April 26, 2017

Football honors for CVU

May 6, 2010

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

The Vermont Chapter of the National Football Foundation Sunday night bestowed prestigious annual awards on two Champlain Valley Union High football figures.

Head Coach Jim Provost was named Vermont Coach of the Year after leading the Redhawks to the Division 2 title game, and senior end Matt Long was named PRIDE Player of the Year.

The awards were announced April 25 at a dinner at Castleton State College.

Provost, in his second season at CVU, led the Redhawks to the Division 2 championship game in the team’s fifth varsity campaign. It was also its first season in Division 2 after four years in Division 3.

“It was a great night for the whole program,” Provost said of the awards.

Long was a key player for the Redhawks, creating big plays from his defensive end position including making life miserable for opposing quarterbacks seeking time to throw, blocking punts and stopping runners cold.

“Matt was one of the most dominant players I have ever coached,” said Provost, who led Rice Memorial High to a state crown a few years ago. “He made big plays for us.”

Long has been named to the Vermont team in the annual Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl game in August between graduated seniors from Vermont and New Hampshire. He is the first CVU player to be named to the team.

In winning the PRIDE award, which stands for Personal Responsibility for Individual Daily Effort, Long edged out two other finalists: Essex High quarterback Max Librizzi and Windsor High’s Gavin Callahan.

There was another moment of joy for a Williston resident during the evening’s proceedings.

Provost’s mother, 84-year-old Beatrice, won two tickets to a New England Patriots home game this fall.

“She will definitely be going,” her son said.



  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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