Three locals named as Dream Dozen honorees

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The Vermont Basketball Coaches Association announced its awards for the 2019-2020 boys and girls winter seasons. The all star games and events will not take place due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The "Dream Dozen" is awarded to the best underclassmen in the state, and Burr and Burton's Carol Herbert was picked by the VBCA as one of the 12 girls in the Divison I/ Division II group.

On the boys side, Mount Anthony's Gavin Johnson was recognized with the same honor.

In Division III-IV, Arlington's Schuylar Nolan earned the Dream Dozen honors.

Herbert paced BBA all season long, leading her team to a record of 14-8 and a trip to the quarterfinals.

BBA coach Erin Mears praised Herbert's all around game.

"She really shows up on both ends of the court for us, with a huge, huge presence," Mears said.

Herbert averaged 14.4 points per game for BBA, including a season-high of 22 in a one-point victory over Mount Abraham.

Johnson, who was also named to the Division I boys first team, had a great season for MAU. He led his team in scoring, averaging 16.7 points per game for the Patriots. Johnson was forced to miss the team's first three games of the season due to an injury. It didn't take him long to get into his groove, however, posting 18 points in his second game of the season, and following that with a season-high 29 point effort. MAU finished the season 4-16, but Johnson will be a big boost for next year's squad as they look to bounce back.

Herbert's teammate Grace Pinkus was selected to the Divison I-II girls team. Pinkus enjoyed a great season, and played her best basketball late in the season. Over her final eight games, Pinkus averaged 12.8 points per game for BBA.

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Mears wanted her team to play fast and aggressively. Both of those things suited Pinkus' game.

"Grace's athleticism is unmatched. We wanted to play up-tempo and press a lot, and she really led us the way with that style of play," Mears said.

Pinkus and Herbert laid the foundation for a successful BBA season with hard work, according to Mears.

"They both always come ready to work. They have a desire to win and compete, just very competitive by nature," she said.

On the boys side of things for BBA basketball, Tommy Baker was selected as a member of the first-team. Baker averaged more than 13 points a game for a 9-13 Bulldogs squad. Baker's teammate, Dom DeRita, was named as a second-team/ honorable mention selection.

MAU freshman Braeden Billert was also named to the second-team/ honorable mention group for his play.


The 36th Rotary All Star Hockey Classic was canceled due to COVID-19. The teams were still announced, however, and include four BBA seniors.

Joey McCoy and John Miceli were both named to the all star team as offensive players, while Quinn Murnaghan was named as a defense and Ethan Simonds was chosen as one of the goalies. The group led BBA to a 14-9-1 record.

Their coach, Mark Slade, was announced as one of three coaches for the Harris team.


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