Sports Shorts

by Joe Gonillo

Can September be over already? October is here, so be ready for anything. Believe it or not, fall sports have only three weeks left in their regular seasons. Then it’s playoff time. But let’s not look ahead that far. Homecoming and spirit week arrive next week. It’s an enjoyable time for all. The Hornets played some good games last week and more are happening this week, and the SATs here on Saturday, too. The cross-country teams ran well in Manchester last weekend.



The Hornet football team stormed out to a 21-0 advantage to begin the game versus the Bobwhites Friday night in St. Albans. BFA then tied the game at 21 and then 28 in the final quarter before pulling away to a 41-28 win, dropping Essex to 1-4 this fall. Elliot Boutin ran for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns. Running backs Jordan Hines and Liam Coulter scored as well. The boys travel to Middlebury this week. The JVs were out-gunned by a fast CHS Lakers team 28-8. The Hornets kept it close, but Colchester pulled away late for the win. This week they face MMU in Jericho. The Hornet freshmen team turned things around last week with a 28-7 victory over CVU, upped its record to 2-2 this fall. The freshman hosted SB Monday. Riley Smith had three touchdowns, two rushing — one a 70-yard run — and the other a kickoff return for a touchdown. Nolan Davis had one rushing touchdown. Defense played well all night, highlighted by a great interception from Tyler Millete.


Boys’ soccer

The boys’ soccer team is now 6-2 after a 2-0 week with big wins over BHS 2-1 in overtime and a 2-zip whitewashing of SB. Both were well-played soccer games, and the wins now give the Hornets a four-game winning streak as they head into October. At SB on Saturday evening, Aidan Whitney scored goal No. 1, and Matthew Lyon drilled in a restart for score No. 2. The defense and goalkeeper Paul Federico (two stops) made it stand up. Earlier in the week, Noah Ferris converted a rebound halfway through the final extra session to give Essex a hard-fought 2-1 win over the Seahorses. Tristan Salgado assisted on Ferris’ goal and also tied the game for Essex late in the second half. Brendan Bean made four saves in goal. The JVs went 1-1 splitting a 2-0 win over BHS and a close 2-0 loss to SB. They are 5-2. Both teams host CHS and North Country Union this week with the varsity playing under the lights versus the Lakers Tuesday night. The freshmen are also playing some solid soccer. They too are 5-2 after a 2-1 win over SB and a 2-1 loss to CVU. They travel to Jericho and Hinesburg this week.


Girls’ soccer      

For the second week in a row, the girls’ soccer team played a mere one game last week. This time SB upset the Hornets 2-0. Annie Bovee made some strong saves in net, but the offense came up a bit short. The Hornets own a 4-3 record and face a three-game schedule this week: on the road Monday night at BHS, home Wednesday night versus undefeated CHS, and up to the Northeast Kingdom to play North Country Union on Friday. The JVs snagged a W with a 2-1 comeback win over the Rebels. Sadly, the younger Hornets fell behind 1-0 in the game’s first 90 seconds on a play that was too bizarre to describe. It involved a pass, a trip, fall, foul and direct kick restart goal. Down 1-0 the entire half, Essex pulled even when Emily Harvey took a Kelly Lyon pass (who got one from Mady Rose) and powered in the equalizer four minutes into the second half. The girls controlled the game and finally beat a talented SB keeper when Krystina Harton buried the game-winner into the far post with just over three minutes to play. Morgan Whitney and Syd Frolik-Roberts chalked up assists. Yaz Nsame made five saves.


Field hockey 

The field hockey team is now 4-1-1 after a thrilling OT win over BHS. SR Abbie Evans scored about 6 minutes into overtime to give Essex an exciting 1-0 win. Classmate Erin Murphy had the assist. GK Maddy Corkum needed to make only 3 saves in the shutout victory. Busy week ahead as the Hornets play 3 games: hosting CVU and CHS before heading to Rebel-land Friday to attempt to exact some revenge on SB. The jv’s are 5-1 and own a 5-game winning streak. They clubbed MMU 5-1 and BHS 8-0. The jvb team is 2-1. The fell 6-0 to SB as Leah Rushford made 13 saves. The girls then rebounded to pound CVU 12-0. Olivia Chan, Emma Brott, Izzy Lupariello, Hannah Neddo, Caitlin McClellan, Maddie Reed, and Sarah Coulter all scored goals. Kaylan Ferreira had 4 saves between the pipes.



