REGION – The Vermont Basketball Coaches Association had their North-South All-Star Games on Saturday, March 24 in Windsor. Despite the fact the powers that be told me one week ago today that our area schools would have no representation, the good news is in the end both a Bellows Falls and Green Mountain boy player received the honor of participating in the event, and they both played well.
Bellows Falls’ Shane Clark hit both a three and a layup off an offensive rebound in the first half when the action was tight before the North Division I/II squad flexed their muscle and ran away with a 96-74 win.
Green Mountain’s Ryan McSally was a part of the only South team that was able to find the winner’s column. The Division III/IV boys brought home a 94-80 triumph in a contest that saw McSally score 6 points and lead his coach Brian Rapanotti to comment, “He did pretty well; he fit in and made some nice plays.”
There was a third player who played on Saturday with area ties. Both her parents grew up in Bellows Falls, but she played her basketball for Middlebury. She was a member of the girls’ Northern Division I/II team, which defeated their southern counterparts 97-57.
Keagan Dunbar, who will advance to the next level and play at Colby College in Maine, led all scorers in the northern victory by tallying 9 points. She actually spent much of the day on the court. Besides the game action, she also captured the division’s three-point shooting contest, received a Vermont Basketball Coaches Association scholarship, and was recognized for the lofty 1,625 points she scored in her career.
Jen Heath, who was Dunbar’s coach throughout her career at Middlebury says about her guard, “She is driven by her superb work ethic. She always wants to improve and get better. She is very skilled as a high school basketball player. When it comes to work, she just doesn’t stop. Not only is she a great shooter; but at 5 feet 4 inches, she is a great rebounder. She averages 8 and a half rebounds a game.”
Dunbar’s mother, Julie Davis, played her basketball career as a Bellows Falls Terrier while her father attended Vermont Academy and played there. Both parents were very strong athletes in their own regard. The other game played on the day saw the Northern Division III/IV girls defeat the Southern girls team 62-49.