Sports Roundup

Coaches honor CVU’s Otley plus players 

The Vermont Basketball Coaches Association named Ute Otley, head coach of the Champlain Valley Union High Division 1 girls champions, its Division 1 Coach of the Year.

In addition, two junior members of the team, Emily Kinneston and Kaelyn Kohlasch, were named to the Association’s Dream Dozen, which recognizes outstanding non-senior players.

Otley, despite losing by graduation five of her top seven players from the 2012 runner-up team, coached the Redhawks to a 23-0 record and the 2013 crown.

In addition, CVU’s Brad Bissonette and Alexandra Krupp were named to the senior boys and girls Division 1 and 2 North All-Star teams. The boys North team lost to the South, 87-84. The North girls scored a 72-59 triumph over their southern counterparts.

The annual games were played Saturday at Windsor High School.

CVU players in senior boys all-star contest 

Champlain Valley Union High’s Pat Keelan scored one of the goals helping the Austin Conference rap the Harris Conference 6-3 Saturday in the 29th annual Essex Rotary Key Bank All-Star Hockey Classic at the Essex Skating Facility.

Keelan and Redhawk mates Kirk Fontana and Jeremy Lerner were on the winning combine, which had CVU’s Mike Murray as one of the coaches.

Senior players from the recently concluded high school season make up the teams.


Dunphy heading to California

Williston resident and Champlain Valley Union High School hockey player Molly Dunphy, along with fellow Redhawk Rachel Pitcher, is heading to California April 3-7 to play in the national championship with her 24-7-2 Vermont Shamrocks U16 girls hockey team. The team won the New England regional title in Agusta, Me. earlier this month, beating the New Hampshire cyclones 3-0 in the final game.

—Mal Boright, Observer correspondent