Sports Notes (4/9/09)

April 9, 2009

Postseason honors for five CVU hoopsters

Three seniors from the Champlain Valley Union High boys basketball team and one senior and junior from the girls team have been named to Metro Division all-star teams.

Junior Allison Gannon, the girls’ leading scorer and rebounder, was named to the All-Metro first team and to the Burlington Free Press All-State third team.

Senior forward Renick Lalancette was an All-Metro honorable mention.

From the boys team, senior John Donnelly, a regular double figures scorer and rebounder, earned All-Metro second team plus honorable mention to the All-State squad.

Senior teammates — forward Jack Jesset and guard Ryan Poirier — were awarded honorable mentions.

The All-Metro team is chosen by coaches.

CVU football spring practice set for June

Pleased with a 47-player turnout for a conditioning testing combine in mid-March, Champlain Valley Union High head football coach Jim Provost has chosen the first week in June for four days of spring practice as he and the team look ahead to their first season in Division 2.

“The players will have to be in shape,” Provost said, adding that conditioning is especially important for those who are not playing other sports.

“They should see (assistant coach) Rahn Fleming at the (CVU) fitness center,” the veteran coach said.

Provost said the testing, which included 40-yard sprints, push-ups, sit-ups and other conditioning exercises, generally went well.

“We were happy with the numbers and with the enthusiasm,” Provost said.

The June workouts will consist of four days of drills without equipment.

The Redhawks open their 2009 campaign with a Sept. 4 Friday night game at Burr and Burton in Manchester.

Angstman gets win at Middlebury

Former Champlain Valley Union High baseball star Nick Angstman is helping the Middlebury College baseball team with both his bat and arm.

This past Saturday, Angstman hurled the Panthers to a 13-5 victory over Wesleyan College to earn a split in a twin bill. Wesleyan won the first game, 9-5.

The Panthers are 6-7 overall and 1-4 in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

Local snowboarder captures Bolton title

Dylan Peters of Williston competed in seven events in the Bolton Valley Night Rider Series, and victories in four of them were enough to win the 13- to 17-year-old division.

Peters, 15, beat out 17-year-old Ryan Hebert of Richmond and 15-year-old Thomas Gallagher of Shelburne for the title.

Jaron Thibault of St. George also participated in the 13-17 year-old snowboard category.

The top three finishers in each of the eight season-long Night Rider divisions earned cash and prize packages from series sponsors. It was the fifth year of the Bolton Valley Night Rider Series, which ran from early January to mid-March.