Sports Shorts

by Joe Gonillo

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Marathon over, Memorial Day, too — thank you to all who make our country the land of the free and the home of the brave. Two weeks of school left before exams, graduation and the end of school. What this means is we are facing the final week of the regular season for high school sports.  The biggest track and field meet in the state, the Essex Invitational, is on tap for all day Saturday.

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Lacrosse

The boys’ lacrosse team is now 9-3 after a 1-1 week. They began the week with a loss, though exciting, 10-9 to Middlebury. Teo Olsen scored twice; the second brought Essex to 10-9 with under a minute to play. Brandan Gleason scored one goal and had three assists, Joe Galati two, Henry Adams three goals and two assists, and Sean Vanzo one. Andrew Lounsbury made 11 saves. For the Tigers leading scorers, Bobby Ritter had two goals, Connor Quinn two goals and four assists, my nephew Cullen Hathaway with two goals and one assist. The two teams play Saturday in the final game of the season with huge playoff implications on the line. They might just meet another time in June. They dropped the Cougars Friday and now host SB in a Wednesday evening doubleheader with the girls, and travel to BFA before the MIDD game. The VPA has them fourth at the beginning of the week, and that can easily change by week’s end.  The JVs are 4-4 with the JV b team 6-1-1.

The girls’ lacrosse team went 0-3 last week and is 2-10 this spring. BFA and U-32 snuck by the Hornets before an 18-9 loss to BHS. Madison Corkum scored three times and Jackie “Q” Quackenbush had two. They end the regular season hosting CVU Wednesday at 6 p.m., SHS, and MMU Friday at 7 p.m. They will be trying to break a seven-game losing streak and are ranked twelfth in VT. The JVs are 7-4 after a 2-0 week. They beat BHS 10-6 as Julia Battig scored three, Jenna Puleo two, while Justine Martin, Cicely Haggerty, Claudia Allaire, Kylee Hope and Sydney LaPlant connected with the back of the net as well.

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Baseball

The baseball team went 2-1 and is now 9-6. They began the week with a loss to MVU then beat Milton, banging out over 20 hits, and edged BFA 3-1. In the game versus the Bobwhites, Eli Baez had three hits and two RBIs as Pat Deibler got the win. They play CVU to end the season and stand tied for eighth in D-I. The JVs are 11-1 while the JV b’s are 9-1.

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Softball

The softball team won three times last week and now owns a sparkling 14-1 record. The girls beat MVU 5-2, Milton 5-0 and archrival BFA 5-4 in a thriller. Essex scored twice in the last inning after giving up three in the top of the inning. Makenna Thorne’s bat stayed hot as she drove in the game-winner. Allie Rutz had two hits and pitched a complete game with eight K’s. Kasandra Wiggett and Kristen Perkins each had two hits in the win. They strengthened their hold on the first seed in the playoffs and travel to CVU this week. The JVs are 6-4.

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Track and Field

The track and field teams hosted the annual NVAC Freshman Invitational Friday. MMU and St. J went 1-2 in the boys’ meet with the Hornets third. They scored 79 points. The Hilltoppers won the girls’ meet, and Essex (101.33) placed second. Individual winners included Guilia Eddy 800m 2:38.25; Gabby Garza Discus 71’ 4”; the mile relay team of Kat Morin, Arianna Moffatt, Morgan Whitney, Eddy 4:31.16; the 4x800m relay team Jake Moran, Noah Beckage, Zach Preston, Justin Poulin; and Breyer Sinor Shot 37’ 1.75”.

Second: Morgan Whitney 100m, 200m; the 4x100m relay team Hannah Poquette, Moffatt, Whitney, Mya Dusablon; Ali Green TJ; Justin Barnes 400m; Sinor Disc; Sam Velasquez HJ.

Third: Garza Javelin, S Velasquez IH.

Fourth: Moffatt 100m; Green 300m LH; PV; Simran Saini HJ; Moran 1500m, 3000m; the 4x100m relay team Nate Smith, Barnes, Eric Bahn, Tyler Beckwith; MR team Sam Feehan, Nate Smith, Bahn, Beckwith; Gabe Velasquez PV.

Fifth: Moffatt 200m; Jenna Agricola 800m, 1500m; Poquette HH, PV; Anna Eekraw LH; Ciera Manrique Javelin; Sam Feehan 400m; Noah Beckage 800m; S Velasquez HH.

Sixth: Morin 400; Green HH; Poquette TJ; Jose Sumner Shot, Disc; Justin Poulin 1500m; G Velasquez.

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Tennis

The girls’ tennis team finished the regular season 8-4 following two losses to second seed SB by the same 6-1 scores. The Hornets are sitting fifth before playoffs with only MIDD, MAU, SB and CVU ahead of them. Their only losses of the spring were to the Redhawks and the Rebels. Playoffs start this week.

The boys’ tennis team ended their regular season 1-1 last week and 11-1 overall. In historic fashion, the Hornets beat SB 4-3, pinning the Rebels with their first loss in a few years. SB gained some revenge as they returned the favor and defeated Essex 6-1. The boys won 11 games in a row. The VPA has the boys fourth with SB, BFA, and B&B ranked third, second, and first.

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Golf

The golf team stands 15-8 with sectionals and NVAC’s this week.  The girls are at Lang Farm and up in Orleans this week.

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Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate Frisbee defeated Lyndon 15-9 and completed season one, 5-0.  Congrats to all.

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Major League Sports 
The NBA semifinals have given us some fine games.  The same is true for the NHL playoffs.