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Saturday, December 29
KCT Finals

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Soldiering on Heavy-hearted players continue Festival

Almost daily, we hear news of deaths around the world — but we never quite take it to heart. Whether it’s because we’ve become desensitized to it or not, the news usually travels through one ear and out the other.Unfortunately, in most cases, it takes a tragedy close to home to open our eyes and our hearts.That seemed to be the case during Friday’s Holiday Basketball Festival at Keene State’s Spaulding Gym.


A day after Conant sophomore player Stephen Record was killed in a car accident on Route 12, teams shuffled in with heavy hearts to play in games that all of a sudden didn’t mean as much as they did the day before.

“I told our kids it’s yet another reminder of three things,” Keene High Coach Jon Perry said after his Blackbirds dropped the Red Division fifth-place game to Smithfield, R.I., 64-53. “One, we have to keep things in perspective. Two, basketball is supposed to be fun. And three, you want to live every moment like you don’t know what’s coming next, and you want to play every game like you don’t know what’s coming next.”

The tragic accident occurred before Conant’s game on Thursday and, although the Orioles players knew there had been an accident involving two of their teammates, they didn’t find out until after their win against Kearsarge that Record had been killed.

With the news, Conant withdrew from the tournament.

Kearsarge Coach Marty Brown was kind enough to volunteer his team to play two straight games on Friday. After the Cougars defeated Monadnock in the Red Division third-place game, Brown and his kids took on Coral Springs Charter in the Red championship.

Kearsarge, playing under tired legs, put up a battle for most of the game, but wound up dropping the game 55-44, giving the championship to the Florida team.

Before the final game, a long moment of silence was held for Record.

“I told our kids that we had a responsibility to respect what just happened, and we were responsible to the two teams left that needed competition,” Brown said. “Obviously the biggest issue wasn’t anything to do here.”

It was a somber mood in Spaulding Gym for much of the day, as news of the accident trickled from spectator to spectator, from player to player.

When parents and students walked through the hall outside of the gym, many of them stopped to read the Sentinel’s Friday article about Record’s death, which was taped to the wall.

The majority of those just shook their head, looked at the ground and walked away.

“I played basketball and baseball against him, and I knew him pretty well when I was younger,” Monadnock Regional High senior Jeff Pelkey said. “It’s just sad. I went out and played as hard as I could. I knew he would want us to move on and keep playing.”

Typically, basketball and other sports serve as an escape from the harsh realities of real life.

But on Friday night, the games served only as a reminder of how fragile life is.

“It was tough. We’re all kids here trying to have a good time,” Keene senior Andrew Loney said. “It’s always in the back of your mind that stuff like this happens, but when it hits so close to home, it’s real tough.”

Tournament director Pat Hearn said he plans to speak with Keene State men’s basketball Coach Rob Colbert about setting up an annual award at the tournament in honor of Record.

“The first thing we talked about before our first game was that this was really an opportunity to appreciate how precious life in general is,” Brown said. “I can’t even imagine what the family is going through.”

The crowd, which wasn’t big to begin with, dwindled as each game ended. It surely would have been bigger had Conant, which qualified for the championship game by winning its first two games, and its loyal basketball following had been in attendance

At times like this, though, even basketball is unable to heal the pain.

“Whether they knew him or not, it’s just somebody they can relate to,” Monadnock Coach Ken Ervin said. “I just took a couple of seconds to reiterate to these boys that you’re not invincible. We’re playing a game, but we’re talking about life.”

As Keene High senior Kyle Murphy was about to leave the gym, he took a few minutes to talk to his dad, Kevin, who was manning the snack bar.

As the conversation wound to a close and Kyle began to walk away, Kevin said two words to his son that ring true, now more than ever.

“Be careful,” he said.

BY: Gregg Lavoie a Keene Sentinel sports writer.


Friday, December 28
KCT game 2
Boys' Basketball
Conant 67, Kearsarge 60

December 28. 2007 12:30AM


Conant's emotional win over Kearsarge earned the Orioles a spot in tonight's Keene Holiday Tournament championship game but Coach Tom McCormack's team won't be making the trip.

Moments after Conant sealed its second-round win with 24 fourth-quarter points, the Orioles learned a teammate had been killed in a car accident en route to the game.

Coach McCormack asked Kearsarge to represent the Orioles in tonight's title game against Coral Springs, Fla. at 8:30 p.m., after the Cougars' 5:30 consolation matchup with Monadnock.

The fourth quarter began knotted at 43 but Kearsarge's defense tired, allowing the Orioles to run away with the win.

Sam Young led the Cougars' offense with 20 points, with James Broom adding 19.

Thursday, December 27
Keene Christmas Tourney
Kearsarge Boys Come Back

December 27. 2007 12:31AM


Sam Young's back-to-back 3-pointers sparked a 16-0 third-quarter run, helping the Kearsarge boys' basketball team to a 58-53 comeback win over Smithfield, R.I., in the first round of the Keene Holiday Tournament last night.

The Cougars trailed by 10 points at the break but never gave in, outscoring Smithfield 36-21 in the second half.

"Our defensive pressure did a great job creating turnovers in the second half," Kearsarge Coach Marty Brown said. "The whole team did a good job turning things around."

Free throws also lent a helping hand in the Cougars' comeback, converting 17-of-23 attempts from the foul line.

"Free throws played a big role," Brown said. "It's nice to be able to take advantage of easy points."

