Dec. 10, 2009
By Mal Boright
Three members of the Division 2 runner-up Champlain Valley Union High football team earned first team All-State status and two others were accorded honorable mention on the annual galaxy group announced this weekend by the sponsoring Burlington Free Press.
In addition, Division 2 coaches named CVU’s Jim Provost their coach of the year, while eight Redhawk defensive players and seven from the offense were given slots on the various All-Division teams.
All-State first team honors went to offensive tackle Nathan Mills, defensive end Matt Long and cornerback Konnor Fleming. Mills and Long are seniors and Fleming is a junior.
All-State honorable mentions were won by senior placekicker Brian Cherhoniak and defensive lineman Cameron Fitzgerald.
Long was named tight end on the All-Division offense. He was joined by Mills, senior lineman Dan Thabault and Cherhoniak on the first team while Fleming is second team quarterback.
Offense honorable mentions went to running back J. P. Benoit, a junior, and senior lineman Mikey Bean.
Long, Fitzgerald and Fleming made the Division 2 first team defense. Second team picks are junior lineman Dale Conger along with linebackers Thabault, sophomore Drew Nick and junior Eric Palmer.
Senior Ryan Busch is second team defensive back.
Provost, in his second season as head coach, led the Redhawks to a 9-2 season and an appearance in the Division 2 title game after CVU was boosted to the higher division following the 2008 campaign in which it just failed to gain a Division 3 playoff berth.