The volleyball team continues to roll. Last week’s results went like this: Essex boys’ varsity 3, Vermont Commons 0: 25-13; 25-9; 25-18. Scott Lyon was fired up and hit a quick offensive attack that simply stunned VC. Coach Chesser said “that was one of the quickest transitions I’ve seen in a long time.” Andrew Wagner was very strong on offense and defense, attacked the ball very well, covered his players efficiently and picked up some very hard digs. Essex JV boys also won, 2-0 over Vermont Commons: 25-15; 25-5. Jay Grant had a very long serving run that was key to winning the second set. Jack Cronin was firing on all cylinders with great passing, hitting and a big serving run as well. First-year player Noah Laporte stepped up to play a different position and was a solid contributor in that effort.

Essex JV Blue girls 2 MMU 1 – 12-25; 25-21; 25-18. Isabella Dunn was strong on both sides of the ball. She took advantage of scoring opportunities with some aggressive kills and led the team in kill assists. Kristy Svarczkopf had several long serving runs and played aggressively on offense and defense. She’s a great communicator who plays hard all the time. Essex then hosted and defeated Lyndon Institute boys’ varsity: Essex 3 Lyndon 0 – 25-4; 25-8; 25-12. Girls’ varsity: Essex 3 Lyndon 0 – 25-16; 25-3; 25-18.


National Select Football

Check this out: USA Football has selected Essex junior Tommy Kourebanas to play offensive line on the U.S. Under-18 National Select Football Team. The 2016 International Bowl week for the U.S. Under-18 National Select Team is Monday, Feb. 1, through Friday, Feb. 5, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. International Bowl Week culminates with an official international game against Team Canada at 4:00 p.m. Feb. 5, at AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys. All games part of the 2016 International Bowl series are scheduled to air via ESPN3/WatchESPN. I might have to tag along and cover the game.


St. Michael’s cross-country

The St. Michael’s College men’s and women’s cross-country teams hosted the Northeast-10 Conference Preview Meet on Saturday, their first home event since 2012, in advance of hosting the NE-10 Championship on Oct. 25, their first since 2009. The Purple Knight men placed third among five squads with 68 points, while the women were fifth out of seven en route to scoring 115 points. Four teams ranked in the latest U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association East Region poll were on hand for the races. The Southern Connecticut State University men, who are ranked eighth, won with 31 points to edge out fifth-ranked Southern New Hampshire University by two points. On the women’s side, fifth-ranked American International College topped the field with 35 points, while third-ranked Assumption College was second at 52. NAIA member University of South Carolina Beaufort, which is coached by former St. Michael’s women’s cross country head coach Larry Kimball, also competed in the women’s meet, taking fourth. Kimball is an EJHS grad and star runner from another time and era!



MINI METRO is back.  The Essex Sting Basketball Club sign-ups are Monday, Oct. 5 in the Essex High School lobby from 6-8 p.m.  Mini Metro sign-ups will be for boys and girls fourth to eighth-grade. The Essex Sting Basketball Club offers a competitive community-based basketball opportunity for middle level youth for the children and families residing within the feeder areas of the Essex High School district including Essex Town, Essex Junction and Westford school districts, as well as individual youth who potentially will attend Essex High School. This community-based program will work to introduce and teach basketball fundamentals in a fun, and increasingly competitive environment, with the goals of promoting good sportsmanship, team play, community pride and loyalty, and overall life values as emerging young men and women.



Last week of the MLB regular season. Playoffs begin next week.

The Jane Austen Club is meeting Monday in Library Conference Room 1 at 2:45-4 p.m.

Happy Birthday wishes to baseball coach Chris Richard, ex-Hornet Remi Poulin, assistant AD Todd Herrington, Colchester’s Janet Liscio, and the voice of EHS…my sister-in-law Karen Gonillo! Congrats and enjoy!