Sports Notes

July 28, 2011



With the Champlain Valley Union coaching staff calling the shots and three former Redhawk players on the squad, the Vermont Shrine Maple Sugar Bowl football team of selected 2011 high school graduated stars goes into training Thursday morning at Kimball Union Academy in Plainfield, N.H.

The 58th annual game between Vermont and New Hampshire kicks off at 2:30 p.m., Saturday Aug. 6, at Windsor High School’s MacLeay-Royce Field.

“The coaching staff goes into camp Wednesday and the kids report Thursday morning for physicals,” CVU and Vermont head coach Jim Provost said in a telephone interview on Sunday (July 24).

From last fall’s CVU Division II semifinalists, Provost has quarterback-defensive back Konnor Fleming, two-way tackle and punter Cameron Fitzgerald, and linebacker Eric Palmer.

Instructions will not only from Provost but also his CVU staff of assistants including Tim Halvorson, Brendan and Kevin McCarthy, Tyler Provost and Mike Yesalonia.

Provost, who also guided the Vermont team in 1990 when he was the head coach at Rice Memorial, said he wants to start installing offensive and defensive schemes the first day of practice.

“We are hoping the kids arrive in shape,” he said.

New Hampshire has opened a wide margin lead in the series with a 10-game winning streak, but Provost is optimistic that his team of achievers can hold its own.

“We have the talent to win the Shrine game,” he said, pointing out that the 2010 team under Essex High coach Charlie Burnett was competitive and within a couple of plays of its Granite State counterpart.

“We are going down there to win,” Provost added. “If it doesn’t happen it won’t be because we didn’t believe we could.”



For her grad challenge at Champlain Valley Union High School, Leah Leister will run a one-week softball camp from Aug. 1 to Aug. 5. Participants must be between the ages of 11 and 15, and do not need softball experience. Leister, an incoming senior and member of CVU’s softball team, will conduct the camp at the school’s softball field. The cost is $30 per player, to be paid at the first day of camp. The camp will run each evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.