Covering the Field: Introducing Cooper Willsey

Covering the Field: Introducing Cooper Willsey

Cooper Willsey is incredible. “I started working with Cooper in a mentor, coach role two years ago to help him with his cycling. I was especially interested in working with him because of both the physical and mental promise he showed as a young athlete,” began cyclocross coach Jake Hollenbach. “He has a great combination […]

Sam McClellan

Sam McClellan

Sam McClellan is a confident freeskier. “At age 18 Sam was the oldest member of the freeskiing squad this season, and with that he brought a whole lot of maturity, cognitive thinking skills, and refined talent,” Ry Young, Freeride Team Director at Mad River Glen noted. “Like most teenagers Sam had his struggles, but in […]

Covering the Field: Introducing Carolyn Snell

Covering the Field: Introducing Carolyn Snell

Rice Memorial High School head girls basketball coach Tim Rice uses his pet nickname “Super Snell,” when first asked to describe Carolyn Snell, his standout senior forward of four years. Other accolades include, “Carolyn is perhaps the best offensive rebounder Rice has ever had. She has played in four final four games for Rice. She […]

Covering the Field: Introducing Troy Bergeron

Troy Bergeron is a strong leader. Just ask Champlain Valley Union’s (CVU) head wrestling coach Gunnar Olsen. “Troy excelled in the classroom and trained with a seriousness that the younger guys looked up to. He finished strong and we’re proud of his accomplishments as our captain.” Born and raised in Shelburne, Bergeron’s family includes parents, Andrea […]

Covering the Field: Introducing Thomas Robinson

Covering the Field: Introducing Thomas Robinson

by Sheri Duff Thomas Robinson is a wonderful teammate. At least that’s what Rice head boys ice hockey coach Leonard Badeau said when asked about his senior forward. “His positivity, kindness, and humor helped keep the team focused and determined through the long and challenging season.” Born in Seattle, Wash., Robinson and his family relocated […]

Covering the Field: Introducing Richard Baccei

Richard Baccei is competitive. “He’s among the most competitive guys I have coached,” offered Champlain Valley Union (CVU) head boys basketball coach Mike Osborne. “While an ankle injury unfortunately altered his season, he played his best basketball late in the year and helped the team have a decent showing in the playoffs,” Osborne continued. “Richard scored […]

Covering the Field: Introducing Charlie Maitland

Covering the Field: Introducing Charlie Maitland

“Charlie Maitland is a true athlete,” began Champlain Valley Union (CVU) head Nordic coach Sarah Strack. Eager to discuss his attributes, coach Strack continued, “Charlie started Nordic ski racing his sophomore year. He was a natural at skate technique coming from hockey. Through hard work and determination he conquered classic technique. Charlie has been training […]

Covering the Field: Introducing Emma Putre

Covering the Field: Introducing Emma Putre

Emma Putre is a leader. “Emma has always been athletically talented but this year she blossomed as a leader,” began Champlain Valley Union (CVU) head alpine ski coach Mike Minnerly. “Emma works hard on her own, is a team player, and a great role model. She is the poster child for alpine skiing. And even […]

Covering the Field: Introducing Greg Talbert

Covering the Field: Introducing Greg Talbert

by Sheri Duff “The two words I would use to describe Greg Talbert are driven and intense,” began Champlain Valley Union (CVU) head boys ice hockey coach Mike Murray. “I know this will sound cliché but goalies are a different breed. Greg wants to succeed. We have a fairly young team and the guys feed […]

Covering the Field: Introducing Caitlin Grasso

Covering the Field: Introducing Caitlin Grasso

Caitlin Grasso is important. At least that’s the way Champlain Valley Union (CVU) head girls basketball coach Ute Otley describes her senior caption. Specifically coach Otley says, “Caitlin is so important to our team this year. Her ball-handling and ability to hit outside shots has given our team offensive balance, and her tenacious defense rattles […]