CVU’S KINNESTON IS VERMONT’S PLAYER OF YEAR
She is not one of those point-a-second scoring machines, but she is busy, busy, busy on the court for the 23-0 Champlain Valley Union High girls’ Division 1 basketball champs.
That describes junior Emily Kinneston, recently named Vermont’s Gatorade Player of the Year based on athletic prowess, academic performance and good character.
“Emily is very deserving,” said coach Ute Otley, noting that while Kinneston is not a huge scorer (she led CVU with 12.8 points per game) that as a complete player she does much for the team, including rebounds, assists and steals.
“On our team our scoring is spread out, but she does so much for us,” Otley said.
In the classroom, Kinneston has a 3.9 grade point average. She also volunteers for various charitable causes such as literacy outreach, Special Olympics and youth camps.
CVU SKIERS HELP VERMONT WIN EASTERN NORDIC TITLE
Presque Isle, Me. and its Nordic ski facility are probably a-okay with Champlain Valley Union High Nordic skier Taylor Spillane.
Spillane won the 5k and 7.5k events this past weekend in the Eastern Interscholastic Nordic Ski Championships in the Pine Tree State.
The Vermont team retained the title it also won a year ago.
A busy Spillane also found time and the energy to help the co-ed Vermont relay team win its race.
Spillane’s CVU teammate, Autumn Eastman, also had a solid performance. She was runner-up in freestyle, third in classic and fourth in the 1.5k sprint.
In team standings, Vermont was followed by Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York, in that order.
TWO FROM CVU NAMED TO GRIDIRION SHRINE TEAM
Two veterans of the trenches for the Champlain Valley Union High football team have been named to the 2013 Vermont Shrine football team, which will meet its New Hampshire counterparts in the August Maple Sugar Bowl game of graduated seniors.
Lineman Alec Distler and linebacker Harvey Ottinger will suit up for the Green Mountain State team to be coached by Burrand Burton Academy’s Jason Thomas.
“They are both very deserving,” said CVU coach Jim Provost.
—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent