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The regular season is over for all of our varsity sports teams. Solid fall for everyone. Playoffs kickoff this week, yes even football. Had my weeks mixed up. First state championship contest Saturday as cross country races down in Thetford.

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The Essex Chargers youth football team held a joint practice with the combined Burlington-Winooski team last week just days before taking the field against each other.

By RUTHIE LAROCHE Essex and BFA St. Albans battled through regulation play and triple overtime, the Hornets earning the 21 to 15 win thanks to quarterback Sam Bowen who scored a touchdown from the 1-yard line in the third overtime. The game pitted two DI powerhouses against each other in an epic Friday Night Lights […]

Boys 100 Meters 6 Ryan Guerino 11.73 14 Jackson Baker 12.21 30 Kyle Moran 12.51 32 Sam Phillippo 12.53 74 Calvin Burnett 13.32 100 Meters 9th Grade 12 Maxwell Phillippo 13.11 15 Drew Engard 13.21 30 Terri Ambo 13.80 36 Mason Lepine 13.88 43 Nevin Mack 14.12 200 Meters 1 Spencer Towle 22.80 3 James […]

The sophomore guard scored a team-high 12 points as No. 8-seed Essex’s balanced attack almost pulled off an upset of No. 1 Rice in the Division I boys basketball quarterfinals before the Knights escaped with a 70-62 win. Paquette also had eight points in the Hornets’ first-round win over BFA-St. Albans.

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_image _builder_version=”3.16.1″ src=”https://www.essexreporter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/IMG_2960.jpg” show_in_lightbox=”on” /][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.16.1″] By ANTHONY LABOR JR. For the Essex Reporter BURLINGTON — A year ago, the Hornets watched longtime rival BFA-Albans skate around Gutterson Fieldhouse with the championship trophy after the Comets’ 2-0 victory. The script flipped Thursday, when the second-seeded Hornets got a little redemption in this year’s […]

The senior captain has led a rock-solid defense that had allowed more than one goal in a game just twice, both times to BFA-St. Albans in 2-1 losses. In front of goalie Sophie Forcier, the Hornet defense notched eight shutouts. Going into Thursday night’s championship game against BFA, Essex had surrendered just 16 goals in […]

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_image _builder_version=”3.16.1″ src=”https://www.essexreporter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/IMG_2230.jpg” show_in_lightbox=”on” /][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.16.1″] By ANTHONY LABOR JR. For the Essex Reporter BURLINGTON — Wednesday was a familiar sight for Essex hockey fans at Gutterson Fieldhouse for the Division I championship. The Hornets skated around the rink with the championship trophy in hand with a score of 5-0 up on the […]

By MELISSA HALL-ARCHAMBAULT ESSEX — The No. 8 seed Hornets dominated the middle periods, more than doubling up No. 9 BFA-St. Albans on the way to a 51-40 Division I boys basketball playdown victory Wednesday night. Taylor Yates kept the Bobwhites close through halftime, scoring 12 of their 15 points — including all seven in the second […]

  By LAUREN READ            ESSEX — At the start of the 2019 Vermont high school state championships on Saturday, Essex found itself in unfamiliar territory. After 12 straight years as the state champion, the Hornets were dethroned last season. Then the Hornets reminded everyone exactly why they are the preeminent program in the state. Essex […]

The Essex girls head into the Feb. 16 state championships with six top-3 seeds and Martell owns two of them, including the team’s lone No. 1 ranking. Undefeated in seven Vermont races, the defending 600-meter state champion’s only loss in eight races was a third place at the Dartmouth Relays in that event — while running […]

Not all wins are created equal, and on Feb. 4 Essex won the one it most wanted thanks in large part to Foster’s superb effort in net. The senior made 28 saves as Essex beat BFA-St. Albans 2-1 in a Monday night makeup game, the Hornets’ first win over the Bobwhites since 2016. Coming off […]

By JOE GONILLO Valentine’s Day!! Besides the cards, flowers, chocolates, and/or dinners, this marks the halfway point of February. State championships on the line for the track and field teams and the gymnastics team on Saturday. Both should be exciting. EHS will host the gymnastics  championships once again. The Pink Zone hoop game is also […]

CHICAGO — In its 34th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, today announced Henry Farrington of Essex High School as its 2018-19 Gatorade Vermont Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. Farrington is the first Gatorade Vermont Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year to be chosen from Essex High School. The […]

Gleason turned in a strong effort in a one-sided victory over Middlebury on Jan. 30 as the gymnasts returned from an 11-day break with a big win with just one meet remaining before the Hornets host the state championships on Feb. 16. Gleason was first in vault (8.75) and floor exercise (9.0), and third on […]

Brooks had the last say in a dramatic last-minute exchange of 3-pointers against South Burlington on Feb. 1. The Wolves went in front 52-49 on a three with less than a minute to play, and Essex tied it when Robbie Meslin knocked one down from the right corner with just 4 seconds remaining in regulation. […]

