Eli Hark, CVU correspondent
Champlain Valley Union Redhawks took the court Tuesday with a message for the rest of the league, extending their win streak to 95 games and 4 straight D1 championships besting BFA 42-28.
It was a bit chilly outside, but inside Patrick Gymnasium at the University of Vermont, it was a heated evening for the Division 1 State Championships for Girls Basketball.
Any statistician can tell you that each game you win, the likelihood of continuing your streak diminishes, but for this CVU team, the previous 94 hadn’t changed anything.
After a tough back and forth in the first quarter, CVU was down going into the second quarter, but that didn’t last long. By the end of the first half CVU was on top and ready to keep pounding.
As the CVU student section chanted, cheered and celebrated every shot, the girls on the court played clean basketball. Laurel Jaunich snatched six rebounds and put up 12 points with teammate Sadie Otley scoring 11 points with six rebounds and two steals.
“With grace and grit. With spirit and sweat. With laughter and love. With seamless selflessness on the court, as modeled by the many years of seniors who came before them,” wrote CVU Wrestling/Football Coach, Rahn Flemming, on Facebook after the game.
With this win, CVU sealed a win streak spanning a full four seasons. Undefeated seasons are one thing, but to have a team go 95-0 is absolutely unheard of, especially in D1.
“I’d never imagine that 95 games later, we’d be here with all wins,” said senior Laurel Jaunich after the game.
CVU has built a reputation since Head Coach Ute Otley took the reins 5 seasons ago, with this year’s seniors never experiencing a loss. “I told them that there is not a girl playing high school girls basketball in Vermont that knows what it’s like to beat you or beat this team — ever,” Otley said after the game.
The CVU Girls Basketball team has added yet another trophy to the case and will be back next year to keep pounding.