By Mal Boright
When the annual Twin State graduated senior basketball all-stars collide with their New Hampshire counterparts in July, there will be a Champlain Valley Union High Redhawk presence in both the girls and boys contests.
The games are scheduled to be played at Keene State College in New Hampshire on July 19, with the girls’ game kicking off the galaxy doubleheader at 5 p.m.
Head coach for the Vermont girls is CVU mentor Ute Otley, with CVU jayvee coach Cathy Kohlasch one of three assistants.
Four members of Otley’s undefeated (24-0), Division 1 champions are team members. They are guard Kaelyn Kohlasch, forward-guard Emily Kinneston and forwards Amanda Lougee and Amanda Beatty.
“We have great balance,” said Otley in an e-mail to the Observer. She pointed out that seven of her 12 players were on state championship teams and another three made it to title games.
From Burlington High are Breanna Pidgeon and Ilona Maher, and from Div. 1 runner-up Rice Memorial comes Hailee Barron. Others include: Alyssa Valario, Proctor High; Shyann Josley, Thetford Academy; Ashley Fay, Mount Abraham Union along with twins Taylor and Morgan Raiche of West Rutland High
Otley said at least nine of the 12 are going on to play in college this fall.
The first team practice is slated for June 1.
The boys’ team includes two from CVU. They are center Lucas Aube and coach Mike Osborne who will be assisting head pilot Jack Carrier of Williamstown High.
Also on the roster are Tommy Fitzgerald and Matt Maynard of Div. 1 champion Rice Memorial, Bryan Vachereau from Burlington High and Mount Mansfield Union’s Sean Springer.
“I like that kids who have been rivals throughout their high school careers get a chance to be teammates and work toward the common goal of beating New Hampshire,” said Otley of the games, which were revived last year with Essex High basketball coach Jeff Goodrich playing a key role.