Young led Kearsarge scorers with 20 points, followed by Jeff Wilson with 11. James Broom and Matthias Nevins also had an impact on the scoreboard, each finishing with 10 points.

While the tournament win has no effect on Kearsarge's 2-1 regular-season record, Coach Brown hopes his team learned a thing or two from the way it was earned.

"It's nice to know we can play from behind and still have a chance to win," Brown said. "I hope that's something we can bring back to the regular season."

Sunday, December 16
OT Win!
Cougar boys save best for last
Cavallaro ties game, then Kearsarge wins it in OT

December 15. 2007 7:00AM



Sam Cavallaro hadn't hit a shot all game, but that didn't stop the senior from putting up the go-ahead shot at the end of regulation to help lift the Kearsarge boys' basketball team over Coe-Brown in overtime, 76-70.

Cavallaro knocked down a 10-foot baseline jumper with just over 20 seconds remaining to tie the game at 70. Both teams then missed free throws in the final seconds to push the game to overtime.

Kearsarge (1-1) and Coe-Brown (1-1) had difficulty knocking down shots in the extra session, but the Cougars were able to prevail by holding the Bears scoreless. The teams missed four free throws apiece in overtime, while facing the foul trouble that comes from a highly competitive game.

The Cougars boasted five players in double figures for scoring - Sam Young with 14 points, James Broom with 14, Jeff Wilson with 13, John Sullivan with 13 and Lucas Shatford with 12.

Young and Sullivan keyed the Cougars' fourth-quarter comeback. The Bears held a 10-point edge entering the final quarter, but Sullivan knocked down a clutch 3-pointer and Young converted all three free throws after getting fouled behind the arc.

The Cougars held a 33-30 lead after the first half, but the Bears fought back with 26-13 third quarter.

"We just felt very fortunate to get the win," said Kearsarge Coach Marty Brown. "It was two very similar teams in a very competitive team."

Juniors Kevin Grenier and Stephen Moore scored 14 points apiece to lead the Bears. Stuart Mitchell (12 points, 18 rebounds), Mike Stevens (10 points) and Reid Thibeault (nine points, eight rebounds) also had good nights for Coe-Brown.

Saturday, March 10
Brown left to dream - Longtime coach longs for title
Brown left to dream
Longtime coach longs for title

Monitor staff

March 10. 2007 8:00AM

NORTH SUTTON - Marty Brown, the basketball coach with the bulldog build and oversized heart, is seated in his cramped office at Kearsarge Regional High.

On the wall surrounding the school's boys' basketball coach are newspaper clippings and sportsmanship awards, proud furnishings that are vital to the room's motif.

Brown is working a rubber stress ball hard, in both hands, squeezing the life out of it, moving it between his fingers, passing the emotion and passion from his gut to the ball itself.

The topic of conversation, you see, is winning a state championship, something Brown hasn't done during his 23 years at Kearsarge.

"I'm a fate guy," says the loveable bulldog, who doubles as the Kearsarge athletic director. "You turn right, and you turn left, and life changes. I just think for us, that time hasn't come yet. And maybe it will, and maybe it won't."
If you know Brown, and your team isn't facing his, you probably root for him. That's why it was so disappointing when we learned that Brown's Cougars dropped a 55-51 decision to Hanover on Wednesday night in the Class I semifinals.

So instead of roaming courtside today at the University of New Hampshire during the Class I final, Brown might be sitting in the bleachers watching Hanover and Portsmouth vie for the championship.

"There's a good possibility I'll be there," Brown said. "We've talked about going down."

And what will you be thinking?

"The same thing I've been thinking the last 23 years," Brown responded. "... I'd be thinking about what this place would look like in a sea of (Kearsarge colors) blue and gold."

Brown is the Mark Martin and UNH men's hockey team of high school basketball. Martin, a perennial Nextel Cup contender, has never bagged the overall prize. Neither have the Wildcats, always nationally ranked.

Still, it's been quite a ride for Brown, even without that darn, elusive title.

Brown and the Cougars have advanced to one final, in 1999 against Goffstown. The Cougars, led by Steve Lavolpicelo and James Gassman, pulled off a few miracles, beating Con-Val by six points after trailing by 19 with 32 seconds left in the third quarter. The Cougars then beat John Stark in double overtime, then ripped Coach Ed Cloe's heart out with an eight-point win over Pembroke Academy after trailing by 10 with 6:42 left.

In the end, though, it was Goffstown easily, 76-50.

"I thought we had enough talent," Brown said. "You know you have to play at a high level, and we didn't do it."

The heyday of Cougars hoop happened in the late 1980s, shortly after Brown arrived. Kearsarge was down through the 1970s and part of the '80s, before Tom Brayshaw, a 2,000-point scorer who never met a jumper he didn't like, and Dave Bartlett arrived.

"We were a very unique story at the time, because like any new story with a program starting to change, Brayshaw and Bartlett built the foundation of the program," Brown said. "They got us off and running and created an atmosphere in the community that basketball was cool and would be worth doing. As a result, we've always had kids come out and play."

They were the years of center Scott Drapeau and his Merrimack Valley champions of 1989 and '90, of guard Matt Alosa and his Pembroke Academy champs of '91.

The buzz created by the three schools was surreal, the final scores unreal. During the 1988-89 season, Kearsarge beat Pembroke at home, 93-90, and lost over there, 108-102. Another sample was MV's 98-97 win over the Cougars.

