BRATTLEBORO -- Almost everything went Champlain Valley Union’s way last fall.
The Red Hawks won the boys and girls Division 1 soccer championships, dominated the girls cross-country state meet, and lost 2-1 in the field hockey final.
It was no surprise on the gridiron, as Hartford three-peated by beating BFA-St. Albans 35-27 for all the marbles. South Burlington struck gold in field hockey and boys cross country.
Brattleboro Union High School teams will be trying to add to a fall trophy case that includes a 1973 football state title, a 1987 field hockey co-championship, and a 1993 boys cross-country gold medal. The BUHS boys and girls booters, stickers and gridders have a combined 35-88-1 record in the postseason all time.
The boys soccer team anchored the purple and white with a 7-7 record last season, while the girls soccer team finished up at 5-9, and the field hockey team wound up 4-8-2 -- all losing in a playdown contest. The BUHS football team went 3-6.
Paul Sather (boys soccer), Edwin de Bruijn (girls soccer), Deb Valliere (field hockey) and John Dimick (cross country) have all returned as Colonel coaches. The newcomer is John Callahan, who is taking over for Mike Hatt as head football coach.
Coming off of a three-win season, the BUHS gridders will open up with a home game against Bellows Falls on Friday, Aug. 30, at 7 p.m. The rest of the schedule looks like this: at Burlington on Sept. 6, welcoming South Burlington on Sept. 14, at three-time defending champion Hartford on Sept. 20, at St. Johnsbury on Sept. 28, hosting Rutland on Oct. 4, at Colchester on Oct. 11, and a rivalry game at Natowich Field versus MAU on Oct. 18.
Callahan’s kids had a team meeting on Sunday and then had their first practice on Monday. Other BUHS teams will be starting next week.
"Tryouts for girls soccer will start on Aug. 19," noted de Bruijn, who plans on naming his team on the night of Aug. 21. He has tournaments scheduled for Aug. 24 and Aug. 27, with a scrimmage against Twin Valley set for Aug. 29.
In home openers for Brattleboro teams, coach Bob Lockerby and the Terriers will visit Natowich Field on Aug. 30, the Mount Anthony Union stickers will visit on Sept. 3 at 7 p.m., the MAU girls soccer team will come to town on Sept. 10 for a 6 p.m. game; the Burr and Burton boys booters will arrive on Sept. 21 for an 11 a.m. contest; and the Marble Valley League cross-country meet will take place on East Orchard Street on Oct. 1 at 4:30 p.m.
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