The girls basketball state championship basketball games were played last Saturday:
In Division 4:
Proctor 40 MSJ 31...Proctor’s 3rd straight state championship and 4th overall. Carly Trombley and Abby McKearin with 9 points apiece. Monica Schmelzenbach with 11 points for MSJ.
In Division 2:
Mt. Abraham 43 Fair Haven 30...2nd straight state championship for Mt. Abe.
In Division 1:
CVU 35 Rice 34...CVU’s 2nd straight state championship and and 2nd straight undefeated season. CVU has won 47 straight games
In Division 3:
Thetford 90 Williamstown 84...The highest scoring girls basketball state championship game in Vermont history. Thetford’s first state title. Williamstown suffering its only loss of the season.
26 straight state championships for Mt. Anthony in high school wrestling. WOW! Mill River’s Zach Allen won the individual state championship in the 138 pound class.
Castleton won it’s 2nd North Atlantic Conference womens basketball championship in three years with an impressive 73-49 victory over Colby -Sawyer last Saturday. Castleton’s Jade Desroches of Enosburg was named the NAC Tournament MVP and Castleton’s Meghan O’Sullivan was named to the All-Tournament team.
Castleton’s Alyssa Leonard was named the NAC Player of the Year and Jade Desroches was named to the All-League first team.
Meghan O’Sullivan was named to the All-League 2nd team. Castleton’s Liz Douglass of Rutland was named the Defensive Player of the Year, the 4th straight year that Castleton has had the Defensive Player of the Year. Also the 4th straight year the player has been from Rutland as Rutland’s Kelly Conway won the award the previous three years. Castleton's Tim Barrett was named as Coach of the Year.
On the mens side Castleton’s Logan White of Hartford and Chad Copeland of Twinfield were named to the All-NAC first team and Castleton’s Carnelius Green was named to the 2nd team. Green Mountain’s Javier Lugris was named the Rookie of the Year.
After leading the Spartans to their best season in program history, Paula Stephens was named ECAC East Goaltender of the Year by conference coaches and officials on Thursday night. She was one of four Spartans to receive postseason honors.
Stephens posted an 11-7-2 record in goal for the Castleton State Spartans this season. In 1186:08 minutes of action, she sported the conference's best save percentage (.943) and is ranked in the top-five in goals against average (1.62). Nationally in Division III, she is among the top-ten in save percentage and minutes played, and one of only two goalies to make at least 500 saves, earn at least a .940 save percentage, and post a 1.65 goals against average. She was named ECAC Women's East Goaltender of the Week three times this year.
Joining Stephens on the ECAC East All-Conference First Team was forward Nicoline Jensen. Jensen earned the first team distinction after leading the Spartans in points on the year. The sophomore scored 12 goals on the season, and broke a program record by recording 19 assists. The pair of first team honors marks the first time in program history multiple players have been named to the All-Conference First Team.
Anna Daniels was named to the ECAC East All-Conference Second Team. The sophomore posted a team-high 13 goals on the year and earned 16 assists. She helped to lead the Spartans to their most prolific offensive performance in their history. The team scored 71 goals over the course of the regular season, shattering the previous record of 60, set last season.
The Spartans were represented on the ECAC East All-Rookie Team for the second straight season as well. Lisa Kilroy was named to the All-Rookie Team after finishing the year with 10 goals and 13 assists. The freshman scored the seventh most points per game of any rookie in Division III hockey.
Castleton will play at Norwich on Saturday in the ECAC East Womens final after defeating Salve Regina in the semi’s last Saturday by a score of 5-1. The game will video cast on the Northeast Sports Network, nsnsports.net.
Castleton's Associate Dean for Athletics & Recreation Deanna Tyson is pleased to announce that Jessica Kischko has been named the new field hockey coach at Castleton.
“I feel fortunate that we were able to hire Jessica and look forward to her becoming a part of the Castleton community,” said Tyson. “Jessica has played and coached field hockey at the Division III level, and as a native Vermonter I think she will be an ideal fit in our athletic program.”
Kischko comes to Castleton after spending the past two seasons as an assistant at Wittenberg University. Over her two years with the Tigers, she helped the team to 14 wins and this past year two players earned NFHCA All-Region honors while five were named all-conference.
"I'd like to thank Deanna Tyson, Tim Barrett and the search committee for this opportunity to join the Castleton community,” said Kischko. “I'm excited to hit the ground running in a few weeks and build upon the strong foundation that has already been established here.”
