Friday, April 18, 2014

Torres Transfers to Proctor

Amanda Torres was the only sophomore in girls basketball this past season to make Division I first team all-state. She had numerous games scoring 20+ points, and led Trinity to an 11-7 regular season record and a trip to the D-I quarterfinals. Torres had such a great sophomore year she has decided to do it again. The explosive, talented 5-foot-7 point guard is transferring to Proctor Academy, where she will repeat her sophomore year and reclassify to the Class of 2017.

"Deciding to go to Proctor was never really a difficult decision to make" Torres told the NH Notebook. "I know Proctor was going to benefit me tremendously. My reasons to transfer are not just about athletics. Proctor has great academics and I feel that this is where I need to be for my future. Proctor has many opportunities for me and there wasn’t any way I could give them away."

Torres has been training with TJ Thompson, who coaches the DC Blue Devils AAU program and plays professionally in Europe. Thompson has been instrumental in Torres' development as a player.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Prep School Parade Continues

There is so many basketball players leaving the NHIAA for the NEPSAC right now it's like a parade. The list of top local prospects who have left the NHIAA for prep school in the past few years is so long not even Santa Claus could keep track of it. Well, on Thursday three more players were added to that list.

"Luke Rosinski will be transferring to Kimball Union Academy, Caleb Green is transferring to Proctor Academy and Angelina Marazzi will be transferring to Northfield Mount Hermon" said DC Blue Devils AAU coach TJ Thompson, who coaches both Rosinski and Green in AAU and trains Marazzi.

Rosinksi is a 6-foot-7 forward who made the Division I all-state team. He is aggressive attacking the rim, has a solid low post game but can also face up from the high post and make plays. With his size and skill set he has a ton of upside, and the move to prep school will only help his development.

Green was arguably the best freshman player in the NHIAA this past season. He was the starting point guard for a Lancers team that went 14-4 during the regular season. The 5-foot-10 point guard is a wizard with the ball in his hands, and with his quickness, ball handling, hesitation moves and court vision he is certainly a play maker to watch in the coming years.

The Manchester Memorial girls basketball team had a strong season going 11-7. Marazzi was the starting point guard, and used her quickness and ability to score and distribute the basketball to held the Crusaders. The 5-foot-6 guard played for West as a freshman, Central as a sophomore and Memorial as a junior. Northfield Mountain Hermon will be her fourth school in as many years.

"Rosinski will be a junior, Green will be a sophomore" Coach Thompson told the NH Notebook. "Marazzi will reclassify to the Class of 2016."

The girls basketball Class of 2016 rankings of NH prospects will be posted within the next week. Stay tuned!

NNE-Prospect Camp Series on Tap

The invites for the New Hampshire portion of BST Basketball's 'Northern New England Prospect Camp Series' have been released. We at NH Notebook will be on hand to take in the event, evaluating NH's top prospects as they showcase their abilities on an exposure platform.

BST has invited the top NH prospects for the classes of 2015, 2016 and 2017 for the NNE-Prospect Camp Series. All three classes are impressive groups. 2015 has some solid college level prospects. Class of 2016 with pending prep reclassifications is proving to be a very impressive group that could have the most scholarship players the Granite State has seen in some time. The 2017 class is shaping up to be a very impressive group and could be the strongest, top to bottom that NH has seen in a very long time.

BST will put the prospects through a series of positional drills, situational team drills and scrimmaging. This will allow prospects to showcase their skills, basketball I.Q. and coachability to coaches and evaluation / recruiting services. Over the last five years, the BST-NNE Prospect Camp Series has become the leading exposure opportunity for northern New England's top basketball prospects, providing a platform that has not been available in years past.

Event Schedule
Class of 2015 - June 2 5:30-9pm @ Rivier College in Nashua, NH

Class of 2016 - June 4 5:30-9pm @ Rivier College in Nashua, NH

Class of 2017 - June 6 5:30-9pm @ Rivier College in Nashua, NH

Check back to nhnotebook.com in the coming weeks for the list of players who will be playing at the event, plus complete coverage of all 3 nights.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Gabriel Transferring to Wilbraham & Monson

Another one of New Hampshire's best local basketball prospects is leaving the NHIAA for prep school. Wenyen Gabriel had a huge junior season this past winter at Trinity High. He was a double-double machine, was selected to the Division I all-state team and led Trinity to the D-I Final Four. But the 6-foot-7 wing / forward has decided to transfer from Trinity to Wilbraham & Monson Academy, where he will repeat his junior year and reclassify to the Class of 2016.