Two more assists in a season full of them provided the 99th and 100th points of Miller-Johnson’s high school hockey career. The senior captain hit the milestone in a Jan. 26 victory at Rutland, reaching 60 assists to go with 40 goals. For the season, Miller-Johnson leads Essex in assists, total points (22), and Plus/Minus […]

February arrives at the end of the week. Running out of weather adjectives, so no frustrating comments today. Hornet wrestlers take another tourney. I hope you are catching some athletic contests. Don’t miss the Super Bowl, as it should be a beauty. The wrestlers had another great week. On Tuesday, Essex clobbered VUHS 75-6. Saturday, […]

Ball helped the Hornets to a slim victory over St. Johnsbury Academy Jan. 19, 138.75-134.4, with breakthrough performances in uneven bars and floor exercise, scoring 9.3 on both to win both — tying all-around winner Anna Cushing of St.J for floor honors. Those efforts helped Essex post its highest score of the season to win. […]

Jenot didn’t have to win his 285-lb. final for Essex to take the Charlie Baker Memorial Tournament championship for the first time in its 26 years. But the senior’s determined, sudden pin in the last match of the day was the perfect finish to the weekend, which saw Essex cruise to the title by a […]

The Essex Hornets boys’ varsity hockey team demolished the Rutland Raiders by a score of 7-1 on January 16 bringing their record to 6-1-1. Photos by Josh Kaufmann, Essex Reporter

ESSEX — The Hornets swept top honors in last Wednesday’s gymnastics meet against visiting Milton, getting wins from a different gymnast in each of the four events to win, 131.2-107.4. Ella Lesny won vault, Claire Emery bars, Gab by Schmida beam, and Abbey Gleason floor for the Hornets, who are out to regain their crown after […]

The visiting St. Johnsbury Hilltoppers proved too much for the Hornets girls’ varsity basketball team when the two clashed on the court on January 17. The loss kept the squad from putting together three wins in a row. Photos by Josh Kaufmann, Essex Reporter

By JOE GONILLO Snow, snow, and more snow. Shovels, snow blowers and plows working? Using your skis, sleds, snowmobiles and snowshoes? Enjoy it if you love it. If not – gotta move. Michael J. Baker Classic another huge success. Exciting, too, as Hornets earned an historic championship! Nordic ski team hosted their annual Essex Classic […]

Five Green Mountain Aquatics big dog swimmers blast off the starting blocks, competing in the 400 Individual Medley event. Bottom to top are Cameron Marcus, Oliver Austin, Jake McIntyre, Jake Crock and Ross Macy. GMA hosted the Winter Knights Invitational Meet at St. Michael’s College over the weekend of January 4-6.

 The 66-57 win over the Wolves on Jan. 10 put the Hornets’ record at 4-4 as they prepare for the second half of the season. The squad hits the hardwood against St. Johnsbury and North Country Union this week. Photos courtesy of Michael Hoffman

Less than 24 hours after losing for the first time this winter, the Hornets evened things up in their rematch with Potsdam, N.Y., taking a 6-1 victory behind Cram’s hat trick. After a 4-1-0 start to the season, Potsdam handed Essex its first defeat in an overtime battle Jan. 11, winning 5-4. Cram, a senior […]

The captain and defending state champion helped lead the Hornets to first place in the Nashua South Hall of Fame Tournament in New Hampshire Jan. 12. Stewart, defending state champion at 106 lbs., took top honors in his class at Nashua for the second straight time, winning at 113 with a 4-0 record. Three of […]

By JOE GONILLO Halfway through January. Still snowy and cold. Hope all are studying this week. Get out and support a team during your free time. Lots of opportunities. Give credit where credit is due as the New England Patriots are a model of consistency. The wrestlers traveled to Nashua Saturday to compete in the 2019 […]

Meslin topped the Hornet scoring list in four straight games, racking up 76 points in four games. Meslin’s run has included game-high efforts against Colchester (19 points) and Mt. Mansfield (15). The guard also led Essex’s offense with 24 points in a victory over U-32 Jan. 2 and 18 against Rice two nights later.

The defending indoor high jump state champion picked up her second straight regular-season win Jan. 5, the only competitor among more than 20 to clear 5 feet. Neddo also came within 3 inches of her best indoor long jump to take second. Winner of the 2018 indoor title Feb. 10 with a career-best 5-foot-2, Neddo […]

Essex picked up a key victory over Burlington in the Hornets’ 50-46 win over the Seahorses. EHS has won two of its three games since the start of the new year to improve to 3-4. They face South Burlington on Thursday. Photos courtesy of Michael Hoffman

Remember it’s 2019. Getting used to January? Not me! Weather aside, it’s a great time for sports at all levels. Middle school basketball, all high school sports, college football championship was Monday night, men’s and women’s college hoop is rolling and, of course, the NFL playoffs are in high gear. The Hornet wrestlers competed in […]