Prior to Wittenberg, Kischko spent the 2010 season as an assistant coach at Oswego St. and then the 2011 campaign at Ithaca College. Kischko played four seasons at Elmira, appearing in 45 games over four seasons. Primarily a defender, she finished her career with three goals and one assist. She earned the team’s sportsmanship award in 2009 and was named to the NFHCA All-Academic Team in both 2008 and 2009.
Kischko, a native of Springfield, Vt. graduated from Elmira in 2010 with a degree in psychology while minoring in sociology.
The 2014 Vermont Shrine football team has been announced and named to the team from the Rutland are:
Mill River’s Jimmy Collins, Mark Goyette and Dan Blanchard, Rutland’s Joe Couture, Otter Valley’s Mike Winslow, Fair Haven’s Tyler Rice, Poultney’s Sean Sheperdson, Woodstock’s Tom Baumann, Zack Cole, Sam Cole and Oliver Kiaja and Burr and Burton’s Dalton Blackwell IV. Mike Williams of BFA-Fairfax is the head coach.
The Vermont and New Hampshire Shrine football teams were introduced at a luncheon in Lebanon last Sunday. Rutland’s Steve Marro will be the referee for the game and Vicki Parady-Guay of New Hampshire will be the first female official in the game.
As a sidelight to the Shrine game topic, Kristy Morris of Springfield who is in charge of the officials, is a past potentate of the Shriners and is a member of the Shrine board of directors, spoke at the luncheon about what the players have to do in preparation for the game. Kristy was the referee in the controversial Mill River-Woodstock Division 3 state championship football game and apologized for the the mistake that was made on the controversial call. Kristy again was the referee in the game, but was not involved directly in the call itself. It was a classy thing to do in a public setting!
The 61st annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl Game will be on Saturday August 2nd in Hanover.
Catch you next week!
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See You Next Season!
The Finish Line by Matt Keith is done for this year. We'll see you again next season!
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When a dog gets a juicy bone, it usually does not give it up until it is pretty well satisfied that there is no meat or flavor left to wrestle with. So let it be with me and the Fish and Wildlife Department's Hearing process, Regional Working Groups, and its decision to spend valuable dollars on a POLL to see what you think of them.
As long as these endeavors fail to pass the "smell" test, I will continue to advocate for the sportspeople and their rights to be effectively heard in this state. Fortunately for all of us, we have an ally in our County representative, Justin Lindholm, as he has brought all of these concerns to the Fish and Wildlife Board and it appears that many eyes are being opened up to the Department's failure to operate in a clear and transparent manner in this state.
First of all, and as a real sharp surprise, it was announced that the Regional Working Groups would be meeting very shortly to come up with THEIR recommendations (our marching orders) to be presented at the annual Hearings (5) to be held in March. However, no one in the department seemed to know just what date had been selected for this meeting (great surprise) or just how this secret group, handpicked by the Department and not in any direct contact with any of you, got entered into the hearing process with some special recognition to usurp your rights---and your time, as well----in an already too brief hearing process originally designed to hear specifically from YOU---THE HUNTING PUBLIC OF THIS STATE.
This hearing process has been so bastardized as not to be even remotely recognizable from its original format and intention. Among the many criticisms rightly deserved by these secret, hand picked, Working Group members not authorized by any legislative action, the primary one is the harshest, and that is the fact that the department is clearly trying to undermine the authority and responsibility of the F&W Board. The usual and customary vetting process for Board Members has always seen Governors looking for those who he or she feels are in touch with the vast majority of sportspeople throughout the state. Governors do not take this process lightly and the members are appointed for a set 6 year term with no opportunity for re-appointment, thus assuring that they can remain objective and not necessarily ideologically committed to one party or the other, even though obviously appointed by the Governor of a particular party. This is a really good thing, and allows and encourages independent and intelligent analysis of issues , and objective decisionmaking. Remember----the Board is ostensibly the policy maker for the Department and its Commissioner, which reports to that Board and is supposedly answerable to it. Now, how do you think you would feel if you were one of those Board members appointed to such a privileged position by your Governor with a very specific mission of trying to represent the sporting constituents of this state, and your own Department, without any mandate, approval, or guidance (maybe even knowledge by the Board) took it upon themselves to duplicate the Governor's prerogative and hand pick Working Groups without any vetting other than internal Department priorities (which they shared with no one)? Do you really think that such a move indicates that the Department values the Board's ability to adequately represent their constituents? And just what reason do you think is behind this sorry charade? Well, if you had been present at the first meeting of these Groups and witnessed the entirely one-sided, negative presentation by Adam Murkowski concerning ANTLER POINT RESTRICTION, not only would you have been apalled like Justin Lindholm was, but it sure would make you question any objectivity of the Department in either the conduct or the substance of these meetings. No notes, no recordings of the meetings, no advance notice to the public, and no release of any substantive results to any media of the state, these meetings appear to have been conducted more like a STAR CHAMBER proceeding than an open public process. Now just why do you think these meetings were specifically designed to circumvent the VERMONT OPEN MEETING LAW, which has been a hallmark of Vermont's democracy? I do not know who these members are----NO ONE DOES---because the Department has gone to great lengths to keep their contact information private so I can tell you this. I do not want these people "representing" me---they have no right to do that, nor should you---we are certainly capable of doing that ourselves. But your voices are watered down by such a process, and more of your time at the hearings is now being gobbled up by the "recommendations" of these Working Group Members whose votes should not count for one iota more than any individual member at the hearings. The department, however, cannot control you, so they have put in place these Working Group Members that they alone have access to and they set the whole agenda for and now THEY are to speak for you on every important matter on sports throughout the state------pretty sad, folks-----pretty sad.
