Thursday, June 24, 2010

Souhegan News

There are 4 newsworthy items to report that involve Souhegan athletics. The girls basketball team has a new coach, one of their boys basketball players is moving to Chicago, on athlete who plays football and basketball is going prep and one incoming freshman who plays football and basketball is going to a different school. Keep reading for all of the details.

Faulkner Hired as New Girls Hoops Coach
On paper Souhegan will be on the short list of contenders for the Division II girls basketball title next year. And yet up until just the other day the team was without a coach. That all changed yesterday, as Souhegan hired Jeremy Faulkner as its new girls basketball head coach.

For 2 of the Sabers top returning players, playing for Coach Faulkner is nothing new. Incoming juniors Jane White and Ceara McNamara are playing for him right now as members of the NE Shooting Stars 15U National Team.

Faulkner has spent the past several years as a coach for the Shooting Stars program. He coached there alongside Dennis Reed for the last several years. Reed coached the girls programs at Lndonderry, Trinity, Timberlane and Calvary Christian from 1995 - 2006. Through Reed, Faulkner has become very well connected with girls hoops in the southern New Hampshire area.

Faulkner steps into a very good situation. Souhegan and Alvirne were the two most coveted girls jobs in the state this offseason. Kennett won the Class I championship last year and has their 2 star guards both coming back (Allie Wagner & Melissa Frase), but I expect the Sabers to give them a run for their money. In addition to White and McNamara, Souhegan will have seniors Christan Wojtas, Lauren Cordts and Taylor Cordts (who will be returning from the torn ACL injury she suffered last season).

In addition to Kennett and Souhegan, I also expect Oyster River, Portsmouth and Lebanon to contend for the D-II girls basketball title next spring.


Nelson Moving to Chicago
Jack Nelson, a starting guard for Souhegan's boys basketball team, is moving to Chicago. Nelson will be a junior this year and would have bee key member of a Sabers that I had previously projected as a top 3 team in Division II come March.

The 5'10" Nelson can play either the 1 or the 2 position. He's at his best when he gets out on the break ahead of the basketball and gets it on the wing. He's then a serious threat to score either by hitting the outside shot or taking it to the rim. Nelson has good quickness and fit in well with the other Souhegan players. Him, Devin Gilligan, Seth Cordts and Ryan Redmond have been playing together for a long time and have good chemistry out on the court.

With Nelson gone The Sabers should still be a top 5 or 6 team in the division. Players who will now have to step up in his absence include Nick Hession, Zach Simmonds, Brandon Len and Nick Calvetti.


Crowell Transfers to Worcester Academy
Wes Crowell, who played football and basketball during his first 3 years at Souhegan, is transferring to Worcester Academy. Crowell will reclassify and join the Class of 2012.

Crowell is a potential scholarship football player and is expected to play football at Worcester. He is about 6'6", maybe 6'7" and is well over 250 lbs. The kid is a beast offensive line, and might also play on the d-line as well at the prep level.

He will be missed next season by both the football and basketball teams at Souhegan. I had the Sabers ranked #7 in my preliminary power rankings. Crowell was one of their top returning players though, so this will definitely hurt them. I still expect them to win the NH Division III title, but don't be surprised if they lose 1 or 2 games along the way.

On the basketball side, I doubt he will play at Worcester Academy, instead focusing on football and academics. If he stayed at Souhegan though, he likely would have gotten some decent minutes off the bench. On the court his game is raw, but he brings good size, physical play and rebounding. With Crowell out, I expect sophomores Jake Kennedy and Sean McGrath to see more minutes inside for the Sabers.


Knight Headed to South
Despite the fact that he's an Amherst resident, incoming freshman Trevor night will be attending Nashua South instead of Souhegan. Knight is a very talented quarterback and a pretty good basketball player as well. He is considered one of the top players in his class at both sports.

Knight's father Scott is the head football coach at South. Trevor Knight will have the opportunity to play quarterback for his father for 3 years. Keith Farkas will be the Purple Panthers starting QB next season, as he is a potential Division I college prospect. In the fall of 2011 though, the job could be Knight's. This is a good situation for him, as Trevor will be able to play JV as a freshman and then likely take over the QB job for the next 3 years.

With this move, it's Souhegan's loss but Nashua South's gain.

