By Mal Boright
Champlain Valley Union High’s boys junior varsity basketball team went 14-6 over the recently completed basketball campaign and included a pair of last-second victories in the process.
“It was a pretty good year for these guys,” summed up coach Seth Emerson Monday.
One of the white-knuckle triumphs came at Spaulding High thanks to sophomore co-captain Ryan Schneiderman. “Ryan hit an eight-foot floater in the lane to give us the win,” said Emerson.
The coach said Schneiderman was the team’s top scorer and rebounder and “could drive the bus if needed.”
Another chiller-thriller came late in the season in a home contest against Colchester High, when sophomore Matt Howell sank a final seconds three-pointer from the deep corner to put the youthful Redhawks in front of the junior Lakers.
The team’s leading ball handlers were sophomore co-captains Ed Myers and Zach Evans who ran the offense. “On defense, they created crazy pressure on the opposing guards, “ said Emerson.
Guards off the bench included sophomores Mike Iakovlev, Matt Cockayne and Clarke Shedd, all “super solid” according to the coach.
Big guys working inside included Peter Scrimgeour, Brandon O’Connell and Jake Stoll, while Eric Bergkvist did some of everything. Emerson called freshmen Jack Frost and Collin Osbahr the team’s most improved players.
With 10 varsity players returning next winter, competition for jayvee and varsity slots will be intense with this year’s undefeated freshman team added to the mix.