One Last Game for Seniors: Windsor Hosts Vermont Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Contest
Rivendell’s Lacey Stever heads to the basket while covered by Williamstown’s Caitlyn Orton during their Vermont Basketball Coaches’ Association All-Star basketball game at Windsor High School yesterday. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Purchase photo reprints »
Thetford’s Ian Weider, left, tries to knock the ball loose as Hazen’s Dimitri Vasiliadis goes for a layup during their Vermont Basketball Coaches’ Association All-Star basketball game at Windsor High School yesterday. (Valley News - James M. Patterson) Purchase photo reprints »
Windsor — There were dozens of players honored at the Vermont Basketball Coaches Association all-star festivities yesterday in Windsor, with Stephanie Grobe’s star perhaps shining the brightest. The Hartford High senior was not only named the VBCA player of the year, but she also scored 15 points in the all-star game pitting the North and South teams.
“She’s one of the best kids I have ever been around,” said Hartford boys coach Steve Landon, who coached Grobe her sophomore and junior seasons when he led the girls team.
Grobe is headed for Clarkson University, a Division III school that does not offer athletic scholarships, but she plans on trying out for the basketball team.
She will attend Clarkson on an academic scholarship, which reflects her accomplishments as a member of the honors program at Hartford.
“I’ve already talked to the coach (John Hampton) and I think I might have a chance to play there,” she said.
“I think she can definitely play there,” said Landon.
Grobe said she was excited when she got the call about being the player of year, and was equally happy to make the Division I-II All-Star team along with teammate Kelsey Kehoe.
“It was awesome to get that call and to play one more game with Kelsey,” Landon said.
“Without a doubt she is the best kid I ever coached,” the coach added. “When the game was on the line she was always there. She could just figure things out especially on defense when she would jump into the passing lanes and get our offense started.”
The all-day festivities feted many players and coaches. Russ Wilcox of Rivendell was cited for winning his 200th game, and Windsor’s Don Swinyer won the Tommy Finnell Service Award for 30 years of working with Yellowjacket basketball program.
Outstanding underclassmen were selected for “Dream Teams.” Among those tabbed were Woodstock’s Doug Avellino, Oxbow’s Mikayla Hodge and Thetford’s of Shyann Josler and Brandon Gray.
St. Johnsbury’s Dan Thurston was the lone Hall of Fame selection.
He coached the girls teams to four state championships and his teams won 189 games.
While Grobe was the top female player, the boys award for top performer went to Missisquoi’s Matt St. Amour. He averaged 30 points per game along with six rebounds and three steals. He scored 2,064 points in his career.
There were four all-star games played, with the North dominating.
■ In the Division III-IV girls game it was the North, 89-57. Windsor girls Nikki Kibling and Ashlee Dimick played for the South ,along with Rivendell’s Lacey Stever and Stephanie DeSimone.
■ Windsor’s Tanner Tibbits had nine points to lead the South scorers in the boys Division III-IV clash, won by the North, 93-80. Other players taking part were Thetford’s Dominic Chatot, Aiden Cleaves and Ian Weider, Ian Kinnarney of South Royalton, Jack Steketee of Rivendell and Windsor’s Luke TanCreti.
■ It was the North over the South in the girls Division I-II all-star clash, 72-59. Later yesterday Hartford’s Josh Claflin and Nick Fucci played in the boys Division I-II finale.
This article has been amended to correct an earlier error. The following correction appeared in the Tuesday, March 26 edition of the Valley News:
Hartford basketball standout Stephanie Grobe will be attending Clarkson University after being recruited to play basketball on the collegiate level. Her college choice was incorrectly reported in the Sunday Valley News.