March 30, 2015

JV hoop girls rolled to 13-6 record

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By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Coach Cathy Kohlasch’s Champlain Valley Union High girls’ basketball team overcame a series of injuries and wound up the recent season with a 13-6 mark.

“We started with two wins, then we lost our starting point guard (sophomore Jaime Vachon) for the season with a knee injury and our other guard (sophomore Naomi Burhans) was out for a few games with a finger injury.”

Kohlasch said it was back to the drawing board with some players working at, for them, new positions.

“We shuffled players around but they all were willing to do what was asked of them to help the team,” the coach said. “It was back to basics.”

In that early season challenge, there was a 35-point defeat at Rice Memorial, but following a few wins and losses, there was a seven-game winning steak and a 6-point home victory over the same Rice squad that blew out the Hawks earlier.

Top scorer for the Little Redhawks was freshman Shannon Loiseau with 197 tallies, an average of 10.4 per outing. Sophomore Katie Usher followed with 115 points while sophomore Taya LePrevost and freshman Lindsey Albertelli dropped in 75 points each.

The heavy duty work on the boards was led by Loiseau, Usher and two freshmen, Julia Bryant and Bella Rieley.

Assist leaders were Burhans and Albertelli, while the defense was well fortified by the likes of Burhans, freshman Hayley Clos, sophomore Gabby Booth and freshman Julia Neeld.

Freshman Cortney Roy was credited with a versatile and steady performance while playing out of position.

Katie Kuntz assisted Kohlasch with the mentoring duties since there was no freshman or Junior Varsity B team this season. Kohlasch expects the B team to return next November.

Former CVU ice star shines at Castleton

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Just a few seasons ago, Molly Howard was a slap shot-sniping, high-scoring forward for the Champlain Valley Union High girls hockey team.

Now she is popping points for Castleton State.

Howard was recently named to the ECAC East All-Tournament team after scoring two goals in the Spartans’ 3-2 semifinal victory over Salve Regina. The triumph got Castleton into the championship contest for the second straight year.

—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent

CVU players in All-Star hockey action

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Five guys and one girl from Champlain Valley Union High’s hockey players were in the 31st Annual Essex Rotary Key Bank All-Star Hockey Classic Saturday at the Essex Skating Facility.

Playing for the winning boys’ Austin team, CVU’s Oscar Kelly scored a goal while Greg Talbert made four saves as one of his team’s three netminders.

Also on the team were Cam Rivard, Kaleb Godbout and Elliott Mitchell.

CVU’s Rachel Pitcher, who played at South Burlington High this past season, scored for the girls’ Austin team, which bowed to the Harris squad, 6-3.

—Mal Boright,
Observer correspondent