With Christmas and New Year’s vacations behind us, school and sports are back in business.

The varsity wrestlers participated in the Falcon Duals @ Minnechaug Regional HS in Wilbraham, Mass. Pool Matches Results: Essex 61 Taconic, MA 18; Essex 43 Shawsheen Tech 32; Semi-Final results: Springfield West 47 Essex 28. EHS won the 3rd place dual in an exciting 40 – 39 win over Minnechaug. The following Hornets went 4-0: Calvin Leo, Seth Carney, James Danis, William Danis. The host CHS & RUHS Thursday night and head to Cumberland, RI this weekend.

The boys’ hockey team is 3-1-1. After a loss to Rice, the Hornets tied Potsdam 1-1 last Friday evening. They hung around to scrimmage Potsdam Saturday and won 2-0. Joe Mahar scored the lone Hornet goal then he and Drew Forcier lit the lamp Saturday. This week Essex battles CVU home and travels to BFA and Collins Perley to face the Bobwhites. I’d advise arriving early.

The girls’ hockey team has a 3-3 record. Their latest game was a 6-4 win over Woodstock. Abby Robbins led the offensive charge with a hat trick and 2 assists. Hannah Himes scored twice and added 2 assists. Celia Wiegand scored a goal; Grace Wiggett had 2 assists while Megan Ginett stopped 12 shots. They’ll play CVU @ Cairns on Saturday at 6 p.m.

The boys’ basketball team is 5-3. The Hornets got outscored by the Wolves 66-61 but came right back to defeat NCUS 63-55 behind the scoring of Aiden Paquette 18, Parker Whitney 11, Anthony Decarvalho 9, and Mitch Moffett 9.

The JV team is 6-2 after wins last week over South Burlington (79-55) and the Falcons (43-39).

The girls’ basketball team owns a 4-1 record and is on a three-game winning streak. MMU was their latest victim at 67-42. Next up South Burlington. The JV’s are 5-0.

The indoor track and field team was back at UVM Saturday. Both teams snagged 1st place with the boys scoring 112 points and the girls 157. Highlights:

1 – Wyatt Lamell 55m; Carolyn Colteryahn 300m; Scarlet Stimson 600m; Henry Farrington 600m and 1000m; Lizzie Martell 1000m; Natalie Preston 1500m; Brady Martisus 3k; Nate Deming Shot; b+g MR; g 4x200mR and 4x800m;

2 – Colteryahn 55m; Ellie Reed 300m; Morgan Marckres 3k; Nejla Hadzic 55mHH; b 4x200mR and 4x800mR; Erin Noel LJ;

3 – Aidan Ferreira 300m; Annika Simard 300m and 55mHH; Heidi Stewart 1000m; Marckres 1500m; Lucius Karki 3k;

4 – Ashley Clark 55m; Hannah Rancourt 300m; Kris Laverty 1000m; Zach Brisson 1500m; Richard Laverty 3k; Nejla Hadzic LJ;

5 — Tanisha Gerg 1000m; Laverty 1500m; Ethan Boutin 3k; Jessica Eustis 3k;

6 – Sam Phillippo 55m; Larson 600m; Karki 600m; Nate Lesny LJ;

This week a handful of athletes will compete in the Dartmouth Relays Saturday and the rest of the squad at UVM Sunday

The bowlers enjoyed a successful day coming out on top in their Saturday match. Essex was the #3 seed in the Baker tournament portion of the match. The Hornets bowled #2 Fair Haven in the semi’s and won 2 games to 0. Up next was #1 seed Randolph UHS in the finals and defeated the Ghosts 2-0. EHS actually tied them in the 1st game 137-137 and had to bowl a 2 frame roll-off winning in those 2 extra frames. Ben Sprenger and Logan Morrissette combined for 40 pins in those two frames which beat the RUHS score of 26.

Former Hornet all-star hoopsters Kara Sheftic and Kari Lavalette were named to the BFP All-Decade Girls’ Basketball Team and also Eli DiGrande and Ben Ferris to the guys’ all-star squad. Sheftic played for BU and was always in double digits in scoring and boards while Lavalette owned a deadly, sniper-like jumper. Will always remember her 1,000pt scoring night. DiGrande could take over the paint and play as smooth as silk on the perimeter. He’s now a Purple Knight. Ferris went on to play at Tufts but left his mark in Vermont and EHS earning Mr. Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year honors. Unselfish on the court, when he shot, he didn’t miss.

Happy Birthdays Jason Polakowski, TJ Meade, Lindsay Maguire Falby, Ed Simon, Deana Decker, CJ Gardner, Kathy Converse, Jon Beaulieu, Sam Poratti, Natalie Colantoni, Keely Colburn, and Kathy Frenald. Anniversary wishes to Joe Visker and wife.

Condolences to Greg Walsh of Essex Alliance Church on the passing of his mother Gloria last week. Prayers to the family. Stephan and Jessica Folden Saunders could use some prayers for their newborn baby Ezra who is going through a rough month.

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