MV was too tough, however, beating Kearsarge in the 1989 semifinals, after which Brown sobbed uncontrollably, a reflection of his fondness for that group of seniors.

"We lose, and you wonder if we'll ever have a chance to do something like this again," Brown said, recalling the moment. "And the beauty is, we've had the chance 12, 15 times."

The Cougars have clawed back to elite status after a short dry spell. They've advanced to the semifinals now in consecutive seasons and made the quarterfinals four times in five years.

With four starters returning, Brown is excited about next season, saying, "We believe we're going to win a state tournament with this group of people, and I think we still believe that."

He boasts about the all-inclusive climate within the North Sutton area's hoops landscape, about the four assistant coaches and the one student coach and the five managers and the three trainers who crowded into the locker room before Wednesday's playoff loss to Hanover.

And he spoke proudly about the 18 basketball coaches listed in the Senior Night program, each of whom touched at least one of the seniors honored that night, Feb. 20, in one way or another.

"I'm really proud that our Alpine team has won the title, our lacrosse team won one last year," Brown said. "Those are proud moments for our school. If you could ever do it in boys' basketball, there'd be none bigger. None.

"Every one of them would beat their chests for a couple of hours, to a couple of months, to a full year. The legacy of that group, and certainly one that the coach would like to leave behind, would be to have that champion on the court in front of our whole community."

By now, the stress ball never had a chance."

(Ray Duckler can be reached at

Saturday, March 10
Hanover 55, Kearsarge 51
Hanover 55, Kearsarge 51

Cougars can't measure up
Size helps send Marauders to final

Monitor staff

March 08. 2007 8:00AM

DURHAM - When the tournament arrives at the University of New Hampshire's Lundholm Gymnasium, there's always talk about the large size of the court. Kearsarge wanted to use all of that size last night. All Hanover cared about was the paint.

The 10th-seeded Marauders (13-8) hammered the ball inside all night long, slowed down the Cougars' full-court game for three quarters and then hung on during a frenzied fourth for a 55-51 win in the Class I boys' semifinals. Hanover will face No. 4 Portsmouth, 54-50 winners over Hollis/Brookline in the other semifinal, in Saturday's championship game.

Kearsarge Coach Marty Brown said that in his 23 years at Kearsarge, he couldn't remember a 10 seed reaching the finals. Then again, because they suffered some injuries and subsequent close losses in the middle of the season, the Marauders are hardly your typical 10 seed in a very balanced Class I.

After scoring just 24 points through three quarters against that No. 10 team, and trailing 37-24, the Cougars exploded for 27 points in the final frame. They forced a bevy of turnovers, started hitting outside shots and turned a potential blowout into a contest.

"Initially it was just a hope, but inside of 40 seconds it was potential," Brown said. "It wasn't just a maybe, but we still had to make a big play or maybe two."

There just wasn't time. Despite the furious comeback, Kearsarge didn't make it a one-possession game until there was only 15.9 seconds left. Hanover point guard Nick Metcalf responded with one of two free throws on the other end, and that was just enough.
Still, Kearsarge deserves credit for coming back. The Cougars trailed 49-36 with 3:01 left, "and being down (13) against Hanover is like really like 18 or 20," Brown said, referencing the Marauders' deliberate style. Kearsarge sophomore Sam Young (nine points) then scored seven straight points, including two 3s, as the Cougars forced four consecutive Hanover turnovers and whittled the deficit to five, 49-44, with 1:37 left.

But the Marauders went 6-for-8 from the line from there - including a 5-for-6 effort from Metcalf for his only points of the game - and Kearsarge couldn't pull off the miracle.

"Every game we've played in has been, as Johnny Most would say, a rock fight," Hanover Coach Tim Winslow said. "And I think that has helped us, these kids have been through it. They've had to make foul shots all year. Sometimes they haven't gone in, but they've been going in for the last seven games."

While the Marauders sealed it with free throws, they earned it inside. Center Casey Maue (17 points, 15 rebounds), forward Barrett Womack (five points, five rebounds) and reserve forward Peter Miller (eight points) accounted for 13 of Hanover's 20 field goals, and all 13 came in the paint.

"One of our plans was to get the big men active," Winslow said. "It's hard because you can cover Casey, but then Peter Miller comes in and makes some great shots at strategic times and then we put Barrett in and he makes some big shots."

Hanover's bigs also shut out Kearsarge center Nate Frisbie and limited forward Eian Prohl, who had a game-high 18 points in the Cougars' quarterfinal win against John Stark, to 12 points. To be fair, Frisbie is "trying to play through some difficult injuries. It's not an excuse, it's true. And it's a factor for us," Brown said.

Needing to speed up last night's game was ironic for the Cougars, because they wanted to do just the opposite, and did it, in the quarterfinal against Stark, a fast-break team. While it may have been difficult for the Kearsarge players to shift gears like that, it was an interesting challenge for the coach.

"The thing about the tournament which I think is so uniquely fun is there are no same games," Brown said. "We definitely wanted to slow it down against Stark ... and you wanted to speed it up against Hanover if you could, and we couldn't do that."

With the score 7-7 after the first quarter, it was clear Hanover had total control over the tempo. Things didn't change in the second. Maue poured in seven in the frame, Miller added four more and Hanover led 23-16 at the break. The 10 first-half points from Ben Frisbie (game-high 19 points) was the only thing keeping Kearsarge close.

