Aug. 13, 2009
By Mal Boright
The Champlain Valley Union High football team will be getting uppity in its fifth varsity football season, with practice starting Monday with double sessions.
Champlain Valley Union High players Kyle Goodrich (34), Konnor Fleming (10) and Collin Teator (26) take down Mount Abraham Union’s Josh Masterson during a game on Oct. 25, 2008. The Redhawks move from Division 3 to Division 2 this season.
Equipment pickup is set for Sunday, starting at 5 p.m. That is also a time previously unregistered aspirants can report and get equipment.
Head coach Jim Provost said formal practice will open with sessions starting at 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. On Friday there will be a single practice beginning at 1 p.m.
The uppity part of it lies in the fact that this year the Redhawks are moving to Division 2 after four seasons in Division 3.
“We are going to be playing good teams week in and week out,” Provost said of the enhanced schedule. “We are going to compete for the playoffs, which means we have to keep getting better.”
The Redhawks finished with a 3-5 record last fall.
The season opens the night of Friday, Sept. 4 with a trip to Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester. The Redhawks will travel to Rice Memorial High on Sept. 12 before launching the home opener on Sept. 19 against Bellows Free Academy of Fairfax.
Provost believes he will be working with some 80 or more players and plans to have two junior varsity level teams, so there will be playing time for all hopefuls.
The preseason scrimmages are set for Aug. 29 at 10 a.m., with the varsity at Colchester High and junior varsity at Essex High.
“We are looking at numbers in the 80s from grades nine through 12, and we are hoping to have at least 25 freshmen trying out,” Provost said.
The veteran head coach’s immediate wish was for players to report in playing shape.
“When they come to us in condition that leaves more time for teaching and less time on conditioning,” he said.
Provost was asked if there is anything the football candidates should do on the final weekend before practices start.
“If they have not done anything all summer then it is too late,” he replied. “If they have been working out, get some rest.”
An intra-squad scrimmage and parents conference has been scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 22, starting at 10 a.m.
Working with Provost again this season will be defensive coordinator Kevin McCarthy. Tim Halvorson will handle the offensive line and Doug Belisle the running backs.
Rahn Fleming, the team’s conditioning guru, will oversee the junior varsity.
CVU FALL SPORTS
Other CVU fall sports also begin on Monday with tryouts. Competition starts early next month.
Opening meet: at South Burlington, Sept. 1
Opening game: at Burlington High, Sept. 1
Opening game: at Mount Abraham Union, Sept. 8
Opening game: at Milton High, Sept. 5