December 21, 2014

Thursday home opener for CVU boys hoops

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent
The home Bremner Gymnasium hardwood floor will be looking good to the Champlain Valley Union High boys basketball team Thursday night.
That’s when the Redhawks appear before the Red and White loyalists for the first time this young season, with Mount Mansfield Union providing the opposition. Opening varsity tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
The Cougars came into the week with a 2-0 record, having popped North Country Union 68-48 last Thursday in their home Jericho Center digs. MMU has a few returning veterans from last season’s combine that went to the Division 1 finals before falling to title holder Rice Memorial.
The Redhawks, in the meantime, started the season with three straight losses, all on the road.
The latest was Thursday at Rice, where the defending champions flexed their considerable hoop skills for a 81-48 triumph behind lean and lanky Kendrick Gray’s 30 points.
Chris Reiss was CVU’s top tally man with 15 points.

Rutland trip next up for CVU hockey six

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By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent
The defense solid, the offense a work in progress.
That was the outlook as the 2-1-1 Champlain Valley Union High boys’ hockey team faced off against Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans Wednesday (Observer press time) at Cairns Arena.
Coach Mike Murray’s Redhawks return to action Saturday in a 3 p.m. road contest against Rutland High.
The defending Division 1 champions took third place in the annual Beech Tournament last week at Burlington’s Leddy Park.
They blanked Colchester High 3-0 in Friday night’s consolation event as Jack Locker, Tyler Bodette and Elliott Mitchell scored the goals while veteran netminder Greg Talbert racked up his second shutout of the young campaign with 15 stops.
CVU bowed to Rice Memorial 2-1 in the Thursday night tournament opener. Mitchell chalked up a first period goal for the Redhawks who where held scoreless the final two periods despite a total of 29 shots on the Rice net.

CVU girls meet Rice Friday in clash of unbeatens

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Lauren Jaunich had 24 points in the Spaulding High tournament last week.

Lauren Jaunich had 24 points in the Spaulding High tournament last week.

By Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent
The annual battle for early season girls hoop supremacy comes up Friday (7 p.m.) when the 3-0 two-time defending Division 1 champion Champlain Valley Union High girls hoop quintet travels to South Burlington and its early season test against its championship antagonist for the past three years: Rice Memorial High.
And while the Green Knights lost by graduation some key people from last season, including four-year starting guard Hailee Barron, coach Tim Rice’s new combine got off to a 2-0 start last week with home wins over Northern Adirondack, N.Y. (64-36) and Mount Anthony Union (55-47).
Barron, who gave the Redhawks serious concerns the past four years and then joined with four CVU graduated seniors to help win the Twin State All-Star game against New Hampshire last summer, may be gone. But arriving was freshman Lisa Sulejmani, who popped 23 and 19 points in the two wins.
The Redhawks followed their victories over Colchester High and South Burlington High in the Spaulding High Tournament last week with a 53-19 win over defending Division 2 titleholder Mount Abraham Union Friday night.
They have been idle since.
Junior Laurel Jaunich had another solid outing with 24 points while co-inside operator Lia Gagliuso hit for nine tallies. Junior guard Sadie Otley was a person of all talents, coming up with eight thefts of the leather to go with four assists and six points.