Redhawks earn football honors

Dec. 16, 2010

Their second — and final — football season in Division 2 saw the Champlain Valley Union High Redhawks gain the semifinals and then place five players on the Burlington Free Press All-State team. Sixteen players earned All-Division honors.

Junior place kicker Tucker Kohlasch was named to the All-State first team offense while wide receiver Taylor Gingras earned honorable mention.

On the All-State defense, senior Konnor Fleming got a defensive back slot and senior Cameron Fitzgerald was named to the line. Linebacker Eric Palmer, also a senior, got an honorable mention.

During the season, Kohlasch, Old Thunderfoot, nailed 25 extra points and six field goals, one of 42 yards.

Fleming, who also led the CVU offense from his quarterback slot, was a prime time defender with big pass interceptions and tackles.

Fitzgerald, a stalwart on the defensive line, also scored three touchdowns by breaking up plays with fumble recoveries and in one case an interception.

All-Division 2 offensive stars were Gingras on the first team and Fleming on the second team as quarterback. Honorable mentions went to running backs Tyler Barnes and J. P.Benoit, tight end Ryan Beaudry and linemen Alec Distler, Quinn Kropf and Dylan Raymond.

On the first team defense were Fitzgerald as lineman and punter, and Fleming. Second team selections went to linebackers Palmer and Barnes, along with lineman Dale Conger. Honorable mentions were awarded to defensive backs Derek Goodwin and Gingras, linebackers Ryan Fleming and Drew Nick and linemen Crawford Morris and Ian Solomon.

— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent