Sports Shorts

by Joe Gonillo

September’s weather took a non-Indian Summer turn last week for a few days. Hope to see things warm up a tad this week as athletic contests are scheduled for the whole week. Hornet athletic teams are chalking up solid performances and wins in all sports. Banner days for football and cross-country last week to mention a few.


Our football team, 2-1, bombed BFA 42-14 behind an offensive show starring Brendan Gleason, Joey Robertson, and the rugged play of the Hornet offensive line. Gleason ran for 102 yards and two TD’s. The senior RB also hauled in a 57-yard TD pass and snagged two INT’s. They blew open a fairly close 14-0 lead with a third quarter explosion to head to the final period ahead 35-7. Robertson churned out 89 yards and two TD’s of his own as both RB’s and the rest of the Essex offense benefited from a dominant push from their guys up front on their OL. Though the game was broadcast on the Northeast Sports Network we had a good, loud, sportsman-like crowd on hand. is the internet address. The Hornets travel to CHS Friday night. The JV game was cancelled. They hosted CHS Monday. The freshman lost a close one to the Rice JV’s 22-20. Kevin Otto scored two touchdowns, Edgar Koval had one. Cam Quinn threw two TD passes and ran in a 2-point conversion. They go to Middlebury this week.

Cross Country

Myla Jacobs, from Colchester Middle School, and Emmma Farrington, from Essex High School, each placed first at the Burlington Invitational Cross Country event on Saturday. | PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Myla Jacobs, from Colchester Middle School, and Emmma Farrington, from Essex High School, each placed first at the Burlington Invitational Cross Country event on Saturday. | PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

Another stellar weekend for the boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams. At the BHS Invitational Saturday the Hornets ran the table sweeping all four high school races. The JV boys continued their success by taking eight out of the top nine spots. Sophomore Martin Thomas won easily by 34 seconds. Fellow sophomore Jamie Shearer was second, followed by Steven Maloney third, Darren Van Dzura fifth, Henry Newman sixth, Angus Hutcheon seventh, Ian Lyle eighth, and Nate Brennan finished ninth as they literally ran away from the field. In the Varsity race, Matt Davis was the Hornets No. 1 finisher placing fifth overall. Peter Feehan was closely behind in seventh, followed by Eric Scharf 13th, Martin Deutsch 18th, and Connor Knowles 21st. Sully Martin and Logan Brunet ran 26th and 28th. The boys won the meet scoring 51 points to SB’s 104 to win by 54 points. The varsity girls emerged victorious as well edging North Kingstom, R.I. 49-52. Emma Farrington went 2-2 in the first two cross-country invites of 2014 winning by 21 seconds. Veteran Rose Monahan was in next placing seventh. Charlotte Murphy finished 11th, AnneMarie Martell 15th, frosh Jenna Agricola 18th with Katie James and Abby Trombley placing 21st and 22nd. The JV’s scored a 31-65 win over their closest rival NCUHS. Feora Leveillee was the individual winner. She was followed by Kristyn Van Allen third, Abbie Gehsmann fifth, Giulia Eddy sixth, and Margaret Barch 16th. Sarah Tobey 18th and Mai Linh Vankirk 36th rounded out the scoring for Essex. Up next, a small meet at the Tree Farm on Tuesday with rivals South Burlington and St. Johnsbury. Boys race at 4 p.m. and girls race at 4:45 p.m.

Boys’ Soccer

The boys’ soccer team went 2-0 last week to improve to 3-1. Trailing 2-0 at halftime up in Jericho to MMU, the Hornets poured in four second half goals to win a wild game. On Friday Sean Finnegan scored three goals while Nate Miles had a goal and two assists in Essex’ 6-0 whitewashing of the Seahorses. AJ Whitney scored once and had an assist, Danilo Salgado also scored with Mikel Croce, Hamza Halilovic and Noah Ferris notching assists in the win. The JV’s are 4-0 after a 2-0 win versus MMU and a 6-1 victory over BHS. Leading scorers for the team include Matt Lyon (sophomore) seven goals, Nick Bleau (first-year) two goals three assists, 
Chris Blanco (first-year) three goals two assists. Jordan Calhoun (sophomore) and Kirk Teare (sophomore) are the team leaders on defense. Chase Dunbar (junior) and Paul Federico (sophomore) have split time in net with Dunbar having a strong performance against MMU to keep things 0-0 in the first half. Both teams play at South Burlington; varsity at 7 p.m. – and then at CHS Saturday at 10 a.m. The freshman boys are 2-1 after falling to CVU 5-3 last week.

