By Mal Boright
Led by Champlain Valley Union High coach Ute Otley, four members of the 24-0 Division 1 champion girls’ basketball team will help spearhead the Vermont Twin State graduated all-stars against New Hampshire’s stars Saturday at Keene, N.H. State College.
Game time for the girls is 4 p.m. while the Twin State boys’ game tips off at 6.
On the Vermont girls’ galaxy squad from CVU are guards Kaelyn Kohlasch and Emily Kinneston along with forwards Amanda Beatty and Amanda Lougee. In the last two years, the quartet helped CVU establish a 47-0 record and a pair of Division 1 crowns.
From the CVU boys’ team, center Lucas Aube will be on the court for Vermont and Redhawks’ head coach Michael Osborne will be assisting Jack Carrier of Williamstown, who is leading the Green Mountain guys.
The boys’ combine also includes Tommy Fitzgerald (of Williston) and Matt Maynard, both from Rice Memorial, Bryan Vachereau from Burlington High, Mount Mansfield Union’s Sean Springer and Gatorade Player of the Year Pavin Parrish of Rochester High.
Joining the CVU girls four is senior veteran talent from all around the state.
“Seven of our 12 players were on championship teams, while three others made the finals,” said Otley on Monday.
Rice Memorial’s guard Hailee Barron, a four-year starter and sparkplug, is on the Vermont team. From Burlington High are Ilona Maher and Breanna Pidgeon. Ashley Fay was a Mount Abraham Union Eagle.
Morgan and Taylor Raiche of West Rutland High, Shyann Josley from Thetford Academy and Alyssa Valerio of Proctor complete the roster.
“Overall, we have team speed at all positions, a lot of different kids who can score, and our guard play should be very good,” said Otley of her team that worked out over the weekend.
Final practice sessions are set for Thursday and Friday at the University of Vermont’s Patrick Gymnasium.
As for New Hampshire, Otley says the Granite Staters may have some size advantages, having two post players with Division 1 college scholarships. The coach added that both teams have eight of their 12 stars going on to play in college.
The series remains alive due in large part to efforts last year by former Essex High basketball coach and now athletic director Jeff Goodrich. The Vermont boys trail their Granite State counterparts 18-10 in the series, but Vermont is on a four-game winning streak. New Hampshire’s girls lead Vermont, 17-11.