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?


The Town of Essex Swim Team completed an undefeated regular dual meet schedule. They had a couple of close scores, but none closer than last Thursday vs the Edge as the meet came down to the final event and last relay. Final score – TEST 252 Edge 248. Highlights for both teams include: Double winners — TEST: Katrina Nunez (back , breast), Sierra Harris. (Fly, free), Claire Toomey. (Back, free), Luke Austin. (Fly, breast), Jacob Crock (fly, breast), Cameron Marcus (fly, breast);  Edge: Elizabeth Parent (back , breast), Esther Cuneo (fly , breast), Alex Meek (back, free), Andrea Pinga (back free); Triple Winners — TEST: Lucy Miguel (fly, back , free), Kira Hancock (fly, back, free), Kevin Hancock (fly, back, free); Edge – Charles Simon (fly, breast, free). This weekend TEST competes in Leagues Friday and Saturday at the pool in Middlebury. They are the favorites going in. States are next week down south.

Women’s soccer

The 2014 Women’s Summer Soccer league enjoyed another banner season. Though it lost a team, the league provides soccer opportunities for young and veteran soccer players in Central and Northwestern Vt. The top four teams qualify for the postseason with last year’s champs. VT Energy Legs right in the thick of the playoff hunt. Standard high school rules apply except teams play 45-minute halves. Teams earn three points for a win and one point for a tie. The semifinals are Sunday evening at 6 p.m. in the Williston Recreation Park.


Jane Suryanata, an 8th grader at EMS, recently won the Gold medal in the Form Female 12-13 category and the Bronze medal in the Sparring Female 12-14 division at AAU National Championship in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is a green stripe belt from the Kojo Academy of Taekwondo in Williston and has been a member since last November. In the summers she swims for TEST. Well done!


What an All-Star Game! Great way for Derek Jeter to go out:  2-for-2, scored a run, made a nice fielding play, and was given a phenomenal tribute. The man is total class. The Yanks will honor him on Sunday September 7. Some clown on Facebook wrote, “…too bad, it’s the first day of the NFL regular season…”  What a loser! Congrats to The Captain.


Nicole Chalmers Colantoni is at it again. The ’97 EHS grad and ’01 SMC grad has written another book. This time it’s a children book called The Friendly Chickadees. This follows her first, Maine Days. She was an English teacher at South Burlington, is now raising two young children and coaching track and field with the Rebels in the spring. You can find more information at  FYI to gramma, Nancy, who also works at our school…I am NOT getting a 5 to 10 percent cut!

Hall of Fame

Lou DiMasi ’04 was recently named to the Norwich Hall of Fame. He was one of the best defensemen to the wear the Maroon and Gold sweater in the century-plus history of Norwich men’s hockey. He was also a two-time American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA) First Team All-American as a junior and senior, while also serving as an assistant captain in both of those seasons. He played an integral role on the 2002-03 team that was inducted into the Norwich Athletic Hall of Fame last year after winning the program’s second national championship. DiMasi scored 21 goals and dished out 59 assists for 80 points in 115 career games played.


The Vermont Sports Media Association wisely chose Alec Eschholz of Mount Mansfield Union as the High School Male Athlete of the Month for May. In two of May’s biggest meets, Eschholz owned the hurdling events. In the Burlington Invitational he won the 110-meter high hurdles and 300 intermediate hurdles, setting meet records of 14.66 seconds and 39.12 seconds, respectively. At that meet, Eschholz also won the long jump with a leap of 21 feet, 6 inches, and his 5 foot, 10 inch high jump was good for third. At the Essex Invitational, Eschholz won the 110m high hurdles in a meet-record 14.64, and then broke a state record set in 1987 in the 300 intermediate hurdles with a time of 38.34. He also took second in the long jump at 21 feet, 1.5 inches. He outpolled Poultney senior baseball player Sean Shepardson and Middlebury Union senior lacrosse player Sam Usilton.


I am starting to assign sub-varsity games for the fall. The BFP is not helping me get the word out. If you are interested, email me at

Sand Hill Pool

Session III of Sand Hill Pool’s swimming lessons is now underway. Instructors, swimmers, and parents have enjoyed Sessions I+II. The Monday and Wednesday evening lessons have taken off in popularity as well.

Half Marathon

EJRP is looking for volunteers for the Essex Half Marathon on Sunday. Jobs needing to be filled include packet pick-up, food prep, race monitors, and awards. Volunteers are needed from 7 to 11:30 a.m. at Essex High School. Please contact if interested in helping make this race a huge success. For more info about the race, check out


Personal notes

Congratulations to EHS Special Educator Christina Metropoulos Moulton and her husband Matt on the birth of their first baby, Anthony James, on  June 29 at 3:27pm…8 pounds, 7 ounces. Mom quote, “He’s an angel.”

Happy 25th Anniversary to my beautiful wife, Christina. In 1989 we were married in Newport, Vt. and neither of us have looked back since. She is my best friend. We have a lot to be thankful for: a wonderful family, many friends and a nice home. Ask her about her new doors. Happy 10th anniversary to my brother and sister-in-law, Dale and Randy Kay LaValley. The former is a big wig with VT Gas while the latter is a famous hair stylist at Structures. Congratulations!

Finally, congrats to our very own Elsie Lynn at The Reporter who was married last month. The years will fly by…trust me.