The County Southpaw

When the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association brought together the states best players in Springfield in late March for the Annual Basketball day, one of the top honors went to Champlain Valley Union High School junior, Ben Brooks. Brooks was named to the Associations Dream Dozen as one of the states top twelve underclassmen. Based off of his three years of high school ball so far, you cant argue with their decision. Brooks returned to CVU this past season as a junior after spending his sophomore campaign at Rice Memorial, and the return to Bremner Court served him just fine. Brooks averaged 21.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game as the Redhawks advanced to the state Division One quarterfinals. He exceeded the 30 point mark six times and put up 40 in the opening game of the playoffs against South Burlington, earning all Metro and Burlington Free Press All State Honors. He will enter his senior year next December with 1,004 points and will again be a key component in a CVU team which will rank as one of the pre-season favorites for the 2008 Metro Division championship. Add in a solid cast of fellow returnees, including Greg Gause, Evan Michaud, Derek Liebert and Jack Jesset and things certainly should be exciting next winter in Hinesburg. Spring sports ready to roll...if the weather cooperates If the nasty winter that wont relent ever ends, Champlain Valley Union High Schools spring sports teams are going to be ready to get outside and get the new season underway. The boys and girls tennis teams are scheduled to begin play this week and the lacrosse teams are also slated to begin action on Friday, April 13. Baseball and softball begin next week IF conditions permit. I guess we can only hope that we are in an opposite pattern from the one we saw last spring. Last year the warm weather came in March and teams were outside scrimmaging by April. But the great weather did not last and some of the soggiest May and June weather on record soon followed. This year it is cold and wet/white into April. Hopefully that means that May and June will be beautiful. Hey, this is Vermont, so we should never be surprised. For more of George Commo on sports visit www.vermontbroadcastsports.com.

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