Wildcat Greats Reunite at Dave Morse Classic

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2022 Championship Team
Front row (left to right): Gavon Stratton, Khamden Luangrath, Carter Hill, Aasha Gould, Jadon Baker, Manager Sully Laflam, Manager Zeke Wohlberg. Back row (left to right) Assistant Coach Kevin Doyon, Assistant Coach Mike Baker, Head Coach Aaron Hill, Fenton Meyer, Tyler Rivard, Ryan Morrison, Gabe Michaud, Xavier Hill, Ryker Willette, Lincoln Michaud, Assistant Coach Travis hill, Assistant Coach Adam Gann.

by Ken Brown

HARDWICK – The late, great, hall of famer Dave Morse was surely looking down with all smiles over the weekend as the tournament named after his legacy turned into a who’s who of Hazen Union basketball legends, coming together to celebrate over 40 years of building an iconic basketball community in the town of Hardwick.

All of Hazen’s eight state championship teams were recognized along with the players, coaches, and contributors from those teams. Many made the trip through conditions that were less than ideal, from the legendary Dan Hudson who coached Hazen to its first state title in ‘81, to Steve Pratt whose championship team in ‘96 created a blueprint and laid the foundation for a young assistant named Aaron Hill to bring a new level of insane dedication to build a basketball program within a community that will go down in history as one of the best ever in the state of the Vermont.

Among the all-time greats who joined in the celebration were the trio of Wildcat champions and 1,000 point scorers: Tim Shedd, Billy Welcome, and Jamon Renaud. Shedd graduated in 2001 as the most prolific scorer in school history, with 1,695 career points, averaging nearly 30 points per game his senior campaign. Shedd is also the all-time rebound leader at Hazen Union and no one played more games in a Wildcat uniform than Shedd (91) and Renaud (90). Renaud graduated in ‘96, eighth on the all-time career scoring list with 1,025 points, averaging nearly 20 points per game his senior season. Welcome graduated in ‘00 and is the third all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,352 points.

“The support shown this weekend for the program and the people who built it makes you very proud to be part of this community,” said Hill. “Jamon has always supported living here locally, Tim drove through a snowstorm from North Carolina to be here, and Billy flew in from Chicago. It was just an amazing weekend,” added Hill.

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1981 Championship Team
Jim LeCours, Alan Delaricheliere, Head Coach Dan Hudson
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1996 Championship Team
Front row (left to right): Assistant Coach Jon Lussier, Manager Wendy (Fadden) Bartlett, Daryl Hayden. Back row (left to right): Assistant Coach Aaron Hill, Head Coach Steve Pratt, Chris Davison, Travis Hill, Jamon Renaud, Matt Richardson.
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2016 Championship Team
Front row (left to right): Manager Karen Hudson, Walden Gann, Freddy Larsen, Elliott Kimball. Back row (left to right): Head Coach Aaron Hill, Assistant Coach Mike Baker, Kevin Doyon, Kaleb Olsacher, Nate Gilcris, Derek Richardson, Dan Kish, Jake Gilcris, Assistant Coach Adam Gann.
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2010 Championship Team
Front row (left to right): Assistant Coach Mike Baker, Manager Karen Hudson, Adam Whitney, Alan Therrien, Billy Boyd. Charles Lee, Patrick Richardson. Back row (left to right) Head Coach Aaron Hill, Assistant Coach Jamon Renaud, Assistant Coach Travis Hill.
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2009 Championship Team
Front row (left to right): Assistant Coach Mike Baker, Adam Whitney, Jeb Appleton, Alan Therrian, Jon Flood, Andrew Whitney. Back row: Head Coach Aaron Hill, Assistant Coach Jamon Renaud, Assistant Coach Travis Hill, Billy Boyd.
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2006 Championship Team
Front row (left to right): Assistant Coach Mike Baker, Manager Karen Hudson, Troy Lemay, Jamon Smith, Ben Forant. Back row (left to right) Head Coach Aaron Hill, Andrew Whitney, Spencer Howard, Assistant Coach Travis Hill, Assistant Coach Jamon Renaud.