By Mal Boright
“It was a nice year,” summed up Champlain Valley Union High coach Seth Emerson this week of his junior varsity basketball lads, who finished their season 16-4.
Coming off last year’s 19-1 campaign, Emerson sees only good times ahead for the boys hoop program.
“The future looks bright,” he said. “I am really excited.”
Team leaders, according to Emerson, were sophomores Colin Monsey and Marc Hoeppner from their backcourt slots. Monsey was among the team scoring leaders, averaging about 10 tallies per outing.
A big inside presence was sophomore Harry Mead, averaging over nine points a game while two freshmen, Will Burroughs and Spencer Dooley, were outstanding rebound grabbers.
As for the defensive side, Emerson said Hoeppner, sophomore Elliot Cockayne and sophomore Brad Werner were the best on-the-ball defenders.
“Werner was really gritty, our junkyard dog type,” the coach said.
Sophomore Matt Spear was a solid playmaker, with both passing and penetration skills.
Most improved player, according to Emerson was sophomore Brad Reynolds, “a very athletic guy.”
Freshman Zach Toensing was also a solid force.
Four freshmen, Jack Scotnicki, Paul Keen, Burroughs and Dooley are the “gym rats” who are there, basketballs at the ready, all the time, said Emerson.
Another good sign came from the jayvee B, or freshman program, which won all 14 of its games.