Daily Archives: Feb 18, 2014

Jessica Kischko Named Castleton Field Hockey Coach

Courtesy Castleton Sports Information

CASTLETON, Vt. – 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 teams 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.

Boy’s Hoop: Strong Second Half Carries Rice Past Burlington, 54-42

Burlington — The Rice Memorial High School Green Knights broke open a tie game with a 15-6 third quarter run and went on to beat their crosstown rivals, the Burlington High Seahorses 54-42 on Tuesday night inside Buck Hard Gym. The win avenged a one point Rice loss to BHS back in early January.

With the game tied at 25 at the break, Rice came out trying to take advantage of their size inside, turning to senior Matt Maynard and junior James Wells to do the job. The two responded, living off the offensive glass, and with Maynard scoring eight points in the quarter, and Wells contributing four the Green Knights went up ten before settling for a seven point edge after the third. Bryan Vachereau’s three pointer to start the fourth cut that lead to four, but that would be as close as the Seahorses would come, with Wells added seven fourth quarter points to seal the win.

The two teams swapped baskets back and fourth throughout the first half. Josh Hale, Kujtim Hashani and Marley Heimert nailed first quarter three pointers for Burlington, while Kendrick Gray buried a pair of hoops for Rice as the two teams played to an 11-11 standoff after a quarter. Gray added five points, while Wells and Tommy Fitzgerald chipped in four each for the Green Knights in the secondd quarter, but Burlington countered with eight points from senior Shaquane Cooperwood and four from Hale to send the teams to the locker rooms tied at 25. But that was when Rice took over the glass, and took over the game.

Wells led Rice with 16 points and six rebounds while Maynard put up 13 and pulled down nine boards. Gray finished with nine points and six boards, Tommy Fitzgerald added seven points and Ben Shungu also put up seven while grabbing a team high eleven caroms.

Hale led Burlington with a game high 17 points and added 10 rebounds.

With the win Rice improves to 15-3. Burlington is 16-3.

So Long Stratty

George Commo’s Blog – Tuesday 2/18/14

One of Burlington’s true institutions has left us. Stratty Lines has died. Lines ran the Oasis Diner in downtown Burlington for a very long time and was one of the city’s best known ambassadors. A true Burlington legend. RIP Stratty … you will be missed.