The Essex Hornets jumped out to a 27-7 halftime lead and cruised from there to a convincing 48-14 win over the Rutland Raiders in the Division I High School Football State Championship game played last Friday night at Burlington High School. The win not only secured the state title for the Hornets, but it wrapped up a perfect season for them, finishing at 11-0.
Essex quarterback Max Librizzi had a fantastic night, directing an effective arial assault. Librizzi completed 24 of 29 pass attempts for 386 yards and three touchdowns. He added a rushing touchdown to complete the performance.
Even though Librizzi spread the wealth among his receivers, Evan McCrea became his most used target. McCrea had eight catches for 81 yards and a touchdown. He also scored a rushing touchdown, and found the end zone again on a punt return. Adam Picard had 4 catches for 68 yards, and a touchdown. Picard contributed a rushing touchdown as well to the convincing win. Pat Nee had 4 receptions for 113 yards, including a 48-yard touchdown catch. It was Essex first crown since 1992. Jon Sullivan had a two-yard touchdown run for the Rutland Raiders, who wrap up their season at 7-4.
St. Johnsbury native Nate Cloutier has been named General Manager of the Vermont Lake Monsters, the New York-Penn League baseball team announced today.
Cloutier, who has worked for the Lake Monsters since 2002 and has been the team's Assistant General Manager since 2007, is just the fourth General Manager in the franchise's 17-year history. He replaces C.J. Knudsen, who resigned as Vermont's GM on Oct. 29.
"I have spent the last eight seasons with this ball club preparing to be in this spot. It is bittersweet not being able to work with CJ any longer, but he prepared me very well to pick up where he left off," said Cloutier. "It's a great opportunity and a great challenge that I welcome. I look forward to bringing affordable entertainment to the families of this great State for years to come."
Cloutier, 30, got his got his start in professional sports when he volunteered for the 2000 USA Olympic track and field team in Australia and then joined the Lake Monsters as a spring intern in 2002. Over the last eight years, Cloutier has run the team's ticket operations, merchandise operations and publications and graphic design department. Cloutier was named Assistant General Manager prior to the start of the 2007 season.
A 1998 graduate of St. Johnsbury Academy, where he was a two-time Vermont State Decathlon Champion and member of the 1997 Division One State Championship basketball team. Also a 2002 graduate of the University of Vermont's Self-Designed program (where he focused on Advertising) and was a member of the UVM Track and Field team for three years.