Nov. 17, 2011
HONORS AND PARADE APPEARANCES AWAIT CVU CHEERLEADERS
In just its second year, the Champlain Valley Union club cheerleading program is already earning notable awards.
Five of the Redhawks have been named to the National Cheerleaders Association’s All-America squad with two to appear in New York City’s annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade next Thursday (Nov. 24) and two to be in the Disney World Christmas Parade.
The five are juniors Sarah Gerry, Brenna Gorman, Lexi Delaire and Gracey Delisle, and sophomore Ashley Filardi.
Gerry and Gorman will be among 2,200 cheerleaders from across the country in the Macy’s parade.
Delisle and Filardi will be at the Disney World show.
The CVU cheerleaders started their routines at home football games in 2010 and continued this past season. “We had 19 cheerleaders this year,” said coach Michelle Filardi, adding that volunteers run the program. She said an application for varsity status is underway.
CVU FOOTBALL SENDING FIVE TO NORTH-SOUTH GAME
For the second straight year, five members of the Champlain Valley football team will be in action when the annual North-South Senior Bowl takes place Saturday (12:30 p.m.) at Middlebury College.
Representing the Redhawks will be Ryan Fleming (linebacker), Tucker Kohlasch (kicker, safety), Quinn Kropf (lineman, linebacker), Drew Nick (quarterback, safety) and Dylan Raymond (lineman).
“These guys are all very deserving,” said CVU head coach Jim Provost. “The game will be a good experience for them.”
The Redhawks will be part of the North team. North Country’s Bob Davis is head coach. Rutland mentor John Norman will direct the South squad.
The 2011 CVU team, which put up a 5-4 record and reached the postseason quarterfinals in its initial Division I campaign, has its booster-sponsored annual dinner Friday night at the school.