64 comments:

  1. Sincerely happy for Wes Crowell. This is a great kid with tons of heart and works hard at what he does. Good luck Wes!

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  2. I'm not sure why the loss of Crowell will lead to a loss or 2 by SHS. Moving to prep school and reclassifying was his best option. His football talent is raw, much like his basketball talent. The same things that hold him back in basketball (footwork, quickness and mobility) hold him back in football. With the extra year to work on that, against better competition, and the upgrade in academics it was a great decision. But not one that would impact SHS enough to lose 1 or 2 games.
    He's a good lineman, but not the 3rd best in the state and most the biggest reason he good looks from colleges is size, not talent.

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  3. I'm just saying don't be surprised if they lose a game or 2. I'm not saying that the loss of Crowell will be THE reason those losses happen. But it will be a factor.

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  4. Why wouldn't SHS lose a bball game or two this year? They lost more than that last year and I don't see that they added any new great talent.

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  5. Do you think they will lose a game or two in DIII? Or are you saying you think they may lose to either Central or Londonderry (maybe both)? I'd say its fair to wonder how they will fare against those two teams (I think they go at least 1-1, probably 2-0) but if they lose a game in DIII it will be as shocking as it was last year when they lost to Milford.
    The only DIII team that gave them a game last year was Portsmouth, and they lose WAY more than Souhegan. Not better talent, just more important guys with less around them to replace them with. What team in DIII could beat them that wouldn't shock you they way the Milford loss did last year?

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  6. The comment about Souhegan losing was about Football, not basketball 9:03

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  7. The hiring of the girls coach is very, very interesting. Very telling that the Sabers two best returning players alredy play for him. As usual the questions will be wo is in charge at Souhegan which is never a good thing.

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  8. Nelson and Crowell are both geat kids - good luck to both.

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  9. Will this move Len into starting lineup?

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  10. no, not in my mind len is to small to be a strater at the 1 the other teams bigger stronger gaurds will eat him alive.

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  11. Len is bigger than Mitchel

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  12. Too small? Thats what they said about Mikey Mitchell too! Now hes the best PG in the state! Before its all said and done this season Len WILL be the starting PG for Souhegan.

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  13. Len has to have a jump shot before he can even be a rotation player at the Varsity level. Right now his jumper is non existent. And he won't get to the hoop at the varsity level. He has a lot of work to do.

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  14. So Rondo can play NBA ball without a jumper but Len cant?

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  15. When was the last time you saw Len play 1:49? He absolutely has a jumper and has extended his range over the course of the aau season.

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  16. And thats why celtics lost rondo cant shoot, its not a good thing not being able to hit a jumper

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  17. Souhegan will still dominate in football. Crowell didn't start and hardly played last year. Whole lot of size and toughness but no athleticism or real talent. Kid works his rear off though. Best of luck to him.

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  18. "no real talent" is way to harsh. He would have started at ANY other DIII school. Is he over-rated in Jeremy's "top 3 in the state"? Yes, but he isn't horrible. Like you said he works hard and has a huge body, one that is going to take time for him to learn to use. Going prep was a great decision because it gives him an extra year to develop. He is project player, but with 2 high school years and a possible redshirt, his size could get him D2 offers. If he improves a lot over the next few years and hits the weight room he MAY even go higher.

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  19. When I said "don't be surprised if Souhegan football loses a game or 2" those losses could come in D-III play or in crossover games. More than likely they lose to Central. That would probably be their only loss. But if they do lose another game the only teams I see having any chance would be Londonderry or Portsmouth.

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  20. You will all be suprised with Souhegan basketball in the upcoming years. Len, Eichel, Simmonds, Kennedy, Leedy, hell, the whole freshmen year will dominate when they are all playing on varsity. The Freshmen teams only loss was to BG by one point. as for this years team, I think len will dominate. He is a personal friend of mine (I'm 15) he practices basetball every day at lunch, afterschool, and at his house too. you will all be suprised with what he can do.

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  21. There is a big difference between freshmen and varsity. Keep working hard.

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  22. yes, dominate. Im sure he will get by whoever he is covered by.

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  23. so if Milford puts Jamie Holder on him... he will go by him?