Hanover scored 10 of its 14 third-quarter points inside - Womack and Maue each had four - and the Cougars simply had no answers, until the desperation of the fourth-quarter jump-started Kearsarge's tempo.

"Because it's the end of the season for somebody and you know they're going to come at you hard," Winslow said.

Kearsarge senior James Broom came up with two steals and went 6-for-6 from the line in the fourth, Bobby Williams had all five of his points in the fourth, Prohl had five of his 12, and Young scored seven of his nine.

This is the second straight year the Cougars have lost in the semifinals and the fourth time in five years they've at least reached the quarterfinals. That recent success and a slew of talent returning bodes well for Kearsarge, but Brown isn't taking anything for granted.

"We're knocking on the door, we're hanging around it, but there's a big difference," Brown said. "I don't like to talk about something that I'm not, and we're not. We don't do it and we haven't. What we've proven is we can play at a very high level in our class, and I think what that means if we continue to work and strive, hopefully we'll have our opportunity to do something special."


Monitor staff

Saturday, March 10
Class I quarterfinals
Class I quarterfinals

Kearsarge in control

Monitor staff

March 05. 2007 8:00AM

DURHAM - The first two times Kearsarge faced John Stark, it was pandemonium. Full court basketball played at high speed. Last night, the Cougars downshifted. And now they're moving on.

Mixing in a zone defense, a spread offense and a lower gear for its stable of high-octane athletes, No. 6 Kearsarge (16-4) worked a 62-57 victory over No. 3 Stark (15-5) last night in the Class I boys' quarterfinals at the University of New Hampshire's Lundholm Gymnasium. The Cougars will now face No. 10 Hanover (12-8) in Wednesday's 6 p.m. semifinal. The Marauders upset second-ranked Pelham (15-5), the defending champions, 61-56.

During the full-tilt, regular-season games, the Generals beat Kearsarge 81-63 in Weare on Jan. 30 and 88-81 in North Sutton on Feb. 20.

"I thought the other games against John Stark were probably more fun because both teams were just running up and down," Kearsarge Coach Marty Brown said. "But they're too capable in the open floor."

"That was a great adjustment on their part," Stark Coach Mike Smith said. "Marty has a lot of great athletic kids, but he got them to play disciplined tonight. The last couple times we played, things were more loosey-goosey on their end and we were able to take advantage of that. But tonight they were able to take care of every possession and their turnovers were way down and I think that was the difference."

Behind senior forward Eian Prohl, who had game highs in both points (18) and rebounds (12), and a controlled 12 points and four assists from the high-flying (sometimes too high) Ben Frisbie, the Cougars seemed to have everything locked up with 2:54 left in the game and a 57-46 lead after a tip-in off a missed free throw by Nate Frisbie (13 points, four rebounds). Stark senior Matt Nims had fouled out just moments before and he hugged Smith on his way to the sideline, as if to say goodbye.
But the Generals weren't quite ready for goodbyes. They kept collecting loose balls and offensive rebounds, Kearsarge kept missing free throws (3-for-13 in the last three minutes) and Stark put together a 10-2 run in 2:30 - Gavin Sappier (11 points, 10 rebounds, three steals) had four and Nick French (team-high 16 points) had three during the stretch - and trailed 59-56 with 24 ticks left after a 3 from Travis Therrien (11 points).

"I was getting nervous," admitted Nate Frisbie.

The nerve-wracking tension only built as each team traded single free throws and then Kearsarge turned the ball over with 16 seconds left and just a three-point lead, 60-57. French got the ball behind the arc in the left corner on the inbounds play and went up with it, but his shot hit the side of the backboard (it appeared to be tipped), the Cougars got the ball, James Broom buried two free throws and all of Kearsarge's work finally was rewarded.

"I was incredibly proud of how they handled themselves at the end of the game," Smith said of his Generals. "There's a lot of teams in that situation that would have been looking at the clock waiting for the game to end and I think we all believed that right up to the end of the game that we had a shot."

"These two teams are very evenly matched and they play each other a lot and what you get is great entertainment and each team wining their share of games," Brown said. "I just feel very fortunate."

But taking Stark out of its own business was just what Kearsarge did all game long. Switching between man and zone defense, having Bobby Williams hound Therrien and letting Prohl and Frisbie lock down the paint, the Cougars held Stark to just 10 points in the first quarter and 24 in the first half as Kearsarge took a 29-24 lead into the break.

Prohl got on track early and scored eight in the first quarter as his teammates took advantage of slow Stark rotations to feed the big man. Brown called Prohl, "the best defensive forward I've had in my 23 years," but also said, "lately he's come to play at the offensive end." Prohl's teammates agreed.

"Eian is playing the best he's ever played the last four or five games," Ben Frisbie said.

The Generals barely made it out of the locker room in time for the second half, but they spent their time well during the break. Executing all the adjustments Smith called for, Stark opened the third with a 13-4 run, behind strong play from Sappier and Zach Morrill-Winter (nine points), and held a 37-33 lead with 4:49 left in the third. But Kearsarge answered with an 11-3 run to close the quarter and took a 44-40 lead into the fourth.

"My respect for John Stark is too great to give too many words for this type of game," Brown said. "For us to play them later would have been great, because they deserved to be later."

Instead, it's the Cougars who get to play later. Tune in later to see if they keep playing slower.


