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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