Local Hoopsters Take Home VBCA Honors

by Ken Brown

NORTHEAST KINGDOM – For a second straight year, the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association(VBCA) Senior All-Star Game will not be played due to COVID-19 concerns, but several local star student athletes were still recognized for their outstanding seasons and careers on the hard court over the weekend.

Hazen Union’s Natalie Geoffroy and Alleigh Gabaree were selected to the Division III-IV senior North Team, along with Melaina Fogg and Gracie Beck of Peoples Academy. Autumn Larocque and Carlie Belivieau of Danville were selected to the senior South Team. Gabaree was also an All-Mountain League second team selection, along with fellow senior Macy Molleur. Sophomore Alexis Christensen was an honorable mention and Geoffroy was given the Peter Hartt Award for demonstrating strong work ethic, compassion, devotion to her team, and respect to coaches, teammates, opponents, and officials.

Fogg and Beck were also All-Mountain League first team selections, along with Danville’s Colleen Flinn. Shelby Wells of Peoples Academy took home Player of the Year honors and her coach Amanda Tingaud was awarded Coach of the Year honors for their outstanding season.

Flinn and Wells were also selected to the Vermont Dream Team by the VBCA for their outstanding play as underclassmen. Former Cabot legend Billy Waller reached the 300-career win milestone as a head coach and earned Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Vergennes girls’ basketball team to the Division III title game last month.

Hazen Union’s Isaiah Baker was a Division III-IV senior North Team selection on the boys’ side after leading the Wildcats in scoring for a third straight season. Baker ended his career with the second most points scored in school history, behind only Tim Shedd. Twinfield’s Gavin Fowler was also a first team selection after leading the Trojans in scoring for a third straight year. Danville’s Ethan Gould and Logan Young, along with PA’s Charlie Veit and Tamirat Tomlinson, were also selected to the first team. Jadon Baker had a breakout sophomore year for the Wildcats and was rewarded with a VBCA Vermont Dream Team selection. Mountain League honors were not given out on the boys’ side this season due to the abbreviated schedules.