Outside of Rice, how many Chittenden county high schools have actually been dominant in terms of championships? It seems like basketball is bigger at schools like St J, Rutland, etc. Sometimes we need to take our Chittenden County glasses off and recognize that the county only accounts for 1/4 of the state‘s overall population.
When I was I junior high school and then prob Fr/So year of high school I would say top talent in the state was 50/50 Chittenden County/So. Vermont. These were players I remember watching at Aud that were really, really good:
Curt Crosby, Darnell Artt-Arlington
Joel Carey- Woodstock
Josh Farnsworth, Derek Southard- Windsor (those Windsor teams were scoring like 90ppg at the time)
I think around that time Scott Reed from Fair Haven was at UVM, and maybe another from So, VT(?)
Then, Josh Albee Bellows Falls
By the time I was a senior, save for Todd Roberts- Fair Haven/St. Mike's (might be only player I know that chose St Mikes over UVM at the time), VT HS basketball was dominated by Chittenden County /Metro conference + St. J and seems like that's been case ever since, save for a few Brattleboro or Mt Anthony kids every 5 years or so.