Tuesday, March 22, 2011

All-State Teams Announced - Girls Basketball


Just like on the boys side, the girls basketball all-state awards were announced on Sunday at the Granite Games. In addition to the all-state awards, the Player of the Year and Coach of the Year for each division were also revealed. Here are the award winners, plus some thoughts of mine on the teams.

And also just like on the boys side, I will also be releasing my very own NH Notebook all-state, Player of the Year and Coach of the Year awards soon.

NHBCO Division I All-State Basketball Team 2011
COACH of the YEAR: Dan Casey, Dover High School
PLAYER of the YEAR: Savanna Butterfield, Londonderry High

1st TEAM
Sr Forward Savanna Butterfield Londonderry High School
Sr Forward Samantha Corcoran Winnacunnet High School
Sr Guard Deanna (DJ) Purcell Alvirne High School
Sr Guard Rachel Carter Merrimack High School
Sr Guard Katherine Harris Pinkerton Academy
Sr Guard Ashley Gendron Manchester Memorial High

2nd TEAM
Jr Guard Ashley Clough Keene High School
So Forward Meghan Green Bishop Guertin High School
Sr Guard Emilee Marro Trinity High School
Jr Guard Kirsten O’Neil Winnacunnet High School
Sr Forward Caitlin Ackerman Nashua South High School
Sr Center Jamie Boyatsis Dover High School

HONORABLE MENTION
Sr Forward Katie Donovan Alvirne High School
Sr Forward Daniele Crutcher Londonderry High School
Sr Guard Danielle Kimball Pinkerton Academy
Sr Guard Alyson Towle Spaulding High School
Jr Guard Amra Elezovic Manchester Memorial High
Sr Guard Tori Sousa Nashua North High School
Sr Forward Jenny Fallon Bishop Guertin High School
Sr Guard Olivia Lacroix Manchester Central High
Jr Guard Anna Sullivan Winnacunnet High School
Jr Forward Emily Rose Timberlane High School


NHBCO Division II All-State Basketball Team 2011
COACH of the YEAR: Joe Raycraft, Merrimack Valley High School
PLAYER of the YEAR: Danielle Walczak, Oyster River High School

1st TEAM
Sr Center Danielle Walczak Oyster River High School
Sr Guard Allison Wagner Kennett High School
Jr Guard Jane White Souhegan High School
Sr Guard Kathryn Cullerot John Stark Regional High School
Sr Guard Christan Wojtas Souhegan High School
Sr Forward Susan French Portsmouth High School

2nd TEAM
Sr Forward Megan Hardiman Merrimack Valley High School
Sr Guard Sara Romano Lebanon High School
Sr Guard Melissa Frase Kennett High School
Jr Guard Kelsey Berry Hollis/Brookline High School
So Forward Trina Scheie Lebanon High School
Jr Guard Katie Stopera Hollis/Brookline High School

HONORABLE MENTION
Sr Guard Emma Rosen Hanover High School
Jr Forward Kerry White Windham High School
So Guard Dina Pitsas Milford High School
Sr Guard Casey Levis Bedford High School
Jr Guard Meredith Grady Coe-Brown Northwood Acad.
So Guard Moriah Morton Lebanon High School
So Guard Kelsey Brown Oyster River High School
Sr Guard Lyndsay Davis St. Thomas Aquinas High School
Jr Guard Brittney Page Kearsarge Regional High School
Sr Guard Allison Beauregard Portsmouth High School
Jr Forward Colleen Taylor Lebanon High School


NHBCO Division III All- State Basketball Team 2011
COACH of the YEAR: Sean Flynn, Campbell High School

PLAYER of the YEAR: Brooke Springfield, Conant High School

1st TEAM
Sr Guard Brooke Springfield Conant High School
Sr Guard Kristen Hrubowchak Campbell High School
So Guard Lindsey Nerbonne Bow High School
Jr Forward Jordan Phinney Newfound Regional High School
Sr Forward Jillian Buckwold Mascoma Regional High School
Sr Forward Angela Michalski Inter-Lakes High School

2nd TEAM
Sr Guard Kim Daniels Conant High School
Jr Guard Liz Pettis Campbell High School
Sr Forward Kendra Toellner Bow High School
Jr Guard Jessica Zabielski Fall Mountain Regional High School
Jr Forward Rebbecca Arnone Campbell High School
Sr Forward Krista Vincent Somersworth High School

HONORABLE MENTION
Jr Forward Bryanna Bennett White Mountain Regional High School
Jr Guard Jenn Allen Fall Mountain Regional High School
Sr Center Sydney Robertson Prospect Mountain High School
Sr Forward Tiffany Lewis Hillsboro-Deering High School
Jr Guard Richelle Dole Stevens High School
Sr Guard Harley Smith Hopkinton High School
Sr Forward Meghan Millspaugh Somersworth High School
Sr Guard Moriah Arsenault Berlin High School
Sr Guard Marissa Framarini Campbell High School
Jr Guard Mikaela Guertin Belmont High School


