The Scooter” Phil Rizzuto made the sweet game-winning call.

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The Masters

Jordan Spieth made it look easy at Augusta last weekend. My niece returned to Georgia and saw the final round. Tiger and Phil had solid rounds, which was very nice to watch. Duke and UCONN rule college basketball once again. Two of the best, most successful coaches in the history of the sport walked away with another championship. Coach K adds to his impressive legacy while Geno Auriemma earned a 10th national championship placing him on even terms with UCLA great John Wooden.

60 Minute

Saw a piece of “60 Minutes” on the alleged rape scandal that happened over nine years ago. The men’s lacrosse coach was forced to resign as public opinion tried the case without cause or more importantly proof as Duke University embarrassed itself in one of the worst ways possible. Mike Pressler now coaches at Bryant. They lost in the NCAA semi’s last year.

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Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to brother-in-law and Giant fan Hank Bechtel. Of course he is most known for his impeccable and immaculate care of our Tree Farm soccer fields.