UVM salutes first responders at center court

Photo by Lee Krohn
University of Vermont President Tom Sullivan (left) takes a moment before Saturday’s exhibition game between UVM and St. Michael’s College to recognize and thank the first responders in the region who assisted with fighting the blaze at UVM’s Torrey Hall in August. At center court are representatives of UVM Rescue, Burlington and South Burlington Fire Departments, UVM Police Services, and Senior Firefighter Jim Buell (third from right in white) from the Shelburne Volunteer Fire Department.

As fall sports came to a close with championship games on Saturday, Champlain Valley Union High School basketball took to the court at UVM, proving that the winter sports season is right around the corner.

CVU was front and center at the annual Vermont Basketball Coaches Association clinic over the weekend.  University of Vermont basketball coach John Becker spoke Sunday morning at the clinic about man-to-man defense and used members of the CVU boys basketball team as demonstrators.
Basketball referee and rules interpreter Dan Shepardson, also the CVU athletic director, was an invited speaker on the rules and points of emphasis that referees will be focusing on this season. Among the bigger changes is that the coaches’ sideline box is getting larger.
CVU girls coach Ute Otley participated in a panel discussion about coaching high school basketball and answered questions from coaches from across Vermont.

The coaches also got a chance on Saturday to take in the annual men’s and women’s exhibition games between St. Michael’s College and UVM.

In the men’s game, former CVU all-star player Walker Storey made his debut as a Purple Knight. The Shelburne teen drilled a 3-pointer with 6:44 left in the first half to cut the UVM lead to 32-16, but the Catamounts took off after that to post a 102-53 win. Storey, a 6-foot-5 forward, also had two rebounds in his 10 minutes of play off the St. Mike’s bench before a crowd of nearly 2,700.
About 125 coaches attended the statewide clinic.

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