Notebook: CVU's Kinneston heading to American U.

Notebook: CVU's Kinneston heading to American U.

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Notebook: CVU's Kinneston heading to American U.

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Midway through high school, Champlain Valley Union’s Emily Kinneston’s approach to her basketball career took a step up.

“I would say certainly by the end of her sophomore season it was pretty apparent she was going to have the ability to play college basketball if she wanted to,” CVU coach Ute Otley said.

And now it’s led to a Division I college scholarship.

Kinneston, a senior, gave a verbal commitment to American University earlier this week. American is located in Washington, D.C., and is a member of the Patriot League.

Champlain Valley Union’s Emily Kinneston’s approach to her basketball career took a step up.

“I would say certainly by the end of her sophomore season it was pretty apparent she was going to have the ability to play college basketball if she wanted to,” CVU coach Ute Otley said.

And now it’s led to a Division I college scholarship.

Kinneston, a senior, gave a verbal commitment to American University earlier this week. American is located in Washington, D.C., and is a member of the Patriot League.

Champlain Valley Union’s Emily Kinneston’s approach to her basketball career took a step up.

“I would say certainly by the end of her sophomore season it was pretty apparent she was going to have the ability to play college basketball if she wanted to,” CVU coach Ute Otley said.

And now it’s led to a Division I college scholarship.

Kinneston, a senior, gave a verbal commitment to American University earlier this week. American is located in Washington, D.C., and is a member of the Patriot League.

“I felt like it was the best fit both academically and athletically,” said Kinneston, a 5-foot-8 guard. “I really liked the coaching staff, too.”

The reigning Burlington Free Press’ Miss Basketball, Kinneston guided the Redhawks to a 23-0 season, culminating with a Division I title victory over Rice Memorial. Kinneston was CVU’s leader in scoring (12.9 average), rebounding (4.6) and steals (4.17).

Kinneston said she also had offers from Colgate, Maine and Bentley. Dartmouth, which is not allowed to offer athletic scholarships, was Kinneston’s second choice.

Dartmouth is also where Otley played, but the third-year coach wanted Kinneston to make a sound and thoughtful decision.

“Knowing all the different elements, I didn’t want her to overlook anything,” Otley said. “I wanted Emily to go to school where she couldn’t wait to get to the gym every day.”

Kinneston is also the fifth girls player in Wayne Lafley’s Lone Wolf program to commit to a D-I program this year. The others are: Rice’s Hailee Barron (James Madison) and Cassidy Derda (St. Francis), Essex’s Kara Sheftic (Boston University) and Mill River’s Maureen Taggart (Northeastern).

Championship sites set

The Vermont Principals’ Association last week announced the four sites for this season’s boys and girls high school soccer championships on Nov. 2.

The Division I boys and girls championships will once again be held at Burlington High School’s Buck Hard Field, the sixth consecutive year the D-I title games will be contested at the venue.

D-II returns to Randolph Union High School, while D-III heads to Williamstown and the D-IV crowns will be handed out at Whitcomb in Bethel. All three sites are repeating as hosts.

The University of Vermont will host the field hockey tripleheader the same day. Rutland High School will host the football title-game tripleheader on Nov. 9.

Reporting by Alex Abrami, Austin Danforth

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