I do not believe that our hunting public in Rutland County has any idea just how tenacious Mr. Lindholm has been in trying to rectify some of these errors and represent all of you. On the subject of fairness of this wasteful poll to see how you "FEEL" about F&W issues, when he learned that the Lifetime License Holders would be severely underpolled and under-represented, he threatened to protest, personally, on the steps of the Statehouse in Montpelier for the entire month of March. I am told that he still may do this if changes are not made to this process. The poll was to have been done "early in February" according to the department, but still has not been started and even the poller says the Department is heavily involved in the assembly of questions. First of all, if the pollers do not properly identify themselves on caller ID phones, there will be an inordinate amount of "dropped calls" as many of us simply DO NOT answer calls that ID as 800 Service, or other innocuous, unrecognizable IDs. Yet, Mr. Mark Duda, of the Virginia polling firm has not divulged what ID their calls will produce on our phones. He also would not divulge the questions on the poll. Now just what valuable purpose do you think would be served by keeping this secret. Don't you think that anyone of intelligence would like more than three seconds to think about a serious subject that could potentially lead to changes in state policy on Fish and Wildlife? And how are all of us that may have dumped our "land lines" in favor of Cell Phone service only going to be polled? Well, obviously, we WILL NOT BE POLLED. We can't be because they do not have our numbers. And just how does that affect the SCIENTIFIC accuracy and validity of the results. In conversations with Mr. Duda, Justin got him to agree to increase the "seniors" polling % to 20 from 10 and the only response from the Department was to whine that it would cause 200 more calls to be made. Now let's see the math of this calculation. If you are polling 1200 people and your target originally was 10% Out of Staters, 10% Lifetime Holders, and 80% the rest of us---and then you changed the parameters to 10% Out of Staters, 20% Lifetime Holders, and 70% the rest of us (which still adds up to 100%, or 1200) how in the world does that require 200 more calls to be made? Must be the "NEW MATH" now taught in our schools! Mr. Duda, to his credit, did agree to poll ANY Lifetime License Holder, no matter what age, so the discrimination factor has been successfully challenged----but certainly not without its exposure here, on these pages, and through the dedicated efforts of our County Representative.
In regards to the exposure that I give here to Justin Lindholm, let me make one thing abundantly clear. Those naysayers like the guy in the grocery store that hollered, "hey, Justin, you and Chioffi in bed together now"----have absolutely no clue how lucky they are to have a representative who actually listens to common sense arguments, logic, and scientifically provable data-------no matter where it comes from. Justin and I are equally committed to trying to better the hunting opportunities for every single hunter we know and we are certainly not "kissing cousins". I, however, am not so shortsighted that I cannot recognize a person who has a vast experience in all sporting areas, a wealth of business knowledge, and a willingness to listen to others, evaluate options, and come to reasonable conclusions and decisions that benefit the MAJORITY. To me, that is the essence of true democracy, and that is the kind of person that I want representing me on the Fish and Wildlife Board-----we are truly different in thousands of ways----and yet we are very similar in our desires to confront inequities and to be outspoken in doing so. If I have any chance of making those contributions via these pages since I was not given the distinct privilege of serving on the F&W Board even though I sought the position, then so be it. But you can be sure that I will give voice to Justin's work as long as he is on this board, for he deserves our respect for his outstanding commitment.
Please do try and record the questions if any of you are POLLED as no one knows what questions or just how they are asked and this is critical to the validity of the poll. Simply talk on your land line on speaker and record it on your cell phone in movie record mode. And let us know, please, and we will be indebted to you for your efforts. Until next week, good sports.
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