Track and Field
In 2014 the Hornets made a bit of a dent in the playoff brackets, but only secured the state title in one sport.
For the third year straight, Essex High School was number one in the Vermont D-I girls’ track and field. The team’s past streak of six titles was disturbed in 2011 when South Burlington took the state championship title. The Hornets longest championship streak ran 12 years – from 1985 to 1997.
The boys’ track and field team won the state championship in 2013, but couldn’t match the 2014 state champion South Burlington squad last year. The Hornets have won 15 state titles since 1984 and three in the last five years.
There were high hopes for the Essex softball team when it earned the No. 1 seed in the 2014 state tournament.
In the first round of play, the Hornets downed CVU 14-2 and proceeded to dominate U-32 7-4 in the quarterfinals. It wasn’t until the semifinals that Essex was dethroned when Missisquoi outscored them by nine runs.
The Hornets were seated in the middle of the pack in 2014 with the No. 8 seed. They successfully surpassed No. 9 St. Johnsbury in the playdowns, but didn’t match up to BFA. In the quarterfinals, the Bobwhite outbid the Hornets 8-2.
Essex was the No. 9 seed in 2014 and began its playoff birth with an upset of No. 8 Mount Anthony 4-3. The Hornets were eliminated in the next round after a 6-1 loss to the Rebels. South Burlington continued on to win the state title over CVU 5-2.
The boys’ tennis team was handed the No. 5 seed in 2014 and started the tournament out strong by sweeping Bellows Falls 7-0.
A 6-1 win over Rutland in the quarterfinals led the Hornets to their final tournament game against No. 9 Stowe. In the semifinals, Essex fell behind Stowe and was knocked out of tournament play with a 4-3 final tally.
Essex boys’ lacrosse hasn’t won a state title since 2010 and has met its tournament series end at the hands of CVU for the past two years. In 2013, CVU narrowly slipped past the Hornets to take the state title 7-6. Last year the Redhawks met Essex in the quarterfinals and again pulled off a win – again 7-6.
The lady Hornets were the No. 12 seed during last year’s playoffs, but made a statement in the playdowns when they defeated the No. 5 Tigers 15-11. Essex proceeded to play the No. 4 team from Mount Anthony in the quarterfinals, but slipped behind for a 10-9 loss.