"Deciding to go to Wilbraham & Monson was an easy choice" Gabriel told the NH Notebook on Tuesday. "During my visit to WMA I felt really comfortable there and welcome. I liked the campus and the they have a really nice athletic facility. I spoke with the coach and I feel that his way of coaching will really help me reach my potential."

Yeaw Verbals to Lasell

There is no doubting that the Class of 2014 is one of the deepest, most talented classes New Hampshire has produced in girls basketball in quite some time. And now you can add another recruit to the list of players from this class who will continue their career at the collegiate level, as Allison Yeaw from Keene High will attend and play basketball at Lasell College.

"My top 2 choices where UNE and Lasell" Yeaw told the NH Notebook. "Both has strong academic programs and were the size I was looking for. Coach Ewing at UNE has built a competitive team and has made it into the NCAA’s the past 2 years. It would be exciting to be part of that. However Lasell seems like the perfect fit for me both academically and for basketball. Lasell offers a competitive Athletic Training program. Being close to Boston offers tremendous opportunities and choices for my clinical rotations. Coach Carla Flaherty was a big part in me choosing Lasell. She has a ton of excitement and is consistently improving every year. She has high goals for her program and I cant wait be a part of it and contribute."

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Robinson Wins NCAA D-III Rookie of the Year

This winter Duncan Robinson (New Castle, NH) had one of the best freshman seasons in Division III men's basketball history. Robinson led Williams College to to the D-III national title game, averaging 17.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. He shot shot 55.7% from the field, 45.3% from 3 point range and 87.8% from the free throw line. Those are staggering numbers for any player, let alone a freshman.

Robinson was voted D-III National Rookie of the Year, NESCAC Rookie of the Year, he made the All-NESCAC 2nd Team, D-III National 4th Team All-American and also made the D-III Final Four All-Tournament Team. The New Hampshire native did all of that while playing in one of the most competitive leagues in the country for academics and basketball.

"My first season at Williams was everything I had hoped it would be" Robinson told the NH Notebook. "The run we made in the tournament was one of the best basketball experiences I've ever had in my life. Towards the end of the year we started playing our best basketball when it mattered most. Fortunately for me I had the opportunity to start and contribute right away. Right from the start both the coaching staff and the entire team showed that they had a lot of confidence in me and wanted me to step in and be aggressive on both ends of the floor."

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Springfield Returning to Conant

The best player in New Hampshire girls basketball is switching schools. Madison Springfield is finishing up her sophomore year at Marianapolis Prep in CT, but in the fall will be transferring back to Conant High in Jaffrey, NH where she spent her freshman year.

Springfield led Conant to the NHIAA Division III Final Four and was a first team all-state selection as a freshman. She transferred to Marianapolis for her sophomore year this past winter, and played in the NEPSAC (New England Prep School Athletic Conference) all-star game a few weeks ago. But now she has decided to return back to Conant.

"I enjoyed my year at MPS and am grateful for the boarding school year" Springfield told the NH Notebook. "I have decided to return home for my last two years of high school, because I'd like to spend this time with my family before I go off to college."

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Rivals Girls Workout Recap

In just a few short years the Rivals Basketball Club has become recognized as one of the premier AAU programs in the northeast region for girls looking to play college ball. And with AAU season now in full swing the NH Notebook was in the house for their skills and drills workout on Tuesday night at the Brooks School in North Andover, MA to scout the local talent.

The Rivals are coached by Scott Hazelton, who runs a great workout with nothing but skill work. Intense, demanding, fast paced drills. They started off with ball handling, followed by full court drills before getting into controlled scrimmages. There was roughly 30 players in the gym, all working hard.

They were being pushed by playing against former Rivals (and BG) player Jamie Sherburne, who was giving back to the program she played for the past 2 years. Sherburne will be playing at D-I Niagara University this winter. Another player out there who was raising the level of play was Ciara Dillon from Mass, who is only a sophomore but is a sure-fire D-I recruit. Here's a look at the top local players in attendance.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Hartnett Resigns at Coe-Brown

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The Coe-Brown girls basketball team made the Division II finals just a few weeks ago. They did it with no seniors, so the whole team will be back next year. Their coach however, will not be.

David Hartnett took over an average at best program 3 years ago. He turned the program around, and they averaged 16 wins over the past 3 seasons including a title game appearance this year, when they fell in a heartbreaker to Merrimack Valley. But on Wednesday we informed his team that he was stepping down as head coach.

