VBCA, MVL All-Star teams announced



Sports Editor

BENNINGTON -- Lots of local talent will represent Bennington County at the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association all-star festitives this weekend.

There will be four Senior all-star games -- Division III and IV girls at 11 a.m., Division III and IV boys at 1 p.m., Division I and II girls at 3 p.m. and Division I and II boys at 5 p.m.

Four seniors on area teams will compete in those contests. In Division I-II girls, Mount Anthony’s Kate Goodell and Makayla Farrara earned the nod. Goodell will play at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute next season.

"They deserve it, they’ve worked hard for four years and it’s all coming to fruition," said MAU girls basketball coach Brian Harrington. "It embodies what MAU girls basketball is about. They don’t stand out scoring a lot of points, but they stand out in a lot of different ways."

In Division I-II boys, Mount Anthony’s Sean Brundage was chosen for the team, but will not play as he is in Guatemala as part of a mission with other MAU students.

In Division III-IV boys, Arlington’s DJ Jennings, who reached the 1,000-point plateau this season, will play for Rochester coach Earl Kingsbury.

The Dream Dozen, recognized as the top underclassmen in the state, will also be honored.

Local stars include Burr and Burton Academy’s Hannah Nicholson in the large division and Arlington’s Molly Elwell and Julia Lacoste in the small division. In the large division for the boys, three BBA Bulldogs are in after a 22-1 season -- Joey Shehadi, Conor Harrington and Tyeshawn Gadson, a trio that reached the Division I semifinal and averaged nearly 44 points a game this season.

"That third BBA-MAU game, the playoff game, it was great for southern basketball," said VBCA executive director David Frederickson. "I call all the kids who are chosen for the Dream Dozen and I’m pleased because they are familiar with it."

Other awards include recognizing the 1,000-point scorers, coaches, officials and players of the year, scholarships, milestone wins, the Spalding award for undefeated teams, the Tristan Southworth Award, the Tom Fennell Service Award and induction into the VBCA Hall of Fame.

"For those 120 kids in the four games, for most of them it’s their last game," Frederickson said. "This is a nice event to end their high school careers." MVL basketball all-stars

BENNINGTON -- The Marble Valley League named its all-stars in all divisions on Monday.

In the boys ‘A’ Division, Burr and Burton Academy juniors Joey Shehadi and Conor Harrington earned first-team honors, along with Mount Anthony senior Sean Brundage. BBA’s Tyeshawn Gadson and MAU’s Tyler Champagne were named to the second team, while Dave Shehadi was named as the Coach of the Year after a 22-1 season and a trip to the Division I semifinal.

In the boys ‘D’ division, Arlington senior DJ Jennings was chosen for the first team, while sophomore teammate Austin Hawley was named to the second team.

On the girls side, Mount Anthony had half of the 10 players chosen for the two teams in the ‘A’ Division after a season where the Patriots won the Marble Valley League crown and reached the Division I semifinal.

First teamers were Kate Goodell and Makayla Farrara, while senior Brinkley Legacy, junior Maddy Main and sophomore Kathryn Frasier were all chosen to second-team honors.

"They did enough playing league games to be recognized," Harrington said. "I talked to [Brattleboro coach] Paul [Freed] at the MVL meeting and he said it seemed like Kate and Makayla and Brinkley had been there for nine years. Obviously, they’ve had an impact."

Main and Frasier were chosen, but internal discussions included Keira Goodell and Brianna Legacy as well, Harrington said.

"It showed that we had a lot of good players that all played significant time this season," Harrington said. "We were hard to scout, the next ones coming in were nearly as good as the starters."

In the ‘C’ division, Arlington’s Julia Lacoste, the Eagles’ leading scorer this season, was named to the first-team.


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