A Vermont Basketball Story

A Vermont Basketball Story

Fred Cerrato


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Expectations are high for the Castle College basketball team in Castleport, Vermont. They have an All-American player and a balanced team, but unforeseen events deter them from success. Their All-American player mysteriously disappears from the deciding game of a tournament. Another player is attacked and yet another is the victim of a tragic accident. All of these events occur before important games. Is it just coincidence, or is it something more? It is a story of how a team draws strength from misfortune and overcomes adversity by blending together into a cohesive unit. Paul Fiore must navigate his college experience by balancing his studies, his love life, and being a team leader on the basketball court. Coach George Calzoni must guide his team through a maze of misfortune urging his players to work together as a team in their quest for the common good, winning. Hayes Aldridge, the All-American, must learn to sacrifice his ego for the esprit de corps of the team. “A Vermont Basketball Story” is a roller coaster ride that will have you on the edge of your seat as it steamrolls to an exciting conclusion.


Fred Cerrato:
Fred Cerrato was a Middle School Reading Teacher and Reading Specialist for forty years in his home town of Bloomfield, New Jersey. His high school basketball team won the state championship in 1958. He was named to All-County and All-State basketball teams and earned a basketball scholarship to St. Michael’s College in Winooski, Vermont where he was the point guard for four years. Fred has been married to the former Maureen Lally for 55 years. They have a son, daughter, and Four grandchildren. He wrote this story during the dark and lonely days of the pandemic.