"I'm a demanding coach, and if I demand 100% of my players then I should be giving 100% myself as coach" Hartnett told the NH Notebook in an exclusive interview. "But things have changed with my personal life and my work life, and I just wasn't building the program up the way I should."

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Purcell Verbals to Keene St.

After covering her final high school game a few weeks ago, a heartbreaking playoff loss to Winnacunnet, I wrote that Sandi Purcell plays as hard and with as much heart as any player I have covered. I still stand by that statement. Purcell led the Broncos to the Final Four as a freshman, she scored 1,000 career points and made Division I first team all-state twice. She may only stand 5-foot-3 but Purcell is still one of the best guards to come out of NH in recent years.

She was a Bronco in high school but now she'll be an Owl in college, as Purcell will be attending and playing basketball at Keene State College.

"Keene has been very successful in the past, but aside from the success of the team, the girls themselves made the athletics really desirable" Purcell told the NH Notebook. "On my official visit to Keene, I met the entire team, and instantly felt like I was already being taken in as one of them. They didn't treat me like another recruit, they treated me like a teammate already, and that really made me adore the Keene State program."

Monday, March 31, 2014

Granite Games Recap - D-I vs. D-II Girls All-Star Game

After all the years growing up that Bishop Guertin's Jamie Sherburne (D-I Niagara recruit) and Londonderry High's Aliza Simpson (D-I UNH recruit) have gone head-to-head on the basketball court, now fans would get the chance to see them play on the same team. Not only that, but playing with them on the Division I All-Stars at the Granite Games was Sandi Purcell (Alvirne), Brenna Blakslee (Salem) and Kayla Stacy (Pinkerton). Five outstanding point guards right there, it was possibly the best collection of NH back court talent on one team in a VERY long time. The biggest decision for head coach John Fagula was who to have run the point? Well, all five of them got their chance during the course of the game.

Plus you had star players in the front court, like Bedford's McKenzie Brown and Haley Driscoll and Melissa McLeod (Winnacunnet) who turned out to be the MVP with a game-high 19 points. Simply put, it was a stacked team for D-I.

With that being said, you have to give D-II head coach Steve Signor (Milford) and his players credit, because even going up against a heavily favored D-I squad they still kept it close all game. With 9:00 left in the 2nd half they only trailed 78-70, and only lost by 15, 98-83. Lebanon's dynamic duo of Heather King and Samantha MacDonald and Clairee Putnam (Windham) lead the way for the D-II All-Stars.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Coveney Overcomes Injuries, Will Play at UNE

The story of Londonderry High senior Drew Coveney is one of perseverance. Very few kids have overcome more injuries in order to reach their goal of playing college basketball. Coveney has had four surgeries in his four years of high school. Did he give up? Absolutely not.

Instead Coveney led the Lancers to a 15-5 record (their best season in years), he made Division I Second Team All-State and now has made his college decision. The 6-foot sharp shooting combo-guard will attend the University of New England where he plans to play basketball.

"I had a four hour nose reconstruction the summer of my freshman year" Coveney told the NH Notebook. "I initially tore my meniscus the summer of my sophomore year while practicing with the Granite State Raiders who asked me to join them after playing against them in AAU States for Bishop Elite. The 2nd meniscus tear occurred the 3rd game into my junior year of high school ball. This year I dislocated my shoulder during the BG game and just recently had surgery to repair damaged ligaments to prevent future dislocations."

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Granite Games Recap - D-III vs. D-IV Boys All-Star Game

Next up in our series of Granite Games recaps from Sunday over at NHTI is the Boys Division III vs. Division IV All-Star Game. It's funny how it worked out, because both girls games were fairly close whereas both boys games were 30+ point blowouts, although all four games were decided by double digits. That's surprising, since usually every year there is at least 1 or 2 of these games that go down to the wire.