NHBCO Division IV All-State Basketball Team 2011
COACH of the YEAR: Ed Lemire, The Derryfield School
PLAYER of the YEAR: Bethany Kalliel, The Derryfield School

1st TEAM
Jr Guard Bethany Kalliel The Derryfield School
Sr Guard Meaghan Long Portsmouth Christian Acad
Jr Guard Julia Winn Littleton High School
Sr Center Zoe Sobin The Derryfield School
Sr Guard Kristen Call Colebrook Academy
Sr Guard Kelley Collins Groveton High School

2nd TEAM
Sr Forward Taylor Fiore Epping High School
Fr Forward Morgan Fuller Moultonborough Academy
Jr Forward Colleen Corliss Pittsfield High School
Sr Guard Katie Teague Newmarket High School
Jr Center Liza Bourdon Sunapee High School
Jr Forward Alyssa Keefe Littleton High School

HONORABLE MENTION
Sr Forward Jessica McKenzie Groveton High School
Sr Guard Allison Tenney Sunapee High School
Sr Center Kalie Randlett Wilton-Lyndeborough High
Jr Forward Jill Fifield Lisbon Reg. High School
So Guard Josee Brunault Colebrook Academy
Sr Guard Aislinn Smith The Derryfield School
Jr Guard Taylor Glidden Littleton High School
Sr Guard Ashley McDonald Moultonborough Academy
So Guard Makenna Burke Groveton High School
Jr Guard Corrina Kinder Woodsville High School
Fr Guard Hannah Comeau The Derryfield School


My Take
I don't have too many issues with these all-state teams. The one thing that really jumps out at me though is Trina Scheie from Lebanon not being on the 1st team in D-II. Scheie had 24 points and 18 rebounds in the semi-finals vs. Kennett, and 21 points and 15 rebounds in the title game vs. Souhegan. And it's not like she just happened to take over in the playoffs, she was putting up big numbers all season. They vote 6 players onto the 1st team for all-state, and in girls D-II there were 5 players who were no-brainers. Scheie, Jane White, Katie Cullerot, Allie Wagner and Danielle Walczak. Not only should all 5 of those girls have been shoe-ins for the 1st team, but all 5 of them can make legit cases to be the D-II Player of the Year. Wojtas and French both had great seasons, and it would be a toss-up which one gets the 6th 1st team spot. But Scheie should be there over both of them.

Also in D-II Kerry White from Windham deserves a 2nd team spot rather than honorable mention. Windham had 0 seniors, it was their first year as a varsity program and yet they went 12-8 including a road playoff win against a good Portsmouth team and then they came THIS close to knocking off eventual champion Souhegan in the quarterfinals. White was the only one on the team with varsity experience prior to this season, and she led them all year.

Other issues...Becca Arnone not being on the 1st team in D-III. Did any of the voters see her sensational performance in the championship game? Oh, that's right they did the voting BEFORE the tournament began! They voted on these awards BEFORE the most important part of the season, the part of the season that separates the good players from the great ones. My b!

Campbell should have at least 2, if not all of their "Big 3" on the 1st team. Those 3 of course would be Arnone, Hrubowchak and Pettis. The best D-III players I saw this season were the Campbell trio, Springfield, Daniels, Michalski and Nerbonne (in no particular order).

The D-I teams look pretty good. Jenn Bujnowski (Salem) and Kayla Janowski (Exeter) are both good players, but unfortunately their team's record must have cost them some votes to get in there. Other good players who missed the cut were Katie Matatall (Timberlane), Allie Mahan (Dover), Catherine Cloutier (Londonderry), Allie Hartford (Memorial) and Emily Martin (Trinity). I'm not complaining that these girls didn't make the cut, but they all still deserve the recognition for a good season.

I feel like Amra Elezovic and Ashley Gendron were equally as important to the success of Memorial this season. It might be nit-picking a little bit, but I feel like it would be tough to say one was better than the other so I would have them both on the same team. They should definitely both be on at least the 2nd team. So they would either be both on the 1st team or both be on the 2nd team. And it would also be tough for a team with that many losses to have 2 players on the 1st team. You would have to think that if any team were to get 2 1st-teamers it would be Winnacunnet. You could definitely make the argument for Kirsten O'Neil to be there. She was their point guard, a great defender, and at times was their best player. In the regular season game vs. Londonderry, O'Neil scored 28 points and carried the team to victory. Tough to argue with Carter being there either. I definitely didn't expect merrimack to win as many games as they did this year.

Coach of the Year to me would have to be either Joe Mason (Windham), Wayne Thomson (John Stark) or Jeremy Faulkner (Souhegan), although Coach Raycraft did do a nice job with MV as well.

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