Monitor staff

Saturday, March 3
Disastrous start can't stop Kearsarge boys
High School Roundup

Disastrous start can't stop Kearsarge boys

Monitor staff
March 02. 2007 8:00AM

If Kearsarge had any doubt about the dangerous depth of the Class I boys' basketball tournament, the Cougars are certainly convinced now.

And, fortunately for them, they've lived to tell about it.

Sixth-ranked Kearsarge saw No. 11 Milford score the first 16 points of the game, but survived thanks to a strong second half and escaped with a 49-48 win that vaults them into Sunday's state quarterfinal against John Stark.

"We had nerves, we panicked," said Kearsarge Coach Marty Brown, "but what we never did was quit."

After trailing 16-0 to start, the Cougars were down 18-4 after a quarter, 26-18 at the half and 46-44 with less than 40 seconds to play. But that's when Kearsarge (15-4) began to match everything Milford (10-9) did with a bigger and better answer.

After the Spartans had seized a two-point lead in the last minute, Sam Young (team-high 16 points) stepped up and drilled an enormous 3-pointer that gave the Cougars a 47-46 lead. It would be short-lived, turning into a 48-47 deficit when Milford scored on a driving layup with 12.9 seconds on the clock, but again Kearsarge had the right response.
Brown called his final timeout in hopes of designing a play to get the ball inside, but instead the inbounds went to Ben Frisbie on the perimeter. As he caught it, the Cougar bench implored the sophomore to go to the hoop, and so he did, drawing contact en route and earning a trip to the foul line for a 1-and-1.

Now there was 4.6 seconds remaining, but Frisbie (11 points) froze out the pressure and calmly knocked down both freebies to put Kearsarge on top. All that was left was a brief defensive stint, and when Eian Prohl (11 points) stole the ball before Milford could attempt a shot, the lead was officially safe.

And the Cougars could exhale.

"We trailed 16-0 at the start, and from there it was just very difficult for us," Brown said, blaming the beginning on tentative play that followed two quick Spartan blocks. "Whether it was Milford playing well, or us playing poorly ... it was just a real, real struggle for us, and it was a very difficult game for us to win the way we were playing."

Wednesday, December 13
Varsity win at Pembroke
Kearsarge 69, Pembroke 48

Party crashers
Kearsarge spoils night for Pembroke, Alosa

By Donovan Burba
Monitor staff
December 13. 2006 8:00AM

PEMBROKE - It would have been the perfect fairy-tale evening. The legendary coach was on hand to be honored, the former star was at the helm, and the plucky young team trailed one of the best squads in Class I by only a point after halftime.

Reality, though, has a way of intruding into such scenarios, and in the end, neither Ed Cloe nor Matt Alosa nor the Pembroke Spartans could hold off Kearsarge, which showed why it was a preseason favorite with a 69-48 win in the season opener for both teams last night.

Cloe, who retired in 2004 with 34 years and 543 wins at Pembroke under his belt, was present for the christening of "Cloe Court," but the night belonged to Kearsarge's Ben Frisbie. The sophomore guard overcame some first-half shooting struggles to lead all scorers with 23 points, including nine in the critical third quarter.

In that frame, the Cougars outscored Pembroke 19-6, turning a one-point halftime lead into a 50-36 advantage. Frisbie provided the highlight-reel play, stealing the ball on the defensive end and turning it into a fast-break layup, drawing a foul along the way and sinking the free throw for the old-fashioned three-point play.

"He's a slasher. He's got that nice running jump shot where he kind of leaves his feet and floats forward," said Alosa, Pembroke's all-time leading scorer who played eight years professionally in Europe before taking over his alma mater this season. "It's tough to defend, because it's not a charge, and he's good at it."
The Cougars were the clear favorite entering the game, and jumped out to a quick 14-6 lead, with Frisbie and his brother, Nate, accounting for all 14 points. Pembroke's young squad - only two players with varsity experience return from last year - struggled with the Kearsarge press early, and after the first eight minutes the Spartans trailed by eight.

But Pembroke showed moxie in the second frame, with Drou Goff scoring eight of his team-high 16 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. By the time Justin Muniz made a layup with 30 seconds left in the half, Pembroke was within one, at 31-30, and that's how the teams went into the locker rooms.

"They moved the ball extremely well, and really created matchup problems for us," Kearsarge Coach Marty Brown said.

Pembroke faced a significant size disadvantage, facing a Cougars roster that featured 11 six-footers, including both Frisbies and 6-foot-4 forward Eian Prohl. Early on, the Spartans used their quickness to counter their lack of size, but as the game wore on, Kearsarge's defense forced Pembroke into a half-court offense, with often ugly results.

"For our team especially, we want them to run into our size," Brown said. "We want to be funneling people towards the darkness, which is the interior. We don't want to allow the dribblers to get to the middle, but to force a back cut, he has to see the ball, catch it, and all of a sudden as he looks, you're right there."

"It's not a mystery for us, if we can score in transition, we've got some quick kids and can get a steal or a rebound and run, we're going to get easy layups," Alosa said. "It's much easier to score in transition, for anybody. We need to work on our half-court offense, and we're going to do that."

Nate Frisbie, also a sophomore, finished with 12 points, and Prohl added seven for the Cougars. Josh Muniz scored 11 for the Spartans.

Brown was quick to praise Alosa, and in his remarks during Cloe's ceremony remembered a 108-102 game between Kearsarge and Pembroke when Alosa was starring as a Spartan. The 23-year veteran opined that the Spartans are "a program that will be back in the high echelon of play in a short amount of time."

