CVU sports rack up wins, one loss in opener

Photo by Al Frey
CVU collides with Burr and Burton Academy in the season opener Friday. CVU topped Burr and Burton 6-0.

Champlain Valley Union 6, Burr and Burton Academy 0: The first game of the Rob Cole era opened on a high note for the CVU boys soccer team as they topped visiting Burr and Burton 6-0.

Nate Coffin tallied twice for the Redhawks (1-0), while Oliver Bijur and Ivan Llona each added a goal and an assist. Brigham Francis and Nick Durieux also had a goal.

Aidan Johnson made two saves to earn the shutout for CVU, while Garren Abernath and Joe Hancock combined to make 14 stops for BBA.

Champlain Valley Union 6, Burlington 1: Abby Rosenthal’s three-point performance helped the Champlain Valley field hockey team to a season-opening win over host Burlington on Friday.

Rosenthal had two goals and an assist for the Redhawks (1-0), while Flynn Hall added a goal and a helper. Claire Smith also tallied for CVU.

Barb Palasits had the lone goal for the Seahorses, while Rotcha Ibrahim and Neema Modeste combined for nine stops.

Bellows Free Academy, St. Albans 34, Champlain Valley Union 7: Offensive struggles in the red zone doomed the Champlain Valley Union football team in its opening game of the season on Friday night.

The Redhawks fell to host BFA-St. Albans 34-7 after the Bobwhites stuffed two CVU drives inside the 5-yard line.

Graham Walker paced the CVU (0-1) offense with 81 yards on 16 yards and threw for 96 yards as part of a 8-for-18 performance. Jack ZuWallack scored the only touchdown for the Redhawks and ran up 58 yards.

Nate Parady rushed 170 yards and four TDs for the Bobwhites, who had a 13-7 lead at halftime.

The Champlain Valley Union boys golf team kicked off the season in winning fashion, with Ben Gramling shooting a 43 over nine holes to win medalist honors and lead the team.

The Redhawks, playing South Burlington and Mount Mansfield at Cedar Knoll, finished with a final score of 182 to claim first place. South Burlington (190) and Mount Mansfield (191) went second and third, respectively.

Gramling led all golfers with a 43, while Evan Forrest finished with 44, Andrew Wilkinson came in with a 47, and Hank Caswell wrapped it up with a 48.

Champlain Valley Union placed three harriers in the top 10 to help the girls cross country team to a win in the Essex Invitational on Saturday.

Alice Larson finished fourth to pace the Redhawks, with a final time of 19:43, followed by Ella Whitman in fifth (19:43) and Jennifer Ireland in sixth (19:53). Burlington’s Quincey Massey-Bierman won the girls race with a tome of 19:20.5.

The CVU girls finished with 45 points, 13 ahead of second-place Burlington (58 points).

On the boys side, Jared Leonard was the top finisher for CVU, coming in in eighth place (16:55.5). The Redhawks finished with a team score of 123, good enough for fourth place.

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