Sports Shorts

by Joe Gonillo

Slow down summer. We enter the final week of July with August creeping up on us next week. The MLB All-Star Game marked the traditional halfway point of the season and summer. More on that later. The regular season for summer swimming is over, while the annual Women’s Summer Soccer League enters its final week of regular season play. Getting in shape for fall sports?

What a wonderful summer we have had and it is not slowing down. It’s August, so full steam ahead. Let’s hope it keeps going for at least another month. Usually that first week —or half week — of school is a scorcher. Sadly, saw my first two Back-to-School ads. My stomach got weak for a second. A couple of deep breaths and a swig of pink lemonade calmed things down. Good thing I was sitting on my front porch. Anyway lots of swim meets, Legion and little league news and soccer playoffs to follow. That and a comfortable chair by the pool.


The Town of Essex Swim Team competed in Leagues on Friday and Saturday in Middlebury. The final scores came in Monday morning just in time for the column. The Edge took first place totaling 2,260.5 points with TEST in second after scoring 2,003. BTC was third (1,570), BCC fourth (1,295.5), Middlebury fifth (1,044.5) and Vergennes sixth (1,040). St. Albans and Winooski finished in seventh and eighth.

The Edge took first scoring 1,379.5 to TEST’s 923 in the girls’ scoring. BCC slid in third (806), BTC fourth (736), and Vergennes squeaked by Middlebury 459-458. TEST boys easily claimed first with 1,080 points. A highlight of first-place finishes include Austin Oliver 12-and under 50 Butterfly, 100 IM; Jake McIntyre 14-and-under 100 IM, 200 Free; Ashley Warren 18-and-under 100 IM; Caleb Workman 12-and-under 200 Free; Kira Hancock 18-and-under 100 Back, 50 Free, 100 Free,; Kevin Hancock 18-and-under 50 Back, 100 Back; Ross Macy 14-and-under 200 IM, 50 Butterfly; Claire Toomey 10-and-under 50 Free, 25 Back; Allison Monty 10-and-under 25 Breast; Ally Cady 10-and-under 25 Free; Katrina Nunez 14-and-under 50 Butterfly, 100 Free; Casey Keenan 14-and-under 50 Back, 100 Free; Lucy Miquel 12-and-under 50 Butterfly; Amanda Sinkewicz 18-and-under 50 Butterfly.

Relays: G 10-and-under 100 Free – Ella Newman, Monty, Cady, Toomey;18-and-under 200 Medley and 200 Free – Charlotte Brace, Amanda Sinkewicz, Warren, Hancock.

Boys 14-and-under 200 Medley and 200 Free – Jacob Hammond, Keenan, McIntyre, Macy broke the meet record in the 200 free with a time of 1:45.64.

Boys 18-and-under 200 Medley – Andrew Gadbois, Austin Hayes, Sean Chamberlain, Hancock. 18-and-under 200 Free — Gadbois, Chamberlain, Matt Bergeron, Hancock.

Congrats on the golds and second place in leagues.  Still not sure how you can leave a meet and not know who won. Where is Pavel Dvorak when you need him? States are this weekend down south in White River Junction at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center. Good Luck Team!

Pete Picard received the Golden Whistle Coach’s Award for exemplary coaching this season.  The Champlain Valley Swimming League (CVSL) recognizes coaches annually, not only for their performace ‑ TEST went through the summer undefeated – but for dedication to the league, mentoring swimmers, and also for supporting other teams. Pete actually got a golden whistle and his name inscribed on a plaque. Congratulations!


The 2014 Women’s Summer Soccer league semi’s were postponed Sunday evening because of nasty weather.  Both games were played, weather permitting, on Wednesday at 6 in the Williston Recreational Park. Finals may be Sunday evening.

Still assigning sub-varsity games for the fall. If you would like to ref or officiate, please email me at asap. Pay is $45 for a high school game and $75 for a middle school double header.


Major League Baseball Hall of Fame ceremonies were Sunday in Cooperstown, N.Y. Joe Torre was among the 2014 class along with Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, Greg Maddox, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox. The traditional trade deadline is Thursday. Many moves to be made.


Two years ago Sand Hill Pool lifeguard Adam Slocum saved the life of a very young swimmer at a TEST swim meet. The Vergennes swimmer went under, Adam jumped in and pulled her to safety. Essex Rescue, Fletcher Allen and Dartmouth Hitchcock all played a part in this story that  ended happily for Peyton Jones and her family. LG training and CPR does pay off.

Personal notes

Baby notice. William (Will) Jeffrey Hammond was born at 6:06 a.m. on Saturday, July 26.  He checked into the world at 7.1 pounds and 19.25 inches. Mother Jessie and father Jeremy are well too. His parents are highly successful Hornet coaches in basketball and track and field respectively. Jessie was a three-sport star with the Hornets, while Jeremy teaches Humanities at CHS. So happy for both of them. Congratulations! FYI…I am available to babysit at any time.   Mom thinks Will has a shot as a shooting guard for the Knicks. Dad might be happy with junior in left field at Fenway or quarterback for the Pats.

Happy Birthday to Milton’s Chloe Mae Rushford, who turns 12 this week. She is another one of my talented nieces.  Also birthday wishes to my highly successful sister-in-law Sandy Bechtel who celebrates a beauty of a b-day this week and was the envy of Tour de France cyclists in the Swiss Alps a few weeks ago.