The Essex boys’ varsity team suffered their first loss of the new year when they fell to Rice Memorial by a score of 48-55. The Hornets were able to bounce back against BHS to start the following week. Photos courtesy of Michael Hoffman

Meet held at Sleepy Hollow Varsity Girls 37 Emma Chadwick 20:41 44 Emma Legg 21:15 49 Abigail Monahan 21:41 57 Emma Brott 22:53 58 Riley Fitzgerald 23:37 62 Celeste Moyer 23:57 64 Adeline Deming 24:21 66 Olivia Chan 24:50 1. Mt. Mansfield 23; 2. Champlain Valley 37; 3. Mt. Anthony 41; 4. Brattleboro 52; 5. […]

Wiggett’s 2 points helped the Hornets knock off tournament host and New Hampshire power Lebanon, and in the title game against BFA-St. Albans her first-period goal was the first strike in the annual battle between girls hockey powers. Wiggett’s unassisted goal at 6:25 put Essex up in the Dec. 29 rematch of last year’s Division […]

Hornet sophomore Anna Sabourin drives by a group of Laker defenders while junior Noelle Lyon looks on during a decisive 48-28 victory over Colchester. EHS is back in action against BFA St. Albans on Friday. Photos by Kyle St. Peter for The Essex Reporter

Coming off a strong sophomore season that included the Hornets’ only top-20 finishes in the two individual races a year ago, Martell led a field of 72 racers from 8 Division I programs across the state to win a Dec. 27 freestyle race at Sleepy Hollow Ski and Bike Center in Huntington. Martell finished in […]

By JOE GONILLO HAPPY NEW YEAR! Best wishes for a safe, healthy and prosperous new year. Below you will find a recap of some recent games and contests. The Christmas Wish List was a tad long, so if you didn’t see your name, check the column on-line at EssexReporter.com. Enjoy the college football championship game […]

Soaring through the air with the greatest of ease, dozens of competitors turned out last weekend for the Vermont Ninja Warrior Training Center’s annual competition. Participants jumped, climbed, rolled and swung their way across the challenging obstacle course. RESULTS: Youth 7-10 1. Sean Thomas 2. Evelyn Walker 3. Isaac Whitman Youth 11-15 1. Rose Lord […]

Forcier stopped all 32 shots she saw in two games, helping Essex earn its first Chrsti Corrigan Comet Blitz title since 2012. The sophomore goalie opened the season Dec. 14 with 18 saves, 15 of which came in the first two periods, against Massena, N.Y. Back at the Collins-Perley Sports Center in St. Albans the […]

The Essex co-captain needed less than 15 minutes of action to notch a hat trick, scoring three times in the second period of an 8-1 season-opening rout of Stowe on Dec. 15. The four-year varsity stalwart leads the 15-time state champion program with fellow captains Willem Barwin, Gordon Schmalz, and Grady Cram.

By JOE GONILLO Christmas is my favorite season of the year.  Nothing that compares.  I appreciate the ER for giving me space for my Christmas Wish List.  As it seems to grow erver-so-slightly every year, and I always give credit to former BFP sports writers Andy Gardner and Pat Garrity for giving me the idea.  […]

The Essex Hornets followed up their season-opening win over Stowe by splitting their two games at the Doc Tulip Classic Tournament at Collins-Perley in St. Albans. EHS was able to topple Spaulding in their first game by a score of 3-10, but in the finals fell to the Canton, N.Y. squad in a shootout after […]

Essex High School girls hockey picked up two wins over the weekend at the annual Christie Corrigan Blitz at Collins-Perley in St. Albans, winning 8-1 and 2-0 over Massena, N.Y. and Hingham, Mass.  respectively. Pictures by Josh Kaufmann, CVNG

Essex jumped into the season with three games in eight days, going 2-1 with Coulter leading the attack each time. The senior guard racked up a team-high 15 points in the opener (a tense 47-46 loss) against host Rutland in the North/South Classic on Dec. 8. Coulter paced the offense with 16 three nights later […]

The Hornet seniors’ bid for their first winning season got off to a solid start behind Astor’s 35 points in the North/South Classic, where Essex played a solid opener against two-time defending champion Rutland (losing 61-53) and then beat Mt. Anthony 71-56. The Red Raiders’ 20 wins in each of the past two winters matched […]

By JOE GONILLO The second week of winter sports saw scrimmages and some opening contests – mini results below. Things really get rolling this week. Check the Hornets’ athletic website for specific games and times. The weather is only getting colder, so bundle up if you are headed outside. Christmas Wish List may make an […]

By JOE GONILLO The first week of winter sports tryouts and practices is in the books. Teams had strong turnouts, and rosters should be pretty much set by the time you read this. If you like snow, ski teams especially, then enjoy. Waiting to get my snowblower back, and I refuse to shovel so if […]