Sports Talk

While most of us were home on October break enjoying a great home cooked meal, our Castleton fall athletes were continuing their schedule.
Women’ s soccer went on the road. After losing 4-0 to Keene, they bounced back to beat Lyndon 7-0.
Field hockey picked up a win against St. Joseph’s and then dropped a non-conference game to Springfield College. They picked up a 5-4 win over the upset-minded Sharks of Simmons College to keep their record to 7-0 in the NAC.
Finally, women’s cross country placed 22nd out of 38 teams in the James Early Invitational held at Westfield State.
On the men’s side, soccer picked up easy wins against Green Mountain and SUNY Cobleskill, before edging out Lyndon with a 3-2 overtime win. They now have a 4-1-1 record in the NAC, good for 4th in the conference.
Football stayed close with Mount Ida before dropping the game 37-19. They are still looking to pick up their first conference win.
Golf took fourth in the NAC championships, and after a stellar freshman campaign, Zac Temple was named NAC rookie of the year.
Cross country also ran in the James Early Invitational, taking 18th out of 35.
The winter sports season is officially under way, with teams starting to practice since break. I am excited to see how all the teams will do after having solid seasons last year. A team to look out for is women’s ice hockey. They hosted a home playoff game last year and have a strong nucleus returning this year.
On the professional side, October is busy as baseball is inching closer to the World Series, football is in full swing and hockey is officially underway. I’m counting down the days to the NBA tip off so we finally get to see the reemergence of Derrick Rose after his ACL surgery. Here’s to hoping he is as explosive as he was before he sustained the injury.
The National League winner has been crowned after St. Louis crushed Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers 9-0. They will face the Boston Red Sox, who clinched the American League Saturday night.
The Patriots are still surprising people after a stunning last second win over the New Orleans Saints. Maybe next week Gronkowski will finally be back against the Jets. I miss seeing the Gronk Spike, as much as seeing Mark Sanchez’s butt fumble.
The real question, however, is when is Peyton Manning going to have a bad game?  His Broncos are 6-0, and he has 22 touchdown passes through six games. If he keeps this up he will have a chance to break that record of 50, held by Tom Brady.
In hockey, the Bruins are back on the ice and hoping to pick up where they left off in the Stanley Cup. So far this season, they are 4-2, but they are playing very well. They suffered their first loss of the season at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche 2-0.

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