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Hazen Alums Top Summer Hoop Standings

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HARDWICK – Two plus weeks into the sixteenth annual Hazen Summer League schedule, the Spaulding and Hazen alum teams sit atop of the standings.

courtesy photo Brendan Moodie drains a three in Hazen Summer League action last week

Spaulding ran away with the 2023 Hazen Summer League Championship in 2023 and with a 4-0 start looks poised to defend its title with Crimson Tide greats Cooper Diego, Tavarius Vance, and Riley Severy leading the way. Vance and former ‘Tide’ teammate Isaac Davis were both freshmen on the VTSU Lyndon men’s basketball team this past winter. The Hazen alums are hot on their heels at 3-1 led by Wildcat greats Tyler Rivard and Xavier Hill. Rivard and Hill both claim the past two Capital League Player of the Year honors and highlighted this past week with an 87-57 win over Average Joes. The dynamic duo both energized the fans in the ‘Cat Den’, with Rivard cleaning up a miss in traffic with a tremendous follow up dunk and Hill jamming one home on a breakaway. Hazen has two more teams in the league this summer, with the varsity Red team coached by Aaron Hill and the Blue team coached by Wildcat junior varsity coach Adam Gann. Hill’s Red team is young this season and will lean on the sharp shooting and senior leadership of former Vermont Dream Dozen selection Brendan Moodie. They sit at 1-4 through the first five games but have had the toughest schedule to start. They pushed the Spaulding alumni to the wire in a seven point loss and hung tough against the Hazen alumni before fading late. The Bagley Boys are currently in third place at 2-0 and the team from Peoples Academy are 2-1. Spaulding clipped the Hazen alums to start the season and the two juggernauts will battle again on Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m.

courtesy photo Former Wildcat champion Carter Hill sets a screen on Sully Laflam as Xavier Hill drives past to meet James Lamarre last week in Hazen Summer League action.

“We’re a young team this year but the guys are playing a very fast paced style of basketball that is exciting and we’re getting contributions from a lot of different players so far. We have been getting a great turnout each week so far with 20 middle school and high school boys showing up and we’d love to see some of the Craftsbury players come join us as well,” said Hill.

Middle school grades 6-8 play at 5:00 p.m., junior varsity at 6:00 p.m., and varsity at 7:00 p.m. Monday and Wednesday nights at Hazen Union gymnasium.

Hill’s 23rd installment of his Hazen Hoop Camp tips off next Monday at the ‘Cat Den’ and runs through Friday. It is available to a wide array of ages for both boys and girls for $35. Hill has won over 400 career games and brought six Division III state titles back to Hardwick in his quarter century leading the varsity boys’ program. His camp staff will include himself, coaches and players, along with former Wildcat greats throughout the week.

Any questions you may have about summer league or camps, Hill can be contacted at [email protected].

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