Thursday, April 26, 2012

White Commits to Curry

(photo by Vaudreuil Photography)

You would be hard pressed to find many athletic programs in recent NHIAA history that have gotten off to as good of a start as the Windham girls basketball program. They made the quarterfinals in their first year as a varsity program (with no senior class) and in year 2 they made it to the semi-finals.

Kerry White is a big reason for that success. She has been an all-state player for 2 straight years, she has led the team in rebounding and has been one of their leading scorers for both seasons as well. White was one of the top NH prospects still on the board for the Class of 2012, but recently she committed to attend and play basketball at Curry College.

Curry is a Division III school in Milton, MA (just outside of Boston). They play in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC). They went 9-17 on the season in 2011-2012 (7-11 in the conference) but that's not bad at all when you consider they had 0 seniors and 8 freshmen on the roster.

"I'm very excited for Kerry in her commitment to Curry College" said Windham High girls basketball head coach Joe Mason. "I think she will do very well if she continue to do the little things. It's been a pleasure to work with Kerry over the past 2 years. I have seen her grow both on and off the court. She is constantly working to improve herself personally, athletically and academically. She is wonderful person who cares about her teammates and coaches. She approaches every challenge with a positive attitude and never gives up when things get difficult. She leads by example. Kerry has been a great role model for the student-athletes in our basketball program. She has helped set a standard which all current and future Jaguar players will be judged. She has always put the team first and believed in our team motto Play as One."

White is a 5'10" power forward who can score and score at will in the paint. She also has the versatility to step away from the basket, face up and put the ball on the floor or hit jumper from 15-18 feet away as well as the occasional three-pointer. She has a good feel for the game and always plays hard.

"Kerry is a great kid who has excellent size and frame" said Kara Leary, who was White's AAU coach for the past 2 years with the NE Crusaders. "She continues to evolve her wing skills and will do fantastic at Curry. I think she does a lot of things well and she will continue to grow her game in college."

The Curry women's basketball team is coached by Fran Elms, who just completed his 9th season with the program. One of the 8 freshman on the team this year was former Bishop Guertin all-state forward Jenny Fallon. Here is what Kerry had to say when we interviewed her following her commitment.

Jeremy Leveille: Talk about your decision to commit to Curry.
Kerry White: Some other schools I was considering were Southern New Hampshire, Merrimack, and Plymouth State. There were many factors that led me to choose Curry such as its location and the coaches. I love how Curry is so close to Boston. I also love how small of a campus it is. I definitely got ‘the feel’ when I went to Curry. It’s a unique story because Curry College came out of the blue. Coach Elms came the Nashua Holiday Tournament and noticed me warming up for the championship game against Bedford and stayed for the whole game. He basically pursued me from there.I never even heard of Curry College. I pushed it aside at first. But I really liked how he kept calling me and thought I would be a tremendous fit at Curry. He said he could see me playing from the start, which was what I wanted.What impressed me and made me feel wanted was when Coach Elms came to my senior night game with some of the girls on the Curry team. He sat with my family the entire game too. That said a lot.

JL: Thoughts on joining a Curry team that is young and has the entire roster returning next year?
KW: I’m beyond excited to join such an up-and-coming team. When I saw the girls’ team play one weekend, I definitely wanted to play at that very moment! The few that I met were extremely nice and energetic. I’m excited to play with different girls on a higher level and in a different environment. I’m not worried about playing time when I get to Curry. I can’t be worried, or else I will drive myself crazy. I’m just going to work hard like I always do and whatever happens, will happen.

JL: What ahs it been like playing for a Windham girls basketball team that has had such a great 2 year run?
KW: The past two years at Windham have been so much fun. I knew we would have a chance at having a good season because Windham is a town full of athletic girls. But I honestly never expected my team to be that good. It helped being with such an amazing group. We all got along and had great chemistry. We genuinely liked being with each other. Also, the coaching staff was great. Coach Joe, Coach Man, Coach Haky, and Coach Erin were so helpful, encouraging, and wanted the best for all of us.

JL: How have Coach Mason and Coach Leary helped you over the past couple years?
KW: I’ve never had a coach like Coach Joe. He is very easy to talk to. He also cares about each girl on the team. He is so supportive and takes an interest in our lives outside of basketball. He has taught me that doing the little things make big things happen. He knows what to say and how to motivate me to make me want to try harder. Kara Leary is one of my favorite coaches ever. She knows so much about the game and has so many connections. She has really taught and helped me a lot. I am truly grateful for all of the opportunities she and the Crusaders program have given me.Also, I am also lucky to have met Coach Fagula (Londonderry High School) in 7th grade because he was the one who suggested joining the Crusaders.I have played against the best competition over the years and it has opened up my eyes on how intense the competition really is all over the nation. I am also grateful for my other Crusader coaches, Jenn Fay, Ian Horseman, Kindyll Dorsey, and Don Maynard because they have prepared me for the next level just as much as Kara.

JL: What do you see your role being on the team at Curry?
KW: On the team at Curry, I am going to do whatever coach Elms asks me to do.

JL: Favorite memories from playing at Windham and also for the Crusaders?
KW: Winning the Nashua Holiday Tournament and making it to quarterfinals and semifinals are definitely the most memorable and proudest moments in my career. Individually, I’m really proud that I made 1st Team All-State. It’s a great accomplishment.With the Crusaders, my most memorable moments would have to be playing in Chicago, Illinois and Nike Nationals in Augusta, Georgia. They were both fun experiences.

JL: What do you plan on studying at Curry?
KW: I hope to study either Education or Business.

Congratulations to Kerry, and best of luck to her at Curry!

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