In the D-III vs. D-IV boys game though, it was actually a very close game for most of the 1st half and it wasn't until the 2nd half when the D-III All-Stars ran away with it. Late in the 1st half D-III was only up 36-30 following a 3-pointer by Bailey Johnson (Profile). Jimmy Stanley (Epping) had an impressive game with a team-high 19 points and 8 rebounds for D-IV, but as the game went on the D-III squad just kept hitting shots and increasing the lead. They were a deeper team with more weapons with Robert O'Brien (Conant) and Isaiah Prince (Monadnock) showing the ability to score at will.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Granite Games Recap - D-III vs. D-IV Girls

Next up in our series of Granite Games recaps from Sunday over at NHTI is the Girls Division III vs. Division IV All-Star Game. The best way to describe this game was balanced. 22 different players scored in this game, and nobody scored more than 13 points. The D-III All-Stars scored 71 points and all 12 of their players scored, yet nobody had more than 10. That is the definition of well-balanced. There wasn't just 1 or 2 star players who took over this game. There was 24 players, all on the same level. Both teams played unselfishly and moved the ball well on offense. It wasn't always the cleanest game but it was fun to watch and was a nice way for these seniors to end their careers.

The D-IV team made more free throws (13) than the D-III team even took (8). And Allison Scott of undefeated D-IV champs Hinsdale had a game-high 13 points on a combination of drives and jumpers. But the D-III All-Stars still lead this game by around 10 points for pretty much the whole way, and they won it 71-58.

#AthletesAndSocialNetworkSites

By: Tuesday and Friday
The first time I heard about a situation involving a HS athlete receiving sanctions from inappropriate postings on a social network site was about 3 years ago. A varsity basketball player posted some disparaging comments about his coach on Facebook. The posting was revealed to the varsity coaching staff and that player’s playing time was curtailed for the next few games. I was very shocked to learn a player would post something questionable like that on an open forum for other people to see. I couldn’t understand how one could think this information wouldn’t get back to people who directed his basketball team.

Fast forward to this season. After a great D-I boys game played in the Queen City by 2 of the top teams in the state opposing players took to twitter to talk trash to each other. They swore back and forth at each other. After trying to compete on the basketball court for 32 minutes they were now spending their time competing on twitter. However, this competition involved trash talk, swearing and very unsportsmanlike conduct. I believe the word “flagrant” could be used.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Granite Games Recap - D-I vs. D-II Boys

We'll be re-capping each of the four games at the Granite Games on Sunday at NHTI, and first up is D-I vs. D-II boys. The D-I all-stars won in a blowout, 114-74. With players like Eric Gendron (Merrimack), Carmen Giampetruzzi (Trinity), Jon Martin (Manchester Central), Drew Coveney (Londonderry) and Cam Meservey (Bedford) all on the court at the same time plus a bench that was just as good, the D-I team was just too good and too deep. It would have been a closer game if Patrick Welch (Pembroke) had played, but D-I would have still won. Coveney made a nice dish to Giampetruzzi for a layup, and it was 45-30 D-I at halftime.

At halftime of the game coaches and players came down to center quart to be honored and receive their awards. Londonderry's Nate Stanton won D-I Coach of the Year in his first season at the helm. Jim Mulvey (Portsmouth) won D-II Coach of the Year. Both coaches were certainly deserving of their honors, especially Mulvey who took a team of players who for the most part play basketball as only their second or third sport and got them within 10 points of Pembroke in the finals.

Gendron got D-I Player of the Year, as well as Mr. NH Basketball. And as most of the state now knows, Jourdain Bell (Bishop Brady) got D-II Player of the Year after Welch was stripped of the award for something he tweeted after the title game. There's a good article in the Concord Monitor where Pembroke head coach Matt Alosa comments on the issue and Alosa makes some valid points as to why the punishment may have been too severe than the crime. This will certainly be something folks will be talking about for a while.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

NHBCO All State Teams Announced

On Sunday at NHTI it was the annual Granite Games event, run by the NHBCO. The top senior players in the state were in action, with D-I vs. D-II and D-III vs. D-IV in boys and girls basketball. All-State, Coach of the Year, Player of the Year Awards were announced, and those players were honored at halftime of the games. It's a great event, and the NH Notebook was in the house for all four games.

The big news of the day was that Pembroke Academy senior guard Patrick Welch was being stripped of his Division II Player of the Year award and banned from participating in the D-I vs. D-II all-star game by the NHBCO due to a sportsmanship violation on a social media site. As a result, the award instead went to Bishop Brady junior guard Jourdain Bell. With no Welch in the lineup, the D-I all-stars crushed D-II 114-74. Merrimack guard Eric Gendron dropped a game-high 25 points in the win, and was presented with the D-I Player of the Year award at halftime.

"It's too bad, I would have liked to play against him" Gendron said about Welch.

In the coming days, we'll have recaps of all four games. Fow now, here are your 2013-2014 boys and girls basketball all-state teams, as voted on by the NHIAA coaches.