by Joe Gonillo
The first week of summer vacation went smoothly. How can summer be anything else but relaxing? The pools are open, swimming lessons have begun, camps are in full swing, and let’s keep the sun shining. A couple of high school sports-ending events occurred last week. The women’s World Cup is into the second round, and the MLB season keeps rolling along.
Track and Field
Ten Hornets competed in the 40th annual Jerry Jasinski Vermont State Decathlon last week at the University of Vermont. The boys’ team finished fourth while the girls finished third. The decathlon is a two-day, 10 event meet — five each day — that taxes even the most talented athletes. Here is the rundown on one of the most interesting, challenging and grueling meets of the season. MMU’s Alec Eschholz, the 2015 Track and Field Gatorade winner, literally ran away with the meet scoring 6326 points to win by almost 600 points. Windsor’s Kathryn Bassette and gymnast Anna Dieffenbach went 1-2 with 4281 and 4165 points respectively. Abbie Evans, also a winter gymnast, led the girls with her 12th place finish and 3371 points. Froshes Ali Green (another gymnast) scored 3224 points to place 20th, Arianna Moffat was 24th with 3050—yet one more part-time gymnast—and Hannah Poquette finished 26th with 2989 points, all excellent scores for first-time decathletes.
Kyle Baker had the highest point total for the boys with 4596 points and placed ninth. Fellow senior Jeremy Jarvis, headed to basic training, was 19th with 4129. Sophomores Chike Asanya and Jacob Rigoli were 36th and 37th, ending up with 3430 and 3420. Senior Logan Drexler, a late add, finished 43rd, amassing 3033 points. Jesse Monahan was 47th, scoring 2886. Highlights include Baker’s 12’ 9 in his specialty, the pole vault, jumped 18’ 5.25” in the long jump for sixth; and was sixth in Javelin 106’ 5”; Asanya ran sixth in the 100m 11.75, ninth in the high jump with a PR 5’ 5.75”, and 56.95 in the 400m. Drexler was 11th in the shot put 33’ 5.25”; Jarvis was 12th in the SP 33’ 4.75”; Rigoli was eighth in discus 84’ 7”; Moffatt ran third in the 400m 65.43 and fifth in the 100m 13.80—both PR’s; Evans won the high jump with a PR 4’ 9”; went 8’ 4” in the pole vault; and threw the shot put 25’ 8.75” for fourth; Green ran a 67.79 PR for eighth; and Poquette ran ninth in the high hurdles 18.76 and PR’d at 7’ in the pole vault. Antonia Armstrong-Laird and Lucy Lincoln were instrumental in the team’s success. Mary Krug made a surprise appearance on Tuesday as well. Jeremy Hammond started all the running events, and the Cougars’ head coach Bill Eschholz clerked. The Dvorak family ran a bug-free meet.
Joey Robertson, 3B/P, drove in a run in a 3-2 New Hampshire win in Game 1 of the Twin State Baseball Classic. Vermont won Game 2 5-4.
Attackers Anna Olsen and Jackie Quackenbush played in the girls’ Twin State Lacrosse game. The Granite State took the girls’ contest 21-9. New Hampshire leads the state versus state series a by a huge 17-3 advantage.
On Saturday, Teo Olsen, attack, and Andrew Lounsbury, goalkeeper, represented the boys in the game. Nephew Cullen Hathaway from Middlebury played as well. The boys’ game went to the Green Mountain State 15-14 as Vermont racked up a win for the first time in 20 years. Vermont trails in the series 20-3 but won the last one.
The Vermont and New Hampshire All-Star Hockey Classic is this Saturday at UVM to benefit each state’s Make-A-Wish foundation. The men’s roster includes Michael Croce, Jake Gaboriault and Joey Robertson. The women’s roster includes Victoria Gibson and Tiffany Barnes. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 children 7 to 17. The women’s game starts at 4 p.m., followed by the men’s at 6:30 p.m.
Major League Baseball
So A-Rod got his 3,000 hit Friday night versus the Detroit Tigers. He did it with some flair in front of his former teammate and future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter and hit a homerun in Yankee Stadium off ace Justin Verlander.
If you have not been watching the World Cup, start. The U.S. women have a strong team.
Episode No. 13 – the final EHSPN episode can be found at vimeo.com/131026103. Check it out.
Sand Hill Pool and Maple Street Pool are up and running. Both pools offer morning swimming lessons with SHP running evening lessons Monday and Wednesday starting 5:30 p.m.
Happy Birthday this week to Essex’s Mike Plageman, contractor/politician, ex-Hornet all-star Libby Smith, Carol Polakowski and Missy Stuart. Enjoy! Congrats to retirees and friend, Jay and Judy Brady. Great retirement party!