By Lauren Read • Photos by Al Frey
Coach: Tucker Pierson (fourth season)
Last season: 10-7, lost in the Division I championship game
Key returnees: Teddi Simons, senior, defense; Sara Kelley, senior, defense; Sophia Cresta, senior, attack; Caroline Reynolds, senior, midfield.
Key newcomers: Too early to tell
Outlook: After advancing all the way to the Division I final last year, the Redhawks were hoping to build off the momentum of the successful season. But with key players lost to graduation and a few players not returning, CVU faces some question marks coming into 2018.
“We are looking to develop experience and chemistry,” coach Tucker Pierson said. “We have great players on the team this year but not many have played together nor played much varsity lacrosse.”
The Redhawks will rely on its senior leadership at each position as they battle spring weather and field conditions to get the early kinks out.
“We do have great leadership in these four seniors,” Pierson said. “We are going to take each week as it comes.”
Season opener: Friday, April 5, vs. Rice
Coach: Dave Trevithick (14th season)
Last season: 17-1, won the Division I state title
Key returnees: Sam Sturim, senior, midfield; Noah Martin, senior, midfield; Jake Schaefer, senior, attack; Nate Cuttita, senior; attack; Max Gorman, senior, midfield; Charlie Averill, senior; midfield; Shane Boehmacke, senior, defense; Cole Boffa, senior, defense.
Key newcomers: Too many to count
Outlook: Six seasons, six straight Division I lacrosse titles. The Redhawks will look to make it seven in a row this year and have a lot of depth to work with as they kick off the spring season. Despite losing a chunk of their roster to graduation, CVU returns two of the team’s top scorers, Jake Schaefer and Nate Cuttitta. In addition, strong senior leadership in the midfield and on defense will be key to a title defense. Bobby Spencer Jr. will get the start in goal for CVU, a newer name to an experienced roster.
“Our biggest goal for the team is to work on a lot of lacrosse IQ stuff at the beginning of the season, so by the time playoffs come around it really translates to the field,” said longtime coach Dave Trevithick.
Season opener: Saturday, April 6, vs. Rice
Coach: Amy deGroot (10th season)
Last season: 16-0, won the Division I state championship
Key returnees: Julia Blanck, junior; Riley Boucher, junior; Sophie Dauerman, junior; Corina Gorman, junior; Julia Grant, junior; Kate Gruendling, junior; Courtney Vincent, junior; Ella Kenney, sophomore.
Key newcomers: Lindsay Beer, freshman.
Outlook: For the first time in quite a while, the CVU girls tennis team will take the court without a Joseph sister leading the way. While the departure of No. 1 singles player Stephanie Joseph will lead to changes for the Redhawks, CVU returns most of its undefeated, state championship-winning team.
“With all players filling new positions in singles and doubles, this will be a building year,” said coach Amy deGroot. “I think we will be a very competitive team and expect to have some very exciting matches throughout the season.”
CVU will take some time to sort out its new lineup – who will step into the No. 1 singles role is a big question – but can be expected to be in the running for its fifth straight title at the end of the season.
Season opener: Friday, April 5, vs. Essex
Coach: Frank Babbott (12th season)
Last season: 9-7, lost in the Division I quarterfinals
Key returnees: Josh Ashooh, senior; Brayden Bartlett, senior; Ethan Lisle, sophomore.
Key newcomers: Too early to tell
Outlook: With graduation taking a toll on the boys tennis roster the past two years, CVU is looking to reboot with a large but untested roster this season. Ashooh, Bartlett and Lisle will take the top three singles spots for the Redhawks to start while coach Frank Babbott hopes to get some time outside on a court to evaluate of a large group of newcomers.
“It’s a real mix for us,” Babbott said. “We probably have 10 players that are very, very close and it is going to take some time to sort out.”
While the team solidifies their lineup, CVU will be relying on their signature team depth to start off the season. “You can’t win with one player,” Babbott said. “Depth is always a strength for us.”
Season opener: Friday, April 5, at Essex
Coach: Mike Sullivan (third season)
Last season: 6-10, lost in the Division I playdowns
Key returnees: Riley Canty, senior, pitcher; Kristy Carlson, senior, first base; Kiley McClure, junior, catcher; Shayla Lawrence, senior; centerfield; Rayona Silverman, senior, third base.
Key newcomers: Taylor Detch, sophomore, pitcher; Amanda Gagne, sophomore, pitcher; Sophie Stevens, freshman, utility.
Outlook: The CVU softball team enters the season with an optimistic outlook after returning experienced players at key positions and some serious pitching depth. In addition to Riley Canty, last year’s starter, the Redhawks boast three new players who can get in the circle.
“For the first time in a while, we have some real pitching depth,” said coach Mike Sullivan. “I expect we will be very competitive.”
In addition to the pitching depth, CVU also returns its two top hitters from last season, Kristy Carlson and Kiley McClure. While the team’s outlook is good, the wildcard is a tough Division I schedule, CVU will see most of the state’s top teams at least twice during the regular season.
“Our schedule is packed with all the top tier teams,” Sullivan said. “It’s going o be a good season.”
Season opener: Thursday, April 11, at Vergennes, 4:30 p.m.
Coach: Tim Albertson (11th season)
Last season: 16-2, lost in the Division I quarterfinals
Key returnees: Ian Parent, senior, pitcher; Tyler Skaflestad, senior, second base; Aidan Johnson, senior, third base; Jonah Roberts, junior, outfield; Jacob Murphy, senior, outfield/catcher; Jacob Boliba, junior, outfield, Brendan Tivnan, senior, utility; Storm Rushford, junior, pitcher; Baker Angstmann, junior, utility.
Key newcomers: Ryan Eaton, sophomore, utility; Lars Jensen, junior, first base; Ryan Canty, freshman, first base/pitcher.
Outlook: The spring season may be here but outdoor baseball is still a little ways away for the CVU baseball team. When the team will get on their home field is not the team’s only question mark. The Redhawks graduated three of their four starting pitchers and their starting catcher and will look to replace those key spots. The return of Storm Rushford will help bolster the pitching staff, along with Ian Parent, while the catching position is still up in the air.
“Our strength is our defense,” coach Tim Albertson said. “Our offense will complement it. We’ve got some big bats returning.”
While pitching and catching will see some turnover, the rest of the roster is still intact from last season. “They have really come together already,” Albertson said. “I think identifying what type of team these guys are going to be … is important.”
Season opener: Tuesday, April 16, at St. Johnsbury, 4:30 p.m.