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  24. In full disclosure, it should be mentioned that the Souhegan "Freshmen" team had several sophomores on it last year. With that said, dominating at the sub-varsity level means nothing. Any freshman who has the potential to "dominate" would have been on the Varsity roster, not just begging the coach to sit on the bench in a uniform.

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  25. what sophmore's were on the freshmen team??? name one.

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  26. No your right thats embarassing. the Freshmen team did have sophomores in it.

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  27. Considering how much a young man changes physically from 15 to 18, any records or accomplishments by any freshmen or even sophomore based teams are 1000% meaningless.

    Those years are learning years and developmental years. Remember, fro every buddy you know who is working like that, there are a few like him at every school in the state. Also, many times 'dominace' by a player or group of players in any sport at an early age is due to early maturity physically. Time will tell.

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  28. Good point. Many of those so called "freshmen" at Souhegan went to a program called readiness before they started first grade. They essentially stayed back after kindergarten and are actually a year older for their grade. With that being said, most of the readiness kids will be 17 as sophomores and likely are done growing. But to your point...anybody that loves a sport and wants to play at the next level should be playing every spare minute and then some. The Len kid is neither unique or spectacular in that regard...just dedicated.

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  29. No, not playing every spare minute. STUDIES & ACADEMICS FIRST & FOREMOST!

    99% of these kids who move on after high school are NOT going to have the education paid for by their athletic abilities. You MUST be able to make good grades!

    Now, after the academics, just playing is not even close to enough to be successful in college. Strength & Conditioning even now at 16/17 is critical. If you wait until you get to college to get serious in this area, you will be riding the bench!

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  30. The next level for most of these kids in D3 - and they have no idea how talented you have to be just to get to D3. Young players and their families should attend a D3 practice in the Fall to see how good thos kids are.

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  31. The kicker is there are some of the best D3 programs in the country right here in New England. Any parent who is serious about their kid playing in college should indeed attend a few games and practices (Most coaches will approve tihs if you contact them in advance)

    It is amazing to me that people will spend thousands and commit much of their family's time to playing AAU or selct team ball, but they do not take the logical step of investigating for themselves what the next level really is. Specifically the strength & conditioning component and just how much time college players put in during the offseason on the court, on the track & in the weight room. All that while still maintaining the balance of academics, not an east feat indeed.

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  32. Tuesday, June 29, 2010 9:14:00 AM EDT or
    Tuesday, June 29, 2010 9:49:00 AM EDT

    Do you see any kids in 2011 playing d3,d2 or d1? What's your thoughts and who have you seen?

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  33. The Souhegan parents (one in particular) ran Nikki Flores off after a final four run...so what makes anyone think that its going to be any different for Faulkner?

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  34. Way to many issues with amherst parents you could not pay me enough to be a coach there. You have them on this site complaining about their best player Devin it's pathetic. If i were Devin i would go prep or transfer and let those clowns enjoy their team gettin no wins this year. Of course they would come up with more excuses like it was the coach or some other garbage reason.

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  35. personally i think a player gotta do more then just score, if he's not buying in at practice and team and wanting it for his team then the team just gonna be torn i think cordts is the best player there, and if devin went prep alright it would be a loss but nothing they couldnt handle. I just dont see how souhegan doesnt get respect the past two classes have gone undeafted in jv and the freshman class has lost 1 game since 7th grade that counted as on their schedual, i just dont see how they wont get wins when they are juniors and seniors and even this year they will be fine, even without gilligan or with him.

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  36. Is it really impressive to go undefeated keeping your best players on JV and seniors on the roster on Varsity?

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  37. 8:12- I would highly suggest not coaching anywhere if you don't want parents complaining. You will get that at any school

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  38. 10:39 most schools are tough but schools like Amherst or Bedford are so screwed up the parents act like spoiled children who live thier lives through their kids. And when their kids don't meet their expectations they go nuts. Don't beleive me go and watch one of their games you get quite a kick out of how sad they behave. As for Devin i would go prep and stop wasting your time with them. You have kids on that team that really believe their better then they are because of their parents. Truth is they would win maybe two games this year without Devin.

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  39. 3:30 Nice post from Milford.

