Redhawks open winter sports seasons (12/3/09)

Dec. 3, 2009

By Mal Boright

Observer correspondent

Basketball returns to Champlain Valley Union High’s Bremner Gymnasium this week, with the CVU boys and girls jayvee and varsity teams opening their 2009-2010 campaigns Thursday and Friday nights.

Mount Mansfield Union High boys will be in town Thursday (7 p.m. varsity), while the Cougar girls will invade Friday (7 p.m. varsity.)

Also on Friday, the boys hockey team will take to the ice at the annual Burchard Tournament at Leddy Arena, meeting Rice Memorial High in a first round clash at 8 p.m. The defending Division 1 champion Redhawks will play again Saturday in either the consolation or championship game. The boys’ season opener was at home Wednesday against South Burlington High.

The girls hockey team has its second test Saturday with a 5:40 p.m. home contest at Cairns Arena against Colchester High. The Redhawks opened Wednesday against Mount Mansfield Union at Essex.

Next week on Wednesday, the gymnastics team gets its schedule under way with a 7 p.m. home meet against Harwood Union, while the wrestling team travels to Enosburg High for a 6 p.m. event.

The boys basketball team got in a final tune-up for the season Monday with a home scrimmage against Harwood Union High.

“We are very athletic this year,” coach Scott Bliss said. “We can do a lot of different things with a mix of guards and tweener (6-foot to 6-foot-4) players.”

Girls coach Stan Williams had his team slated for a final scrimmage at Middlebury Union High on Tuesday.

He called his new edition “versatile” with a “good mix of returning veterans and younger players.”

Senior frontcourt starters Allison Gannon, in her fourth varsity season, and Kendal Kohlasch are co-captains.

Coach Doug Hopper lost several key players by graduation from his boys hockey title team of a year ago, but several veterans are back to lead another assault on the division’s crown. Forwards Robbie Dobrowski, Nate LaCroix, Sam Parent and Kyle Logan will help with the firepower while senior veteran Cully Millikin returns to organize the defense.

Girls hockey coach Tom Ryan has some returning offensive weapons up front in seniors Maggie Ryan and KK Logan along with junior vets Alyx Rivard and Molly Howard.

Logan, the team captain, is back after missing her junior year due to a knee injury.

Seniors Emmaleigh Loyer and Kate Ford, along with junior Lizzy Betz, will help anchor the defense.