Sports Shorts

By Joe Gonillo

October is flying by. The regular season is over for all varsity teams. JV seasons are done or close out this week. VPA rankings and post-season schedules are listed on the VPA website, the Hornet athletic site, and the BFP. Check your favorite spot to catch our teams in action this week. The fall’s first state championship is on the line as the cross country teams race Saturday. Also big ACT test on Saturday here at the high school.

Football

The football team scored 35 points to win at South Burlington Saturday night 35-30. In an intelligent move by the SB superintendent, the Rebel sports’ teams were allowed back to practicing with school coaches last Friday. The decision was not deemed controversial in any way. His statement was: The school days missed will be made up this year while the games and contests could not be. Back to the final regular season game, running back Joey Robertson scored two touchdowns. Brendan Gleason scored twice including a beauty of a kick return of over 70 yards, and running back Cody Green scored as well. Essex led 28-15 at one point in the game, and their defense won the game with a late stop. Essex is 6-2 and has locked up the third seed in the Division-I playoffs and will host a first round game Friday night. It looks like the sixth seeded BFA Bobwhites, who Essex routed earlier in the season, will be the opponent.

The JV’s are 3-3 after a close 13-8 loss last week to BFA. This week this week they traveled to Rutland to end their season. The freshmen are 5-2 after winning their fifth game in a row last week, a 28-14 decision over BFA. Anthony Hope made a juggling catch off a throw from Cam Quinn for a touchdown. Kevin Otto scored rushing touchdown, and Jordan Hines scored twice – once on the ground and once from defense with a strip of BFA rusher and touchdown return for 99 yards. They hosted Rutland Wednesday.

Soccer

The boys’ soccer team ended the regular season winning their final six games in a row. They edged North Country on their senior night 2-1. A Noah Ferris goal off a wild scramble in the box after an over 40-yard restart from Ryan Jewell highlighted the win. Mike Croce had the other goal. They concluded the fall’s regular season at 11-2-1 with a 7-0 shutout of Spaulding high School. Hamza Halilovic scored twice and had an assist. Brennan Goodrich scored two more, Nick Minadeo, Evan Friedman and Liam Donahue notched goals. Ben Wood stopped one shot in the win. Essex could be ranked third behind South Burlington and Mount Anthony and in front of Burr and Burton, CVU and last year’s champ Colchester. They might be matched up against Lyndon Institute this week.

The JV’s finished the season 13-0-1. They beat North Country and Spaulding last week. Team leaders were sophomores Jordan Calhoun and Kirk Teare who starred on defense all year. Matt Lyon and Tristan Salgado were the leading scorers. Chase Dunbar and Paul Federico played goalkeeper all year giving up a mere three goals all fall. Federico also scored a goal while playing striker in our last game of the season.

The frosh defeated Rutland 3-0 winning their final seven games and played to an impressive 10-2 record.

Girls’ Soccer

The girls’ soccer team completed its season 11-3 racking up two more wins, 4-0 over North Country and 2-0 over Spaulding. In the senior night win Jess Poratti scored on a restart with a nice curving goal. She assisted on Sam Serrantonio’s second-half goal. The girls are in a flat out tie with Burlington for the three seed in the post season. Burr and Burton somehow has the one seed and CVU second. U-32 is fifth with CHS sixth. They are ready for playoffs. St. Johnsbury or Spaulding may be opponents.

The JV’s won twice 8-1 and 5-1 over the Falcons and the Tide. They ended their fall with a solid record of 10-4 setting a team record scoring 58 goals. They allowed 20, and frosh Gabby Garza set the JV-girls goal scoring record with 15 goals and set a new standard with goals and assists. Marisa Minadeo tied the assist record – Becca Astor and Kim Dvorak – with 10. Goal scorers last week Claudia Allaire three, Kristen Roberge two, Garza, Hannah Davis, Addie Scanlon, Julianna Battig, Megan Lyon, Emily Harvey and Hannah Poquette. Chelsey Carlson and Beverly Briley played flawlessly in goal. They celebrated their end-of-season banquet at Ramunto’s.

Field Hockey

The field hockey team ran its record to 12-0-1 this fall as the girls defeated Colchester 7-1 in the season finale. The win places the Hornets as the one seed for the second year in a row a credit to the strength of their team. CVU, Hartford, Middlebury and South Burlington floe 2-5. Their opponent was the ever-present TBA at the deadline. I would not want to play Essex in rounds one or two.

The JV’s, 8-4-1, ended the season with three wins and a tie in their last four games.

Cross Country

The cross country teams raced in the NVAC Championships Saturday at MVU. Both squads ran well and placed second in their race division. The boys scored 43 points to champ South Burlington’s 29. The Hornets finished fourth, sixth, eighth, 11th, 14th, 17th and 20th in this order: Andrey Chmykh, Matt Davis, Peter Feehan, Sully Martin, Martin Deutsch, Martin Thomas and Logan Brunet.

The girls totaled 61 points to CVU’s 31. St. Johnsbury scored 64. Essex ran this way: fourth 10th, 13th, 15th, 19th, 27th and 28th runners AnnMarie Martell, Charlotte Murphy, Jenna Agricola, Jenna Emery, Katie James, Abby Trombley and Krystyn Van Allen. This week they will compete in the 2014 State meet way down in Thetford in the first state championship of the season. The VG may have been missing a racer or two. Thus could be a very interesting and competitive weekend.

Volleyball

The girls’ volleyball team went 2-0 last week to finish the fall 6-3. They beat the Ghosts from Randolph in four sets 22-25, 25-11, 25-17, and 25-17 then finished up on Friday with a sweep of Mid Vermont Christian 25-19, 25-20, 25-17. The team should be ranked about fourth in the playoffs.

The boys’ volleyball team finished the fall 8-1 after defeating Enosburg in three sets: 25-11, 25-11, 25-09. They should be seeded first in the post season. Team notes: Marsh Palin and Ian Audette played super, running back offense and defense.

Both of them have been nominated to the Vermont State All League team for boys. Taylor Truax, Amanda Sinkewicz and Sabrina Liguori led the girls’ team versus Mid Vermont. Truax and Sinkewicz have been nominated to the Vermont State All League team on offense and Liguori was nominated for her defensive play.

EHSPN

In the latest installment of EHSPN the crew covers Spirit Week/Homecoming and the run up to the playoffs. Lots of great sports footage in this one.

Check it out at: www.vimeo.com/109060667

Winter Sports

Winter sports begin on Nov. 17. Your electronic registration must be completed by Nov. 3.

Joe’s Thoughts

Dallas clubbed the Giants Sunday 31-21 in all phases of the game. I hope my bother-in-law, Hank, was watching the game. The Patriots edged the Jets. The Royals swept the almighty Orioles’ while San Francisco blew through St. Louis setting up a Royals vs. Giants World Series.

Thanks to all soccer refs who worked sub-varsity games this fall. Our season is over.

Congratulations to Colchester skater Rowan MacArdle, 9, who placed fourth in last weekend’s NE Regionals at Leddy Park. MacArdle has been on the ice for over six years. She has very supportive parents.

Happy Birthday wishes to Sandy Moore, belated, and to my nephew Eric Hathaway former Hornet soccer and track star now living in Middlebury. He is now known as the dad of fleet-footed Tiger running back Cullen Hathaway.

Condolences to my nephew Charlie Peet and his family on the loss of his mom, Madge, last week. She was a sweet, talented, loving woman. Beautiful service Friday in Morrisville and simply a gorgeous setting in the Elmore cemetery with bright foliage in the background. She will be missed.