That may be true, but as last night showed, this year could belong to the Cougars.

------ End of article


Monitor staff

Sunday, November 25
2006-07 Varsity Schedule
DAY DATE    LOCATION          OPPONENT                   TIME          RESULT

Tue 12/12   Away         Pembroke Academy                7:00PM               W 69-48
Fri 12/15   Away         Coe-Brown Northwood Academy      7:00PM               W   53-50
Tue 12/19 Away         Merrimack Valley High School      7:00PM               W   48-39
Tue 12/26 Away         KSC XMAS TOURNEY                  5:30PM               L   64-41
Wed 12/27   Away         KSC XMAS TOURNEY                4:00PM               W   53-50
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Tue 01/30   Away         John Stark Regional High School 7:00PM       L   63-81
Fri 02/02   Home         Pembroke Academy                7:00PM       W   69-37
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Thu 03/01   Home         Milford - Tourney Prelim                      W   49-48
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Wednesday, January 24
Christmas Wish
Just before Christmas Ray Duckler for the Concord Monitor wrote a story that included good wishes for Coach Brown and Kearsarge Basketball.

Unwrapping titles under the sports tree
Santa Duckler is in a giving mood

Monitor staf
December 24. 2006 10:00AM

Just finished my holiday shopping. What a madhouse out there. The traffic is crazy, parking is limited and everyone's running around trying to beat the annual deadline.

Doesn't matter, though. In the spirit of the season, I'm more than happy to bounce through the city in search of cool gifts for some in our sports landscape, both nationally and locally. So here we go.

...A Class I championship for Kearsarge Regional High boys' basketball Coach Marty Brown, who's in his 23rd season running the Cougars.

Brown, one of the most affable coaches you'll ever meet and one of my personal favorites back when I covered high school sports, has never won a state title. The closest he came was a 26-point loss to Goffstown in the 1999 final.

Brown's team is stacked this year, with three starters back after making a semifinal appearance last season.

This gift is long overdue.

Above is just the Kearsarge part of the story, the complete story can be found at Concord Monitor Online.

2005-2006 Schedule
Kearsarge Boys Basketball Schedule 2005-2006

Date Home Away Home Score Away Score Result
12/13/05 Fall Mountain Kearsarge 49 77 W

12/19/05 Kearsarge Pelham 63 69 L

12/21/05 Kearsarge Merrimack Valley 70 63 W

1/3/06 Pembroke Kearsarge 64 88 W

1/6/06 Milford Kearsarge 70 67 L

1/10/06 John Stark Kearsarge 77 65 L

1/12/06 Kearsarge Bishop Brady 83 66 W

1/13/06 Kennett Kearsarge 48 70 W

1/17/06 Merrimack Valley Kearsarge 45 70 W

1/20/06 Kearsarge Laconia 54 41 W

1/28/06 Kearsarge Lebanon 55 45 W

1/31/06 Kingswood Kearsarge 62 78 W

2/3/06 Bow Kearsarge 61 45 L

2/7/06 Kearsarge John Stark 66 57 W

2/10/06 Kearsarge Pembroke -- -- W

2/17/06 Souhegan Kearsarge -- -- W

2/21/06 Kearsarge Bow -- -- L

2/24/06 Kearsarge St. Thomas Aquinas -- -- W

Wins: 13      Losses: 5            

Souhegan at KRHS
Senior night victory - Kearsarge 56 Souhegan 42
2/19/05 From The Concord Monitor staff reports:


After a tight first quarter, Kearsarge pulled away in the second and third scoring 30 points over the two periods to take an 18-point lead into the fourth quarter, an advantage that held up as Kearsarge got the win and improved to 7-8. Souhegan is now 6-10.

Andrew Ferreira scored 22 points to lead the Cougars, and he was supported b Andrew Harte (12 points), William Montanola (nine points), and Zack Dean (eight points).

“We played very hard tonight,” Cougars Coach Marty Brown said, “It was a critical win to keep us in the hunt as the tournament nears.”

Kearsarge defeats Pembroke 55-52
By Rob Ragazzo

NORTH SUTTON- Coming back from the Christmas break with a Class I record of 2-2 and some tough outings at the Haverhill Christmas Tournament the Cougars faced a tough test in the visiting Pembroke Spartans. The Kearsarge boys passed the test as they defeated Pembroke by a score of 55-52. Coach Marty Brown said, “We struggled at times but we persevered. The bottom line is it was a great game and a huge win”.

The game was close throughout with Cougars taking an early lead but finding themselves down 14-12 at the end of the first quarter. Kearsarge was creating scoring opportunities, but was cold from the field hitting on only three of twenty chances with 2 point baskets from Richie Stevens, Zack Leighton and Andrew Ferreira. Free throw shooting kept the score close with Josh Allen scoring five of six, Eian Prohl sinking his two attempts and Will Montanola going one for two.

The game stayed close through the second quarter with both teams playing tough defense. Prohl and Montanola each stood tall and took charges as Pembroke tried to drive to the hoop. The scoring for Kearsarge came on baskets from Prohl, Allen, Zac Dean, and Ferreira. Pembroke matched the Cougars and pushed the lead to six hitting 3 three point hoops in the period. The halftime score stood at 33-27.