    One of the things that does happen in towns that you describe (Amherst, Bedford, others similar to it) is that parents get the idea in their heads that their kids are going to play because of THE PARENTS position in the town instead of the ability of the kid himself (or herself). That's why - even though I know a lot of people like to bash him - Devin Gilligan's story is an excellent one. The kid works and works and works on his game. When the kid who thinks he is going to play because of his parent's status as a local yokel is sitting on the couch, Devin is practicing. The local ex HS sports heroes that think that their kid can just show up and play are delusionial. Those spots will go to the kids that practice the most and build the skills necessary to compete (like Gilligan).

    I can tell you from first hand experience that Gilligan's game as a 7-8 grader wasn't too much better than many of the town's players in that age group. Devin made the decision to work as hard as he possibly could on the practice court and it has paid off. Started as a soph - avg 15 a game and led team in assists and should have been hon mention all state if it wasn't for the coaches playing politics with that process.

    If Devin decides to go prep I wish that young man the best of luck. The reason why he is in that position to begin with is that he constantly is working on his game - unlike certain players of town bigwigs and political players who feel they are entitled to play. That type of crap is in full effect in Amherst (and similar towns) and has hurt Souhegan's ability to compete.

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  40. Seems like there is some problems within the Souhegan basketball program. I feel like if you have a problem with Devin you should call him or handle your problem like a man and talk to him one on one at an open gym or even before a game. Don't hide behind a computer screen posting anonymous comments.

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  41. u really think souhegan would win two games without devin...i feel as if they will do just as well if nt better...the loss of nelson is killer though

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  42. SHS freshman team had 5 sophomores on it last year.

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  43. are we gonna get coverage on the shrine bowl?

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  44. Souhegan wins this weekend's tournament at Franklin Pierce with a 7-0 record defeated teams from Maine, NH, and Mass. Congrats to the Sabers and Coach Heaney on a successful weekend of basketball.

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  45. What kind of competition did you have 7:17? I can't imagine it being better than the competition the jayhawks were having at the National Springfield classic? Better step up the comp if you want to compete next year.

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  46. To the 10:01 from Milford - why wasn't the Jayhawks top team at the Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis where over 100 D1 coaches were in attendance? I'm certain that if those players would have gone to that event - good as they are - they would have received D1 offers on the spot. Looks like some other teams should "step up the comp" as well

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  47. is that a joke about the jayhawks going to adidas invitational of course the competition is going to be better, thats obivious, thats like saying mass has better state tourny then nh of course. the franklin peirce tournament was weak to say the least. and i know a few of those guys on the shs team will probably be doing national invitationals in years to come, and milfords future better step up they are looking pretty skimpy from what happened in Franklin Pierce

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  48. Look how serious you get Amherst if you were that serious about your game you might win more then six games this year. Oops sorry i forgot to mention that is if you don't run Gilligan out of town. If you do it's back down to two.

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  49. Souhegan yelling at the Milford underclassmen from Franklin Pierce. I guess getting your butts handed to you for 7 years has been real tough on you. Devin is your best player and you hate him. At least Milford respects their best players and the hard work they do. You crap on Devin and he is not only your best player but by far no comparison your hardest worker.

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  50. That's what makes Devin a good kid he respects good basketball players and by far is the hardest working and best player on that team. There is not one other kid on that team that could play college ball besides Devin and you try to run him out of town? Like i said earlier to much politics in that town and if I were Devin i would go prep and get away from all that garbage.

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  51. Only team in New England that went to Indiana was NE PLayaz right? I guess we know who is talking trash about Milford kids now dont we?

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  52. keep going Milford after this season you will be the team with 2 wins no playerzat all after the big 3

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  53. We will still beat you because you chased your best Devin player out of town.

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  54. I will rent him a trailer in Milford so he can win a title this year before going prep.

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  55. Pelham has some cheap apartments haha he would thrive in either system getting it up the floor and letting it go.

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  56. Souhegan travels to the UMASS/Lowell summer tournament and goes 3-1...wins over Watertown and Melrose (MA) and Branford (CT). Close loss in the final to a strong Concord Carlisle (MA) team 61-58. Gilligan averages 21 a game for the tournament.

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  57. Is it true that that Knight kid is going to an All American camp in Virginia?

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  58. Hard to be an All-American if you aren't in HS yet

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  59. Knight went to FBU and was selected to represent the Boston area at Top Gun which was held in Virginia.

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  60. Everybody gets invited to FBU. It's called a $500 money maker. Didn't you get the packet from your high school coach too?

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