January 22, 2019

Upstart CVU hoop guys eye Rutland next

By Mal Boright
Observer correspondent

Having shocked fifth-seeded Middlebury Union High Tuesday night in the opening round of the Division 1 playoffs, coach Mike Osborne and his 12th-seeded Champlain Valley Union High Redhawks will travel to Rutland Friday night at 7 p.m. for a collision with fourth-seeded 18-3 Rutland High.

The Red Raiders earned their way to the quarterfinal with a 62-44 home triumph over 13th-seeded Mount Anthony Union Tuesday.

Rutland’s showcase effort this season was a January win at Rice Memorial, the number one-seeded Green Knights’ lone loss.

CVU, now 10-11, rumbled to the victory over the Tigers, racking up a 15-point lead over the first 16 minutes and cruising from there.

Sophomore guard Walker Storey, who has blossomed into a solid all-around performer, led CVU with 18 points. Senior co-captain Chris Reiss was his usual prominent self with 17.

The rare CVU playoff victory ended Middlebury’s season at 16-5.

In the regular season finale last Friday at Jericho Center, the Redhawks bowed to then 15-5 Mount Mansfield Union, 50-43. The Cougars’ chief liquidator of CVU hopes was the athletic forward Alec Eschholz, who swished 24 points and tore 15 rebounds off the glass.

Storey and Nick Lynn knocked down nine points each for the Hawks.

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