Playing high school basketball is always a thrill for the players. It's also a thrill for the parents, being able to watch their sons play. Of course, if you happen to have two sons that are playing together on the same team, well that makes it extra special.
There might not be anymore Ettens at Hollis, and Bow might me all out of Chergeys, but there are still three sets of brothers who will make a big impact on the 2009-2010 High School basketball season.
I am referring to the Hollers, James and Brad at Exeter; Louis and Anthony Muccioli at Nashua South; and Merrimack's Floras connection, Anthony and Dimitri.
The Muccioli brothers are in their second year playing together on the Purple Panther varsity team. This season though, they are both expected to see an increase in playing time from last year when they saw limited minutes off the bench. Louis, the older brother, is a 6'1" senior guard/forward. Anthony, a sophomore 5'9" guard. He played varsity last year as a freshman and is currently starting for South in place of the injured Jake Nelson.
The Exeter duo should also see plenty of court time together. James Holler is a third year starter at guard. His brother Brad, who played on the JV team last year, will get plenty of minutes offr the bench this season on varsity. James is a 5'11" senior guard and Brad is a 5'10" sophomore guard.
The one team where both brothers are definite starters is Merrimack. Anthony and Dimitri Floras are both starters in the Tomahawk backcourt. Both players are 6'0" guards. Anthony has been a starter for the last couple of years, while Dimitri is only a freshman.
It'll be a lot of fun to watch these brothers playing together as the season goes on. And of course it will be even more fun for their parents.
"We've been waiting for this for a long time" said Mrs. Floras after she saw her two sons, Anthony and Dimitri help Merrimack take home the championship at the this year's Rivier Fall League.
This season will surely create some very fond memories for all three families. And one brother duo to watch out for next year is the Faustinos' in Dover. Morgan Faustino is a junior forward for the Green Wave, and his younger brother, Grant is a freshman forward. Grant isn't on the varsity this season, but surely will be next year when he'll be able to play alongside his brother Morgan.
Speaking of family ties, there's at least three coaches in New Hampshire who will have the good fortune of coaching their son this season. Cormac Fitzpatrick's transfer from Trinity to Memorial this year has been well documented. He now gets to play for his father, Mike Fitzpatrick. Then there's also Coach Tim Cronin at Spaulding, who is coaching his son, Brian. Brian Cronin is starting for the Red raiders this season as a junior. In Concord, Bishop Brady's 6'8" senior center Tyler Penney is playing for his father, Coach Rich Penney. And Merrimack's Head Coach Tim Goodridge once again has the privelege of coaching his son, Brian who is now a senior. Then on the other end of the spectrum there's Oyster River Head Coach Stuart Mithell who actually has to coach against his son, Skyler Mitchell. Skyler is a startng forward this year for Coe-Brown as a sophomore.
There's a lot of excitement around the 2009-2010 High School basketball season in New Hampshire. But when you have family ties like these all over the state, it makes things even more interesting to follow.