By Joe Gonillo
Memorial Day is fast approaching. So are the high school playoffs. Did you enjoy the incredible weather last week? Before we jump ahead to the summer, let’s focus on the final three weeks of school and then exams. More important games and matches on the schedule this week. Essex will host an exciting freshmen track and field invitational on Friday.
The boys’ lacrosse team is now 8-2. Last week they edged CVU by a goal (for the second time this season) 13-12 and leveled CHS 17-5. It’s an incredible rivalry as the Red Hawks and the Hornets never play just another game in a storied history that never ceases to amaze players, coaches and fans. You just hope they meet in the playoffs at some level.
The girls’ lacrosse team has now lost four games in a row after a 0-2 week and stand 2-7. They fell to the Cougars 14-7 as Madison Corkum scored three goals and had two assists. Hannah Danis had two goals and an assist, while goalkeeper Lindsay Hallowell had nine saves. On Saturday, though falling to SB 11-10, they fought hard in a comeback attempt that came up a bit short. Anna Olsen powered in four scores while Jackie “Q” Quackenbush added two. Their Middlebury game was postponed to TBA. The JVs went 1-1 and are 5-4. BFA, U-32 and BHS are up this week.
The baseball team is 7-5 following a 1-2 week. Their five-game winning streak was snapped in an 8-2 loss to CHS. The Hornets rebounded nicely to drub BHS 9-1 in the middle of the week. They ended up dropping a close 6-5 decision to St. J on Saturday. Noah Baez was 3-3 while Tyler Roberge knocked in three runs. Pat Diebler took the hard-luck loss. The JVs went 2-1 in three games last week breaking an eight-game winning streak. They lost 5-2 to CHS and beat BHS 11-4 and St. J 7-5. This week they play MVU, Milton and St. Albans.
The softball team, now 11-1, went 2-1 and saw its nine-game winning streak end in a 10-0 defeat to CHS. In bounce-back fashion, as most good teams do, they crushed BHS 21-7 in their next game. Makenna Thorne got the win and had three hits. Allie Rutz had four. The Hornets totaled 21 hits in the game. They then clobbered St. J 12-2 to end the week. Rutz had two RBIs, while Kasandra Wiggett and Kristen Perkins added two hits apiece. MVU, Milton, and their annual clash with the Comets happen this week with the latter a Saturday home game at 1 p.m. Bring your chairs, your lunch, and get there early. The JVs won three times and improved to 5-4.
Track and Field
The track and field teams split squads and competed at home in a wild seven-team meet Wednesday and at SB on Friday in the third annual Coaches vs. Cancer meet. The Hornet gals placed third and the boys sixth. More importantly, a slew of athletes qualified for states. Kyle Baker stepped up to win the pole vault 13’ 2”. Jeremy Jarvis placed fifth in the TJ 37’ 4.5”. He also PR’d by 21’ in the javelin 105’ 1”. Chike Asanya ran fifth in the 100m. Baker, Jarvis, Jacob Rigoli, and Asanya placed third in the 400m relay. Frosh Justin Barnes placed third in the 400m 54.47 and 4th in the 200m 24.19. He is an impressive runner with a bright future.
The gals had some very good performances as well. Sade Hankey won the HJ with Lucy Sopchak third. Hankey led a Hornet 1-2-3 finish in the TJ with a 32’ 2” followed by frosh Allison Green 31’ 11” (PR), and Lindsey Gleason 31’ 4”. The 4x100m relay contingent of Hankey, Arianna Moffatt, Morgan Whitney, and Sopchak took gold with a season best 52.06 to edge CVU’s 52.08. Whitney and Sopchak finished fifth and sixth in the 100, and Moffatt ran sixth in the 200m. Marisa Minadeo placed third in the 300m LH with Green (PR) sixth and Anna Eekraw eighth. Mia Vero was fifth in the HH with Minadeo seventh. Hannah Poquette qualified for states in the HH. Abigail Evans was third in javelin 85’ (PR) and fourth in PV 8’ 2”. Gleason skied 7’ 8” for fifth and a PR as well. Jessica Stowe ran fifth in the 400 while the mile relay group of Eekraw, Moffatt, Whitney, and Green placed fourth deep into the night. The team competed at UVM on Monday. The freshmen are slated to go Friday at the annual Frosh Invite. The Essex Invitational/New England Qualifier is next Saturday.
The girls’ tennis team is a slick 8-2. They beat Stowe 7-0, lost to CVU 6-1 with Anna Ursiny grabbing a win, and defeated St. J 6-1. They have two matches remaining in their regular season—both against SB. They held the fourth seed as the week began.
The boys’ tennis team is a spotless 10-0 after another 3-0 week. The Hornets devoured Stowe, CVU, and St. J. They too will matchup vs. SB, another undefeated squad, twice this week. Not sure how they stand fourth in the VPA ratings?
Ultimate Frisbee beat SHS 15-6. Aiden Travers, Jake Maurer, Elliot Boutin, and Caleb Guziak led the team in points. The Hornets drilled SB under the lights in Rebel land 12-6. Sarah Tallman played great defense. The Bellows Falls game was cancelled. They are 4-0.
Middle school track and field
Hundreds of young track and field athletes converged on the high school’s track facility last week as ADL hosted a multi-middle school meet. ADL, EMS, Williston, Edmunds, FHT, CMS, Island schools, Shelburne, and some others competed. I love seeing kids of former athletes running, jumping and throwing. This is the lifeline of our varsity track and field team. Saw Jason and Dawn Heminway (Main) and Kevin McGovern and their daughters competing in sprints and long jump. Dawson Heminway and Macey McGovern had PR’s in LJ! Way to go, girls. Thanks to the coaches and volunteers.
Major league sports
The Rockets play the Warriors and the Hawks play the Cavs in the NBA. It’s the first time the 1 and 2 seeds in both conferences made it to the semis. How about the New York Rangers! A massive comeback from being down 3-1 to win three straight games vs. the Caps, and the Game 7 win in OT. Derek Stepan scored the goal heard round the Big Apple. They are playing the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Blackhawks and the Ducks play out west.
Are the Yanks done? Playing over their heads for the last month? We shall see.
Jericho’s Dominic Monachino. Belated wishes to VSAC’s Janet Boyden and HJ/Sprinter Lucy Sopchak who unselfishly spent Friday at SB in a twilight TF meet. I’m sure she had cake with ice cream when she got home. Congrats to graduates Sarah Flaherty, Ben Ferris, Lindsay Shumway, Lexie O’Sullivan…and others.