EHS Winter Sports Preview

Boys’ Ice Hockey

Brody Almenia facing off for the puck during a game against BFA-St. Albans on Jan. 4. PHOTO | JOSH KAUFMANN

Brody Almenia facing off for the puck during a game against BFA-St. Albans on Jan. 4.
PHOTO | JOSH KAUFMANN

Head Coach: Bill O’Neil

Assistant Coach: Jay Parent

Goalie Coach: Rich Celia

New This Year: Assistant Coach Andrew Roy

2013-14 Record: 15-6-1

“We expect the kids to work hard and get better. It’s all about being ready for the playoffs. We’ve got great athletes and I’ve got great people working with me. The rink, weight room and locker rooms are just incredible. We’ve got great facilities and great ice time.”

– Bill O’ Neil

First Home Game: Dec. 10 vs. North Country Union @ 8:15 p.m.

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Gymnastics

Courtney Gleason competing at the 2014 state championship at Essex High School on Feb. 22. PHOTO | KELLY MARCH

Courtney Gleason competing at the 2014 state championship at Essex High School on Feb. 22.
PHOTO | KELLY MARCH

Head Coach: Ashley Godin

New This Year: Assistant Coach Lucy Lincoln

Team Volunteer: Olivia Mueller

2013-14 Record: 9-0

“We lost five seniors to graduation and we have three returning upperclassman (two seniors, one junior). We will certainly have a young team this year but are looking forward to fresh talent and solid returners to make for a successful and fun season!”

– Ashley Godin

First Home Meet: Dec. 18 vs. St. Johnsbury @ 7 p.m.

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Nordic Skiing

Head Coach: Paul Allison

Assistant Coach: Dorrie Martell

2013-14 Record: Boys’ and girls’ teams finished fourth at Mount Top States Meet

“I had 38 skiers sign up for the team. This is the most skiers that I have had since taking over five years ago. This year both the boys’ and girls’ teams are led by a solid core of seniors who have been part of the program for several years and I have no doubt that our more experienced skiers will provide the leadership needed for a dynamic team spirit.  I am optimistic for a very good season.”

– Paul Allison

First Meet: Dec. 13 vs. BFA- St. Albans @ Craftsbury @ 10:30 a.m.

Wrestling

Jeremy Jarvis wrestles in the Michael J. Baker Classic at Essex High School on Jan. 18. PHOTO | OLIVER PARINI

Jeremy Jarvis wrestles in the Michael J. Baker Classic at Essex High School on Jan. 18.
PHOTO | OLIVER PARINI

Head Coach: Ira Isham

“The future looks bright for the 2014-15 Essex Hornets. 22 wrestlers have signed up, 18 of which are freshmen and sophomores. Our key returners this season are sophomore John Stawinski – Vermont state runner up – as well as senior captains Jeremy Jarvis and Francisco Velasquez. Our key new comers include freshmen Jack Carney and Alex Rizvanov. The overall goal for this year is to compete for the NVAC title.”

– Ira Isham

First Home Match: Dec. 9 vs. Mount Abe and Randolph @ 6 p.m.

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Girls’ Ice Hockey

Head Coach: John Maddalena

2013-14 Record: 18-1-4

“This season we are returning with 17 players from last season’s championship team. We’re looking for strong leadership from our seniors: Kathleen Young, Melanie Theriault, Tiffany Barnes, Victoria Gibson, Anna Mechler, Julie Pearce and Nicole Foice. This season’s points of emphasis will be on puck control, puck support, overall fitness and core strength, and having fun.”

– John Maddalena

First Home Game: Dec. 6 vs. Mount Mansfield @ 4:30

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Indoor Track

Head Coach: Joe Gonillo

2013-14 Record: The boys’ and girls’ teams both placed second in the State Championship meet @ Norwich.

“Seniors Kyle Baker and a slew of veteran distance runners will look to lead the team this winter. Newcomers include Connor Knowles who will help in the middle distances and relays while Chike Asanya will shore up the sprints. The girls have won back-to-back titles and have some talented athletes returning.  Distance runners Rose Monahan – who owns the school record in the 1,000 meters – and Charlotte Murphy head a talented distance group.  Juniors Luck Sopchak, Madison Stephenson, and sophomore Sade Hankey return as some of the best jumpers in the state.  Senior Mallory Charland and sophomore Jessica Stowe look to lower their state-caliber times in the sprints.  Many freshman sprinters, jumpers and hurdlers will add to the depth of the team.”

-Joe Gonillo

First Home Meet: Dec. 13 @ UVM @ 8 a.m.

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Alpine Skiing

Head Coach: Mike Goodrich

2013-14 Record: Boys’ placed 10th and girls’ placed 12th in the NVAC’s @ Sugarbush

First Meet: Dec. 19 vs. South Burlington @ Bolton, time TBA

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Boys’ Basketball

New This Year: Head Coach Jesse Coutrayer

2013-14 Record: 7-14

After losing nine out of 12 games on the road the Hornets’ 2013-14 season ended with a playoff loss against Rice 38-54. The Rice squad could not be stopped and they continued on to the State Championship game where they defeated the number five-seeded Mount Mansfield 66-35.

First Home Game: Dec 5 vs. CVU @ 7:30 p.m.

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Girls’ Basketball

Head Coach: Shawn Montague

Assistant Coach:  Kate Cioffi

2013-14 Record: 14-7

“My expectations for the 2014-15 season are to compete and get better every day. We have four new players to varsity and want them to work hard, and also enjoy their experience as a student-athlete at Essex High School.”

– Shawn Montague

The 2013-14 Hornets had a fairly successful season and established themselves as the eight seed in the championship tournament. After taking down South Burlington 33-23 in their first playoff game the Hornets were knocked out by CVU 48-32. The Redhawks continued on to win the State Championship 35-34 over Rice.

First Home Game: Dec. 16 vs. South Burlington @ 7:30 p.m.

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Cheerleading

Head Coach: Maria Ung

2013-14 Record: Won the State Championship with a score of 177

First Home Game: Dec. 5 vs. CVU @ 7:30 p.m.

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Bowling

Head Coaches: Justin Norris and Tom Preska

2013-14 Record: Two first-place, five second-place, and one third-place finish during regular season tournaments.

First match: Dec. 6 Kick Off Classic @ Twin City–Spalding @ 12 p.m.