Girls’ Soccer

The girls’ soccer team is 3-1 after a 1-1 week. They beat Rice 3-1 behind Destine Barber’s hat trick. The Hornets played a strong, full 80 minutes in defeating the Green Knights. Anne Bovee stopped 11 shots. Essex fell to BHS 2-1 Saturday. Jackie Quckenbush scored off a pass from Celine Hoffman early in the game, but the ‘Horses answered with two goals for the win. It doesn’t get any easier this week with road games versus CVU and CHS Tuesday and Thursday. The JV’s improved to 4-0 with wins over Rice 5-2 and BHS 6-1. The young Hornets scored four goals in the first half at Dorsett Park, but Rice came back in the second half. Hannah Danis two, Gabbi Garza, Maya Boyers, and Marisa Minadeo all had goals. Garza two, Minadeo, Emily Harvey, Claudia Allaire, Addie Scanlon, Boyers chipped in with assists. Chelsea Carlson stopped six shots. In the rain on Saturday versus the Seahorse Claudia, not Marlo, Allaire scored twice, Danis, Garza, Julianna Battlig, and Heather Poquette notched goals with Minadeo two, Danis, Scanlon, Allaire, and Meghan Lyon assisting. Carlson had five saves with the BHS goal scoring in the last 20 seconds of the game. The JVg-b team defeated CVU 6-0 to improve their fall record to 2-1. They play CVU, Rutland, and U-32 this week. 
 The field hockey team went 1-0-1 drubbing SB 4-0 and tying CVU 0-0 in a wild, scoreless game as the Hornets dominated the entire game from start to finish. In the game versus the Red Hawks Maria Grant and Madison Corkum made three saves. The Hornets are 2-0-1 as they play Mount Abe, CHS, and BHS this week. The JV’s lost to the Rebels 3-0 and CVU 1-0 last week to fall to 1-2. The JV-b team is 2-0 as they beat CVU 5-0.


The ADL boys placed third in the BHS Invite. Charger Charles Martell placed seventh and Ben Stewart 13th, Westford’s (eighth place) Tim Cobb ran ninth, and EMS’ (10th) Keagan Bergeron was 37th. The Eagle girls were fifth with Emma Chadwick 19th. ADL’s (eighth) Olivia Miller-Johnson was 14th, and Westford’s (10th) Hannah Brisson 18th.

 Sports Fans

All season sports passes are currently in and available for pick-up. They are available in the AD office and at the all night games. Email for more information.

Sports fans, check out the first episode of EHSPN at


The Scholars’ Bowl annual Sue Pasco Opening Tournament (SPOT) will be held at Essex High School Sept. 27. For those of you who are unfamiliar, this is an academic quiz bowl tournament held here in honor of a former teacher and coach of the EHS Scholars’ Bowl team. There will be teams here from all over Vermont, and our team needs people willing to read questions to them. The annual coaches meeting is in the morning from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., and that is when the biggest need for readers occurs because the coaches are all busy. Get in touch with coach Lea Ann Smith at

Graphic Novel Club is up and running Tuesdays in Library Conference Room 1 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Stacey Gonillo is the club advisor.


Yanks are done…Cowboys and Pats fans can breathe again…NYG are doing just fine!


Highlight/s of the weekend had to be spending time with my wife, nieces and friends at EAC Blitz Night. Got to spend some quality time with 5-month-old Caleb Landsberg whose disposition is always happy! Doughnuts from Park Street in Jericho were tasty too.