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Winter teams at a glance

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December 12th, 2013

Champlain Valley Union High School coaches provide a first look at their teams for the winter sports season.

 

Alpine Skiing

Coaches: Mike Minnerly, Danielle Hampton, Lee Morse

Key returning veterans:

Boys: Will Colomb; Ted Hadley; Skye Golann; Boomer Vazquez

Girls: Emma Putre; Emma Owens; Natalie Franklin; Cassidy McGlaflin; Sydney McGlaflin

Leading newcomers:

Boys: Caden Frost

Girls: Noelle DesLauriers

Season prospects: Should be pretty strong. We are still young and dealing with some out-of-season injuries. If we can get healthy and stay healthy, we will be fine.

 

Boys basketball

Head Coach: Michael Osborne

Assistant coaches: Anthony Spagnolo; Bobby Shedd

Key returning veterans: Lucas Aube; Matt Cockayne; Zack Evans; Matt Howell; Ed Myers; Brandon O’Connell; Ryan Schneiderman

Leading newcomers: Richard Baccei; Drew Fisher; Nick Lynn; Jed Morris; Collin Osabahr; Chris Reiss

Season prospects: We hope to consistently bring our best daily, practice or game, in terms of effort, attitude, communication, togetherness and fundamental skills. We feel good about ability to experience success if we do.

 

Girls Basketball

Coach: Ute Otley

Key returning veterans: Emily Kinneston; Kaelyn Kohlasch; Amanda Beatty; Amanda Lougee; Sadie Otley; Laurel Jaunich

Leading newcomers: Caitlin Grasso

Season prospects: CVU should compete with the best teams in the Metro. With eight returning varsity letter winners, including Miss Basketball, Emily Kinneston, CVU has experience, depth and team speed.

Gymnastics

Coaches: Bob Abbott; Lynn Chouinard (first year dance coach)

Key returning veterans: Taylor Underwood (Captain); Hillary Palmer (Captain); Olivia Arms (Captain); Sarah Kinsley

Leading newcomers: Emilie Bernier; Grace Viscito; Julia Higa

Season prospects: CVU’s strength will be powered by Sarah Kinsley, Jessie Johnson and Jackie Casson. These girls compete all-around on vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise and will be the core of our team. Event specialists are Caroline Hern (V, UB), Hillary Palmer (BB), Taylor Underwood (V, BB), Olivia Arms (UB) and Taylor Filardi (BB).

The season outlook is strong again. CVU has finished a close second the past couple of years and should remain a powerhouse even with a smaller team this year.

 

Boys ice hockey

Coach: Mike Murray

Key returning veterans: Greg Talbert; Alex Bulla; Kaleb Godbout; Brendan Gannon; Ryan Keelan

Leading newsomers: Thomas Samuelsen

Season prospects: (CVU is) one of several in the hunt for championship after appearing in finals last year.

 

Nordic skiing

Coaches: Sarah Strack, Eli Enman, James Donegan, King Milne

Key returning veterans

Girls: Cally Braun; Ming Fen Congdon; Autumn Eastman; Anna Fraceschetti; Alexandra Spicer; Addison Zinner

Boys: Nik Baya; Thomas Clayton; Forrest Dodds; Will Kay; Zach Marshall; Casey Silk; Colin Snyder; Louis St Pierre

Season prospects: Our team of 88 skiers is channeling the energy and excitement of winning both the Girls and Boys Division 1 State Championships last year to start off the season. We are focusing on working together as a team (in a sport that scores individuals) to repeat that performance. We have several key returning individuals from last season’s boys and girls state teams including Cally Braun, Autumn Eastman, Anna Franceschetti, Rachel Slimovitch, Alissa Stone, Mackenzie Buckman, Kate Burke and Tatum Braun for the girls and Thomas Clayton, Will Kay, Casey Silk, Parker Francis, Charlie Maitland and Cooper Wilsey for the boys. In addition, we have lots of new talent joining our roster.
Wrestling

Coaches: Gunnar Olson and Joe Daigneault

Key returning veterans: Alex Legg; Troy Bergeron; Grant Poston; Kienan Kittredge; and Connor Gobielle to name a few. Many more on the edge.

Leading newcomers: Jarett Legg; Cooper Bolduc

Season prospects: Grant Poston and Connor Gobeille will be leading the largest wrestling squad I’ve ever coached and may very well be the largest in CVU history. Every young guy in the practice room seems to be enthusiastic, durable and tough. Already proud of them and they haven’t competed yet. We have overwhelming support from CVU alumni wrestlers who are there as drill sergeants to keep the boys motivated as they train.

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