Vermont edges Maine to win J2 Championships

 

Victory for Vermont: Vermont’s 40-member J2 team included 11 skiers from CVU. The J2 Nordic Champions back row L to R: Jonathan Buzzell of Hinesburg, Cooper Willsey of Hinesburg, Forrest Hamilton of Shelburne, Peter Unger of Charlotte, Ben Logenbach of Williston, Seamus Nolan of Williston, and Charlie Maitland of Shelburne. Front row L to R:  Alison Spasyk of Williston, Tatum Braun of Charlotte, Rachel Slimovitch of Williston, and Kate Burke of Shelburne.

Victory for Vermont: Vermont’s 40-member J2 team included 11 skiers from CVU. The J2 Nordic Champions back row L to R: Jonathan Buzzell of Hinesburg, Cooper Willsey of Hinesburg, Forrest Hamilton of Shelburne, Peter Unger of Charlotte, Ben Logenbach of Williston, Seamus Nolan of Williston, and Charlie Maitland of Shelburne. Front row L to R: Alison Spasyk of Williston, Tatum Braun of Charlotte, Rachel Slimovitch of Williston, and Kate Burke of Shelburne.

By Laurie Caswell-Burke

Life keeps getting better and better for the Champlain Valley Union (CVU) Nordic team. Two weeks ago at Prospect Mountain in Bennington, CVU won a double title as the girls and boys team each claimed state titles! Last weekend 11 CVU skiers joined 29 skiers from Vermont in Holderness, N.H. to compete with 225 of the best 14 and 15 year-old skiers in New England, including guest teams from Idaho and Michigan, and brought home the winning trophy.  It was neck and neck with rival team Maine but a strong final day mixed relay brought victory to Vermont!  Unclear who would reign until the final moment at the award podium, Vermont narrowly pulled through with a 107-point margin. That was all it took to take first place!  

Two CVU skiers, Forrest Hamilton and Taylor Spillane, qualified for Nationals which speaks volumes about their talent and skills. And next weekend another group of CVU skiers will be traveling to Presque Isle, Maine to compete in Eastern Championships and with that brings a strong possibility of another victory.

Like many things in life, it often takes a village to make the CVU Nordic team successful. From Coach Sarah Strack’s efforts and her capable coaching team to the support of family and friends who are tireless cheerleaders and taxi drivers, all contribute to helping the skiers shine and do their very best. Considering what the team did this past season, and the depth of talent, it’s safe to say that the trend is sure to continue.

 

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