After an off-season of controversy, the Pembroke Academy boys basketball team has a Division I schedule. They won back-to-back D-II championships in 2013-2014, and now move up to D-I. Over the spring/summer it was uncertain whether the D-I Athletic Directors would schedule them, due to allegations of recruiting players from outside the district who also played AAU for the GS Raiders.
There was also doubt regarding whether senior forward and potential all-state player Dominic Timbas would be eligible to play this year. Timbas was initially denied his eligibility, due to repeating 8th grade. But he went through a hearing and won. So Timbas is eligible and the Spartans got their schedule. Here it is...
2014-15 Pembroke Boys Varsity Schedule
Friday 12/19 @ Keene H.S. - 6:30 p.m.
Monday 12/22 Home vs. Memorial H.S. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday 12/26 X-Mas Tourney @ NHTI - TBA
Saturday 12/27 X-mas Tourney @ NHTI - TBA
Tuesday 1/6 Home vs. Nashua North H.S. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday 1/9 @ Pinkerton Academy - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday 1/13 Home vs. Spaulding H.S. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday 1/16 Home vs. Bedford - 6:30 p.m.
Friday 1/23 @ Trinity High School - 6:30 p.m.
Monday, 1/26 @ Bishop Guertin H.S. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 1/28 Home vs. Concord H.S. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday 1/30 @ Exeter H.S. - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday 2/10 @ Dover H.S. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday 2/13 Home vs. Nashua South H.S. - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday 2/17 @ Salem H.S. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday 2/20 @ Winnacunnet H.S. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday 2/27 Home vs. Alvirne - 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday 3/3 Home vs. Central - 6:30 p.m.
As you can see, this is a 16 game schedule. All other schools play 18 games. In case you're wondering, the two schools who are noticeably absent from Pembroke's schedule are Londonderry and Merrimack. The New Hampshire Notebook contacted the A.D.'s of both schools for comment on why they didn't schedule Pembroke. We haven't received a response.
Pembroke has been a perennial power in D-II and they're expected to b a top 5 team in D-I this season.They have a strong returning core group of seniors including Timbas and Cameron Taylor (both 6'5") plus Max Curran and Rob Wilson (both 6'7") and 6'1" guard Connor Boucher. Timbas, Taylor, Curran and Boucher all played key roles on last year's championship team, while Wilson joins the squad after being forced to sit out last season following his transfer from Londonderry.