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CVU sweeps in Riell tournament 

Josh Bliss goes up for the layup during the CVU boys first round game versus Burr & Burton Academy at the Kevin Riell Memorial Tournament held at CVU on 30Dec16.
Josh Bliss goes up for the layup during the CVU boys first round game versus Burr & Burton Academy at the Kevin Riell Memorial Tournament held at CVU on 30Dec16.

Josh Bliss hit a go-ahead three-pointer in the final minute help the Champlain Valley Union High School boys basketball team complete a sweep of the titles at the second annual Kevin Riell Memorial Tournament, named for the former beloved athletics director at CVU.

The Bliss basket gave the CVU boys a 57-54 win over Rutland to capture the title, with Bliss scoring 20 points to lead the Redhawks (5-1). Walker Storey added 17 points.

Bliss was named tournament MVP, while Storey and Matt Spear were named to the all-tournament team.

The girls capped off their own tournament title earlier in the day with a 51-35 win over Burr and Burton.  Abby Thut led the Redhawks (3-1) with eight points, Lindsey Albertelli chipped in with seven and Marlee Gunn had six points and five steals.

Thut was named tournament MVP and teammate Mekkena Boyd was named to the all-tournament team.

—Lauren Read, Observer correspondent