Kearsarge started out the second half hot with three baskets in a row from Ferreira, Allen, and Montanola, but the Spartans answered back making a basket of their own and three foul shots. A Ferreira three point shot and a Montanola two gave Kearsarge their first lead since early in the game 39-38.

The game remained close with the score tied at 43 all with five minutes left in the fourth quarter. “William Montanola and Eian Prohl played a solid game for us on the boards down the stretch, “said Coach Brown. Montanola had a big steal and a basket and when Ferreira hit both ends of a one and one with 1:33 left on the clock the Cougars were able to spread the floor. The Kearsarge “X” spread offense has become one of the trademarks of Cougar teams over the years. Controlling tempo and spreading the Spartans out resulted in a basket by Ferreira and a 51-48 lead. The Cougars held a 54-52 lead with 16 seconds on the clock and when Pembroke missed two free throws and Montanola hit one for Kearsarge the game was over.   Coach Brown described the 55-52 win as a, “critical early season win for us”.

The scoring was led by Ferreira with 19 points, Allen with 10, and Prohl with 10 and Montanola with 10. The Cougars are 3-2 and play Milford at home on Friday.

Home Opener vs Fall Mtn.
By Rob Ragazzo

NORTH SUTTON- The Kearsarge Cougars boy’s basketball team opened up the regular season at home with a convincing 70-51 win over the Fall Mountain Wildcats. The starting five were team captains Andy Harte, William Montanola, and Andrew Ferreira along with Zac Dean and Josh Allen. The Cougars started strong leading at the first quarter break by a score of 13-6. Ferreira led the scoring with 19 first half points. While Montanola, Harte and Dean out rebounded the Wildcats Allen did an outstanding job shutting down one of the key Fall Mountain scoring threats. Coming off the bench Eian Prohl, Zack Leighton and Richie Stevens contributed to a strong defensive stand that held the Wildcats to only 12 first half points. As the Cougars entered the locker room at half time with a 29-12 lead Coach Marty Brown praised the teams “great hustle” and “strong rebounding”.

The second half started with some sloppy play by both teams and the Wildcats closed the score slightly. Key baskets by Allen and Prohl pushed the lead to 37-21 and a three point shot from Ferreira saw the Cougars take the biggest lead of the game (42-21) to that point. The teams traded baskets and late in the period Montanola had a steal and a hoop. Montanola then drove and was fouled at the third quarter buzzer. He sank both free throws as the crowd watched and the Cougars went to the bench with a 50-25 lead.

Baskets by Dean, Montanola, Harte, Allen, Leighton and Ferreira made sure the outcome of the game was not in doubt. The Cougars emptied the bench with about 4 minutes to go in the game and the subs did a great job of bringing home the team victory. Brian Smith hit two free throws. Vinnie Meninno had a drive and a hoop as well as a baseline jumper for another score. Chris Adams played tough defense and contributed two baskets. Tyler Bascom and Prohl scored before the final horn went off. Brandon Havey cheered on his teammates from the bench as he was out with a sprained ankle.

Ferreira led the scoring with 24 points, Montanola 13, Allen 8, Leighton 4, Adams 4, Prohl 4, Dean 4, Meninno 4, Harte 2, Bascom 2 and Smith 2. The Cougars play next at Bishop Brady.

Bishop Brady game
By Rob Ragazzo

CONCORD – The shots wouldn’t fall and the Kearsarge Cougars were defeated on the road at Bishop Brady High School. The Cougars started off slow as Brady ran out to a 5 point lead. Andrew Ferreira kept Kearsarge in the game with 7 points and a steal in the first quarter and William Montanola chipped in one hoop to close out the first period down 13-9.

The Cougars staged a second quarter comeback with stifling defense holding Brady scoreless for 6 minutes. Josh Allen hit the opening basket and Montanola took a charge and had a steal to get Kearsarge off to a good start. After Allen hit another shot Kearsarge made five free throws – one from Allen and 2 each from Ferreira and Richie Stevens. Brady finally found a way to score and a nice Zac Dean pass to Ferreira closed out the half with Kearsarge in the lead 22-21.

The teams traded hoops early in the third quarter including a nice put back from Andrew Harte. Montanola had four points and a steal before picking up his third and fourth fouls.
Brady regained the lead and went into the quarter break up 35-32.

The frantic pace of the forth quarter may have taken a toll on the Cougars as they struggled from the line and the field. In between a total of six missed free throws Zac Dean hit two big hoops to keep the Cougars close. Josh Allen drained a three from the corner to tie the score at 41 all. Coach Brown credited the team for creating 61 shot attempts, but scores were hard to come by late in the game and Brady went on to win 51-44.

Past games

12/14 Fall Mountain at home 70-51 W

12/16 At Brady 51-44 L

12/21 At Pelham 68-46 L

12/22 At MV 29-25 W

1/4/05 Pembroke at home 55-52 W

1/7/05 Milford at home 62-56 L

1/11/05 John Stark home 44-39 L

1/18/05 MV at home 54-49 W

1/21/05 At Laconia 53-50 L

1/29/05 At Lebanon 53-50 L

2/1/05 Kingswood home 76-56 W

2/3/05 Kennett home 54-52 W

2/4/05 Bow home 70-58 L

2/8/05 At John Stark 76-73 L

2/18/05 Souhegan home 56-42 W

2/21/05 At Bow 61-46 W

2/24/05 At Pembroke 56-55 W

2/25/05 At St. Thomas 58-57 W

3/3/05 At #8 Lebanon (first round) 49-41 W

3/6/05 At UNH - #1 Pelham (quarterfinal) 65-59 L

Pelham game
By Rob Ragazzo

PELHAM – The Pelham Pythons may turn out to be one of the better teams in Class I Kearsarge gave them a good run, but could not sustain the pace and ended up losing by a score of 68-46. The Cougars started the game short handed with Brandon Havey still out with a bad ankle and starter Josh Allen joining him on the bench with a strained thumb. Zack Leighton replaced Allen in the starting line up.

