Girls dominate hoops; gymnasts soar to win; Bissonette takes championship

Photo by Al Frey
CVU junior Quinn Boardman keeps the net in sight during Saturday’s 69-11 rout against Burr and Burton at home. The undefeated Redhawk girl hoopsters lead Division I this season.



CVU 73, Essex 27: On Monday, CVU girls basketball added a 12th win to their undefeated season record so far, handily topping Essex (7-6) at home, 73-27.

The Redhawks are in the lead in Division I.

They logged two wins last week, the first against Bellows Free Academy (10-3) in St. Albans last Thursday, 57-27, and again on Saturday against (6-6) Burr and Burton, 69-11. Catherine Gilwee and Harper Mead led CVU on Saturday with 10 points each.

The girls were scheduled to play Burlington (5-8) Wednesday night after press time at home; they travel to meet Rice (9-4) on Monday.


Essex 50, CVU 39: A Tuesday loss to Essex on the Hornets’ home court left the Redhawks at 6-5. Essex moves to 5-5 for the season.

St. Johnsbury 65, CVU 44: At home on Saturday, St. Johnsbury Academy (7-3) ran past CVU. Ethan Harvey led that effort for the Redhawks with 14 points.

The Redhawks came right down to the wire last Tuesday in a sizzling matchup against the Mount Mansfield Union Cougars that ended at the foul line seconds before the final buzzer when MMU pulled out the win, 52-49.

CVU’s Noah Allen logged a career high of 19 points; Mason Otley scored 12 and Ethan Harvey added 10.

MMU’s Harrison Leombruno-Nicholson scored 17 of his 22 game points in the second half; Asa Carlson put 13 on the board including the final foul shots.

The boys have a home game Friday against Spaulding (3-7) and visit South Burlington (6-4) next Tuesday.

Photo by Jennifer Olson
CVU wrestler Justin Bissonette continues his successful season at Saturday’s Capital City Classic tournament in Concord, N.H., where he won the top spot in his 160-lb. class.


The Redhawk wrestlers hosted St. Johnsbury Academy Tuesday night for a dual meet that also featured Senior Night celebrations.

Both teams tied 33-33 after the last match, leaving the decision up to the referee to determine the result. The ref ruled in CVU’s favor due to the overall number of match wins – CVU had seven, St. J. had six. Final score 34-33.

On Saturday, CVU wrestlers competed at the Capital City Classic in Concord, N.H., placing 11th out of 25 teams from throughout New England. Justin Bissonette secured the championship at 160 lbs. Jared Forsythe, pushing through a shoulder injury, placed fourth after a medical default in the semi-final round.

Photo by Paul Lamontagne
CVU gymnast Adia Murray keeps her focus on bars at Friday’s winning meet against South Burlington. Murray tied for third place in the event. The Redhawks are the defending state champion team. They have two meets on the schedule for next week.


CVU 126.8, South Burlington 101.6: CVU gymnasts soared past South Burlington at last Friday’s meet. CVU competitors won the top three spots in vault (Delaney Miller-Bottoms, first; Macy Lagrow, second; Adia Murray and Maggie Gannon, tied for third); beam (Delaney Miller-Bottoms, first; Macy Lagrow, second; Alix St. Hilaire, third); floor (Delaney Miller-Bottoms, first; Macy Lagrow, second; Maggie Gannon, third) and all-around (Macy Lagrow, first; Alix St. Hilaire, second; Adia Murray, third).

On bars, South Burlington’s Diana Gregoire won first place; CVU’s Macy Lagrow and Alix St. Hilaire took second and third.

Gymnastics has a busy week next week with two meets: Tuesday against St. Johnsbury Academy and a tri-meet Wednesday again with South Burlington and Middlebury Union.


STOWE 1, CVU 0: CVU added its eighth loss on Saturday against Stowe (4-5-1). The next two upcoming games are on home ice at Cairns Arena where the Redhawks (2-8) were scheduled to face off against Middlebury Union (5-5) after press time on Wednesday. They meet Harwood Union (3-6-1) on Saturday.

Photo by Al Frey
CVU’s Charlie Averill (No.22) takes a shot during CVU’s battle with South Burlington for the CSB Cup on Monday night at Cairns Arena. CVU’s efforts fell short, 5-2.


South Burlington 5, CVU 2: South Burlington (3-5-1) outscored CVU (3-5-1) Monday night in a 5-2 win for the CSB Cup matchup.

The Redhawks’ Cam Saia scored one of CVU’s two goals and assisted Charlie Averill for the second.

Rees Baker and Isaac Toupin connected twice each for the Wolves and Gabe Fringo scored a single.

The Redhawks were scheduled to travel to Middlebury (7-3) on Wednesday after press time.


The Tour de Chittenden starts Thursday with three races in five days. The prologue is at Colchester. Saturday’s race is classic at the Ethan Allen range. Monday is the hill climb at Cochran’s. First to the top wins it all. Guaranteed excitement and one of the races teams look forward to.

Last Friday, the CVU girls won the varsity race led by freshman Finn Mittelstadt. Senior Jared Leonard won the boys race leading to a tie for the team win.

Freshman Chloe Silverman won the girls junior varsity race.


Alpine skiers traveled to Burke Mountain for a race last Friday where Olivia Zubarik led CVU in fourth place; teammate Binney Patton made the top 10 in eighth place. The team hits the hill at Smuggs for races on Friday and Saturday alongside skiers from Essex, Colchester, Rice and Bellows Free Academy.

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