CVU girls basketball team in state title race, while boys end season in semifinals


(The date of the boys state championship game was incorrect in an earlier version. The game is

Thursday, Feb. 29, at Patrick Gymnasium at the University of Vermont.)

Almost perfect — that’s what the Champlain Valley Union High girls basketball team’s season has been like.

With just one loss, the team’s chances of repeating as state champs look good.

CVU girls team’s sole loss came on Friday, Feb. 2, 52-51 to St. Johnsbury. Since then, the Redhawks have reeled off eight straight victories to finish the regular season with a 14-1 record (19-1 overall, counting scrimmages and non-league games).

The team ended the regular season at Mt. Mansfield with a decisive 58-27 victory on Saturday, Feb. 24.

Hopefully, that win is a portent of things to come because the Redhawks begin the postseason, facing Mt. Mansfield (6-9, 12-9 overall) again. This game will be at home in Hinesburg at 7 p.m. tonight, Sept. 29.

Boys basketball

The CVU boys basketball team’s season ended on Monday night, in the postseason semifinals. The Redhawks fell to Burlington after the Seahawk’s Kyle Eaton hit a layup as the clock was running down to take a 59-56 win at Patrick Gym at the University of Vermont.

Burlington will return to Patrick Gym on Thursday to face crosstown rival Rice in the state championship.

CVU ended the season with an 13-3 league record (18-4 overall).

The team beat BFA-St. Albans to get to the penultimate season contest last Friday at CVU in an exciting 50-48 game.

The loss to Burlington was disappointing because the Redhawks had beaten the Seahawks twice in the regular season, while CVU fell to Rice in both of its games against the Green Knights this year.