Andrew Ferreira started out hot scoring 10 of the Cougars 12 first quarter points. Willie Montanola had the other hoop. Pelham had size and speed, but good defense from Kearsarge had the score tied 12-12 at the end of the first.

Play was back and forth in the second quarter as Kearsarge matched the Pythons pace. The Cougars had points from Zack Dean, Montanola, Ferreira, Richie Stevens, Eian Prohl, and Leighton. The first half ended with the Cougars trailing by a point 28-29.

Kearsarge went to the spread offense at the start of the second half. The strategy worked as the Cougars were able to draw fouls and go to the free throw line. Unfortunately foul trouble of his own sent Ferreira to the bench with his forth foul with 2:40 left in the third quarter. Pelham went on a run and although Kearsarge was able to answer with a couple of buckets the score was 50-37 in favor of the Pythons at the end of the third.

The pace of the game and foul trouble took its toll as Pelham increased their lead starting out the forth quarter. Montanola took a charge and scored a hoop. Ferreira hit two free throws and Stevens dropped in a three, but it wasn’t enough as Pelham went on to win 68-46

MV game
By Rob Ragazzo

PENACOOK – A final score of 29-25 is unusual for a high school boy’s basketball game. The good news for the Kearsarge Cougars was they were the team with 29. The game with Merrimack Valley started out fast enough with the Cougars taking a quick 9-1 lead.
After a MV time out they hit three strait hoops to close the score to 11-11 at the end of the first quarter.

The pace slowed a little in the second quarter as both teams hit for 9 points and went into the half tied at 20 all. Kearsarge had 5 points from Andy Harte and a three ball from Richie Stevens. Andrew Ferreira chipped in with one free throw in the period.

Call it good defense or blame it on shots that wouldn’t fall, but Kearsarge could only manage 5 points in the third and MV only 2. The low score made every possession seem extra important as the forth quarter began. MV hit a free throw and scored a lay up to tie the score at 25-25. Tougher defense held the score tied until Ferreira hit a basket with two minutes in the game. Ferreira missed the front end of a 1 & 1, but Eian Prohl came up with a huge rebound. After Prohl passed the ball to Ferreira he was fouled and this time sank both of his free throws to push the score to 29-25. Coach Brown said, “The team worked hard and played good defense”.

Milford - home
From The Argus Champion Sports report:

Milford 62, Kearsarge 56

North Sutton – The Cougars let one get away. Up 56-55 late in the game, Kearsarge couldn’t put it away and the Spartans came back to post the six-point win. “We let it get away,” Kearsarge boys basketball coach Marty Brown said, “ All of these games are crucial for our tournament chances.”

Andrew Ferreira had a fantastic night for the Cougars with a game high 27 points, while Josh allen tossed in 12. Shane West led the Spartans with 20 points, followed by Mike Lockwood and Nick Shepard with 11 each.

John Stark - home
1/12/05 From The Concord Monitor staff reports:

NORTH SUTTON- For one side, it was a so-called “character win.” For the other, it was another example of coming up a couple of plays short.

“For them, a very important victory, a solid effort,” said Kearsarge Coach Marty Brown, whose boys’ basketball team dropped a 44-39 decision to John stark. “And for us, a very disappointing loss.” The Generals erased a one-point deficit with less than a minute remaining, improving to 3-3 by picking up a road win that pushed the Cougars (3-4) down in the Class I standings.

“It was one of those games where you don’t play well, but you still get the win,” said Stark Coach Michael Smith. “We couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn on offense. We had enough character to pull out the win in the second half. It was a very nice character win.”

Andrew Ferreira had given Kearsarge a 39-38 lead with a driving layup, but Stark tied the game and then Bill Clarke calmly knocked down a pair of free throws to put his team up two with 50 second left. It wouldn’t be the last of Clarke’s clutch shots from the line. Kearsarge failed on each of its next two possessions, and after Brandon Montplaisir hit one of two tries from the charity stripe, Clarke sealed it with two more freebies in the final 20 seconds. That coupled with a staunch defense that allowed just six fourth-quarter points, gave Stark its insurmountable edge.

“We came out flat in the first half, not performing as well as we can,” Smith said. “The second half we won, and it was ugly, but our defense only gave up 15 points in the second half.” Kearsarge had taken a five-point lead to intermission, but by the forth quarter it was down to three. Stark didn’t have a scorer in double figures – Clark had nine points and eight rebounds – but it had enough to muster a comeback.

Ferreira led all scorers with 17 points, and William Montanola added nine for Kearsarge, but ultimately Stark’s defense shut the door at the right time. “I thought that Stark played very, very, very solid defensively against us in the second half,” Brown said. “We had a lot of trouble generating offense against them. “We played hard in defeat. I don’t want to lose sight of our effort level,” Brown added. “We just haven’t been able to make a big play here or there from many sources.”

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