Often times athletes from the northern parts of New Hampshire fly under the radar and don't get as much recognition as they deserve - Chad Knighton from Lisbon High is definitely one of them. Two years ago as a freshman he was the starting point guard for a Lisbon team that won the Division IV championship, and this past winter as a junior he led the team to another title and was a first team all-state selection. Holderness is a prep school that competes in the NEPSAC. With his transfer, Knighton reclassifies to the Class of 2015.
"Leaving Lisbon was probably one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make" Knighton told the NH Notebook. "I love the coaches, teammates, fans, and community. I was very close with my former basketball coach. Les Poore has been a second father my whole life and we had a long talk one gym class. We both thought that this was the best decision for me."
If Knighton stayed at Lisbon for his senior year he could have possibly been a 1,000 point scorer, won another state title and been D-IV Player of the Year. But there are many reasons why he decided to transfer to Holderness instead.
"I wanted to challenge myself both academically and athletically" said Knighton, a quick 6-foot-0 point guard. "My main reason for enrolling at Holderness was the people and the community. It reminded me of Lisbon - nie people, good sports, and teachers who care about the students."
Knighton has a tight handle, excels at getting in the lane off the bounce and either finding the open man or hitting tough leaners. He can shoot it from the outside, has good court vision and is a smart player. With the move from Lisbon to Holderness he will be able to test his skills against a higher level of competition in addition to getting more exposure.
"I will be working out with the head basketball coach Tony Mure over the summer" said Knighton, who also plans on playing soccer at Holderness. "Also when I don't commute down to Holderness I will be working out with Shawn Newcomb, a local basketball trainer in Lisbon. Also I have been to two BST Showcases over the last year."
Now that Knighton's transfer has become official he looks back at his 3 years at Lisbon.
"Winning two basketball championships at Lisbon has been a gift" Knighton concluded. "My freshman year championship was crazy. Being like 5'5 was a challenge but was sweet. The second one was probably even better. Coming back from a serious knee injury and being a huge under dog and coming from behind was amazing. Also winning one for Sam Natti, a new coach in his second season. All in all, Lisbon has been unreal and I will miss it, but holderness we be a start to a new journey."